The Willmar wrestling team is headed to State after coming away with the Section 8AAA championship on Saturday. The top-seeded Cardinals defeated third-seeded St. Cloud Tech, 40-28, in the final round, to secure their berth at the team State tournament on March 2 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Willmar took down Moorhead, 48-24, in the semifinals after rolling to a 53-15 win over Rocori in its first match of the day.
SAUK RAPIDS — The Willmar girls basketball team won its seventh game in a row in a 58-40 win over Sauk Rapids-Rice on Friday night. Kayla Rudie scored 12 points, Grace Sawyer scored 11 points and Heidi Sellmann added 10 points as the Cardinals shot 45.7 percent while holding the Storm to a mere 21.7 percent from the field.
MARSHALL — Marshall's shooting stroke was in fine form on Friday against the Willmar boys basketball team. The Tigers hit 68 percent from the field on 2-point shots and they hit 42 percent of their 21 3-point attempts to down the Cardinals 84-66. The Tigers are now 21-2 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAA in Minnesota Basketball News' Feb. 10 poll. The Cardinals fell to 10-13 and lost their second-straight game and for the sixth time in their last seven games. The Cardinals play host to Alexandria at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
HOLDINGFORD — KMS' Ryan Torkelson won two matches on Friday in the Section 5A tournament, but his first win of the day was perhaps the biggest of the tournament. Torkelson's 7-5 decision over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville's Levi Line at 195 pounds provided the winning points in the Saints' semifinals victory, and KMS then defeated BBE 43-23 to win the section championship and a spot in the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament.
Wrapping up the show for the week, Curt and Jake preview some exciting weekend action in wrestling and gymnastics. A plethora of area teams will be competing for a chance to compete at the State tournaments in the upcoming weeks. KMS, Willmar and Litchfield all hold the top seed entering their respective Section wrestling tournaments. In gymnastics, Willmar is ranked third in the state but will have to top second-ranked Melrose in order to advance as a team.
RENVILLE - Kelsea Lund broke the Lac qui Parle Valley all-time scoring record as a part of a 19-point night in the Eagles' 72-23 win over Renville County West on Thursday in Renville. The junior Lund broke Michaela Erickson's record of 1,601 career points in her 96th career game. Over her career, Lund is averaging over 16 points per game. Lindsay Kranz scored 16 points, and Haley Wollschlager scored 14 points while dishing out nine assists for the Eagles. Aleah Zieske led the Jaguars with seven points. LQPV 72, RCW 23
MARSHALL — United wrestling fell short in a comeback attempt against Redwood-River Valley Thursday night, losing 39-36 in Marshall. Redwood-River Valley dominated the early weights, taking seven of the first nine events, but United battled back later in the event. Colton Struxness (170), Cole Bungarden (220) and Mason Hutt (285) all recorded pins in less than two minutes. United won the final five matches but couldn't complete the comeback. Redwood-River Valley 39, United 36 106: Owen Bertram, R, pin Griffin Johnson 0:54
After doing the same for boys basketball earlier in the week, Curt and Jake hand out their "Valentines" to the teams they sink can make deep postseason runs. Willmar entered the week as winners of four straight, continuing to rely on a strong defense while improving on the offensive end. New London-Spicer has been rolling all season long, but it has a potentially difficult road to the State tournament.
Last week, KMS and Lac qui Parle Valley came away with the first Game of the Week honors, and now you can vote for Week Two of the polling. This week, Tribune Sports has identified three contests as nominations for Game of the Week.
WORTHINGTON — The basketball saying goes that "shooters shoot." Whoever first came up with that saying could surely apply it to the Ridgewater men's basketball team on Wednesday night. The Warriors scored 1.4 points per possession and poured on the scoring in the second half en route to a 111-74 win over Minnesota West.