SAUK RAPIDS — Sartell/Sauk Rapids scored early and often on Friday night as they downed Willmar's girls hockey team 7-0. The Sabers got started just three minutes into the game with a goal from Brooke Walters. Walters scored in each period to earn a hat trick. Bre Hess scored the second goal and Bria Ferns scored the third and seventh goal of the night as well. Willmar's Bryton Carlson stopped 37 of the the 30 shots she faced. The Cardinals will have a rematch against Northern Lakes on Tuesday in Breezy Point. Sartell 7, Willmar 0
ST. CLOUD—The Willmar wrestling team got off to a quick start and wins by the Reigstads late sealed a 38-31 victory over fellow Central Lakes Conference power St. Cloud Tech on Thursday. The two teams met for the CLC championship in the last regular-season match last year and they kicked off this year with another tight match.
BENSON—New London-Spicer used a big first half and kept up the pace in the second to ease by Benson 77-59 on Thursday in both teams' season opener. The Wildcats had three scorers hit double digit points. Mitch Halvorson led all scorers with 23 and he also had six rebounds. Brandon Adelman finished with 16 points and Tristan Kilpatrick had 15 points Zach Sonnabend and Layton Connelly were the leading scorers for the Braves, finishing with 15 points each. NLS 77, Benson 59 NLS (1-0)................. 41 36 — 77
WILLMAR — The Ridgewater men's basketball team hung around with NJCAA Division I North Dakota State College of Science in the second half, but a 22-point halftime deficit was too large as the Warriors fell 103-79 on Wednesday at Ridgewater College. Marvin Perkins led Ridgewater with 20 points, Le'Darian McAllister and Akeem Oglesby both finished with 15 and Jack Turnbull scored 13. The Warriors play a pair of weekend games, starting against HIbbing at 7:40 p.m. Friday in Hibbing. The road trip continues Saturday at Rainy River at 3 p.m. in International Falls.
WILLMAR — Mya Monson scored a pair of first period goals and the Willmar Cardinals girls hockey team held off a late push as to defeat Northern Lakes 4-3 Tuesday night at the Willmar Civic Center. Monson helped Willmar take the lead just 3:14 into the first period and followed that up six minutes later with another goal to take an easy 2-0 lead. Northern Lakes scored in the second but Hannah Kobienia kept the lead at two with a goal of her own.
OLIVIA—Makenna Steffel put up a whopping 38 points in BOLD's season opener who overcame Minneota 90-81 on Tuesday, despite injuries to some key players. The sophomore forward also brought down nine rebounds while her teammate Makayla Snow grabbed 11 rebounds and 12 points for her double-double. The difference proved to be a strong first half for the Warriors who outscored the Vikings 38-29 in the opening period. Both teams scored 52 in the second half.
BENSON — Benson had a tough time containing Osakis early in the game and fell to the Silverstreaks 64-30 in the season-opener for both teams on Tuesday at Benson High School. The Silverstreaks, led by Lauren Savageau outside and Alecia Kaelke inside, built a 20-3 lead midway through the first half and Osakis led 35-6 at halftime. Savageau scored a game-high 20 points and Kaelke had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kayla Sorenson finished with nine points, four assists and six steals.
Fargo Davies 6, Morris/Benson Area 0 Morris/Benson Area girls hockey team went down early and couldn't recover against Fargo Davies on Friday in Fargo, losing 6-0. The Eagles, ranked No. 4 in North Dakota in the Preseason Coaches Poll, got on the board just 41 seconds in with a goal from Alexis Matter. That was her only goal but she recorded a pair of assists before the game was up as well. Fargo Davies scored four in the first period but Morris/Benson Area improved in the final two periods, allowing only one goal in each frame.
The 2015 Tribune All-Area team was senior-dominated, with just one junior making the First Team, and the 2016 team is almost a mirror of that squad. The lone returning First Teamer, Willmar's Brady Reigstad, is one of nine seniors on this year's 11-man team.
2016 All-Area Football Honorable Mention Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Adam Johnson, Sr., RB/LB 6-3, 205 670 rushing yards, 6 TDs, 5 catches for 61 yards, 26 solo tackles, 76 assists, 1 sack, 1 INT, 5 pass breakups Jeremy Nelson, Jr., RB/SS 5-11, 180 684 rushing yards, 11 TDs, 3 catches for 48 yards, 7 solo tackles, 11 assists Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Adam Jaeger, Jr., MLB/RB 5-5, 160 440 rushing yards, 3 TDs, 37 catches for 360 yards and 2 TDs, 94 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries