work Prep Bowl games
Several area football officials worked the Prep Bowl state tournament games recently.
Brandon-Evansville officials Harold Meissner, referee; Josh Meissner, umpire; Joe Alexander, linesman; Nate Meissner, line judge; and Mike Bruns, back judge, worked the Mahnomen and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City semifinal game in which Mahnomen won 26-20.
West Central Area officials Bob Grove, referee; John Kreft, umpire; Keith Swanson, linesman; David Bates, line judge; and Daric Pfingsten, back judge, officiated the Mahnomen and Bethlehem Academy game in which Mahnomen won 20-14.
Registration is now open for the 2013 Alexandria Polar Bear Plunge, presented by Minnesota law enforcement to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota.
The funds raised benefit more than 7,100 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes.
The Alexandria Plunge will be held at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria.
The Plunge begins at 1 p.m. on February 24. Check-in will be at the Plunge site.
For more information or to register, visit plungemn.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smith, Dale receive
Alexandria graduates Val Smith and Sam Dale received volleyball awards for their respective colleges.
Smith, a libero for the Bethel College volleyball team, was named the 2012 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) defensive player of the year earned 2012 American Volleyball Coaches (AVCA) Division III Central Region honorable mention. She was also named to the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District team.
Smith is an athletic training major with a 3.92 GPA and had an MIAC best total of 720 overall digs. She is a four-time All-Tournament team selection and a two-time MIAC player of the week recipient.
Dale, a family consumer science major with a 3.43 GPA, was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team for 2012. She is a senior defensive specialist for the Minnesota State University-Mankato volleyball team.
The former Cardinal had 316 digs, 34 assists, 18 kills, 13 service aces and four blocks this past season for the Mustangs, and passed the 1,000 career dig mark.
Elks Hoop Shoot
The annual Elks Hoop Shoot will be held on Thursday, December 27 at 2 p.m. in the Jefferson High School gymnasium.
The competition is open to boys and girls ages 8-13 as of April 1, 2013.
Winners in the competition advance through local, district, state and regional competitions to the national event.
LAR 35-older open gym
Lakes Area Recreation holds open gym on Sundays for 35-older from 7-9 p.m. at the Discovery Middle School gym, running to the middle of April.
Cost is $3 for adults.
For more information, call Lakes Area Recreation at (320) 762-2868.
There will be a youth basketball tournament in Montevideo for boys and girls in grades 5-7 on Saturday, March 23. Entry deadline is March 8.
For further information, contact Amy Reidinger at email@example.com or call (320) 269-5026, extension 3262.
Lakes Area Recreation will hold the Tiny Dribblers program for boys and girls in kindergarten as an introduction to the game of basketball.
The program will meet seven times at the Lincoln Elementary gym on Saturdays beginning on January 5 and running through February 16. Boys will meet from 9-9:45 a.m. and the girls will meet from 10-10:45 a.m.
Cost is $32 and includes a T-shirt.For more information, call LAR at (320) 762-2868.
Sportsmen’s swap meet
The United Way/Elks Lodge Sportsmen’s Swap Meet will be Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Alexandria Elks Lodge.
Cost of the table rental is $10. Bring unwanted golf, fishing, hunting and camping equipment to sell or swap.
Proceeds from the table rental and lunch will go to the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties.
Call the Elks Lodge at (320) 763-5670 or United Way at (320) 834-7800 for more information.
Frozen Ole Pond Hockey
The Frozen Ole Pond Hockey championships are set for January 11-13 in the Viking Plaza Mall parking lot next to D. Michael B’s.
There will be seven divisions, 336 skaters, 4,000 square feet of ice and three rinks where 105 games of hockey will be played.
Along with the hockey action, there will be live music on Friday and Saturday nights and craft beer sampling, along with other vendors.
Registration and sponsor information are available at D. Michael B’s or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team Extreme Ice
Lake Osakis will be the first stop of the Team Extreme Ice Fishing tournament on December 30. Action will continue on Lake Minnewaska in Glenwood on January 27, followed by Pelican Lake in Monticello on February 27, Clearwater Lake in St. Cloud on March 3, Round Lake in Brainerd on March 31 and Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison on April 7.
This is a team event with two anglers per team, with eight crappies and eight sunfish allowed to be weighed in. In the Mille Lacs Lake event, the limit will be 15 perch.
Action will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there is a limit of 75 teams.
For more information, contact Gary Rehbein at (320) 217-5144 or email@example.com.