CLARA CITY — Lac qui Parle Valley overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and prevailed over MACCRAY 58-54 in overtime on Tuesday at MACCRAY High School. Kelsea Lund led the Eagles with 24 points and teammate Haley Wollschlager finished with 16. Six other Eagles scored points. MACCRAY had three players score in double figures, with Sydney Schwitters leading the way with 17 points. Ellie Thein finished with 12 points and Sage Mecker scored 11 LQPV 58, MACCRAY 54 OT LQPV................. 22 29 7 — 58
WILLMAR — Willmar wrestling earned a close 36-21 victory over Rocori on Thursday for the team's first home victory of the year. Willmar was dominant from 120 pounds to 145 pounds, winning all five events. Cael Carlson was back in winning form at 132 pounds with an 8-2 win over Rocori's Cole Steil and Clay Carlson pinned Max Court in 3:46. The Reigstads looked strong as well, pinning both of their opponents. Andrew pinned Nate Evens in 3:44 and Brady pinned Dylan Schaefer in 1:50. The Cardinals will host the Cardinal Classic today at Willmar High School.
COKATO — Noah Slagter scored 21 points and had nine rebounds and Dalton Rambow had 15 points and seven boards as the Willmar boys basketball team improved to 3-0 with a 67-56 win over Dassel-Cokato on Tuesday. The Cardinals have downed Zimmerman, Monticello and DC in their first three games and face their first Central Lakes Conference matchup at St. Cloud Apollo at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
PEQUOT LAKES—The Willmar girls hockey team got its offense going but couldn't contain Northern Lakes in a 9-5 loss on Tuesday at the Breezy Point Ice Arena. Serena Monson and Riley Schneider scored second-period goals just 27 seconds apart to cut NL's lead to 3-2, but the Cards surrendered four straight goals over the second and third periods and couldn't rebound. Monson had two goals and two assists, Schneider also had two assists and Sydney Olson and Hannah Kobienia also scored Cardinals goals.
BECKER—Becker used a big second-half to give the Cardinals their first loss of the season, 71-61, in a non-conference game on Tuesday. Willmar held a 31-28 lead going into halftime but a defensive struggle in the second half led to 41 points for the Bulldogs. Madi Kerzmann was the game's leading scorer with 22. Cayle Hovland was Willmar's leading scorer with 12. Becker 71, Willmar 61 Willmar (1-1)................. 31 30 — 61 Becker (1-2)................. 28 43 — 71 Willmar
PRINSBURG — The Central Minnesota Christian School girls basketball team ran out to a 20-point lead by halftime and the situation didn't change in the second as the Bluejays downed Hendricks 58-27 in a non-conference game on Monday.
LITCHFIELD—The Litchfield wrestling team dominated the lower weight divisions in its invitational to take third in a field of seven on Saturday. Hutchinson won the meet with 220 points and Minneota was second with 213. Four different Dragons were champions in their weight division. Afton Kaping got things started in the 120-pound weight class, pinning Milaca's Garrett Hall in his first match of the day. He then defeated Totino-Grace's Triston Zuniga bya 17-4 major decision and won the championship against Minneota's Brant buysse with a 4-3 decision.
BECKER—Willmar's gymnastics team had a strong showing in their first action of the season, taking third in a tightly-contested eight-team field at the Becker Invitational on Saturday. North Branch took first with 138.3 points and Becker finished just 0.2 points behind in second place. Willmar finished with 135.8 points. Erica Schramm was the leading individual for the Cardinals. She took third in the all-around competition, finishing with 34.65 points. North Branch's Keeley Ertl took first with 35.35 points.
MONTICELLO—Noah Slagter did it all for Willmar on Saturday including guide a second half offensive surge to defeat Monticello 65-52 in the Monticello Invitational. Slagter finished with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. He was only outscored by Monticello's Matt Todd who had 28 points. The Cardinals held a one point lead at halftime but they outscored the Magic by 12 in the second half for the convincing win. Tyler Johnson came just one point and one rebound shy of a double-double. Noah Getz also had nine points.
PORTLAND, Oregon—The Willmar girls cross country team lept up the leaderboard again on Saturday, placing fifth at the Nike Cross Country Nationals. Willmar finished with 218 points. Manlius (N.Y.) easily won the meet with 41 points and was followed by Davis (Calif.) with 181, Temecula (Calif.) with 185 and Carmel (Calif.) with 194. Sophie Schmitz was Willmar's top individual finisher in the 200-runner girls field, placing 61st in 18:58.3. Brie Oakley of Southwest won the meet in 17:10.1. Grace Ping, a Winona runner competing individually, placed sixth in 17:48.3.