MORRIS — The notion of an upset was in the air Monday night but ultimately the Melrose boys basketball team remained undefeated with a 67-53 win over Morris/Chokio-Alberta. The Tigers started the first half with a hot hand, hitting six three-pointers in the first half. They matched Melrose (20-0) almost shot-for-shot and went into the locker room trailing 32-31.
WILLMAR — Montevideo's Andrew Sweeney made two free throws in the final seconds and the Thunder Hawks were able to successfully defend Willmar's last-ditch attempts to tie in a 64-61 victory on Saturday at Willmar High School. After a 3-7 start to the season, the Thunder Hawks have won three straight game and five of their last six, the only loss in that stretch coming in overtime against Sauk Centre. The 8-8 T-Hawks look to extend their winning streak against Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Montevideo.
MONTEVIDEO — Minnewaska shot the lights out in a big win over West Central Conference rival Montevideo. Carley Stewart was unstoppable on the night, scoring 28 points for the Lakers. Teammate Bayley Pooler also put up some strong numbers with 22 points of her own. On the other side of the court, Montevideo's Molly Reeves racked up 25 points and Abby Olson tacked on 22. Also in this girls basketball roundup, Litchfield, BOLD and KMS came away with victories on Friday night. Minnewaska 88, Montevideo 72 Minnewaska (13-6) 44 44 — 88
PRINSBURG — Central Minnesota Christian got back on track with a 58-39 win over Camden Conference rival Dawson-Boyd Friday night. Also in this boys basketball roundup, Minnewaska, YME, RCW, Morris/CA and BBE also brought home victories on Friday night. Against Dawson-Boyd, CMCS' Ethan Brouwer led the way with 17 points. He also tacked on eight rebounds while teammate Austin Marcus wrapped things up with a 10-point, nine-rebound performance. Alex Swenson was the go-to guy for the Blackjacks, scoring 15 points throughout the game.
ST. CLOUD - River Lakes goaltender Jordyn Tomaszewski blanked St. Cloud and Sierra Flint scored two goals in a 3-0 victory on Friday night. Also in this local roundup, the Morris/Benson Area boys hockey team loses to Red Lake Falls. Tomaszewski saved all 42 shots faced from St. Cloud, including a rapid flurry of 21 over the final period. After a scoreless first period, River Lakes put 20 shots on net as Amanda Bijold and Flint scored to go up 2-0. Flint's second goal of the night came in the third period and put the game away for River Lakes.
To close out the show for the week, wrestling and gymnastics are the topics of discussion for Curt and Jake. The KMS wrestling team is ranked sixth in Class A, which could change after defeating Paynseville 50-12 last week. In gymnastics, third-ranked Willmar hosted and placed third out of 10 teams in the True Team meet on Saturday. Erica Schramm took 7th place overall, while Detroit Lakes and Melrose were the top two teams.
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