WILLMAR—Minnesota gymnastics poll voters know what they're doing. The top three-ranked teams in Class A finished in that order on Saturday at the Class A State True Team Meet at Willmar's Kennedy School. Top-ranked Detroit Lakes won the meet with 187.525, followed by No. 2 Melrose with 181.45 and No. 3 Willmar with 180.075. That was the same order of finish at the 2016 meet, although Willmar entered that meet ranked No. 4 in Class A.
DASSEL — Owen Boerema scored 22 points to guide Litchfield past Dassel-Cokato 62-41 in a Wright County Conference game on Friday. Boerema also led the Dragons with five rebounds and teammate Noah Kreger also hit double digit point mark with 21 points. The Dragons will host Mound-Westonka on Tuesday. Litchfield 62, DC 41 Litchfield (9-7) 30 32 — 62 Dassel-Cokato (3-11) 27 14 — 41
FERGUS FALLS - Willmar's girls hockey team found themselves down 3-0 after the first period but battled back to earn a 5-5 tie with Fergus Falls Friday night. Annika Ohman got the Otters on the board first followed by a pair of goals from Sophie Rauch to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Riley Schneider and the Cardinals showed signs of life in the second period, though, with a pair of goals just six seconds apart from the captain to put the game at 3-2. The Otters tacked one on before the end of the period, though, to make it 4-2.
WATERTOWN — A week after their worst loss of the season, the New London-Spicer girls basketball team rebounded and played a solid game against the same team. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, that effort didn't produce a win, either. Watertown-Mayer hit 9 of 10 free throws in two overtime periods and edged NLS 71-68 in a Wright County Conference game on Friday. Conversely, the Wildcats were just 1 of 6 from the foul line in the extra periods.
The West Central Tribune Sports Show tackles gymnastics, hockey and a bit of wrestling in the latest part. Courtney Henjum has been on fire for New London-Spicer's gymnastics team and recently broke a school record in the process. Willmar's gymnastics team is having a season to remember as well. On the ice, the Willmar WarHawks are battling to earn a playoff spot.
FERGUS FALLS — Clay Carlson won his 125th career match and Brady Reigstad notched his 100th career victory as the Willmar wrestling team won a pair of matches at the Fergus Falls Triangular on Thursday. The Cardinals defeated Moorhead 45-25 and blanked Fergus Falls 81-0 on six pins and seven forfeits. Against Moorhead, Jack Roehl (106), Israel Navarro (120), Clay Carlson (138) and Lincoln Shinn (160) won their matches by fall.
PRINSBURG — A balanced Central Minnesota Christian School attack was too much for Lac qui Parle Valley on Thursday. Four Bluejays scored in double figures to lead the No. 3-ranked team in Class A to a 60-34 victory over the Eagles. Matthew Van Eps scored 12 points, Tanner Stoel and Jaxon Schwitters scored 11 and Ethan Brouwer came through with 10 points. Brouwer led the Bluejays with eight rebounds and Austin Marcus finished with eight points and seven boards. Brouwer and Schwitters both had four assists and Marcus had two assists and a pair of steals.
After missing the first couple of months of the girls basketball season, Curt Hogg and Jake Schultz recap the season to this point. Lac qui Parle Valley girls are proving to be a top contender in a tough Camden Conference and New London-Spicer looks ready to return to the State tournament. Willmar also rights the ship as they fight through a tough Central Lakes Conference.
THIEF RIVER FALLS — Nick Stafford won at 174 but an undermanned Ridgewater wrestling team fell to Northland on Wednesday. Stafford won by technical Fall over Northland's Mike Lambert 18-3. Ridgewater had forfeits at six of 10 weights. The Warriors' Leo Kerfeld won by technical fall in an exhibition match. The Warriors wrestle at Rochester on Wednesday, then compete in the Don Parker Open in Eau Claire, Wis., at 10 a.m. on Feb. 4 in their final regular-season competition.
The guys try to recap the past few months of boys basketball action. In the Camden Conference, Central Minnesota Christian is off to a strong start once again as they look to make another state tournament appearance. Melrose leads the way for the West Central Conference but Morris/Chokio-Alberta sits right behind in contention.