Curt Hogg and Jake Schultz
BROOTEN — Noah Kannegiesser took the inbounds pass immediately following a timeout and hobbled his way up the court, doing his best to keep as much pressure as possible off the right knee he had tweaked minutes before. His team tied at 37-37 with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Monday night following a sluggish, slow start to the second half, Kannegiesser came around a double screen at the top of the key. A superb athlete, he could have put the ball on the deck and gone to the basket for a layup, but his knee suggested otherwise.
KERKHOVEN — Alex Swenson came around the screen and popped into the corner, taking the pass from Colton Husby. The Dawson-Boyd senior point guard pulled up from behind the arc and found the bottom of the net. Then, on the next possession, Swenson it all over again—just from the opposite corner. Seconds later, Romell Horton spotted up in transition from the wing and let go of another triple. Bang.
CLARA CITY — MACCRAY awoke from a slumber toward the end of the first half and carried that play through to the end for a 54-46 win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Thursday night. Sage Mecker scored a game-high 21 points while shooting 6-for-18 from 3-point range to lead MACCRAY to a 3-1 record on the year. The Wolverines rattled off a 14-4 run over the final 7:52 of the first half that proved to be the difference in the game. A feisty zone from the Saints had given MACCRAY problems until that point, including sparking a 10-2 KMS run to open the game.
WILLMAR — The new basketball season has brought with it a new look for the Willmar boys basketball team. And with that, so far, has come newfound success. The Cardinals turned up the tempo and came away with a 76-44 win over Dassel-Cokato, improving to 2-0 on the young season. Three days after breaking the Willmar school record for boys scoring, Noah Slagter led the way with 21 points on an efficient 10-for-15 shooting clip and grabbed 12 rebounds for his first of many double-doubles to come.
WILLMAR - Allie Cornelius scored all four goals at the St. Cloud Icebreakers downed Willmar 4-1 on Tuesday at the Willmar Civic Center. After nearly two scoreless periods, Cornelius broke through with the first goal of the game at 15:34 of the second. Willmar's Natasha Turrubiates tied the game with a goal at 16:51 on an assist from Mya Monson. But Cornelius scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the third period, then added an empty netter to close out the game. Willmar goalie Savana Knutson faced 26 shots and made 23 saves.
WILLMAR — Willmar boys soccer's win over Big Lake to open Section 6A play may not have been as dominant as head coach Jeff Winter would have wanted, but he was in no position to have any complaints. "We looked up and down throughout the match," Winter said. "But you look back and see the six goals, a good job defensively and a win. A win's a win and you can't be upset about that." The No. 3 Cardinals advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will meet No. 6 Holy Family Catholic on Thursday at the Kennedy School field.
GROVE CITY — If there were any questions left about how impressive Karly Fehr's career has been, she added another nice, round number to further solidify her case on Thursday night. The Morris/Chokio-Alberta setter recorded her 3,000th career save and the Tigers came away with a three-set win at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Thursday night. Fehr notched 33 assists on the night as Morris improved to 14-3 on the season despite what head coach Kristi Fehr said was not the team's best outing.
CLARA CITY — MACCRAY's attack has been dominant almost all season, and that was exactly the case on Tuesday night against Lac qui Parle Valley. Eight different players recorded a kill and Sydney Schwitters had 26 assists as the Wolverines came away with a 25-15, 25-7, 25-11 win over the Eagles. After LQPV kept matters closer in the first sets, MACCRAY, which entered the day ranked No. 10 in Class A according to QRF, turned on the jets. The Wolverines outscored the Eagles 50-18 over the final two sets.
OLIVIA — BOLD recovered after falling just short in a back-and-forth first set, downing Minnewaska in four sets on Thursday night at home. The Lakers rattled off the final points of the opening set to come away with a 25-23 victory, but the Warriors took the next three 25-20, 25-16, 25-14 to improve to 6-10. The offensive trio of Taylor Sagedahl, Ashley Trongard and Makayla Snow created for a balanced attack, combining for 35 kills. Sagedahl's 14 led the way. Snow also added 35 assists to guide the Warriors to the victory.
WILLMAR - Willmar volleyball remained undefeated in Central Lakes Conference with a straight sweep of Sartell Tuesday afternoon at Willmar High School. Esther Grussing spread out her passes with 30 set assists as 10 different Cardinals finished with kills in the game. Carly Wedel led the way with 10 kills, just ahead of Abby Volk's seven. The Cardinals were also dominant from the start, finishing with 12 service aces, led by Grussing's four. Willmar will look to remain perfect in CLC play on Thursday when they visit Sauk Rapids.