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Boys basketball roundup: Cardinals get stung at Edina

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EDINA — Two years ago the Willmar Cardinals traveled to the upscale Metro suburb in a terrible snowstorm but made it home safely.

This trip was made under clear skies but the Cards got buried in an avalanche.

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They were no match for the Edina Hornets which won for the eighth time in nine games, 76-38, on Saturday afternoon.

Graham Woodward, a 6-foot-senior guard, triggered the cascade piling up 28 points, 12 coming on a quartet of triples.

Next came 6-foot-9 center Reggie Lynch with 11 points. He had four inches and perhaps 30 pounds on Willmar’s 6-foot-5 inside go-to Austin Rambow.

The Hornets, coached by 1988 Willmar graduate Patrick Dorsey, led 40-15 at half.

“Joe Lueze did a good job on Woodward but you couldn’t stop him; he was incredible,” said Willmar coach Steve Grove. “They were faster, stronger and better.”

The series goes back to 2006 when Dorsey moved from St. Cloud Tech to take over the 4A program. The Hornets have won the last six meetings and lead the series 7 to 1.

Losing its third straight, Willmar dropped to 5-7 with another non-conference game versus Marshall on Tuesday. If there is any solace, all three setbacks in the streak were to good teams with a lot of carrying over.

Kyler Johnson with 15 points and Rambow with 9 were top scorers for Willmar.

Eleven players scored for Edina (8-5).

Edina 75, Willmar 38

Willmar (5-7)    15  23 — 38

Edina (8-5)    40  36 — 76

WILLMAR – 14-59 FG (5-21 3-pt); 5-9 FT; 22 rebounds; 17 fouls … Scoring: Joe Leuze 2, Jordan Geurtz 3, Cody Magnuson 6, Kyler Johnson 15, Adam Nibauer 2, Josh Holtz 1, Austin Rambow 9 … 3-point shots: Magnuson 2, Johnson 2, Rambow 1 … Rebound leaders: Geurtz 6 … Assist leaders: Rambow 2

EDINA – FG n/a; FT n/a; rebounds n/a; fouls n/a … Scoring: Graham Woodward 28, Reggie Lynch 11, Nick Boone 6, Ben Boone 10, Walt McGrory 6, Caleb Sprenger 4, Brian Olson 3, Mark Handberg 3, Max Lynch 2, Dane Teuteberg 2, Griffin Ward 1 … 3-point shots: Olson 1, Woodward 4

Wright County

New London-Spicer 94, Holy Family Catholic 91

In a guard-led attack, Aaron Ruter poured in 31 points and Joey Dreier 27 more as New London-Spicer nudged the Fire of Holy Family Catholic 94-91 on Saturday.

The Wildcats (2-0, 7-5) trailed by 3 at half but outscored the Fire (1-1, 5-7) 55 to 49 in the free-scoring second half.

New London-S.(2-0, 7-5)    39  55 —94

Holy Family C. (1-1, 5-7)    42  49 —91

NEW LONDON-SPICER – FG n/a; FT n/a; rebounds n/a; fouls n/a … Scoring: Aaron Ruter 31, Joey Dreier 27, Brett Olson 11, Tyler Halvorson 10, Shane Sylastra 6, Trent Boie 3, Nick LaPatka 2, Tyson Gislason 2, Ryan Vraa 2 … 3-point shots: n/a … Rebound leaders: n/a … Assist leaders: n/a … Steal leaders: n/a

HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC FIRE – Statistics not available

Hutchinson 63,

Litchfield 62

Ben Lies hit two free throws with 19 seconds left to lead Hutchinson to a 63-62 win over Litchfield in a Wright County Conference game on Friday.

Litchfield’s Riley Pater scored 20 points, Dylan Koll had 15 and Zach Kinny had 9 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds.

Litchfield    25 37 — 62

Hutchinson    25 38 — 63

LITCHFIELD – 26-54 FG (6-19 3-pt); 4-6 FT; 28 rebounds; 8 fouls … Scoring: Zach Whitchurch 11, Dylan Koll 15, Zach Kinny 9, Joel Madsen 7, Riley Pater 20 … 3-point shots: Whitchurch 3, Koll 2, Kinny 1 … Rebound leaders: Kinny 6, Pater 6 … Assist leaders: Kinny 9, Koll 4 … Steal leaders: Kinny 2

HUTCHINSON – 25-45 FG (9-22 3-pt); 4-9 FT; 32 rebounds; 15 fouls … Scoring: Riley Steenhoek 12, Mason Kucera 2, Jayden Jurgensen 2, Alec Nassirzedah 24, Josiah Rolf 3, Shawn Schindler 4, Sam Pasco 2, Ben Lies 12, McKinley Anderson 2 … 3-point shots: Nassirzedah 6, Steenhoek 2, Rolf 1 … Rebound leaders: NA … Assist leaders: NA … Steal leaders: NA

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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