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Local Roundup: Willmar hockey team clipped in 3A playoffs

MARSHALL - Logan Tomasek scored a first-period goal and it stood up as Marshall defeated Willmar 1-0 in the Section 3A tournament on Thursday at Red Baron Arena.

Tomasek scored at 8:10 of the first on an assist from Mason Plante. Goalie Trey Nelson and the Tigers' defense limited Willmar to 14 shots.

"It was a great hockey game," said Willmar head coach Jamie Hagen. "It was back and forth all night. We had great chances—we had a puck on the goal line and we couldn't tap it in. But we gave them everything they wanted and more."

Willmar was outshot 11-2 in the first period and 12-6 in the second but the Cardinals' defense and goalie Caden Johnson did a good job of keeping Marshall from building on their lead. Johnson faced 32 shots.

The Cardinals finished 4-23 and loses nine skaters for next year. But Hagen said the team is optimistic about the future, despite returning with a young team next season.

The last two games (including an 8-1 section win Tuesday over Worthington) were first time this season that we played with a full squad," said Hagen, who expects 21 new players on next year's team. "But our guys always worked hard for three periods. We're on the move in the right direction."

Section 3A

Marshall 1, Willmar 0

Willmar 0 0 0 — 0

Marshall 1 0 0 — 1

FIRST PERIOD — M: Logan Tomasek (Mason Plante) 8:10

SECOND PERIOD — No scoring

THIRD PERIOD — No scoring

GOALIE SAVES — Willmar: Caden Johnson 31 ... Marshall: Trey Nelson 14

Boys Basketball

Rocori 64, Willmar 55

Rocori took an early lead and ran off with Thursday's Central Lakes Conference game against Willmar.

Noah Slagter scored 21 points for the Cardinals but Rocori's Derek Thompson was the game's leading scorer with 24 points.

The Cardinals will close out the regular season March 3 against Sartell in Willmar.

Willmar (10-15) 23 32 — 55

Rocori (14-10) 38 26 — 64

WILLMAR - Scoring: Noah Slagter 21, Drey Dirksen 13, Noah Streed 11, Noah Getz 6, Cameron Murphy 2, Jacob Minnick 2 ... 3-point shots: Slagter 2, Dirksen 1, Streed 3, Getz 1 ... Rebound leader: Slagter 8, Dirksen 8 ... Assist leader: Getz 3 ... Steal leader: Streed 2, Getz 2

ROCORI - Scoring: Derek Thompson 24, Sam Olson 14, William Huls 10, Hunter Larson 5, Nicholas Penick 4, Will Matuska 2, Connor Schoborg 2, Eli Backes 2, Mason Primus 1 ... 3-point shots: Thompson 1, Olson 2, Huls 2, Larson 1 ... Rebound leader: Huls 8 ... Assist leader: Matuska 5 ... Steal leader: Olson 2, Larson 2

GSL 44, NLS 31

A rocky second half doomed New London-Spicer Thursday night as Glencoe-Silver Lake went on to win.

The Panthers led by one at halftime but outscored the Wildcats 25-13 in the second half to earn the victory.

Luke Frahm led all scorers with 20 points for the Panthers.

NLS (13-11) 18 13 — 31

GSL (13-11) 19 25 — 44

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Eli Kilpatrick 8, Jackson Ness 6, Brandon Adelman 5, Jake Schmidt 2, Tristan Thompson 2, Mitch Halvorson 2, Ander Arnold 2, Hunter Sjoberg 2, Brandyn Harlow 2 ... 3-point shots: Ness 1 ... Rebound leader: Kilpatrick 8 ... Assist leader: Sjoberg 4 ... Steal leader: Adelman 3

GLENCOE-SILVER LAKE - Scoring: L Frahm 20, K Christensen 10, M Boesche 4, C Kantack 4, J Litzau 2, M Sanchez 2, N Schmidt 2 ... 3-point shots: Frahm 2, Christensen 1 ... Rebound leader: Boesche 9 ... Assist leader: T Ehrke 2 ... Steal leader: Litzau 2

Sauk Centre 77, BOLD 65

Sauk Centre dominated the glass to best BOLD in Thursday night's West Central Conference matchup.

Tanner Rieland and Cade Neubert combined for 44 points for the Mainstreeters as their team outrebounded the Warriors 42-28. Simon Weller and Isaiah Westby each pulled in 10 rebounds while Neubert, who scored a game-high 23 points, also pulled down nine.

BOLD's Ryan Snow was the leading scorer for the visiting team with 21 points and eight rebounds.

BOLD (11-13) 30 35 — 65

Sauk Centre (17-6) 43 34 — 77

BOLD - Scoring: Gavin Vosika 4, Jordan Sagedahl 11, Devin Gluesing 2, Thomas Meyers 13, Ryan Snow 21, Mason Mages 10, Jon Schulte 4 ... 3-point shots: Vosika 1, Sagedahl 2, Snow 1, Mages 1 ... Rebound leader: Vosika 8, Snow 8 ... Assist leader: Sagedahl 2 ... Steal leader: Mages 4

SAUK CENTRE - Scoring: Tanner Rieland 21, Josh Fischer 12, Isaiah Westby 8, Casey Schirmers 5, Alex Kowski 2, Simon Weller 6, Cade Neubert 23 ... 3-point shots: Rieland 5, Schirmers 1 ... Rebound leader: Westby 10, Weller 10, Neubert 9 ... Assist leader: Rieland 4 ... Steal leader: Westby 3

Melrose 69, Benson 52

Eleven different Melrose scorers carried the Dutchmen to their 24th consecutive win and kept the undefeated season alive.

Dillon Haider scored 17 points for Melrose but Benson's Layton Connelly led the way with 18 points.

Melrose (24-0) 36 33 — 69

Benson (5-17) 25 27 — 52

MELROSE - Scoring: Traeton Kaeveny 8, Dillon Haider 17, Zac Van Beck 1, Reegan Nelson 5, Caldin Rieland 2, Damon Van Beck 9, Jordan Klaphake 5, Francisco Cervantes 5, Hunter Rieland 2, Justin Middendorf 4, Brady Birch 11 ... 3-point shots: Kaeveny 2, Haider 5, D Van Beck 3, Klaphake 1, Cervantes 1 ... Rebound leader: Birch 7, Cervantes 6 ... Assist leader: Haider 3 ... Steal leader: Haider 2

BENSON - Scoring: Ty Hedman 5, Layton Connelly 18, Matt Connolly 3, Kaden Schmidt 2, Cole Vergin 2, Max Peterson 6, Justin Goossen 4, Zack Sonnabend 12 ... 3-point shots: Hedman 1, Connelly 4, Connolly 1 ... Rebound leader: Sonnabend 5 ... Assist leader: Sonnabend 2 ... Steal leader: Peterson 3

RCW 72, Canby 68

Justin Schrupp scored 27 points to guide Renville County West past Canby.

Schrupp, who also finished with a team-high six assists, was joined by Reese Marks, Spencer Mortensen and Tony Froland with double digit scores as well. Marks tacked on 16 points for the Jaguars and five rebounds. Mortensen added 11 points and seven rebounds, too.

RCW (7-17) 40 32 — 72

Canby (14-9) 34 34 — 68

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Reese Marks 16, Tony Froland 10, Spencer Mortensen 11, Justin Schrupp 27, Nathan Serbus 8 ... 3-point shots: Marks 1, Mortensen 1, Schrupp 3 ... Rebound leader: Mortensen 7, Marks 5, Froland 5 ... Assist leader: Schrupp 6, Marks 4, Mortensen 4 ... Steal leader: Trent Kjersten 3

CANBY - Stats not provided

ACGC 68, Minnewaska 55

Erik Belgum lit up the scoreboard and Gabe Eisenbacher posted a double-double as ACGC downed Minnewaska on Thursday night.

Belgum scored 29 points to lead all scorers, while Eisenbacher scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds.

The game could be a preview of a Section 3AA quarterfinal in the coming weeks.

Garrett Jensen had 13 points to lead the Lakers, while Dennis VanDyke had 12 points.

ACGC (14-9) 32 36 — 68

Minnewaska (10-13) 27 28 — 55

ACGC - Scoring: Dennis VanDyke 12, Jack Blevins 2, Ryan Christianson 3, Jaeger Jergenson 4, Matt Gruber 6, Garrett Jensen 13, Luke Barkiem 4, Jake Hoffman 2, Jake Peters 9 ... 3-point shots: Christianson 1, Gruber 1, Peters 1 ... Rebound leader: Peters 6 ... Assist leader: Christianson 3, Jensen 3 ... Steal leader: VanDyke 2, Jensen 2

ACGC - Scoring: Erik Belgum 29, Brendan Hedtke 2, Ryan Amdahl 3, Jaren Kaddatz 11, Adam Johnson 6, Gabe Eisenbacher 17 ... 3-point shots: Kaddatz 1 ... Rebound leader: Eisenbacher 11 ... Assist leader: Amdahl 4 ... Steal leader: Belgum 3

RTR 79, D-B 68

Bentley Boike scored 30 points for Dawson-Boyd but it wasn't enough as Russell-Tyler-Ruthton featured five double figure scorers to take the victory.

The Blackjacks trailed by 12 at halftime and couldn't make up the difference in the second despite outscoring the Knights 32-31. Chris Muecke scored 19 points for RTR to lead his team.

Alex Swenson also had a strong night for Dawson-Boyd with 16 points and nine rebounds.

RTR (21-4) 48 31 — 79

D-B (13-9) 36 32 — 68

RUSSELL-TYLER-RUTHTON - Scoring: Chris Muecke 19, Jonah Johnson 14, Jayden Strand 6, Carter Hansen 11, Garrett Kern 13, Westin Kirk 12, Sam Schardin 4... 3-point shots: Johnson 1, Kern 3 ... Rebound leader: Kirk 9 ... Assist leader: Muecke 1, Johnson 1, Strand 1, Kirk 1 ... Steal leader: Muecke 2

DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Eli Weber 13, Braden Thompson 2, Alex Swenson 16, Keaton Schuelke 1, Bentley Boike 30, Colton Husby 4, Seth Stratmoen 2 ... 3-point shots: Weber 1, Boike 1 ... Rebound leader: Swenson 9, Weber 7 ... Assist leader: Weber 7 ... Steal leader: Boike 1, Husby 1, JaKwan Horton 1

Montevideo 58, Morris/CA 55

In another possible preview of a future Section 3AA matchup, Montevideo stormed back in the second half to defeat Morris/Chokio-Alberta, 58-55, on Thursday night.

The Thunder Hawks, led by Travis Dreyer's 17 points and 11 rebounds, avenged a previous triple overtime loss to the Tigers.

Morris had a chance to send the game to overtime, but a 3-pointer at the buzzer hit off the front rim.

Jaret Johnson led Morris with 15 points and Tate Nelson added 12 points.

Isaac Douglas scored 13 points for Montevideo, which won its eighth game in the last nine contests.

Montevideo (13-9) 23 35 — 58

MorrisCA (13-11) 26 29 — 55

MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Isaac Douglas 13, Riley Emery 10, Travis Dreyer 17, Andrew Sweeney 12, Isaac Hoogeveen 4, Henry Strunc 2 ... Rebound leader: Dreyer 11, Sweeney 9 ... Assist leader: Derek Kilibarda 4 ... Steal leader: Dreyer 4

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - Scoring: Jaret Johnson 15, Tate Nelson 12, Tim Travis 10, Lukus Manska 7, Jacob Zosel 5, Camden Arndt 4, Kyle Staebler 2 ... 3-point shots: Nelson 1, Johnson 1, Manska 1 ... Rebound leader: Travis 6 ... Assist leader: Zosel 6 ... Steal leader: Johnson 2

Kimball 78, Paynesville 46

Kimball won its seventh game in a row Thursday night with a dominant performance over Paynesville.

Darius Westrich scored a game-high 20 points closely followed by teammate Hayden Gagnon who finished with 19 points.

Kimball (20-5) 41 37 — 78

Paynesville (1-20) 17 29 — 46

KIMBALL - Scoring: Darius Westrich 20, Hunter Ahlrich 3, Del Guerrero 8, Hayden Gagnon 19, Drew Gustafson 11, Noah Jurek 2, Levi Sodergren 2, Parker Peglow 2, Riley Miller 2, Michael Hoffmann 9 ... 3-point shots: Westrich 4, Ahlrich 1, Hoffmann 1

PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Sam Oehrlein 2, Carter Carlson 6, Dustin Hieserich 3, Evan Dolly 2, Brody Strand 13, Spencer Imholte 8, Caden Spanier 4, Mitchel Schlangen 8 ... 3-point shots: Hieserich 1, Strand 2

Hillcrest 63, Hancock 56

Noah Kannegiesser scored 23 points but it wasn't enough as Hillcrest Academy walked away with a road win.

Tommy Thompson led a balanced attack for the Comets. He finished with 18 points, closely followed by teammate Kyler Newman who added 15 points.

Hillcrest (16-7) 27 36 — 63

Hancock (15-6) 24 32 — 56

HILLCREST - Scoring: Tommy Thompson 18, Kyler Newman 15, Sean McGuire 10, Sam Isaac 9, Daniel Preston 5, Reggie Undseth 4, S. Prustol 2 ... 3-point shots: Isaac 3, Newman 2, Thompson 2, Preston 1

HANCOCK - Scoring: Noah Kannegiesser 23, Tyler Reese 15, Andrew Shaw 8, Kaleb Koel 4, Bennett Nienhaus 3, Michael Milander 2, Chandler Gramm 1 ... 3-point shots: Kannegiesser 3, Nienhaus 1, Shaw 1 ... Rebound leader: Reese 5 ... Assist leader: Gramm 4 ... Steal leader: Kannegiesser 1, Milander 1, Shaw 1, Reese 1

Girls Basketball

KMS 66, ACGC 54

KMS rode a balanced attack to victory over ACGC on Thursday in Grove City.

Sam Gjerde led the Saints with 14 points, Katie Krieger had 13, Alexis Lamecker hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points and Madison Rohner finished with 10.

The Saints were equally balanced on the rebounding stat sheet, with Krieger, Gjerde and Hanne Tebben all pulling down eight while Rohner and Molly Jeppesen both had seven.

Maree Lee led the Falcons with 11 points, Madison Denton had 10 and Lindsey Minnick had nine points and eight rebounds.

KMS is off until learning its Section 5A playoff seed on Saturday. ACGC plays at Minnewaska at 7 p.m. Saturday.

KMS (10-16) 24 42 — 66

ACGC (4-21) 27 27 — 54

KMS - Scoring: Katie Krieger 13, Alexis Lamecker 11, Mallory Rudningen 6, Morgan Lesteberg 4, Sam Gjerde 14, Hanne Tebben 5, Madison Rohner 10, Molly Jeppesen 4 ... 3-point shots: Lamecker 3, Gjerde 2 ... Rebound leader: Krieger 8, Gjerde 8, Tebben 8, Rohner 7, Jeppesen 7 ... Assist leader: Gjerde 2 ... Steal leader: Krieger 2

ACGC - Scoring: Anna Grimsgard 7, Maree Lee 11, Kendra Miller 7, Addison Bernstein 6, Gabby Lawver 4, Madison Denton 10, Lindsey Minnick 9 ... 3-point shots: Miller 1, Denton 2 ... Rebound leader: Minnick 8, Bernstein 6 ... Assist leader: Lee 3 ... Steal leader: Miller 2, Bernstein 2, Minnick 2

Cleveland 64, BLHS 55

Sara Kottke recorded another double-double but Cleveland hung on to down Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart in a Section 2A play-in game on Thursday.

Kottke finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Alaina Leske had 11 points and eight rebounds. The Mustangs finished the season 4-22.

Rachel Dean had nine points and seven boards and Keegan Hanson also scored nine points.

Cleveland (12-15) 24 40 — 64

BLHS (4-22) 21 34 — 55

CLEVELAND - Scoring: Katelyn McCabe 18, Julia McCabe 4, Karna Ziebarth 20. Rachel Kunkel 4. Caitlyn Brink 18 ... 3-point shots: K. McCabe 2, Brink 1

BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Scoring: Keegan Hanson 9, Alaina Leske 11, Maddy Ehlers 4, Alyssa Petersen 2, Rachel Dean 9, Sara Kottke 15, Kaitlyn Kottke 7 ... 3-point shots: Hanson 1, K. Kottke 1 ... Rebound leader: S. Kottke 10, Leske 8, Dean 7 ... Assist leader: Ehlers 4, K. Kottke 3, S. Kottke 3 ... Steal leader: S. Kottke 1, Hanson 1

Swimming and Diving

The Section 3A swimming and diving preliminaries took place Thursday night and Willmar finished with favorable results in nearly all events. The Cardinals qualified at least one swimmer in every event for Saturday's finals.

Willmar won two events on the afternoon with Garrett Shuldes taking first in the 50-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay finishing atop the podium. Shuldes, who also finished second in the 100-yard freestyle, was the only swimmer to qualify by time in the 50-yard freestyle. He finished in 22.22.

Wilmar's 200-yard medley also had a strong showing with a third place finish while Nash VanKlompenburg and Ryan Kuchta also notched third place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard breaststroke respectively.

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