BENSON -- Morris/Benson Area scored five power-play goals, plus an empty-netter to skate past Willmar 8-5 in a non-conference boys hockey opener for both teams Thursday night. "I'm in shock," said Willmar coach Reed Larson after the drubbing at the Benson Civic Center. "Give them credit, but we've either got to learn to take fewer penalties or play better shorthanded." Tony Schultz scored four goals for MBA. Willmar dominated play over the first seven minutes, taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Swedish exchange student Joel Jonsson at 1:54.
Non-Conference LDC 4, Prairie Centre 3 Neither team scored an even-strength goal as Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato (1-0-0) netted two power-play goals (Charlie Hamm and Jordan Lecher) in the third period. Prairie Centre (0-2-0)...............1 2 0 -- 3 Litchfield/DC (1-0-0)................2 0 2 -- 4 FIRST PERIOD - LDC: John Barrick (Charlie Hamm) 1:44, pp ... LDC: Tim Wold (Zac Johnson) 9:01, sh ... PC: Austin Plaine (Chris Henry, Travis Moller) 15:40, pp SECOND PERIOD - PC: Codi Paszek (Pat Johnson, Dylan Chadwallader) 8:47, pp ...
Katie Winkelman, a University of Minnesota-Duluth senior post from Morris, was named the Most Valuable Player in the American Family Insurance Classic this past weekend in Duluth. Winkelman hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds left in overtime to beat Bemidji State 73-72 in the opener last Friday, then had 21 points in the Bulldogs' 62-45 win over Northern Michigan University in the championship the next day. For the season, she is averaging 18.2 points-per-game for the 3-3 Bulldogs.
PAYNESVILLE -- Despite shooting only 28 percent from the field, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa upended Paynesville 60-35 in a non-conference girls basketball game Thursday. The Jaguars (1-1) got 16 points and 11 rebounds from April Hansen, 11 points from Katie Gruber and nine points each from Emily Roelike, Amber Evenson and Missy Montbriand. No one scored in double figures for Paynesville (1-1) with Kirsten Miller pacing the Bulldogs with seven points.
WILLMAR -- Goals by Alexandra Sing and Taylor Sandberg provided Willmar a one-goal lead headed to the third period, but Sartell scored twice in the final stanza for a 3-2 Central Lakes Conference win in girls hockey at the Civic Center on Thursday. Coach Rick Dahle said the Cardinals played hard and played well in front of a second straight big crowd by girls hockey standards. "Sartell had hot goaltending and they scored on a rink-long rush in the third period and then caught us on a line change for the go-ahead goal," said the first-year head coach.
ST. CLOUD -- The Willmar gymnastics team improved nearly 38 points from last season's opening dual in a 143.1-126.7 Central Lakes Conference loss to St.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, which placed third in the Class A state tournament last season, looks to be as good again this season with 10 of its returning wrestlers having won at least 20 matches last season. The Falcons are picked as our preseason No. 1-ranked wrestling team. At No. 2, Willmar brings back the majority of its wrestlers from a 13-9 team that reached the section final. The Cardinals will be previewed in Saturday's paper, the day they open the season. Litchfield is our No. 3 pick with a solid cast back from a 21-6 team that reached the section championship. Coming in at No.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Breckenridge at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Yellow Medicine East vs. Renville County West at Renville, 7:30 p.m. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Invite at Kerkhoven (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 6 p.m.; KMS vs.
Girls Basketball BBE 60, Paynesville 35 CMCS 55, BOLD 43 Minnewaska 40, Morris Area/CA 33 Redwood Valley 53, Renville County West 49 Dawson-Boyd 58, Montevideo 52 Boys Hockey MBA 8, Willmar 5 LDC 4, Prairie Centre 3 Girls Hockey Sartell 3, Willmar 2 Gymnastics St. Cloud Tech 143.1, Willmar 126.7
WAHPETON, N.D. -- The Ridgewater College men's basketball teams faced the tallest lineup it will likely see this campaign when it took on North Dakota State College of Science. The Wildcats barged to a 53-35 halftime lead and went on to defeat the Warriors 93-82 Wednesday night. The front line for NDSCS, now 8-1, went 7-foot, 6-11 and 6-10 but Ridgewater still managed to match their host in rebounding, 39 to 38. "We learned a lot tonight," said coach Bob Knutson. "We actually played pretty well against a very good team.