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.
It's been a busy time for Willmar basketball. Willmar hosted the Heritage Bank WildCard Tournament for four girls basketball teams and is now hosting eight boys teams at the Bremer Bank Holiday Tournament. The guys from the West Central Tribune Sports Show are here to break down this week's action.
WILLMAR — The Willmar gymnastics team is the No. 1-ranked Class A team in the latest Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association poll. Willmar, with a 145.983, supplanted former No. 1 team and defending Class A state champion Detroit Lakes, which currently sits No. 2 at 145.542. Sartell is No. 3 at 143.275, Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa is No. 4 at 143.167 and Worthington is No. 5 at 142.267. Willmar's Section 6A rival, Melrose, is No. 12 at 138.250, New London-Spicer, also a 6A team, is No. 16 at 135.900 and Benson/KMS/Montevideo is No. 23 at 132.100.
WILLMAR—Two of the top teams in the state met on the mats at Willmar Senior High on Thursday night and didn't disappoint with their performances. Willmar edged out a win over St. Cloud Tech, 146.1-146.0 to continue its impressive run in the early stages of the season. Abigail Coquyt took first place in the all-around with a score of 36.475 and was followed closely by teammate Erica Schramm in second place with a 36.435. Tech is ranked No. 3 in Class AA, while Willmar entered as the No. 3 team in Class A.