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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).
In “Hoosiers,” as the small-town Hickory players stand in awe of the magnificent Butler Fieldhouse, their coach has them measure the distance to the free throw line and the height of the basket.
The eight players on this year’s Tribune All-Area Volleyball Team are all first-time first-teamers and five are underclassmen.
The Willmar girls cross country team placed third and the Cardinals boys team placed sixth in the Class AA competition at the Minnesota State Cross Country Meet on Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield
What could have been an inspiring farewell victory for retired Gophers coach Jerry Kill instead unraveled sloppily because of inexplicably poor coaching decisions by Kill's long-time staff