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Willmar’s Isaac Kobienia is off to a blistering start to the 2015-16 season, for which he immediately and humbly credits his Cardinal line mates. But it’s undeniable that the gifted senior forward has been holding up his end of the deal. “He’s a really good kid,” said Cardinals head coach Jamie Hagen, whose team plays its third game of the season against St. Cloud Tech at 7:15 p.m. today at the Willmar Civic Center. “He’s a good student,” Hagen said, “and he’s got a good head on his shoulders. He’s got a lot of good stuff going for him.”
As a guy who loves to watch hockey, I was never much good at playing it. In days way gone by, we played all the time but nothing ever seemed to rub off. I think of this every year when the prep hockey season rolls around, when the weather turns from chilly to cold, and the only feeling I have left in my feet and fingers is pain and swelling from hours spent playing on an outdoor rink that we often had to shovel, inside dasher boards that were, literally, boards.
A balanced offensive attack helped MACCRAY down Benson 54-42 in the Case IH Invitational’s third-place game on Saturday at Benson High School
The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa girls basketball team methodically put away Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal 75-49 on Saturday in the Case IH Invitational championship game at Benson High School
New London-Spicer, ranked No. 7 in Class AA, opened its season with an impressive 66-26 victory over Eden Valley-Watkins on Thursday
Sean Amundson scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half to help Morris/Chokio-Alberta pull away in a 61-53 victory over New London-Spicer on Thursday
A year ago, the New London-Spicer girls basketball team really didn’t know what it would be about. The returning Wildcats had spent years playing together, but Taylor Thunstedt, now starting at North Dakota State, had commanded the operation for four seasons as the Tribune-area’s top all-time player. NLS’ new version of Wildcats were confident in their abilities but not entirely sure what a post-Thunstedt future might look like. Given their success in 2014-15, they do now, and they’ve got sights on big things.
ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY West Central Conference Coach: Adam Schumacher (6th year, 51-75) 2014-15 Records: 7-19 overall, 4-10 conference Returning Starters: Kendra Miller (5-10, junior, forward, 8.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg); Maree Lee (5-6, junior, guard, 8.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.9 spg).
It would stand to reason that the Central Minnesota Christian School boys basketball team’s chief aim this year would be a state championship after the Bluejays won 25 games last season and capped the year by winning the Class A state third-place game. Not so fast. “We don’t have our goal set to get back to state,” said CMCS head coach Ted Taatjes. “We just want to get better each day and play hard every game.” The Bluejays have the talent and experience to go along with the one-day-at-a-time ethos.
ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY West Central Conference Coach: Terry Miller (25th year, 292-282) 2014-15 Records: 21-10 overall, 10-5 conference Returning starters: Colton Minnick (15.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg); Adam Johnson (8.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg).