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GROVE CITY -- They may look young, but the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons don't wrestle like it. ACGC will be making its fourth trip -- all in the last five years -- to the Class A State Tournament today with only four seniors in its lineup. Of the 19 wrestlers that will be in coach Tim Roberg's lineup, 11 saw action in last year's state tourney and 10 were on the 2004 state tournament team.
WILLMAR -- Laura Nielsen was told during her freshman year that she would break the school's all-time scoring record. Four years later, the prognostication was right on the mark. Needing 16 points to tie the record entering Friday's game against Sauk Rapids, Nielsen erupted for 28 points to help Willmar post a 60-27 win in its Central Lakes Conference and regular-season finale, extending its winning streak to 12. The Cardinals (16-2, 20-4) had a chance to claim a piece of the CLC title, but St.
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater sophomore wing Jamie Munson quieted Rainy River's explosive scorer Tiffany Ward in the second half and the Lady Warriors had three players score in double figures as Ridgewater beat Rainy River 73-59 in the first round of the MCCC Women's Basketball Tournament Friday. The Lady Warriors, the No. 2 seed from the Southern Division, face North top seed Itasca in the semifinals today at 8 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The way Willmar is playing of late, it didn't matter that the Cardinals were only 3-for-15 from the free-throw line Tuesday. Willmar won its 11th straight game, beating Rocori 53-23, behind a suffocating defense and a balanced scoring attack. The Cardinals, who have won by an average of 16 points in their winning streak, kept their chances of claiming at least a tie for the Central Lakes Conference crown. St. Cloud Tech beat Little Falls 56-39 Tuesday to improve to 16-1 in the loop, keeping its one-game lead over Willmar (15-2, 19-4).
NEW LONDON - Last Thursday the New London-Spicer gymnastics team tied a six-year school record by posting a score of 139.85 in its win over Redwood Valley. At the beginning of the season, it didn't look like the Wildcats would score that high, but as the season has progressed NLS has gained more confidence. "At the beginning of the season we knew we had the capability of big scores," said first-year New London-Spicer coach Cindy Jacobson.
Renville County West senior forward Kayla Eekhoff will miss the next three to four weeks after breaking her right hand. Eekhoff suffered the possible season-ending injury during team practice Monday. "She tried to tough it out during practice, but she went in to the doctor on Tuesday and found out she will need to sit out at least three weeks," said RCW coach Dale Negen.
WILLMAR -- With questions ranging from when will the team get a new manager to what's it like playing with some of the best players ever, the Minnesota Twins entertained a crowd of around 300 fans at the Kandi Entertainment Center Wednesday at the 45th annual Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan. Current Twins, catcher Joe Mauer and starting pitcher Carlos Silva, Twins television broadcaster Dick Bremer, former Twins great Tony Oliva, Twins executive board member Jerry Bell and TC the Bear were on hand for an hour-long program that was started by a 10-minute highlight video. The stop in Willmar wa
KERKHOVEN -- Dawson-Boyd and Lakeview battled for the Camden North Conference lead in girls basketball Tuesday with Lakeview coming away with the win. Even though the game was scheduled a long time ago, the implications would not have been that big if it wasn't for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. The Fighting Saints upended Dawson-Boyd 54-42 in Kerkhoven on Jan. 10 to give Lakeview sole possession of first place in the conference. Nine days later Dawson-Boyd was thanking KMS after the Fighting Saints had clipped previously unbeaten Lakeview 54-50 in Cottonwood.
WILLMAR -- In one the best performances on defense this season, Willmar held Central Lakes Conference rival Alexandria to two long stretches without a field goal and surrendered only six points in the first half en route to posting a 45-25 win Thursday. Alexandria, the reigning Central Lakes Conference champion, didn't score until Laura Strand hit a long-range jumper just over 10 minutes into the game.