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MINNEAPOLIS — New London-Spicer's girls basketball team joined a long list of teams that are unable to stop Roseau's Kiley Borowicz this season and that led to a 79-57 Wildcat loss in the Class AA state semifinals Friday night.
MARSHALL — Matthew Van Eps and Austin Marcus put on a show Thursday night for Central Minnesota Christian, and the timing was perfect.
MINNEAPOLIS — Shea Oman and the New London-Spicer Wildcats started Wednesday's Class AA state tournament game with a steal-and-score and never looked back. More than 35 minutes later the fourth-seeded Wildcats capped a 48-43 wire-to-wire win over fifth-seeded Esko in part due to a staunch zone defense and solid scoring performance by Oman.
Lac qui Parle Valley's girls basketball team isn't concerned with rankings or what people expect of them and that mindset has guided them to the Section 3A final against Southwest Minnesota Christian. LQPV is now one win away from its first-ever trip to The Minnesota State Girls Basketball Tournament and the Eagles will decide their fate at 8 p.m. on Friday at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall.
Every season, teams emerge with state tournament dreams but the one constant is New London-Spicer's girls basketball team in the driver's seat with a spot in the section final. The Wildcats return to the section final for the fifth time in as many seasons with their eyes set on their second straight trip to the state tournament. Their path to get there is a familiar one as well; Tracy-Milroy-Balaton is the last team between the Wildcats and a trip to state just as it was last year. The game tips off at 5 p.m. on Friday in Marshall.
ST. PAUL—Three Willmar Cardinals neared the pinnacle of the high school wrestling world but ultimately left Saturday's Class AAA state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center with a bittersweet taste. Israel Navarro (120), Cael Carlson (126) and Clay Carlson (132) wrestled in succession for their respective championships but each fell just short in their bid for their first title.
WILLMAR—The Willmar WarHawks took 62 minutes in penalties Friday night but it was 12 seconds in the third period that lifted them over the West Division leader Granite City 2-1 at the Willmar Civic Center. Max Oelkers and Nathan Ackerman scored third-period goals after the WarHawks killed a pair of major penalties early in the period to stay within a goal of the Lumberjacks.
ST. PAUL—Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg's wrestling team started strong but ultimately found trouble in the heavier weight classes and fell to second-ranked Pierz 44-19 at the Class A State Tournament. The Saints got things started with a bang thanks to Will Magaard who pinned Brandon Funk 3:08 into the match. Pierz battled back to earn decisions at 113 and 120 pounds to tie things up three bouts in.
MONTEVIDEO — An eight game win streak became nine as Morris/Chokio-Alberta's girls basketball team kept their season alive with yet another come-from-behind victory on Tuesday. This time, the Tigers trailed Minnewaska by nine points at halftime of a Section 3AA-North semifinal before rebounding and winning 57-54. The Tigers now play New London-Spicer for the North Sub-Section title at 8 p.m. Thursday at Southwest Minnesota State. NLS advanced with a 62-43 win over Lakeview in the first semifinal at Montevideo.
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (15-3) is back in the Class A State Tournament for the second year in a row and they'll face a familiar foe to get things started on Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Saints will get things started with second-seeded Pierz (32-1) once again, looking for an improvement on last season's outing. Pierz, who was the fourth-seed last season, defeated then fifth-seeded KMS 44-22 in the opening round. Pierz entered that match with a 26-6 record while KMS entered 16-1.