Since a (not so) highly publicized wager between Curt and Jake in January, Willmar's girls basketball team has gone on a hot streak and has now advanced to the Section 5AAA final. They are joined by three other area teams in section finals matchups. New London-Spicer leads the contenders with a battle against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton while Lac qui Parle Valley takes on Southwest Minnesota Christian. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa is also set for a section final matchup against Cromwell-Wright.
With the wrestling season over, Curt and Jake take a more in-depth look at the boys basketball playoff scene. Section 3AA continues to give Curt and Jake fits after an intriguing opening round that saw the top four teams advance. BOLD continues to impress in the postseason as well.
Three former area baseball standouts were honored as 2017 inductees to the West Central Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. This year's class is:
WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers announced that Marcus Still (New Mexico State University), Caleb Ledbetter (University of Montevallo) and Brandt Belk (Pepperdine University) have been added to the Stingers roster for the 2017 season. With these signings, the roster is now at eight players for the upcoming season, the organization's eighth in the Northwoods League.
NEW ULM — The BOLD boys basketball team must have figured that if it was going to go down in the second round of the Section 2A playoffs it would be with both barrels blazing. When the smoke cleared, it was, in fact, the lower-seed Warriors who were moving on. Three Warriors scored 20 points or more and two others scored 15 in a 101-89 win over Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Monday. BOLD (13-14), the No. 5 seed in the North sub-section, now plays top North seed Cedar Mountain/Comfrey at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter High School.
NEW LONDON — Brandon Adelman scored 25 points and Mitchell Halvorson had 10 points and five assists to lead New London-Spicer to a 54-43 win over Lakeview in a Section 3AA North sub-section quarterfinals game on Saturday. NLS' Jackson Ness had eight points and eight rebounds. Adelman also had six rebounds and four assists and Halvorson had five assists. The Wildcats play Montevideo in the North semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Willmar High School. NLS 54, Lakeview 43 Lakeview (11-14) 23 20 — 43
MINNEAPOLIS — Willmar junior Garrett Shuldes tied for 13th in the Class A 50 freestyle final at the Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Shuldes and Breck/Blake's Julian Frerichs both finished in 22.09 seconds. Faribault's Paul Sadergaski won the event in 21.00. Willmar swimmers competed in four preliminary events on Friday but did not qualify for Saturday's finals. The top 16 competitors in Friday's prelims advanced to the finals
ST. PAUL—Four Willmar wrestlers will wrestling in semifinals matches today and four other area wrestlers also earned berths in final four matches at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament on Friday at the Xcel Energy Center. Heading into today's matches, 20 of the 40 Tribune-area wrestlers are still alive in the winners and consolation brackets after Friday's individual tournament opening-round matches. Consolation matches and semifinals begin Saturday morning and championship matches in the three classes commence at 6:30 p.m.
MARSHALL — Kelsea Lund hit a 3-pointer to give No. 2 Lac qui Parle Valley the lead with just over four minutes to play, and the Eagles closed the game on a 15-6 run to defeat No. 1 Canby, 52-44, on Friday night and advance to the Section 3A championship game. Lund scored 18 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to lead the Eagles to within one game of the State tournament. None of the junior guard's baskets, though, was bigger than the triple to give LQPV a 40-38 lead.
WILLMAR — Noah Slagter scored 34 points but ultimately his Willmar Cardinals were unable to overcome a 19-point halftime deficit in Friday night's 76-70 loss to Sartell. The Sabres got things going early with a 42-23 halftime lead and the Cardinals tried to flip the script in the second half but fell just short in doing so. Willmar outscored Sartell 47-34 in the second half.