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The Willmar Cardinals boys' hockey team won its second straight game in the River Lakes Holiday Tournament, beating Redwood Valley 4-2 Wedneday in Paynesville. Willmar (3-5) will face River Lakes at 8 p.m. today in the final game of the four-team round-robin. The Cardinals beat Prairie Centre 5-2 on Tuesday.
LITTLE FALLS - Morris/Benson Area suffered its first loss of the season Wednesday as the Storm fell 3-2 to St. Michael-Albertville in the semifinals of the Little Falls Invite. The Knights scored twice in the opening period and struck again in the second period before the Storm (7-1) tallied two goals in the third period. The game's first four goals came on power plays. Jake Erickson ended the Knights' shutout bid with a goal assisted by Carl Lindblad 2:41 into the third period.
ST. CLOUD - Litchfield connected on 10-of-21 three-point shots and topped Sauk Centre 59-43 in the quarterfinals of the St. Cloud Cathedral Invitational Wednesday. Litchfield will meet Melrose at 5:30 p.m. today in the semifinals. Kent Johnson and Michael Bruesewitz had 14 points apiece to pace the Dragons. Johnson had four of the team's 10 three-pointers. Brent Egan led Sauk Centre (2-5) with 18 points and three steals.
The Ridgewater College baseball staff, along with the Spicer Athletic Center, will be hosting a Spring Youth Baseball Clinic for players ages 8-15. The clinic will be held Saturdays from Jan. 14-Feb. 4 at the Prairie Meadows Learning Center in Spicer and will provide players a complete, fundamental baseball clinic. Players may sign up individually or as a group of up to 10 players. Cost of the clinic is $60 per player. For more information, call Ridgewater baseball coach Dwight Kotila at (320) 231-7696.
Willmar junior guard Kyle Townswick was selected the Central Lakes Conference Boys' Basketball Player of the Week. Townswick had 62 points, four assists and four steals in wins over Litchfield and Brainerd.
Boys Basketball LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY INVITE Minneota vs. Hancock, 4:30 p.m. Chokio-Alberta vs. LQPV, 7:30 p.m. ST. CLOUD CATHEDRAL INVITE Melrose vs. Litchfield, 5:30 p.m. Girls Basketball LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY Russell-Tyler-Ruthton vs. Minneota, 3 p.m. LQPV vs. Hancock, 6 p.m. WILLMAR MIDWEST WIRELESS WILD-CARD CLASSIC New London-Spicer vs. Hawley, 6 p.m. Willmar vs. Watertown-Mayer, 25 minutes after first game Boys Hockey RIVER LAKES INVITE (round-robin) AT PAYNESVILLE Prairie Centre vs. Redwood Valley, 6 p.m. Willmar vs.
Paynesville's Chris Beier and Justin Butkofski were named to the Class AA Coaches Association All-State team, it was announced recently. Paynesville won the Class AA state title this past spring. Beier, a senior right-handed pitcher and infielder, went 10-2 with a 3.34 ERA this season for the Bulldogs. He also batted .360 with 14 RBI. Butkofski, a senior first baseman/pitcher, batted .389 this season with six home runs and 26 RBI. He also went 6-1 on the mound with a 1.47 ERA.
Brad Skoglund, who guided the Paynesville Bulldogs to the Class AA state baseball title this past spring, was named both the Coaches Association and Minnesota State High School League Class AA Coach of the Year. Paynesville went 21-6 this season.
PAYNESVILLE -- It was a dream shot -- the kind every kid practices just for fun. A flick of the wrist from a hard angle that skims over the goalie's shoulder and bangs off the crossbar into the goal. And that's just what Willmar's Scot Gregg did at the Koronis Civic Center Tuesday night in the opening game of the River Lakes Holiday Tournament. The senior center's goal wasn't the game-winner, but it helped the Cardinals put away Prairie Centre, 5-2. "I came across the blue line and got in behind the defense," said Gregg. "I saw the upper-right corner was open and I took a shot.
LITTLE FALLS -- Unbeaten Morris/Benson Area recorded four goals in the first period en route to an 8-0 win over Becker/Big Lake in the first round of the Little Falls Invitational Tuesday. Mitch Kleespies started the scoring 19 seconds into the game on assists from Mack Grunig and Jake Erickson. Kleespies also netted the first goal of the second period.