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Local Roundup: Nelson watches son lead Stars to victory

Brian Nelson, center, drops the puck in a ceremonial faceoff with his son and River Lakes alternate captain Paxton Nelson, right, and Willmar captain Brady Bauman. Brian Nelson, a 1984 WHS graduate, was honored before Thursday's game at the Willmar Civic Center. Jake Schultz / Tribune 1 / 4
River Lakes' Payton Madison shoots in Thursday's game against Willmar at the Willmar Civic Center. Jake Schultz / Tribune2 / 4
River Lakes' Payton Madison celebrates after scoring the first goal of Thursday's game against Willmar at the Willmar Civic Center. Jake Schultz / Tribune3 / 4
River Lakes' Blake Peterson, center, celebrates with teammate Paxton Nelson after scoring in Thursday's game against Willmar at the Willmar Civic Center. Jake Schultz / Tribune4 / 4

On the night his father was honored by his former team, River Lakes' Paxton Nelson had a goal and four assists as River Lakes defeated Willmar 7-0 on Thursday at the Willmar Civic Center.

Brian Nelson may not have built the Willmar hockey program but he certainly was one of the first to etch his name in Willmar hockey lore. The 1984 Willmar High School graduate went on to have a career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, living with NHL legend Brett Hull while playing with the Bulldogs. Thursday night, though, during Willmar's senior night, Nelson once again laid claim to the Willmar Civic Center.

"It was special," Brian Nelson said after dropping the puck in an honorary faceoff before the game with his son, Paxton, and Willmar captain Brady Bauman. "I didn't expect it to be like this. With my son there it was pretty amazing. A lot of my old teammates are here, a lot of fans that remember the days when we were pretty successful here. It was a pretty special night."

It was a night of conflicting emotions for Nelson, now a Spicer resident and manager of Kandiyohi County's community service program. The Willmar legend who once torched competitors and led the state with 44 goals and 44 assists in 1984 for All-State first team honors saw his son's team have similar success against his former team. River Lakes opened up the scoring early with a wrap-around goal from Payton Madison just three minutes, 59 seconds into the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Blake Peterson scored his first of two first period goals just one minute, 11 seconds later and added another to make it 3-0.

It may have been Brian Nelson's night but Paxton Nelson certainly shined as well, earning an assist in all three first period goals. He also assisted on Quinton Ruhland's goal late in the second period and scored a power play goal in the third period to cap a perfect night in the Nelson household.

River Lakes 7, Willmar 0

River Lakes 3 3 1 — 7

Willmar 0 0 0 — 0

FIRST PERIOD — R: Payton Madison (Paxton Nelson) 3:59 ... R: Blake Peterson (Nelson, Madison) 5:10 ... R: Peterson (Nelson) 10:03

SECOND PERIOD — R: Luke Johnson 7:44 sh ... R: Blake Blattner (Luke Johnson, Sam Howard) 11:19 pp ... R: Quinton Ruhland (Nelson, Madison) 16:52

THIRD PERIOD — R: Nelson (Payton Madison, Peterson) 6:21 pp

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — River Lakes: Jonathan TerWisscha 11/11 ... Willmar: Caden Johnson 23/30

L/DC 2, Marshall 1

Paul Raisanen and Cole Evjen scored first period goals and that's all Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato would need in a victory over Marshall on Thursday at the Red Baron Arena in Marshall.

LDC goalie Darby Halonen turned away 13 of 14 shots on goal.

L/DC 2 0 0 — 2

Marshall 0 0 1 — 1

FIRST PERIOD — L: Paul Raisanen (Filip Haataja) 16:11 ... L: Cole Evjen (Brandt Pedersen, Dylan Schultz) 16:57

SECOND PERIOD — No scoring

THIRD PERIOD — M: Noah Versaevel (Mason Plante) 16:57

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato: Darby Halonen 13/14 ... Marshall: Dominik Caspers 45/47

Girls Hockey

Willmar 2, River Lakes 2 OT

Willmar's Mya Monson scored the tying goal early in the third period and neither team could convert in overtime as the Cardinals and the Stars tied on Thursday at the Richmond Arena.

River Lakes' Sierra Flint opened the scoring with a first-period goal and Willmar's Sydney Olson tied the game early in the second.

River Lakes' Courtney Hanson gave the Stars a 2-1 with a goal in the waning minutes of the second period.

Willmar 0 1 1 — 2

River Lakes 1 1 0 — 2

FIRST PERIOD — R: Sierra Flint (Brooke Lemke) 3:55

SECOND PERIOD — W: Sydney Olson (Madison Garberding) 5:04 ... R: Courtney Hanson (Tyra Johnson) 15:37

THIRD PERIOD — W: Mya Monson (Bailey Olson, Sydney Olson) 1:31

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Willmar: Savana Knutson 29/31 ... River Lakes: Jordyn Tomaszewski 34/36

Prep Wrestling

Duals

Willmar 75, Fergus Falls 6

Eight Fergus Falls forfeits and wins by Caden Carlson (106), Israel Navarro (126), Clay Carlson (138), Bryce Erickson (152) and Ethan Roux (160) led Willmar to an easy Central Lakes Conference win on Thursday.

106: Caden Carlson, W, pin Delvin Roberts 1:44

113: Harley Anez, W, won by forfeit

120: Jack Roehl, W, won by forfeit

126: Israel Navarro, W, pin Justin Boyd 3:42

132: Josh Miley, W, won by forfeit

138: Clay Carlson, W, pin Kaden Hartwell 1:24

145: Cael Carlson, W, won by forfeit

152: Bryce Erickson, W, dec Cole Fronning 7-4

160: Ethan Roux, W, pin Isaac Oliphant 1:06

170: Kaden Streed, W, won by forfeit

182: Lincoln Shinn, W, won by forfeit

195: Josiah Swanson, W, won by forfeit

220: Andrew Reigstad, W, won by forfeit

285: Dustin Portales, F, pin Charlie Farhat 4:51

KMS 49, Benson 21

KMS won the opening 33 points on the way to a win over Benson during the Saints' senior night.

Benson's Jared Knutson took a 4-3 decision over Michael Doubek to earn his 100th career victory.

106: Coy Gunderson, K, tech fall Reece Larson 19-4

113: Chase Magaard, K, pin Anthony Klassen 1:19

120: Will Magaard, K, pin Colby Hogrefe 1:29

126: Jared Carlson, K, maj dec Hunter Mondor 9-1

132: Jonathan Tostenson, K, tech fall Mike Nagler 16-1

138: Luke Hoefer, K, maj dec Adam Koosman 10-0

145: Caleb Collins, K, dec Aaron Zosel 3-1

152: Adam Zosel, B, pin Brandon Kallstrom 5:30

160: Masyn Olson, K, pin Mason Abner 5:21

170: Wyatt Mcgee, B, pin Ethan Peters 3:53

182: Jared Knutson, B, dec Michael Doubek 4-3

195: Ryan Torkelson, K, maj dec Dylan Stewart 9-0

220: Marc Collins, K, pin Alden Sylte 5:20

285: Grant Evenson, B, pin Brody Forsell 1:36

TMB 67, Quad County 3

Bryce Schmidt earned Quad County's points with a decision at 220 pounds on Thursdayxxxx

106: Ayden Horner, T, pin Hunter Wilke 1:04

113: Caden Johnson, T, dec Jayce Hernandez 4-2

120: Levi Ellingson, T, pin Abel Chaparro 4:39

126: Dereck Ellingson, T, pin Javier Jackson 0:29

132: Luis Perez, T, maj dec Sam Ohliger 12-4

138: Tyler Vandendriessche, T, pin Jacob Grund 1:27

145: Sawyer Schwartz, T, dec Ayden Friese 5-4

152: Austin Axford, T, dec Jack Howard 8-5

160: Nash Mayer, T, won by forfeit

170: Trevor Eisfeld, T, won by forfeit

182: Travis Willhitte, T, won by forfeit

195: Jace Paplow, T, pin Cole Fischer 1:35

220: Bryce Schmidt, Q, dec Austin Buchholz 11-7

285: Sam Bauer, T, pin Hunter Wolf 1:20

BBE Tri

BBE 36, WCA/A/BE 31

BBE dominated most of the middleweights to top perennial power West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville Thursday night.

Adam Jaeger earned a critical three points with a ultimate tiebreaker victory against Kaden Spindler 2-1.

106: Anthony Sykora, W, pin Walker Bents 0:19

113: Blaine Fischer, B, dec Jordan Lohse 2-0

120: Ryan Young, B, pin Reubens Swanson 1:49

126: Canon Swanson, B, dec Kaleb Getz 6-4

132: Dylan Kampsen, B, dec Chris Onstad 5-1

138: Tyler Bents, B, pin Hunter Hanson 3:39

145: Hunter Mickelsen, W, dec Taiton Linder 5-2

152: Isaiah Gilbert, B, pin John Barber 4:21

160: Adam Jaeger, B, utb Kaden Spindler 2-1

170: Mark Jenniges, B, pin Alex Butcher 1:48

182: Levi Larkin, W, pin Isaac Kempsen 0:27

195: Wyatt Olson, W, maj dec Trevor Kern 11-1

220: Mason Nibbe, W, pin Seth Roering 5:16

285: Devin Stone, W, pin Joseph Thompson 1:03

BBE 51, Royalton/Upsala 15

BBE got off to a solid start, winning the first match of its triangular on Thursday.

106: Walker Bents, B, maj dec Will Gorecki 8-0

113: Blaine Fischer, B, maj dec Brock Costanzo 11-1

120: Canon Swanson, B, dec Jacob Leibold 6-2

126: Tyler Jensen, B, dec Wyatt Lahr 3-2

132: Dylan T. Kampsen, B, pin Gavin Sowada 1:11

138: Tyler Bents, B, pin Brady Conrad 2:50

145: Damian Theisen, R, dec Taiton Linder 9-6

152: Isaiah Gilbert, B, won by forfeit

160: Adam Jaeger, B, dec Jackson Held 3-2

170: Mark Jenniges, B, pin Gage Louden 5:31

182: Trevor Kern, B, maj dec Marshall Meehl 15-6

195: Seth Roering, B, pin Aaron Block 0:41

220: Mason Novitzki, R, dec Austin Klaphake 0:19

285: Jason Kasella, R, won by forfeit

Swimming and Diving

Willmar 97, Fergus Falls 89

Willmar edged Fergus Falls in a tough Central Lakes Conference battle Thursday night in Willmar.

Garrett Shuldes made his way to the forefront with three victories, including a pair of individual wins in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — (1) Fergus Falls 1:47.89 (2) Willmar (Jon Arends, Logan McGillivray, Ethan Kubesh, Tristen Reed) 1:53.14 (4) Willmar (Philip Stadem, Aidan O'Meara, Riley Zammert, Joe Hurley) 2:00.14

200 FREESTYLE — (1) Ayden Schueler, W, 1:57.53 (2) Jacob Meyer, W, 1:58.80 (3) Colin O'Farrell, W, 2:05.82

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — (1) Will Prody, FF, 2:11.64 (2) Mateo Marin-Mera, W, 2:12.56 (4) McGillivray, W, 2:25.01 (6) O'Meara, W, 2:46.66

50 FREESTYLE — (1) Garrett Shuldes, W, 22.65 (4) Kubesh, W, 24.58

DIVING — (1) Caleb Neubauer, FF, 233.60 (3) Jonger Umana, W, 143.40 (4) Kale Bockelman, W, 133.65 (5) Rafael Zelaya, W, 124.05

100 BUTTERFLY — (1) Tyler Hansen, FF, 58.37 (2) Marin-Mera, W, 58.82 (3) Kubesh, W, 1:01.63

100 FREESTYLE — (1) Shuldes, W, 50.21 (3) Meyer, W, 53.68 (4) Arends, W, 55.78

500 FREESTYLE — (1) Schueler, W, 5:16.49 (3) O'Farrell, W, 5:44.68 (5) Seth Jagow, W, 6:05.56

200 FREESTYLE RELAY — (1) Willmar (Meyer, Marin-Mera, Schueler, Shuldes) 1:33.21 (3) Willmar (Tristen Reed, McGillivray, O'Farrell, Jagow) 1:42.62

100 BACKSTROKE — (1) Prody, FF, 58.97 (2) Arends, W, 1:00.62 (3) Stadem, W, 1:04.88 (5) Joe Hurley, W, 1:06.21

100 BREASTSTROKE — (1) Tristan Trosvig, FF, 1:10.41 (3) McGillivray, W, 1:13.08 (5) O'Meara, W, 1:17.94

400 FREESTYLE RELAY — (1) Willmar (Meyer, Marin-Mera, Kubesh, Shuldes) 3:29.81 (3) Willmar (O'Farrell, Schueler, Jagow, Arends) 3:52.73

Gymnastics

New London-Spicer Tri

New London-Spicer took a big win at their own triangular with four individual victories.

Emily Novak won the all-around with 36.075 and added a win on the floor with a 9.575. Teammate Ashlyn Olson added a win on the beam as well and took second in the all-around.

The Wildcats will hit the road to take on Litchfield Thursday.

TEAM SCORES — (1) New London-Spicer 140.125 (2) Orono 133.4 (3) Dassel-Cokato 131.225

ALL-AROUND — (1) Emily Novak, N, 36.075 (2) Ashlyn Olson, N, 35.675

VAULT — (1) Samantha Abler, O, 9.15 (T-2) Olson, N, 8.775 (4) Emily Novak, N, 8.75 (T-5) Charli Robinson, N, 8.7 (8) Emmy Schwartz 8.55 (T-9) Lily Sampson 8.5

BARS — (1) Robinson, N, 8.625 (2) Novak, N, 8.475 (5) Olivia Mages, N, 8.125 (T-6) Olson, N, 8.1 (11) Ari Peterson, N, 7.65

BEAM — (1) Olson, N, 9.35 (2) Novak, N, 9.275 (5) Emma Roman, N, 8.225 (8) Taylor Knutson, N, 8.025 (10) Peterson, N, 7.925

FLOOR — (1) Novak, N, 9.575 (2) Olson, N, 9.45 (5) Sarah Thein, N, 9.1 (6) Peterson, N, 9.025 (8) Maddy Iverson, N, 8.45

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