Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball track team first meet of the season was held at SCSU Friday, March 21. Emily Donnay is in the foreground doing the 55-meter hurdles. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Snow, cold and a slow bite has some ice anglers removing permanent fish houses from Minnesota waterways earlier than normal, report conservation officers (CO) with the Department of Natural Resources.
Dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice of inland waters no later than 11:59 p.m. March 3 in the southern two-thirds of the state and 11:59 p.m. March 17 in the northern third. Conservation officers in Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Evansville and Wadena report that ice shacks are being removed from the ice now in preparation for the removal deadlines.
“Some anglers are using the slow fishing and ease of getting around on the lakes to remove their houses,” said CO Chris Vinton of Detroit Lakes.
The Watkins Lions hosted the 5th annual Bocce Tournament at the skating rink in Watkins Saturday, Feb. 15. The winning team was “The Angry Beavers” (at far left in the photo above, and in the photo at right) consisting of Chrissy Tschumperlin, Sue Unterberger, Kevin Tschumperlin, and Elroy Geislinger. Staff photos by Anton Matua.
The Stars ended their regular season with a 6-1 loss to the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Pucks were flying at the Sports Arena East in Sauk Rapids, as the Storm outshot the Stars, 51-21. Summary: First Period - Scoring: S RPDS - Duray goal (even strength) (Kothenbeutel, Orth) 7:50. Penalties: Thormodson, RVRLKS (Slashing, Minor, 2 min.) 13:19. Goalie changes: None. Second Period - Scoring: S RPDS - Kothenbeutel Goal (even strength) (Chapa, Streeter) 1:52; S RPDS - Rutar goal (even strength) (Kothenbeutel) 16:16. Penalties: DeMenge, S RPDS (Roughing, Minor, 2 min.) 9:44. Goalie changes: None. Third Period - Scoring: S RPDS - Orth goal (power play) (Kothenbeutel, Chapa) 1:29; S RPDS - Chapa goal (short-handed) (Kothenbeutel) 15:32; RVRLKS - Karsch goal (even strength) (Spaulding, Pulsifer) 16:09; S RPDS - VanHalbeck goal (even strength) (Meyer, Rutar) 16:45. Penalties: Zimmer, RVRLKS (Interference, Minor, 2 min.) 0:40; Karsch, RVRLKS (Tripping, Minor, 2 min.) 6:17; Orth, S RPDS (Slashing, Minor, 2 min.) 14:01. Goalie changes: None.
Paynesville Arena was rocking on Monday, Feb. 3, as the River Lakes girls’ hockey team skated their way to a 4-3 overtime victory over rival Fergus Falls. The Stars drew first blood, slamming home two first-period goals. Answering back, the Otters scored two of their own in period two. Following goals from each team in the third period, the contest was headed for overtime. The Stars’ Allie Stanger had the even strength winning goal at 7:38. Shots on goal advantage went to Fergus Falls, 41-39. First Period – Scoring: RVRLAK - Mooney goal (even strength) (Stanger, King) 8:41; RVRLAK - Stanger goal (even strength) (Teal) 14:22. Penalties: Mooney, RVRLAK (Hooking, Minor, 2 min.) 6:31. Goalie changes: None. Second period – Scoring: FERGUS - Goal (power play) (Odland, Kuehl) 6:35; FERGUS - Baker goal (even strength) 10:39. Penalties: Moxness, FERGUS (Tripping, Minor, 2 min.) 15:12. Goalie changes: None. Third Period – Scoring: FERGUS - Odland goal (power play) (Kuehl, Magnusson) 5:25; RVRLAK - Teal goal (even strength) (Klatt, Stanger) 10:54. Penalties: Klatt, RVRLAK (Tripping, Minor, 2 min.) 4:47. Goalie changes: None. OT1 Period – Scoring: RVRLAK - Stanger goal (even strength) (Caron) 7:38. Penalties: Ruter-Cogelow, RVRLAK (Minor, 2 min.) 4:57. Goalie changes: None.