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The Central Minnesota Christian School boys basketball team will see some familiar faces at the Class A Minnesota State Boys Basketball Tournament this week. The Bluejays' first-round opponent won't be one of them. Five of the eight teams in the Class A field played in the 2016 tournament.The 26-3 Bluejays on Saturday drew the No. 3 seed behind top-seed and defending champion Minneapolis North and No. 2 seed and 2016 runner-up Goodhue. The Bluejays play one of the newcomers, unseeded North Woods (29-1), at 5 p.m. Thursday at Williams Arena.
ST. PAUL — Claire Killian scored 24 points and Watertown-Mayer held off a late New London-Spicer rally to win the Class AA third-place game in the Minnesota State Girls Basketball Tournament on Saturday at the Gangelhoff Center on the Concordia-St. Paul campus.
The New London-Spicer girls basketball team kicks off its 17th trip to the Minnesota State Girls Basketball Tournament against Esko in a Class AA quarterfinals game at 4 p.m. today at Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. While the Wildcats own the No. 4 seed, they have been a formidable opponent for two other Class AA seeds. During the regular season, NLS (26-3) lost twice to Class AA No. 3-seed Watertown-Mayer (26-3), the second lost by three points in double overtime.
MARSHALL - The New London-Spicer girls basketball team defeated Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 62-55 to claim the Section 3AA championship and a spot in next week's Class AA Minnesota State Girls Basketball Tournament. Four Wildcats scored in double figures, with Morgan Swenson scoring 12 of her 14 points in the second half as NLS overcame a two-point halftime deficit. Shea Oman, Erin Tebben and Kabrie Weber all scored 12 points for the Wildcats. NLS is making its second-straight trip to the state tournament and its 17th overall.
The Willmar girls basketball team earned its first state tournament berth since 2010 with a 62-51 victory over Zimmerman in the Section 5AAA championship game Thursday
Three Willmar Cardinals wrestlers earned second-place finishes in Class AAA at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center
A strong second half helped the Willmar girls basketball team down Big Lake 58-44 in the Section 5AAA semifinals on Saturday at Buffalo High School
Kenyon-Wanamingo defeated KMS 37-19 in the Class A consolation championship match on Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center
The Willmar wrestling team lost to Owatonna 30-29 in the consolation championship match at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center
The prep wrestling post-season got underway in a big way on Tuesday, with the top four seeds in Section 5A advancing to the semifinals in Kerkhoven and Belgrade. Top-seed KMS and No. 4 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville will square off on Friday and No. 2 BBE takes on No. 3 Paynesville. Both matches are at 6 p.m. in Holdingford, and the winners will meet at 8 p.m. Friday for a spot in the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament. The state tournament is March 2-4 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.