In honor of the upcoming NBA All Star Game, West Central Tribune sports reporters Curt Hogg and Jake Schultz decided to do an all star draft of their own. Using Curt's column, the Four-Point Play, the WCT Sports Show drafted their all star teams of area girls basketball players. Let us know on Facebook or on Twitter, using @WCTSports, what you think about their teams.
Willmar's Nordic ski season came to an end Tuesday at the Section 8A tournament in Callaway, Minnesota. St. Cloud Cathedral-Sartell took the boys title with 386 points and three of the top five finishers to qualify for state. Joining the state bound Crusaders is Little Falls, who followed up with 375 points and two of the top five finishers. Willmar took ninth out the 12 team event. Bemidji edged Alexandria by one point on the girls side but both are heading to the state tournament as the top two finishers. Willmar, meanwhile, took 10th place of 11 teams.
The basketball season still has few weeks before the regular season wraps, but the conference battles are reaching their peak. Willmar's boys team is in the driver's seat in the Central Lakes Conference while the Camden Conference and West Central Conference feature a handful of local teams hoping to break through in the coming weeks. Watch the video for a fuller break down of the local boys basketball conference standings.
West Central Tribune sports reporters Curt Hogg and Jake Schultz break down the girls basketball conference standings in West Central Minnesota.
DETROIT LAKES—The Willmar gymnastics team placed fourth and three Cardinals had top-10 finishes at the Class A State True Team meet on Saturday. Detroit Lakes placed first, followed by Sartell, Pine Island-Zumbrota, Willmar and Monticello. Kirah Kessler-Gross placed seventh on the floor with 9.474, Tayva Carruthers placed eighth on the beam with a 9.15, and Lydia Morrell placed eighth with 9.225. In True Team, all five scores in each event are counted in team scores. "Was a bit of a rough day for the Cardinals," said Willmar head coach Jodi Mottinger.
AUSTIN — The Ridgewater women's basketball team erased a five-point halftime deficit with a big second half and defeated Riverland 58-47 on Wednesday night. Ridgewater's Mariah Adams scored 17 points and Heidi Sellmann had 14 points and 21 rebounds. Morgan Swenson had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Abby Olberg had 11 and Kendra Miller had five points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Warriors play host to Western Wisconsin Tech at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ridgewater College. Ridgewater 58, Riverland 47
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This week brings a new spin to the WCT Sports Show. Curt and Jake try to answer 20 questions (mostly) about area sports in five minutes.
ROCHESTER — Olivia Haug had 22 points and 21 rebounds as Rochester defeated Ridgewater 95-51 in an MCAC game on Wednesday in Rochester. Ridgewater's Morgan Swenson had 13 points and nine rebounds and Grace Sawyer had 12 points and four steals. Heidi Sellmann had nine points and seven rebounds, and Abby Oberg finished with seven points and seven assists. Rochester 95, Ridgewater 51 Ridgewater 10 9 13 19 — 51 Rochester 19 29 30 17 — 95
Curt and Jake break down the area boys basketball rankings as the season approaches the midway point.