Archive for Sports

Orphans finish NSL regular season with a 20-2 record

The Howard Lake Orphans wrapped up the North Star League regular season with an impressive 20-2 record, tied with Maple Lake for the top spot in the league.

However, since the Lakers beat Howard Lake twice this season, they earned the top seed heading into the Region 12C Tournament, while Howard Lake is seeded second.

The Orphans will kick off the Region 12C Tournament, which will take place in Maple Lake, Thursday, July 31 against Maple Plain at 7:30 p.m.

Howard Lake is scheduled to host Monticello Friday, July 25 at Memorial Park in Howard Lake starting at 7:30 p.m. in an exhibition game.

Tour de Tonka Bike Ride is Aug. 2

The ninth annual Tour de Tonka Bike Ride, will take place Sat., August 2, and starts at 7:30 a.m. at Minnetonka High School.

Tour de Tonka (TdT) offers six scenic routes (16, 26, 44, 52, 67 and 100-miles) of the Lake Minnetonka area and surrounding communities (including Chanhassen, Chaska, Deephaven, Delano, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Greenwood, Independence, Long Lake, Mayer, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Mound, Navarre, Norwood-Young America, Orono, Plymouth, St. Bonifacius, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Victoria, Waconia, Watertown and Wayzata).

This year, they anticipate 3,000 riders will participate and 400 volunteers to support them.

Along their selected routes, riders will enjoy food, drinks and music (14 bands and DJs).

See the website ( for more information.

Sports schedule for Wednesday, July 23

NSL Playoffs: Montrose/Waverly vs. Rockford at Delano; 7:30 p.m.

CRVL Playoffs: Mayer at Glencoe; 7:30 p.m.

HLWW fall sports eligibility meeting set for Aug. 7

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School fall sports eligibility meeting will take place in the auditorium at the high school Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Any student in grades seven through 12 planning on participating in a sport this year needs to attend, with their parents or guardian.

At this meeting, eligibility rules, insurance forms, and athletic fees will be addressed.

Parents and athletes should complete all paperwork required for the upcoming season at this time. They can also get forms online at the HLWW website at

Fall coaches will be available to meet and discuss practice times and distribute schedules.

Athletes will not be allowed to practice until all paperwork and fees are taken care of with the high school office. Students will then be given a participation slip to give to their coach.

Athletes who do not turn in the required paperwork and fees will not be allowed to practice.

LP/HT fall sports meeting is Monday, July 28

The Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity fall sports meeting will take place Monday, July 28 at the city park in Lester Prairie.

Anyone planning on participating in fall activities needs to attend.

Times are as follows:

Football – grades nine through 12 at 5 p.m.; grades seven and eight at 5:45 p.m.; and grades four through six at 6:15 p.m.

Volleyball, cheer, and cross country – at 7 p.m.

DNR Question of the week

Q: How many watercraft inspectors does the DNR hire to check for invasive species?

A: Our goal is to hire 100 Level 1 watercraft inspectors and 46 Level 2 watercraft inspectors each season.

Level 2 inspectors not only inspect boats and equipment for aquatic invasive species, but can decontaminate watercraft using hot high-pressure washers.

DNR watercraft inspectors will work at more than 250 public water access sites this season.

The DNR also partners with local units of government so that they can hire their own watercraft inspectors.

So far this season, we have trained more than 300 of these local inspectors.