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GRANITE FALLS -- In 10 dual meets this season, Yellow Medicine East has been pinned only eight times while outscoring its opponents 532-96. The Sting have also posted four shutouts and have 12 wrestlers that have won 11-or-more matches. All of that adds up to YME being the only unbeaten team in the area. "We knew we had a balanced team going into the season and that's the way to win dual meets," said YME coach Gary Wolf.
In 10 games this season, Adam Paulson has made at least two 3-pointers in each contest. But the Lac qui Parle Valley junior guard has been scorching the nets of late. In the last three games, Paulson has drained 15 treys, including a career-high seven Tuesday against unbeaten Montevideo. Paulson's efforts helped the Eagles (7-3) run off seven straight wins until being outgunned 93-84 by the Thunder Hawks Tuesday. "I've generally been told that I have a good jump shot," said Paulson, who is tied with Willmar's Kyle Townswick for the area lead in three-pointers with 40.
With nine talented seniors coming back along with a another pool of skilled underclassmen, the Morris/Benson Area boys hockey team knew it could do something special this season. Even though the Storm are 11-1, they're a little disapointed at themselves for losing so early in the season. "We expected to be this good with the nine seniors back," said MBA coach Mike Conboy. "The guys are deep in skills and strong players." The Storm, a strong contender to capture the Section 4A crown, opened the season by winning their first seven games, outscoring their opponents 49-10 in the process.
WILLMAR -- Sophomore guard Briana Goldschmidt drained three of her four 3-pointers in a crucial first-half stretch for Willmar and finished with 12 points as the Cardinals rallied to upend Central Lakes Conference foe St. Cloud Apollo 53-44 Thursday. St.
With no starters returning from a season ago, people didn't know what to expect from the Redwood Valley boys basketball team this season. No one coming back averaged more than seven points a game on a squad that went 16-10 last season. But the young Cardinals (two-thirds of the team are underclassmen) are above .500 at 4-3 to start the season. Three of their wins have come just before the final buzzer sounded. "Every game we have trailed in double digits except Litchfield," said Redwood Valley first-year coach Kelly Raymond.
WILLMAR -- One night after shooting only 24 percent from the field, New London-Spicer fired at a 48-percent clip Friday to edge Watertown-Mayer 45-41 in the third-place game of the Midwest Wireless Wild-Card Tournament. The Wildcats (8-2) were held to just eight field goals in a 29-18 loss to Hawley in the tournament opener, but sophomore center Renae Henjum, who netted a game-high 19 points, and the rest of the Wildcats found their shot against the Royals (10-2).
WILLMAR -- The second half of the Hawley and New London-Spicer game Thursday featured more offense than the first half, but not by much. New London-Spicer held a 8-7 lead at halftime, but Hawley's man-to-man defense limited the Wildcats to just eight field goals as the Nuggets went on to post a 29-18 win in the semifinals of the Midwest Wireless Wild-Card Tournament. Hawley, which broke the Wildcats' six-game winning streak, attempted only 10 shots in the second half, but six -- two from three-point range -- found the bottom of the net after going 2-for-14 in the opening 18 minutes. Sam Spa
WILLMAR -- While New London-Spicer held Jeff Sangren in check in the second half, Todd Herman heated up for the Wildcats -- collecting his 1,000th career point along the way -- to help the Wildcats post a 70-65 win over Becker in the semifinals of the Willmar Bremer Bank Holiday Classic Tuesday. Sangren was 4-for-4 from three-point range and netted 17 points in the first half to help the Bulldogs (5-2) build a 34-29 lead at halftime.
CLARA CITY -- MACCRAY senior Tory Brouwer will miss the next 2½ weeks of action after breaking her wrist last Friday at the Old 212 Conference Holiday Tournament in Tracy. She's now in a cast that extends from her elbow to her thumb. Brouwer, a 5-10 forward, was getting into position to defend a fast break early in the game against Yellow Medicine East when she backed into the wall at the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton High School gymnasium.
When it became official last year that the Two Twelve Conference was breaking up after 58 years of existence, coaches and athletic directors wanted to do something to keep the memories alive. The boys basketball coaches, headed by Nathan Dah-lager of Yellow Medicine East, decided to plan for an Old Two Twelve Conference Holiday Tournament. Not all of the coaches went along with the idea at first, but after persuading from Dahlager, Ryan Luft of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Gary Nelson of MACCRAY, every team was on board.