MINNEAPOLIS—The Willmar gymnastics team capped off its season with a sixth-place finish at the Class A state tournament at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday afternoon. Detroit Lakes won its fourth consecutive state title with a score of 150.925, more than three points clear of second-place Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka. The Cardinals, making their first appearance at the state tournament since 1997, posted a score of 144.0 and were in position for a fourth-place finish entering their final rotation on the uneven bars.
The story of the Willmar gymnastics team's season is one best told by tears. First, sad ones; then, streams of joy. With the Cardinals set to compete at the Class A team state meet on Friday, there could still be more yet to come. When top all-around performer Erica Schramm suffered a C7 vertebra fracture in Jan. 18, just two days after the top-ranked Cardinals recorded their highest score of the year, Willmar was left scrambling both to replace her spot in the lineup and emotionally prepare to compete again.
WILLMAR—The Willmar gymnastics team is going to state. Or, rather, they're vaulting, jumping, balancing and flipping their way there. The Cardinals punched their ticket to the Class A state tournament on Saturday at Litchfield High School, winning the Section 6A championship by nearly five points to dethrone state power Melrose earn the third team state tournament appearance in school history.
MOORHEAD — It came down to the final match of the night, but the Willmar wrestling team earned its seventh consecutive trip to the state tournament in dramatic fashion on Saturday. Andrew Reigstad played the role of the hero on Saturday with a 3-1 decision at 285 pounds, lifting the Cardinals to the a 31-30 win over Bemidji in the Section 8AAA championship match.
MOORHEAD — It came down to the final match of the night, but the Willmar wrestling team earned its seventh consecutive trip to the state tournament in dramatic fashion on Saturday. Andrew Reigstad played the role of the hero on Saturday with a 3-1 decision at 285 lbs., lifting the Cardinals to the a 31-30 win over Bemidji in the Section 8AAA championship match.
Just like most years, Willmar gymnastics head coach Jodi Mottinger was a bit nervous the night before the section meet. Unlike most years, though, this time around her Cardinals are the highest-ranked squad in the section heading into the biggest meet of the season. "I'm a little nervous, just like every year," Mottinger said. "The week before, you really don't sleep much leading into it. You want it so bad for the kids to do their best and make it to state, but ultimately they're the ones that have to go out and do it."
WILLMAR — The Willmar boys basketball team can check another one of its season goals off the list: win the Central Lakes Conference. The No. 4 Cardinals pulled away late to down Rocori 67-57 on Tuesday night, which couple with a loss by St. Cloud Tech to clinch at least a share of the conference title. With four CLC games to play, Willmar owns a four-game lead in the loss column. Noah Slagter scored a game-high 21 points to lead another balanced scoring attack from the Cardinals. Jake Evans, Ty Roelofs and Ryan Slette all chipped in 10 points apiece.
DAWSON — Hancock senior Noah Kannegiesser reached a significant individual milestone but Dawson-Boyd got the best of the No. 6 Owls in a 78-67 non-conference win on Monday at Dawson-Boyd High School. The Blackjacks' Bentley Boike the main factor down low throughout the night, making sure to be not overshadowed by Kannegiesser's big night. Boike finished with a team-high 26 points, with many of those coming on second-chance points from his game-best 12 rebounds.
Move over, Mr. Felt. There is a new all-time area boys scoring leader. Hancock guard Noah Kannegiesser scored 45 points on Monday night to pass Redwood Valley's Mike Felt atop as the all-time leading scorer of anyone to ever play basketball in the Tribune coverages area. "It really means a lot to me to be able to say that," Kannegiesser said. Kannegiesser needed 42 points to top Felt's 2,450 career mark, set in 2009, and broke the record with a free throw with three minutes to play in a loss at Dawson-Boyd. Kannegiesser now sits at 2,454 career points.
PRINSBURG - Elli Stoel capped off a dominant performance with a go-ahead basket with just over one minute to play to lift Central Minnesota Christian to a 71-69 win over Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart on Saturday afternoon. Stoel scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double, teaming up with Ellie Greenwaldt, who scored 28 points, to do most of the Bluejays' damage. CMCS opened up a double-digit lead in the first half, but the Mustangs battled back to draw within four points at halftime.