ST. CLOUD - As it has most of the season, Willmar's defense suffocated the opposition on Tuesday night at St. Cloud Apollo. Add in an offensive outburst, and the end result is a 69-35 Cardinals blowout victory over the Eagles. Carly Wedel scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Cayle Hovland scored 12 points and Heidi Sellman scored 11 points to led Willmar. The Cardinals shot 43.1 percent from the field and improved to 10-8 on the season and 6-3 in conference play.
NEW LONDON — Jackson Ness was the hero for New London-Spicer as he hit a game-winning layup with just seconds remaining before teammate Jake Schmidt drew a charge to preserve a 72-71 Wright County Conference win over Glencoe-Silver Lake on Tuesday. It's the second thriller for the Wildcats in four days. They edged Redwood Valley 72-70 in overtime on Saturday. The Wildcats led by four going into halftime but held off a late rally from the Silverstreaks to secure the victory. Brandon Adelman led NLS with 20 points and Mitchell Halvorson finished with 19.
PAYNESVILLE — Brynn Johnson scored 24 points and Abbie Wuertz added 15 in the Bulldogs' non-conference win in Paynesville on Monday. Paynesville led by one at halftime but limited the Braves to 14 second-half points. Benson's Danielle Himley scored 13 points and Amanda Nissen had nine points. The Bulldogs play host to Holdingford at 7:15 p.m. today. Paynesville 63, Benson 48 Benson (0-15) 34 14 — 48 Paynesville (2-14) 35 28 — 63
MARSHALL — Brandon Adelman scored with nine seconds left in overtime to give New London-Spicer the lead and Jackson Ness blocked a Redwood Valley shot at the buzzer as the Wildcats squeezed out a 72-70 victory on Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State. The Wildcats have won three of their last four and are 10-7 overall. They play host to Glencoe-Silver Lake at 7 p.m. Tuesday in New London. Redwood Valley lost its third straight and the 11-9 Cardinals travel to play BOLD on Tuesday.
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.