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PRINSBURG — On paper, the Central Minnesota Christian School boys basketball team would be considered an underdog in today’s Section 3A championship game against Southwest Minnesota Christian at 5 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall. Afterall, this is the first time the Bluejays have advanced beyond the second round of the section playoffs in the last 10 years, and they haven’t won a section title since 1998. On the other bench sit the Eagles, who have played in two of the last three Class A state championship games, winning it in 2013.
NEW LONDON — A state-tournament girls basketball team loses six seniors, including the best player in school history. They begin the next season saying their goal is to return to state but, under the circumstances, not everyone believes that’s a realistic aspiration for most teams. New London-Spicer isn’t most teams. Last year, the senior-dominated, Taylor Thunstedt-led Wildcats were 24-6 and won four Section 6AA games to advance to the Class AA state tournament. And they’re right back on the cusp this year. The Wildcats are 21-4 and ranked No. 4 in the state.
Last March, three Tribune-area boys teams and one girls team earned spots in the Minnesota State High School Basketball Tournament. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa was the only one of those teams to make it out of the first round.
Montevideo’s Spencer Hildahl, Willmar’s Austin Grove and Michael Heitzman, and New London-Spicer’s Shane Zylstra and Ethan Bohlsen head a group of Tribune-area football players moving on to compete in college next fall. Hildahl, the Thunder Hawks’ standout lineman, has signed to play at NCAA Division I football at South Dakota State next season. SDSU is a Football Championship Subdivision program that competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Hildahl’s teammate, Markus Kranz, will join top NCAA Division III program St.
Justine Lee scored 46 points and had eight rebounds, five assists and nine steals in Dawson-Boyd’s 70-51 victory over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Tuesday, which means she accounted for 73 percent of her team’s offensive output in the Camden Conference win. Impressive? Yes. Unusual? No. Lee’s outing put her at 1,726 career points. She’s averaging more than 30 points, 7.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 5.8 steals per game this season for the 15-2 Blackjacks.
WILLMAR — United States X-Country Snowmobiling Racing organizers held out hope for its Winnipeg to Willmar 500-mile race as long as possible. But nature outlasted them. The USXC’s Seven Clans...
PRINSBURG — On paper, the Central Minnesota Christian School boys basketball team will play perhaps its biggest game of the last 10 years tonight when Canby comes to town. While head coach Ted Taatjes and his Bluejays don’t want to make too much of an early-season game, no matter the opponent, suppressing the hype for this one will be difficult.
NEW LONDON— Another stellar defensive effort made up for a sputtering offense and New London-Spicer won its 16th championship in the 25th Wild-Card Holiday Tournament on Tuesday at New London-Spicer High School. The Wildcats’ 10-0 run midway through the second half broke open a tie game and they defeated Minnehaha Academy 46-27. NLS allowed the Redhawks just seven first-half points, but the Wildcats couldn’t pull away since they hit just 5 of 29 field goals and mustered just 13 points. “We played our best defensive half all season,” said NLS guard Alyssa Fredrick, who had eight points and s
NEW LONDON — A young New London-Spicer team had every reason to slump through overtime against Albany on Monday night in the opening round of the Wild-Card Holiday Tournament. The...
WILLMAR — MACCRAY’s Carter Asche finds himself subjected to that strange benchmark for basketball success reserved only for really good players. Asche is averaging 21 points, 15 rebounds and almost four blocked shots per game.