Andrea Brown, a 5-foot-1 senior guard for the Willmar Cardinals, has been selected Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week in girls' basketball. Against Brainerd on Feb. 2, Brown scored 13 points, handed out six assists and picked up three steals in Willmar's 50-37 win.
BRAINERD -- Even 11 three-pointers weren't enough to prevent Willmar from dropping its third straight game Thursday, a 57-49 Central Lakes Conference loss to Brainerd. The Cardinals' downfall was their inability to score inside against a taller Brainerd team that has now won five straight after a 2-10 start. That included a 81-71 loss to Willmar on Dec. 20 in Willmar. Willmar fell to 6-7 in the Central Lakes Conference and is now .500 overall at 9-9.
LITCHFIELD -- Annika Danielson posted a shutout and Leah Huggett netted two goals Thursday to help Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato clip Willmar 4-0 in the opening round of the Section 2A girls hockey playoffs. Danielson made 20 saves for the No. 8 seed Dragons (9-17). It was the 10th time this season Willmar (2-22) was shut out. LDC plays Saturday at top-seeded Alexandria. After a scoreless first period, Huggett and Makenzie Anderson scored nearly two minutes apart midway through the second period for LDC.
WILLMAR -- The Litchfield Dragons won 11 matches to drub Willmar 52-14 in a non-conference wrestling dual Thursday. The match completed Willmar's regular season with an 11-8 record (8-1 Central Lakes Conference). The Cardinals will host the one-day, 10-team Section 2AAA team wrestling tournament on Feb. 18. Willmar is defending champion. The 2AAA individuals are at Prior Lake Feb. 24-25. Before one of the largest home crowds of the season, Mike Knisley started the Dragons out with a second-period pin over eighth-grader Adam Fagerstrom.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett has been named as a reserve to the 2006 Western Conference All-Star team, the National Basketball Association announced in New York. In his 11th season, Garnett will be making his ninth consecutive All-Star appearance. The all-star reserves are selected by the Western Conference coaches.
MACCRAY (15-5) hosts Lakeview (17-2) today for the Camden North Conference girls' basketball title in Clara City. Both teams are 9-2 in the loop. Lakeview won the first meeting, 66-45 Jan. 10 in Cottonwood.
SAUK RAPIDS -- Andy Supan netted a hat trick and Kyle Henkemeyer amassed four points as Sauk Rapids blanked Willmar 9-0 Thursday in Central Lakes Conference boys hockey. "We did't have a whole lot of opportunities," said Willmar coach Reed Larson. "We were matched up against a good team. They dominated us." The Storm (14-4-0, 19-5-0) outshot Willmar (2-11-1, 6-15-1) 44-15 as Justin Lochner notched a shutout for Sauk Rapids, which had three power-play goals and two shorthanded goals.
CAMP RIPLEY -- The Willmar boys nordic ski team finished ninth and the girls team 11th at the Section 4 meet Thursday. Elk River/Zimmerman won the boys title with 756.5 points. Little Falls won the girls crown with 732. Phil Cleary led the Cardinal boys with a 28th-place finish in the pursuit (39:22). He was 22nd in the freestyle and 34th in the classic. Sara Damhof took 44th overall for the girls. She finished 42nd in the classic and 44th in the freestyle. Girls Results TEAM SCORING -- (1) Little Falls 732 (2) Wayzata 729 (3) Maple Grove 700.5 (4) St.
Boys Basketball Brainerd 57, Willmar 49 Minnewaska 63, NLS 49 SC Cathedral 61, Paynesville 56 CMCS 77, KMS 73 ACGC 78, LQPV 74 Benson 76, BOLD 69 Maple Lake 59, BBE 47 Montevideo 74, Morris 61 MACCRAY 67, Dawson-Boyd 40 Girls Basketball Ortonville 64, KMS 61 Litchfield 56, Annandale 48 Wrestling ACGC 41, Watertown-Mayer 20 ACGC 61, N-YA 12 Litchfield 52, Willmar 14 YME 39, Wabasso 19 Boys Hockey Sauk Rapids 9, Willmar 0 Girls Hockey Section 2A Litchfield/DC 4, Willmar 0 MBA 4, Moose Lake 1 Section 8AA River Lakes 3, North Wright Count
(all events 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Boys Basketball WRIGHT COUNTY Litchfield at Annandale TOMAHAWK Buffalo Lake-Hector at Minnesota Valley Lutheran SOUTHWEST Jackson County Central at Redwood Valley NON-CONFERENCE Renville County West at Benson Lac qui Parle Valley at Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Little Falls at Willmar St. Cloud Tech at Alexandria St. Cloud Apollo at Brainerd Sauk Rapids at Fergus Falls WEST CENTRAL SOUTH BOLD vs.