The West Central Tribune Sports Show tackles gymnastics, hockey and a bit of wrestling in the latest part. Courtney Henjum has been on fire for New London-Spicer's gymnastics team and recently broke a school record in the process. Willmar's gymnastics team is having a season to remember as well. On the ice, the Willmar WarHawks are battling to earn a playoff spot.
FERGUS FALLS — Clay Carlson won his 125th career match and Brady Reigstad notched his 100th career victory as the Willmar wrestling team won a pair of matches at the Fergus Falls Triangular on Thursday. The Cardinals defeated Moorhead 45-25 and blanked Fergus Falls 81-0 on six pins and seven forfeits. Against Moorhead, Jack Roehl (106), Israel Navarro (120), Clay Carlson (138) and Lincoln Shinn (160) won their matches by fall.
PRINSBURG — A balanced Central Minnesota Christian School attack was too much for Lac qui Parle Valley on Thursday. Four Bluejays scored in double figures to lead the No. 3-ranked team in Class A to a 60-34 victory over the Eagles. Matthew Van Eps scored 12 points, Tanner Stoel and Jaxon Schwitters scored 11 and Ethan Brouwer came through with 10 points. Brouwer led the Bluejays with eight rebounds and Austin Marcus finished with eight points and seven boards. Brouwer and Schwitters both had four assists and Marcus had two assists and a pair of steals.
After missing the first couple of months of the girls basketball season, Curt Hogg and Jake Schultz recap the season to this point. Lac qui Parle Valley girls are proving to be a top contender in a tough Camden Conference and New London-Spicer looks ready to return to the State tournament. Willmar also rights the ship as they fight through a tough Central Lakes Conference.
THIEF RIVER FALLS — Nick Stafford won at 174 but an undermanned Ridgewater wrestling team fell to Northland on Wednesday. Stafford won by technical Fall over Northland's Mike Lambert 18-3. Ridgewater had forfeits at six of 10 weights. The Warriors' Leo Kerfeld won by technical fall in an exhibition match. The Warriors wrestle at Rochester on Wednesday, then compete in the Don Parker Open in Eau Claire, Wis., at 10 a.m. on Feb. 4 in their final regular-season competition.
The guys try to recap the past few months of boys basketball action. In the Camden Conference, Central Minnesota Christian is off to a strong start once again as they look to make another state tournament appearance. Melrose leads the way for the West Central Conference but Morris/Chokio-Alberta sits right behind in contention.
The West Central Tribune Sports Show is back after a brief hiatus and with a brand new look. Well, semi-new. The set is the same but the cast is different as Curt Hogg, the newest sports reporter at the Tribune and new co-host of the show, makes his first appearance. He's a UW-Madison graduate and baseball fanatic. He'll be covering throughout the area as normal but he'll also be on the Willmar beat.
CLARA CITY — Trailing by six at halftime, MACCRAY turned things around late for a 43-37 win over Yellow Medicine East on Tuesday night. Anna McCosh of the Sting led all scorers with 11 points, but Ellie Thein and Olivia Ruiter scored 10 points each for MACCRAY. The Wolverines' Sage Mecker and Piper Asche both scored eight points. MACCRAY 43, YME 37 YME 23 14 — 37 MACCRAY 17 26 — 43
NEW LONDON — Caleb Collins (145), Wyatt Jones (152) and Marc Collins (182) won their matches by fall and Jonathan Tostenson (132) and Brandin Dahl (170) earned technical falls to lead the KMS wrestling team to a 58-6 win over New London-Spicer on Tuesday. Josh Soine (195) and Sebastian Bitzan (220) earned NLS' points on decisions. KMS 58, NLS 6 106: Will Magaard, K, dec Blake Vagle 10-4 113: Kyle Meyer, K, won by forfeit 120: Jared Carlson, K, won by forfeit 126: Jacob Carlson, K, dec Sam Stageberg 8-3
SARTELL — Noah Slagter scored 34 points and Drey Dirksen grabbed 17 rebounds but the individual performances weren't enough as Sartell's first half was enough for a 83-73 Central Lakes Conference victory on Tuesday. Slagter was able to hit from all over the court but was especially hot from the free-throw line. He hit 13-of-14 from the charity stripe.