WINDOM—KMS took a first half lead and ran with it to down Alden-Conger and take third place at the Windom Tournament on Friday afternoon. Samantha Gjerde was a force, scoring 33 points with nine rebounds to guide the Saints. Mallory Rudningen also did well, grabbing 11 rebounds. The Saints will be back in action on Tuesday in Tracy to take on Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. KMS 63, Alden-Conger 47 Alden-Conger................. 20 27 — 47 KMS................. 27 36 — 63 Alden-Conger
KIMBALL—Piper Asche scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots as MACCRAY downed Cass Lake-Bena 55-52 on Thursday in the Kimball Tournament. The Wolverines prevailed despite shooting 0 of 16 from 3-point range while CL-B hit 11 3s. MACCRAY's Sydney Schwitters scored 12 points and had seven steals, and Ellie Thein finished with nine points, eight rebounds and five steals. MACCRAY 55, CL-Bena 52 MACCRAY................. 25 30 — 55 Cass Lake-Bena................. 30 22 — 52
LITTLE FALLS—Willmar boys hockey team used a four goal second period to propel their team to a 6-5 win over Mandan (N.D.) on Thursday afternoon in the Little Falls Tournament. The Cardinals notched their first win of the season in seven tries when Andrew DeJong scored the game-winner at 15:17 of the third period on assists from Ian Carruthers and Blake Jeffords. "We needed to get a win," said Cardinals head coach Jamie Hagen. "We're starting to get some guys back and they worked hard."
WILLMAR — Noah Slagter surpassed the 1,000-point milestone and his 20 points helped lead Willmar to a 71-51 victory over New London-Spicer in the finale of the Bremer Bank Holiday Classic on Wednesday at Willmar High School. Slagter's 14th point of the first half pushed him passed 1,000, making the junior the 12th Cardinal boys player to reach the club. Paul VanDenEinde, a 1983 graduate, is Willmar's top all-time scorer with 1,415 points.
ST. CLOUD — Undefeated Melrose surged out to a big first-half lead and Litchfield was unable to recover, falling to the Dutchmen 80-52 in the Crusader Classic semifinals on Wednesday at St. Cloud Cathedral High School. Melrose' Dillon Haider was a handful for the Dragons. He hit eight 3-points shot and finished with 34 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. Litchfield's Owen Boerema had 18 points, Noah Kreger scored 12 and Jon Madsen had six points and nine rebounds.
ST. CLOUD — Noah Kreger scored 22 points and Owen Boerema scored 21 as Litchfield opened up in the second half and defeated Braham 80-64 in the first round of the 2016 Crusader Christmas Classic on Tuesday at St. Cloud Cathedral High School. The Dragons led by four at halftime but then unloaded offensively, scoring 46 second-half points. The Dragons' Jon Madsen put up a double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Nelson finished with four points, seven rebounds, 10 assists and two steals.
ALBERTVILLE—River Lakes girls hockey team won a tough 2-0 game against North Wright County on Thursday night in Albertville. Jordyn Tomaszewski was the star of the night, stopping all 38 shots she faced. Her North Wright County counterpart stopped 15 of 16 shots. Sierra Flint scored the lone even-strength goal for River Lakes in the first period. Alyssa Meed would later make the game 2-0 with an empty net goal. River Lakes 2, North Wright County 0 River Lakes............ 1 0 1 — 2 NWC............... 0 0 0 — 0
MONTICELLO — Willmar girls basketball nearly doubled Monticello's first half total and that lead proved to be strong enough as the Cardinals downed the Magic 57-44 on Thursday night. The Cardinals won against their fellow Section 5AAA opponent in a similar way to how they've done all year, using strong team defense with spread-out scoring. Nine different Cardinals scored points, with Grace Sawyer and Heidi Sellmann each scoring nine. Sellmann also finished with five rebounds while Sawyer tacked on three assists.
NEW LONDON — The New London-Spicer boys basketball team overwhelmed Paynesville in the first half and the Wildcats cruised to a 73-53 victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday at New London-Spicer High School. Ander Arnold scored 19 points and 11 other NLS players scored in the non-conference game. Brandon Adelman and Jackson Ness both scored 10 points and Adelman also had eight assists. Arnold had six rebound and three steals. Paynesville's Sam Oehrlein, Dustin Hieserich and Brody Stand all scored 12 points.
ST. CLOUD — The Willmar wrestling team won the first seven weights and went on to defeate St. Cloud Apollo 68-7 on Thursday. Jack Roehl (113), Israel Navarro (120) and Ethan Roux won matches by fall and Josh Miley added four points with a major decision at 126 to stake the Cardinals to a 40-point lead. Kevin Perez (160), Josiah Swanson (195), Andrew Reigstad (220) and Brady Reigstad (285) added to the margin with pins. Lincoln Shinn won a major decision at 170. Willmar 68, SC Apollo 7 106: Caden Carlson, W, won by forfeit