Christmas season is time to cherish special memories

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BILL BENTSON
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Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope you all are enjoying the holiday and have all your family and friends with you. Don’t know if I’ve ever written on Christmas Day before, but last week I got myself into a bit of “doo-doo” because I was about a day late with my article and did not make Melissa very happy. So, this week I’m being a bit more diligent, at least in my mind.

What does Christmas mean to you? Besides all the religious things, Christmas is all about memories to me. It’s not just about the memories of the holiday, but about memories of family and who is not here anymore. I think a lot about my brother, Bob, and my son, Billy Joe, and, of course, my parents.

Our family gets together before or after Christmas Day, usually after. This year, we’re going to meet in Grove City (Roberta Jo’s new home). Who would have ever thought that the Bill Bentson family would be spending their Christmas celebration in Grove City? And who would have thought that Carol and I would be spending Christmas Day in Halstad? Life really takes a bunch of twists and turns!

I usually make chili on Christmas Eve and Carol usually makes oyster stew. Well, I made my usual chili, but Carol skipped the oysters on Christmas Eve. I think she snuck a bowl in last Saturday or Sunday and wasn’t up to another batch so soon. My chili this year was really made from scratch. I usually have a packet of chili mix, but forgot to buy one for this round, so had to use chili powder for the seasoning. It turned out pretty good, so maybe that will be the new thing in 2019.

And, speaking of 2019, are you into resolutions? I may not look like it, but I’d like to lose about 30 pounds. Prior to retiring I weighed about 155 to 160. Now I’m up to 185 to 190! Most of my extra weight is around my stomach. I know for one thing, I snack too much, especially sweets (candy, rolls, etc.).

State rankings

New rankings don’t come out until Wednesday, but I didn’t want you to lose track of who’s doing what. Google Minnesota Basketball News and you can get all the rankings, top 20, and the latest around the state.

As of Dec. 19, in Class 1A, the top ten in boys basketball were 1. Minneota, 5-0; 2. Springfield, 6-0; 3. Cass Lake-Bena, 5-0; 4. BOLD, 6-0; 5. North Woods, 6-1; 6. Minnesota Valley Lutheran, 6-0; 7. Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey, 4-0; 8. Murray County Central, 5-1; 9. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, 4-2; and 10. Mahnomen-Waubun, 4-0.

Murray County Central and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton lost this past week, so there could be a little movement in the top ten. Undefeated teams in Class A are Minneota (8-0), Springfield (5-0), Cass Lake-Bena (7-0), BOLD (7-0), Minnesota Valley Lutheran (8-0), Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey (6-0), Mahnomen/Waubun (5-0), Cromwell-Wright (4-0), Henning (6-0), Ada-Borup/West (8-0), Southwest Minnesota Christian (5-0), Randolph (6-0), Hancock (6-0) and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (6-0).

The Class 2A top ten are 1. Minnehaha Academy, 4-1; 2. Minneapolis North, 3-1; 3. Perham, 4-1; 4. Breck, 4-1; 5. Lake City, 6-1; 6. Caledonia, 4-2; 7. Osakis, 5-0; 8. Breckenridge, 2-2; 9. Spectrum, 5-0; and 10. Albany, 4-1.

Undefeated teams in Class AA are Osakis (6-0), Spectrum (6-0), Hawley (7-0), Holy Family Catholic (7-0), Pine City (6-0), Litchfield (5-0), St. James (7-0) and East Grand Forks (5-0).

Top ten in Class 3A are 1. DeLaSalle, 4-1; 2. Princeton, 5-0; 3. Mahtomedi, 4-0; 4. St. Thomas Academy, 5-1; 5. Waseca, 6-0; 6. Austin, 3-1; 7. Delano, 3-1; 8. Mankato East, 3-1; 9. Robbinsdale Cooper, 2-2; and 10. St. Paul Johnson, 3-1.

There are just three undefeated teams in Class AAA: Princeton (6-0), Waseca (7-0) and Holy Angels (7-0).

In Class 4A, the top ten includes 1. Park Center, 5-0; 2. Prior Lake, 4-1; 3. Hopkins, 5-1; 4. Eden Prairie, 4-2; 5. East Ridge, 3-2; 6. Chaska, 4-2; 7. Lakeville North, 3-2; 8. Champlin Park, 3-1; 9. Wayzata, 4-2; and 10. Edina, 3-2.

There are two undefeated teams in the “big class” and they are Park Center (6-0) and White Bear Lake (7-0).

In the state girls basketball state rankings, also as of Dec. 19, Class 1A’s top ten are 1. Minneota, 5-0; 2. Mountain Iron-Buhl 7-0; 3. Heritage Christian, 7-0; 4. Menahga, 7-0; 5. Grand Meadow, 8-0; 6. Goodhue, 8-1; 7. Pelican Rapids, 5-1; 8. Ada-Borup, 6-1; 9. Lac Qui Parle Valley, 6-0; and 10. Hills-Beaver Creek, 8-0.

Undefeated, from around the state, are Minneota (8-0), Menahga (8-0), Grand Meadow (10-0), Hills-Beaver Creek (9-0), Cromwell-Wright (6-0), Parkers Prairie (8-0) and Stephen-Argyle (9-0).

In Class 2A, the top ten are 1. Roseau, 4-1; 2. Stewartville, 9-1; 3. Sauk Centre, 5-1; 4. Eden Valley-Watkins, 6-0; 5. Holy Family, 6-2; 6. Minnehaha, 4-5; 7. Proctor, 7-1; 8. Rush City, 5-1; 9. Hawley, 6-0; and 10. Annandale, 6-1.

Undefeated in AA are Eden Valley-Watkins (6-0), Hawley (6-0), Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial (8-0), Foley (9-0) and Medford (8-0).

In Class 3A, the top ten are 1. Alexandria, 3-0; 2. Waseca, 8-0; 3. Hill-Murray, 7-0; 4. Willmar, 4-1; 5. Holy Angels, 6-2; 6. St. Paul Como Park, 7-1; 7. Mankato West, 6-1; 8. Red Wing, 7-1; 9. Waconia, 6-2; and 10. New Ulm, 7-1.

The top three in AAA are still unbeaten: Alexandria (7-0), Waseca (9-0) and Hill-Murray (8-0).

In Class 4A the top ten are 1. Hopkins, 9-0; 2. Wayzata, 8-0; 3. Eastview, 3-1; 4. Stillwater, 5-2; 5. St. Michael-Albertville, 5-1; 6. Farmington, 5-0; 7. Roseville, 7-1; 8. Forest Lake, 8-1; 9. Eden Prairie, 6-1; and 10. Lakeville North, 4-3.

Undefeated in AAAA are Hopkins (10-0), Wayzata (9-0), Farmington (6-0), Robbinsdale Armstrong (8-0) and Rochester John Marshall (8-0). Hopkins and Wayzata don’t meet until Feb. 1, and then play again on Feb. 22.

Check out The Guillotine for all the wrestling highlights and individual rankings. We have a few from Section One A and some Plainview-Elgin-Millville wrestlers in AA.

 

Named to the Lean and Mean list are Ottertail Central, Windom/Mountain Lake, Blue Earth Area, Dover-Eyota, GMLOS, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena, West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville and Royalton/Upsala.

 

The Lean and Mean from Class 2A are
Delano, Litchfield, Mahtomedi, Marshall, Mora, Pierz, Princeton, Thief River Falls and Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran.

 

The Class 3A Lean and Mean
teams are Blaine, Coon Rapids, Hastings, Albert Lea Area, Lakeville South, Cambridge-Isanti, St. Francis and Brainerd/Pillager.

With all the state rankings you should be keeping your Minnesota geography intact. I’ll get into the area individuals for wrestling next week.

Hope you had a great Christmas. Have a safe New Year. Hey to my lovely wife, Carol, the Great 8, my Fab 4 and to you, the greatest Readers in the world. Hasta la vista, my friends. See you in a gym someplace, sometime, somewhere! WEB 

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