WILLMAR — Three Willmar swimmers and divers won events but the Cardinals lost to Alexandria 119-66 in a Central Lakes Conference meet on Thursday at the Willmar High School pool. Willmar diver River Rowan won the 1-meter event with 211 points. Ethan Kubesh placed first in the 100 butterfly in 1 minute, 0.66 seconds, and Carl Shuldes won the 100 freestyle in 50.86 seconds. The Cardinals also notched seven runner-up finishes, including the 200 medley relay, the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
BRAINERD—Willmar gymnastics used a strong team performance to sneak by Brainerd Thursday night 145.25 to 144.025. Kirah Kessler-Gross took home the all-around championship for the Cardinals with a 35.5 score, just ahead of Millie Klefsaas of Brainerd who finished with a 35.15. Willmar's Erica Schramm rounded out the top three with a 35.0. Lydia Morrell was the lone single event winner for the Cardinals, taking first on the uneven bars with a 9.275. Willmar 145.25, Brainerd 144.025
ST. CLOUD — The Willmar boys' basketball team ran into a brick wall against St. Cloud Tech on Thursday night, falling 57-43. The Cardinals (9-9, 2-8) shot just 33 percent from the field and scored their second-lowest point total of the season. Noah Streed scored 11 points to lead Willmar, while the team's leading scorer Noah Slagter had 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting.
WILLMAR — Willmar wrestling put on a show against Alexandria Thursday night, defeating the visiting Cardinals in dominant fashion, 51-9. Willmar dropped only three matches by decision all night and recorded three pins in the process. Cael Carlson (126) pinned Christian Athey in 1:12 while Lincoln Shinn (160) earned the quickest pin of the night in 36 seconds. Josiah Swanson logged the final pin at 182 pounds, defeating Jay Kohls in 5:25. Willmar 51, Alexandria 9 106: Caden Carlson, W, dec Ryan Borris 3-2
ANNANDALE - New London-Spicer's Kabrie Weber hit the game-winning 3-pointer in a 54-52 victory over Annandale in a Wright County Conference game on Thursday. Also in this girls basketball roundup, BBE, MACCRAY, Lac qui Parle Valley and Litchfield notched wins on Thursday. The Wildcats held a 27-22 lead going into halftime but the ball game was tied at 50 going down the stretch and Weber was the hero with her triple to take the 53-50 lead. Annandale managed another bucket but was forced to foul Shea Oman where she hit a free throw to give the game the 54-50 final.
In the second installment of the weekly show, the guys round up boys' basketball action. CMCS suffered a rare loss over the weekend, while the Willmar boys went 1-2, including a close loss to a section foe. RCW pulled out an upset of the fifth-ranked team in the state as Justin Schrupp shined on the court. Montevideo's Travis Dreyer earned West Central Conference Player of the Week honors after a big week, while Benson's Layton Connelly scored his 1,000th career point.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Willmar lineman Louis Russell leads a list of local players committing to play college football on Wednesday. Russell has signed a letter of intent to play at Valley City State University, according to Vikings head football coach Dennis McCulloch. A 6-foot defensive end, Russell is currently a senior at Willmar High School. Russell plans to study Sports Management while at VCSU. He is the son of Greg and Sherry Russell.
ANOKA — Akeem Oglesby scored 31 points but it wasn't enough as Ridgewater was unable to dethrone Anoka-Ramsey Community College, the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, in a 98-86 loss Wednesday night. A-R was lethal from long range nearly the entire night, especially during the first half when they hit 12-of-21 three-point shots to jump out to a 54-34 halftime lead. The Warriors found a new gear in the second half, though, scoring 52 points of their own in the second half. It ultimately proved not to be enough, though, as they fell short by 12.
Curt and Jake kick off this week's show by talking about the girls' basketball scene. New London-Spicer suffered just its third loss of the season in a double-overtime game against Watertown-Mayer in double overtime, but that shouldn't be a cause for concern. Meanwhile, the Willmar girls went 1-2 last week, losing to Fergus Falls and Zimmerman but holding St. Cloud Tech to 29 points in a win. The Cardinals have three very winnable games ahead of them, however, and are looking to turn things around.
MONTEVIDEO - Willmar won six events but ultimately fell short in a dual against Montevideo, 100-84, on Tuesday night. Matthew Dunn made his presence felt with a pair of wins for the Thunder Hawks while Jacob Meyer and Garrett Shuldes each recorded three wins of their own for the Cardinals. Montevideo 100, Willmar 84