PIPESTONE -- Kenton Johnson drained a pair of free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Sting (11-10). Pipestone missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer. YME had as much as a 14-point lead in the first half and led 28-20 at halftime. Johnson had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds for YME. Luke Berg had 12 points and five assists and Ryan Fromm also had 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Matt Paulsen led Pipestone with 16 points.
GLENCOE -- BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector will try to improve on last year's sixth-place finish in the Class AA state tournament, returning after knocking off Litchfield 30-23 in the Section 5AA championship Saturday night. BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector will open the state tournament March 2 against Central Lakes Conference champion Little Falls (24-4) at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
(Starting times approximately 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted) Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Lac qui Parle Valley at Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley Girls Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Lac qui Parle Valley at Morris/Chokio-Alberta Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at Redwood Valley NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Paynesville Glencoe-Silver Lake vs. BOLD at Olivia
Boys Basketball YME 54, Pipestone 53 Girls Basketball Litchfield 55, Little Falls 50 Pipestone 62, YME 34 Wrestling Section 2AAA (First round) Buffalo 41, Mankato West 27 Willmar 49, Chaska 30 (Quarterfinals) Wayzata 55, Buffalo 13 Prior Lake 48, Shakopee 18 Willmar 35, New Ulm 34 Hutchinson 46, Minnetonka 27 (Semifinals) Prior Lake 28, Wayzata 28 (Prior Lake wins on third tiebreaker, most pins) Hutchinson 46, Willmar 26 (Championship) Prior Lake 32, Hutchinson 30 Section 4A Championship Canby 35, YME 17 Semifinals YME 41, Dawson-Boy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ryan Potulny had two goals as Minnesota won 3-2 on Friday, snapping Denver's seven-game winning streak. With the victory, the Gophers moved ahead of Denver into first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with five games to play. Potulny gave Minnesota (20-6-5, 15-5-3 WCHA) a 2-1 lead in the second period and scored a power-play goal in the third for the game-winner. Ryan Dingle and Patrick Mullen scored for the Pioneers (18-11-2, 15-6-2), who had not lost in more than a month.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo clinched the West Central South Conference boys basketball title -- just barely -- with another two-point win over Benson Friday. The Thunder Hawks clinched the crown with a 59-57 win, des-pite holding a 13-point lead in the second half. Montevideo topped the Braves 74-72 Jan.
NORWOOD -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, third in the Class A state tournament a year ago, will return to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul after the Falcons cruised past Eden Valley-Watkins 39-15 in the Section 5A championship Friday night. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (24-3) reached the championship witn a 62-6 triumph over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the semifinals Friday. The win was the 17th straight for ACGC. Against Eden Valley-Watkins, Jeremy Anderson started things off with a pin in 57 seconds at 103 pounds.
In approximately a month, the bluebirds will be returning from their southern migration. They come back earlier than most birds that return to our area and they expect things to be ready when they get here. Each year, I build a few more bird houses, and each year, we have more bluebirds. At this time of year, it is important to clean out the houses from previous years. At this stage in my life, the hardest part is remembering where I put them. Some days, I think I could hide my own Easter eggs. A neighbor of mine draws a map and numbers his houses.
MONTEVIDEO -- Clean Up the River Environment recognized the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative for its success story in reducing both the nitrogen and phosphorus that can pollute local waters. The organization honored the cooperative with its first ever "good business award'' at its annual meeting on Feb. 11 in Montevideo, according to a new release. The Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative and its producers have been successfully working to reduce the amount of nitrogen applied to fields.
Events/competitions Belgian Waffle Feed/Fishing Seminars -- The Willmar Area Chapter of Let's Go Fishing will serve Dad's Belgian waffles from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Willmar Senior Citizen's Center. Professional walleye fisherman Pete Harsh will speak from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Denny Pluimer will speak on northern pike and bass fishing from noon-1:30 p.m. Adults $8, seniors 65 and over and ages 6 to 12 $6, children 5 and under are free. Weekly/monthly, etc. Willmar Rifle and Pistol Range -- Lower level of city auditorium; non-mag. handgun, rimfire rifle. 6:30-9 p.m.