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Boys Basketball: Bluejays inch closer to state

MARSHALL — The Central Minnesota Christian School boys basketball team inched closer to a third-straight trip to the Minnesota State Boys Basketball Tournament with a 60-34 win over MACCRAY in the Section 3A North semifinals on Thursday at Southwest Minnesota State.

The Bluejays, now 24-3, play Russell-Tyler-Ruthton for the sub-section championship at 6 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State. RTR advanced with a 58-52 win over Dawson-Boyd on Friday in Marshall.

CMCS defeated RTR 69-51 in the Camden Conference championship game on Feb. 27 in Prinsburg, and the Bluejays won a regular-season meeting between the two teams 55-45 on Jan. 20 in Tyler.

The 3A championship game is March 16 at SMSU.

On Thursday, Austin Marcus was almost perfect from the field, hitting 10 of 11 shots and scoring 20 points. He and teammate Ethan Brouwer both had eight rebounds. Brouwer scored 12 points.

Matthew Van Eps had 10 points and five assists and Jaxon Schwitters had eight points.

The Bluejays shot 62 percent from the field and 57 percent (8 of 14) from beyond the 3-point arc.

Brady Madsen and Jackson Grussing led the Wolverines with nine points. Grussing had six rebounds and Madsen had four assists and four steals.

Section 3A

CMCS 60, MACCRAY 34

MACCRAY (12-12) 12 22 — 34

CMCS (24-3) 23 37 — 60

MACCRAY - Scoring: Brady Madsen 9, Jackson Grussing 9, Brett Harguth 4, Colton Swart 7, Dylan Dirksen 6 ... 3-point shots: Madsen 1, Harguth 1, Swart 1 ... Rebound leader: Grussing 6 ... Assist leader: Madsen 4 ... Steal leader: Madsen 4

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - Scoring: Matthew Van Eps 10, Ethan Brouwer 12, Tanner Stoel 3, Aaron Zwart 3, Micah Vander Beek 2, Austin Marcus 20, Jaxon Schwitters 8, Carter Henry 2 ... 3-point shots: Van Eps 2, Brouwer 2, Stoel 1, Zwart 1, Schwitters 2 ... Rebound leader: Marcus 8, Brouwer 8, Stoel 5 ... Assist leader: Van Eps 5 ... Steal leader: Brouwer 1

Section 5AA

Litchfield 67, Spectrum 33

Owen Boerema scored 21 points and Noah Kreger scored 19 to lead Litchfield to a Section 5AA victory over the Sting on Thursday in Litchfield.

Boerema and Alex Gruenke both hit four 3-point shots and Gruenke finished with 12 points.

Boerema led the Dragons with seven rebounds and Brandon Nelson had 10 assists.

The Dragons, the No. 7 seed, play No. 2-seed Watertown-Mayer at 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

Spectrum (11-15) 9 24 — 33

Litchfield (17-10) 35 32 — 67

SPECTRUM - Scoring: Kruse 9, M. Lawrence 4, Sundstrom 3, S. Lawrence 1, Bondy 3, Marberg 2, Elrod 11 ... 3-point shots: Kruse 1, Sundstrom 1, M. Lawrence 1

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Alex Gruenke 12, Brandon Nelson 2, Owen Boerema 21, Griffin Kinny 4, Jon Madsen 4, Nolan Dietel 3, Noah Kreger 19, Andrew Fisher 2 ... 3-point shots: Kreger 3, Dietel 1, Boerema 4, Gruenke 4 ... Rebound leader: Boerema 7 ... Assist leader: Nelson 10 ... Steal leader: None

Section 2A

CM/C 85, BOLD 83 OT

Top North Sub-section seed Cedar Mountain/Comfrey needed a big comeback to edge a determined BOLD squad in overtime on Thursday in the Section 2A playoffs.

CM/C, now 26-2, trailed by 14 points at halftime but scored 47 in the second half to force OT.

BOLD's Mason Mages scored 23 points, Thomas Meyers had 18, and Jordan Sagedahl, Ryan Snot and Logan Dahlk all scored 11 points. Dahlk led the Warriors with 12 rebounds.

BOLD finished the season 13-15

BOLD (13-15) 44 33 6 — 83

CM/C (26-2) 30 47 8 — 85

BOLD - Scoring: Gavin Vosika 5, Jordan Sagedahl 11, Thomas Meyers 17, Ryan Snow 11, Mason Mages 23, Jon Schulte 5, Logan Dahlk 11 ... 3-point shots: Vosika 1, Sagedahl 2, Meyers 1, Snow 3, Mages 4 ... Rebound leader: Dahlk 12, Schulte 5, Meyers 5, Sagedahl 5 ... Assist leader: Schulte 3 ... Steal leader: Vosika 2, Dahlk 2

CEDAR MOUNTAIN/COMFREY - Stats not provided

Section 6A

Parkers Prairie 70, BBE 53

Parkers Prairie ended BBE's season with a win over the Jaguars in the Section 6A quarterfinals on Thursday.

Ryan Olmscheid led BBE with 15 points, four assists and five steals. Derek Wiener scored 16 points, Evan Wiener had 11 and Ryan Illies had eight points and seven rebounds.

The Jaguars finished the season 10-17.

BBE (10-17) 30 23 — 53

Parkers Prairie (20-7) 33 37 — 70

BBE - Scoring: Ryan Olmscheid 15, Evan Wiener 11, Parker Schwinghammer 3, Derek Wiener 16, Ryan Illies 8 ... 3-point shots: Schwinghammer 1, D. Wiener 3 ... Rebound leader: Illies 7, Olmscheid 4 ... Assist leader: Olmscheid 5 ... Steal leader: Five with 1

PARKERS PRAIRIE - Scoring: Harry Samuelson 1, Andrew Johnson 8, Matt Ferley 16, Travis Yohnke 23, Ryan Blake 15, Casey Peterson 7 ... 3-point shots: Ferley 3, Blake 3, Peterson 1 ... Rebound leader: Yohnke 7 ... Assist leader: Ferley 6 ... Steal leader: Ferley 3

Hancock 71, BE 58

Noah Kannegiesser kept up his scoring binge, going for 31 points as the Owls moved on in the Section 6A South Sub-section playoffs on Thursday in Hancock.

Tyler Reese scored 18 points and Chandler Gramm had eight points and eight rebounds.

The Owls (18-6) play in the sub-section semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at the University of Minnesota Morris.

BE (15-11) 30 28 — 58

Hancock (18-6) 33 38 — 71

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - Scoring: James Strese 12, Tayler Bitzen 8, Darrin Wibstad 12, Kevin Campbell 6, Jake Hintermeister 11, Tanner Bitzen 9 ... 3-point shots: Hintermeister 3, T. Bitzen 2, Wibstad 2, Strese 1

HANCOCK - Scoring: Noah Kannegiesser 31, Andrew Shaw 5, Tyler Reese 18, Bennett Nienhaus 3, Chandler Gramm 8, Michael Milander 6 ... 3-point shots: Kannegiesser 1, Nienhaus 1, Shaw 1 ... Rebound leader: Gramm 8, Shaw 7 ... Assist leader: Kannegiesser 4 ... Steal leader: Shaw 2, Gramm 2

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