Willmar and New London-Spicer battled through tough playoff pictures to earn trips to state and Curt and Jake are here to break down title chances. Both teams are entering the state tournament with late season success but the Cardinals have a tough draw with top-ranked Orono. They play at 6 p.m.Tuesday at the Target Center. The Wildcats, on the other hand, earned a No. 4 seed in the Class AA tournament and they'll take on No. 5 Esko at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Mariucci Arena.
The Willmar girls basketball team opens the Class AAA Minnesota State Girls Basketball Tournament on Tuesday and the New London-Spicer girls team plays in the first round of the Class AA state tournament on Wednesday. The unseeded Cardinals (20-9) play top-seed Orono (23-5) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Target Center. The No. 4 Class AA seed NLS (26-3) plays No. 5-seed Esko (24-6) at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Mariucci Arena.
With another state boys hockey tournament in the books, it's time to move on to another tradition: the sixth annual Minnesota State High School All Hockey Hair Team video, produced by "Game On! Minnesota." Prepare yourself for Flowetry in Motion. Sit back and enjoy.
MARSHALL — The Central Minnesota Christian School boys basketball team inched closer to a third-straight trip to the Minnesota State Boys Basketball Tournament with a 60-34 win over MACCRAY in the Section 3A North semifinals on Thursday at Southwest Minnesota State. The Bluejays, now 24-3, play Russell-Tyler-Ruthton for the sub-section championship at 6 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State. RTR advanced with a 58-52 win over Dawson-Boyd on Friday in Marshall.
Since a (not so) highly publicized wager between Curt and Jake in January, Willmar's girls basketball team has gone on a hot streak and has now advanced to the Section 5AAA final. They are joined by three other area teams in section finals matchups. New London-Spicer leads the contenders with a battle against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton while Lac qui Parle Valley takes on Southwest Minnesota Christian. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa is also set for a section final matchup against Cromwell-Wright.
With the wrestling season over, Curt and Jake take a more in-depth look at the boys basketball playoff scene. Section 3AA continues to give Curt and Jake fits after an intriguing opening round that saw the top four teams advance. BOLD continues to impress in the postseason as well.
Three former area baseball standouts were honored as 2017 inductees to the West Central Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. This year's class is:
WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers announced that Marcus Still (New Mexico State University), Caleb Ledbetter (University of Montevallo) and Brandt Belk (Pepperdine University) have been added to the Stingers roster for the 2017 season. With these signings, the roster is now at eight players for the upcoming season, the organization's eighth in the Northwoods League.
NEW ULM — The BOLD boys basketball team must have figured that if it was going to go down in the second round of the Section 2A playoffs it would be with both barrels blazing. When the smoke cleared, it was, in fact, the lower-seed Warriors who were moving on. Three Warriors scored 20 points or more and two others scored 15 in a 101-89 win over Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Monday. BOLD (13-14), the No. 5 seed in the North sub-section, now plays top North seed Cedar Mountain/Comfrey at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter High School.
NEW LONDON — Brandon Adelman scored 25 points and Mitchell Halvorson had 10 points and five assists to lead New London-Spicer to a 54-43 win over Lakeview in a Section 3AA North sub-section quarterfinals game on Saturday. NLS' Jackson Ness had eight points and eight rebounds. Adelman also had six rebounds and four assists and Halvorson had five assists. The Wildcats play Montevideo in the North semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Willmar High School. NLS 54, Lakeview 43 Lakeview (11-14) 23 20 — 43