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Boys Basketball: NLS hangs tough in WCC West race

LITCHFIELD — New London-Spicer remains alive for first place in the Wright County Conference West.

The Wildcats pounced on Litchfield early and kept the pressure on throughout the night for a 61-36 win, their eighth consecutive in conference play, on Tuesday night at Litchfield High School.

After a 1-3 start in the conference, NLS remains one game back of first-place Annandale with two games to play. Just as important, the Wildcats also appear to be finding their groove at the right time just before the section playoffs begin, in which they could receive the top seed.

Brandon Adelman scored 16 points to lead NLS and Ryan Wyganowski and Brandyn Harlow chipped in 11 points and 10 points, respectively.

The Wildcats jumped ahead of the Dragons in the opening minutes and carried that play through for a 15-point halftime lead. It didn't take long for that advantage to expand to 20 points as the Dragons struggled to get going offensively.

Owen Boerema had a team-best 14 points and Alex Gruenke added 12 points for Litchfield, which shot just 31 percent from the field.

The Wildcats return to the floor on Friday against Watertown-Mayer in their final home game of the year, while the Dragons travel to Dassel-Cokato for a rivalry contest.

NLS 61, Litchfield 36

NLS (15-8) 35 26 — 61

Litchfield (10-13) 20 16 — 36

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Brenden Mayhew 3, Brandon Adelman 16, Ryan Wyganowski 11, Jonathan Kaelke 5, Jake Schmidt 4, Tristan Thompson 6, Ander Arnold 6, Brandyn Harlow 10 ... 3-point shots: Mayhew 1, Adelman 1, Wyganowski 3, Schmidt 1 ... Rebound leader: Arnold 10, Wyganowski 6, Kaelke 7 ... Assist leader: Adelman 7 ... Steal leader: Five with one

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Logan Graphenteen 2, Alex Gruenke 12, Owen Boerema 14, Jordan Green 2, Jake Schneider 6 ... 3-point shots: Gruenke 1, Boerema 2 ... Rebound leader: Boerema 8. Schneider 5 ... Assist leader: Four with 2 ... Steal leader: Boerema 2

Willmar 82, Sauk Rapids 65

Willmar obviously was of a mind that a two-game losing streak wasn't going to linger, and their efforts produced an outright conference championship.

Noah Slagter had 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Cardinals to a Central Lakes Conference win over Sauk Rapids and the CLC crown on Tuesday.

Willmar won its first 21 games of the season but suffered setbacks against Fergus Falls and Marshall on Thursday and Friday.

The Cardinals' Drey Dirksen had 16 points and six rebounds and Cameron Murphy finished with 12 points, five boards and four assists.

Jake Evans scored eight points and Ty Roelofs and Ryan Slette both scored seven points.

The Cardinals play at Brainerd at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Sauk Rapids (16-7) 31 34 — 65

Willmar (22-2) 45 37 — 82

SAUK RAPIDS - Scoring: Deng Deang 35, Cody Landwehr 8, Anthony Massman 7, Nathan Waldorf 6, Braden Tretter 3, Joshua Schloe 3, Zachary Storms 2 ... 3-point shots: Deang 1, Massman 1, Waldorf 1 ... Rebound leader: Deang 6, Landwehr 4, Massman 4 ... Assist leader: Massman 2 ... Steal leader: Deang 4

WILLMAR - Scoring: Noah Slagter 27, Drey Dirksen 16, Cameron Murphy 12, Jake Evans 8, Ty Roelofs 7, Ryan Slette 7, Noah Getz 3, Adam Roux 2 ... 3-point shots: Slagter 4, Dirksen 3, Evans 1, Slette 1 ... Rebound leader: Slagter 7, Dirksen 6, Murphy 5, Roelofs 5, Getz 5 ... Assist leader: Slagter 5, Murphy 4, Roelofs 4 ... Steal leader: Getz 2

BOLD 89, BLHS 54

BOLD put up 52 first-half points and thumped Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart on Tuesday in Bird Island.

BOLD's Carter Henry finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, Gavin Vosika had 16 points, six rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Devin Gluesing and Jordan Sagedahl both scored in double figures, with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Jordan Sagedahl also had nine rebounds.

BLHS' Payton Diepold had a team-high 13 points, Stefan Johnson had 11 and Elijah Stifter had 10.

BLHS (6-18) 30 24 — 54

BOLD (19-5) 52 37 — 89

BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Scoring: Payton Diepold 13, Stefan Johnson 11, Elijah Stifter 10, Nathan Schultz 9, Dane Daak 3, Trent Weispfennig 7 ... 3-point shots: Schultz 3, Weispfennig 2, Stifter 2, Johnson 2 ... Rebound leader: Diepold 5, Watkins 5... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

BOLD - Scoring: Drew Sagedahl 7, Gavin Vosika 16, Matthew Moorse 2, Jordan Sagedahl 13, Devin Gluesing 14, James Woelfel 2, Carter Henry 22, Dawson Vosika 2, Karl Kosak 9, Byron Frank 2 ... 3-point shots: D Sagedahl 1, G Vosika 3, Gluesing 2 ... Rebound leader: Henry 11, J Sagedahl 9, G Vosika 6 ... Assist leader: G Vosika 7, Henry 4 ... Steal leader: G Vosika 5, D Sagedahl 3, Henry 3

DB 73, CMCS 58

Bentley Boike led the charge as Dawson-Boyd downed Central Minnesota Christian on Tuesday night.

Boike had 30 points and just missed out on a double-double with eight rebounds. Alex Swenson did get a double-double with 17 points and 14 boards while Romell Horton chipped in 16 points.

Peter Martin hit six 3-pointers and had 26 points to pace the Bluejays.

Dawson-Boyd (18-5) 40 33 — 73

CMCS (6-17) 28 30 — 58

DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Colton Husby 2, Romell Horton 16, Alex Swenson 17, Jake Lee 6, Bentley Boike 30, Seth Stratmoen 2 ... 3-point shots: Horton 3, Lee 2 ... Rebound leader: Swenson 14, Boike 8, Husby 5 ... Assist leader: Swenson 7, Lee 3 ... Steal leader: Horton 5

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - Scoring: Simon Van Dyken 5, Jacob Meyer 6, Mason Beekman 2, Jay Marcus 2, Micah Vander Beek 6, Peter Martin 26, Blake Greenwaldt 11 ... 3-point shots: Martin 6, Van Dyken 1, Greenwaldt 1 ... Rebound leader: Meyer 10, Greenwaldt 6 ... Assist leader: Meyer 4 ... Steal leader: Greenwaldt 2

RCW 62, KMS 53

Renville County West opened up with a big fist half on the way to a Camden Conference victory over KMS.

Justin Schrupp scored a game-high 20 points for the Jaguars, just ahead of teammate Nathan Serbus who finished with 18 points and 11 boards. Schrupp followed with nine rebounds.

Weston Gjerde led the second-half charge for the Saints, finishing with 15 points.

RCW (14-11) 37 25 — 62

KMS (13-11) 17 36 — 53

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Trent Kjersten 3, Tony Froland 8, Justin Schrupp 20, Riley Ashburn 7, Jaden Kolker 6, Nathan Serbus 18 ... 3-point shots: Kjersten 1, Froland 1, Schrupp 4, Ashburn 1 ... Rebound leader: Serbus 11, Schrupp 9 ... Assist leader: Schrupp 4, Ashburn 3 ... Steal leader: Schrupp 2

KMS - Scoring: Isaac Call 5, Weston Gjerde 15, Regan Carlson 8, Ethan Hauge 11, Brandon Rasmusson 7, Josh Peterson 7 ... 3-point shots: Rasmusson 1 ... Rebound leader: Call 11 ... Assist leader: Gjerde 4 ... Steal leader: Gjerde 2

YME 70, TMB 60

Yellow Medicine East held a 10-point halftime lead and that proved to be enough in a game against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

Carter Sneller tallied 18 points for the Sting, leading a string of YME players that reached double-digit point totals. Bennett Knapper scored 15 points and Nicky Lindstrom added 12 of his own.

TMB (5-19) 23 37 — 60

YME (5-17) 33 37 — 70

TRACY-MILROY-BALATON - Scoring: Moses Dolan 12, Trevor Larson 4, Jake Tower 15, Michael Munson 2, Bo Holland 3, Fritz Landherr 14, Matt Timmerman 3, Jett Davis 4, Lucas Gervais 3 ... 3-point shots: Dolan 1, Larson 1, Tower 5, Holland 1, Landherr 2 ... Rebound leader: Dolan 4, Landherr 4 ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: Landherr 1

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Nicky Lindstrom 12, Cole Richter 4, Bennett Knapper 15, Carter Sneller 18, Ethan Peterson 4, Jahrell Ischmon 4, Tent Skjefte 4, Dalton Anderson 9 ... 3-point shots: Knapper 4, Sneller 2 ... Rebound leader: Skjefte 9, Anderson 7 ... Assist leader: Sneller 1 ... Steal leader: Ischmon 4, Lindstrom 3

LQPV 68, MACCRAY 63 OT

Lac qui Parle Valley held MACCRAY to four overtime points as the Eagles won their final regular-season game on Tuesday.

Caden Bjornjeld led the Eagles with 20 points and he also grabbed five rebounds. Isaac Gerdes scored 17 points and had five assists and Austin Bonn scored 12 points.

MACCRAY had three players score in double figures, led by Braden Hoekstra's 20 points. He also had seven rebounds.

Thomas Kirking had 19 points and Blake Wadsworth had 17 points.

LQPV and the Wolverines will find out their Section 6A seeds today.

MACCRAY (5-17) 27 32 4 — 63

LQPV (13-12) 27 32 9 — 68

MACCRAY - Scoring: Blake Wadsworth 17, Brady Kienitz 5, Brett Harguth 2, Braden Hoekstra 20, Thomas Kirking 19 ... 3-point shots: Wadsworth 1, Kienitz 1, Hoekstra 1, Kirking 3 ... Rebound leader: Hoekstra 7, Harguth 6 ... Assist leader: Kienitz 3 ... Steal leader: Kienitz 3

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Austin Bonn 12, Caden Bjornjeld 20, Isaac Gerdes 17, Evan Benson 6, Ross Olson 5, Braiden Kittelson 4, Maverick Conn 4 ... 3-point shots: Gerdes 2, Bjornjeld 1, Bonn 1 ... Rebound leader: Benson 6, Bjornjeld 5, Conn 5 ... Assist leader: Gerdes 5 ... Steal leader: Kittelson 3

Hancock 73, B-E 66

Noah Kannegiesser scored 31 points and Hancock came from behind to beat Brandon-Evansville on Tuesday night.

The Owls trailed by three points at halftime but outscored B-E by 10 points in the second half.

Bennett Nienhaus added 13 points and Cole Reese had 10 points for Hancock.

Hancock (19-2) 35 38 — 73

B-E (13-8) 38 28 — 66

HANCOCK - Scoring: Kannegiesser 31, Bennett Nienhaus 13, Cole Reese 10, Connor Reese 6, Daniel Milander 5, Kaleb Koehl 4, Peyton Rohloff 6 ... 3-point shots: Kannegiesser 4, Nienhaus 4, Cole Reese 2, Milander 1 ... Rebound leader: Nienhaus 5, Koehl 5 ... Assist leader: Kannegiesser 6 ... Steal leader: Milander 2

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - Scoring: Taylor Bitzan 24, Darrin Wibstad 14, Jake Hintermeister 8, James Stresse 6, Marshall Riedel 5, Tanner Bitzan 4, Keagan Schiele 4 ... 3-point shots: Taylor Bitzan 6, Hintermeister 2, Riedel 1, Wibstad 1, Schiele 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Sauk Centre 63, Montevideo 48

Sauk Centre used a strong first half to down Montevideo on Tuesday night.

Cade Neubert had a game-best 17 points for the Mainstreeters, who led by 17 at halftime.

Jackson Snell led the Thunder Hawks with 14 points while Isaac Hoogeveen added 10.

Sauk Centre (12-11) 32 31 — 63

Montevideo (3-19) 15 33 — 48

SAUK CENTRE - Scoring: Trevor Weir 2, Ryan Schirmers 8, Steven Namvar 2, Matt Traeger 14, Danny Karl 1, Casey Schirmers 12, Alex Kowski 7, Cade Neubert 17 ... 3-point shots: R Schirmers 2, Traeger 2, C Schirmers 3... Rebound leader: Neubert 10 ... Assist leader: Neubert 4 ... Steal leader: C Schirmers 2

HOME - Scoring: Trent Dreyer 4, Jackson Snell 14, Josh Kinman 2, Isaac Hoogeveen 12, Cole Sandven 4, Henry Strunc 10, Thomas O'Malley 2 ... 3-point shots: Snell 1, Hoogeveen 3 ... Rebound leader: Snell 7 ... Assist leader: Christian Riley 4 ... Steal leader: Sederstrom 2

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