SAUK RAPIDS — Noah Streed beat the buzzer and drained a 3-pointer to complete the comeback in Willmar's 68-65 Central Lakes Conference win over Sauk Rapids-Rice on Friday night. The Cardinals trailed by five points at halftime and by 10 points with five minutes left before kicking on the jets down the stretch. Streed finished with 22 points, as did Noah Slagter, who just missed a triple-double.
The Willmar WarHawks are just outside of a playoff spot at the moment but Curt and Jake discuss the team's playoff chances. The WarHawks are currently four points back of a playoff spot with a string of West Division games ahead of them. They have a home-and-home series against the Granite City Lumberjacks on Friday and Saturday.
KERKHOVEN — Dawson-Boyd recovered from a five-point halftime deficit to down a hard-working KMS team 59-53 in a Camden Conference matchup on Thursday. DB's Alex Swenson and Bentley Boike both scored 13 points and Eli Weber had 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. KMS' Josh Peterson scored 17 points and had six rebounds and Weston Gjerde finished with 15 points and six boards. Tanner Rohner had 11 points and five rebounds. DB 59, KMS 53 DB (12-6) 19 40 — 59 KMS (2-17) 24 29 — 53
FERGUS FALLS — The Willmar girls basketball team won its fourth-straight game and avenged a home loss to Fergus Falls with a 65-47 road win on Thursday. The Cardinals, now 13-8 overall, entered the game tied for second in the Central Lakes Conference with Brainerd. Willmar travels to play at Brainerd at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Cardinals got a game back from Fergus, which defeated Willmar 57-44 in Willmar on Jan. 24.
MORRIS — Morris/Chokio-Alberta came out firing to put an end to Minnewaska's five-game winning streak with a 60-55 West Central Conference victory on Thursday. Ashley Solvie was dominant for the Tigers with 23 points and 11 rebounds, leading all players in both categories. Riley Decker was incredibly efficient as well, hitting all four of her three-point attempts for 13 points. She also tacked on five assists. Morris/CA 60, Minnewaska 55 Minnewaska (15-7) 27 28 — 55 Morris/CA (11-9) 29 31 — 60 MINNEWASKA - Statistics not provided
SARTELL — The Willmar wrestling team wrapped up its fourth-straight Central Lakes Conference championship with a win over Sartell on Thursday in a quadrangular at Sartell High School. The Cardinals defeated the Sabres 44-28 and also downed Little Falls 39-24. Willmar had already wrestled Fergus Falls so didn't compete against the Otters at the quad. The Cardinals finished 8-0, their fourth-straight undefeated CLC season. While Section 8AAA seeds won't be announced until next week, head coach Ed Oehlers is confident his team will receive the section's top seed.
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Minnewaska girls basketball teams are trending in the right direction as the season nears it's final turn of the regular season. The Jaguars and the Lakers have both been on a hot streak since the calendar flipped but Curt and Jake discuss the one thing keeping those teams from a state tournament run. On the other side of things is Willmar who may have a bright future ahead due to a less than stellar section.
Jake and Curt recap boys basketball including Central Minnesota Christian's narrow loss to No. 1 Minneapolis North and discuss their last stretch of games. MACCRAY is one of the teams on the schedule for the Bluejays and they are putting on an offensive clinic, scoring 190 points in the last two games. Curt also pontificates on Montevideo's recent hot stretch.
WILLMAR — For the second time in as many games, the Willmar defense swarmed Rocori en route a win. Heidi Sellman scored 13 points, Grace Sawyer added 12 points and Hannah Johnson added 10 points in the Cardinals' 62-32 victory. Willmar held the Spartans to 27 percent shooting just four days after allowing them just 22 points. "Tough to play a team back-to-back games without having a big slide, but our girls came ready to play," Cardinals head coach Dustin Carlson said. Caryl Wedel nearly had a double-double, scoring eight points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
BIRD ISLAND — BOLD's Mason Mages scored 27 points as his team fell victim to an overtime comeback by Mayer Lutheran, 94-89, on Tuesday night. Mages helped guide the Warriors to a commanding 41-31 first half lead thanks to some hot shooting. The second half was a different story, however, as Mayer Lutheran outscored BOLD 52-42 to force an overtime period. The Crusaders took advantage of the extra session, outscoring the Warriors 11-6 to take the victory.