The Alexandria Cardinals host the Big Ole Wrestling Tournament today beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Jefferson High School. Willmar and Rocori from the Central Lakes Conference will compete, as will area teams Minnewaska and Morris/Hancock, as well as Frzazee, Moorhead and Wadena-Deer Creek.
The Central Lakes Conference gymnastics meet is scheduled for 1 p.m. today in Little Falls. St. Cloud Tech is the favorite after going 8-0 in CLC dual meets. Teams get two points for a dual win and one point for every team it finishes ahead of in the tournament to determined the overall conference champion. Brainerd was 7-1 in duals, followed by Sauk Rapids (6-2), Alexandria (5-3), Sartell (4-4), Willmar (3-5), St. Cloud Apollo (2-6), Little Falls (1-7) and Fergus Falls (0-8).
The New London-Spicer girls' basketball teams host Morris/-Chokio-Alberta at 6:15 p.m. today in a non-conference, while the boys host Morris after the conclusion of the girls game around 8 p.m. The NLS girls have won six straight games to improve to 16-6. Morris/Chokio-Alberta has lost its last three games and sits 5-12. The Wildcats boys are 17-1, while Morris is 5-9.
The Ridgewater College men's and women's basketball teams host Riverland today at the college in Willmar. The women play at 1 p.m. and the men follow at approximately 3 p.m.
Events/competitions Spicer Sunrise Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby -- The Spicer Sunrise Lions Club will hold its 16th Annual Ice Fishing Derby Saturday, Feb. 4 from 1-3 p.m. at Saulsbury Beach in Spicer. Hole tickets cost $3 for one hole and $5 for two. Registration begins at 11 a.m. For more information, call (320) 796-2151. Youth Wood Duck Box Building Day -- The annual Praire Pothole Chapter youth wood duck box building day will be from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Prairie Wood Environmental Learning Center west of Spicer.
The weather did not cooperate for the last weekend of the last deer season. In Iowa, we have some sort of deer season from October through January. One would think, we would have had our fill of deer hunting from bow, shotgun, muzzleloader and finally rifle season. I find this not to be the case. I enjoy the hunt more than getting a deer and am almost always ready to go on another hunt. Saturday morning, rain was pouring down. At the end of January in Iowa, most anything can be falling out of the sky. This day, it was a cold and blowing rain.
PRINSBURG -- Central Minnesota Christian fell out of first place in the Camden North Conference with a 57-49 loss to Lakeview Friday. The Bluejays (6-4, 11-5) were done in by their shooting, making 31 percent (19 of 62) from the field and going to the free-throw line only seven times. CMCS dropped to second place in the league, tied with Lakeview (6-4, 10-8). Shean Gerdes scored 19 points to lead the Bluejays. Brian Nelson added 11 points and Eric Groen had 12 rebounds. Cam Hauge netted 18 points to lead the Lakers.
NEW LONDON -- Todd Herman scored 31 points to lead New London-Spicer to a 70-57 win over Sauk Centre in West Central North boys basketball Friday. Herman, who also led the team with nine rebounds, scored the Wildcats' first eight points and Brian Pieh followed with the next seven, giving NLS, rated No. 5 in the latest Class AA poll, a 17-10 lead. After closing the first half with a 35-23 lead, the Wildcats held a 20-point advantage before Sauk Centre chipped it down.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Morris Area at New London-Spicer, 8 p.m. Redwood Valley at Mankato East, 4:45 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Eden Valley-Watkins, 7:30 p.m. Morris/Chokio-Alberta at New London-Spicer, 6:15 p.m. Hancock at Minnewaska, 1 p.m. Wrestling NON-CONFERENCE Alexandria Big Ole Invite (Willmar, Morris/Hancock, Minnewaska Area, Rocori), 9 a.m. Paynesville Duals (BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector), 10 a.m. Martin County West Invite (Lac qui Parle Valley), 11 a.m. Anoka Invite (Yellow Medicine East)
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