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JORDAN — Detroit Lakes had no problem defending its Class AA title Wednesday as the Lakers crushed the field at Ridges at Sand Creek, besting runner-up and five-time champion Minnewaska by 31 shots. Kate Smith earned medalist honors for the second straight year for Detroit Lakes as the freshman tied teammate junior Natalie Roth at 108 in the rain-shortened meet. The final round was trimmed to nine holes after steady rains pushed back play on the course over five hours.
JORDAN — Section 5AA champion Litchfield collected a first-day score of 304 Tuesday to sit in third place in the Class AA team standings at Ridges at Sand Creek. The Dragons are just five shots behind second-place Detroit Lakes and a manageable 10 shots behind leader Staples-Motley, which has three golfers in the top 10.
JORDAN — Five-time state champion Minnewaska has an uphill climb to earn its sixth title in the last eight years. The Lakers have sophomore Jenna Janu in a fifth-place tie and senior Alexis Guggisberg tied for seventh, but defending Class AA champion Detroit Lakes carded a 297 Tuesday, 19 shots better than Minnewaska, on the first day of competition at Ridges at Sand Creek. Natalie Roth’s 70 and defending medalist Kate Smith’s 72 are the top two scores in the tournament and paced Detroit Lakes’ fast start.
ST. CLOUD — Two extra days of rest for Minnewaska enabled Riley Thompson to get back to the mound for an unexpected start.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Area wrestlers showed their stuff on the national stage last weekend at the National High School Coaches Association Wrestling Championships. Three earned All-America designation. From Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, sophomore Zach Carlson placed second and senior Jordon Rothers took fourth. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City junior Larry Bomstad placed third.
MARSHALL — Playing in its first-ever girls basketball section title game, BOLD cranked up its defensive effort late to rally past defending 3AA champion Worthington 66-64 Friday night at Southwest Minnesota State University.
WILLMAR — The Cardinals boys basketball team is hoping their season doesn’t end how it started out today when they host the Hutchinson Tigers in the opening round of the Section 2AAA playoffs at 7 p.m. Hutchinson edged Willmar 57-54 on Dec. 6 in Hutchinson in the Cardinals’ season opener. Even though both teams had some-what similar records to end the regular season and the Tigers had the upper hand in an earlier meeting, Willmar was given the No. 4 seed and Hutchinson No. 5 at last week’s coaches’ seeding meeting.
COLLEGEVILLE — For the third time this season today at 7:45 p.m., the Litchfield Dragons and New London-Spicer Wildcats will duke it out on the basketball court. Even though the first two meetings had conference implications, tonight’s winner at St. John’s University will get a more important victory: a sub-section championship that secures a spot in the Section 6AA title game.
ST. PAUL — Five wrestlers from the area are two wins away from completing a perfect season and six others are only a couple of wins from winning an individual title after advancing to the semifinals of the individual state tournament Friday at the Xcel Energy Center.
ST. PAUL — Willmar freshman Colten Carlson won two decisions at 152 pounds Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Class AAA Individual State Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center. Carlson notched a 10-6 win over Centennial’s Will Noll in the opening round and then edged Justin Herold-Plakut of Woodbury 7-6 in the quarterfinals. Carlson, now 40-5 on the season, will meet Anoka’s Brandon Krone in the semifinals. Carlson qualified for state last year at 138 as an eighth-grader, but lost his only match as his opponent was beaten in the quarterfinals.