WILLMAR - A tight game blew up on the Willmar boys hockey team early in the third period on Monday. Alexandria, nursing a one-goal lead through two periods, scored three times in the first two minutes of the third period and went on to a 7-2 win at the Willmar Civic Center. The Cardinals will be back on the ice tonight, playing at Redwood Valley at 7:15 p.m. in Redwood Falls. On Monday, Ian Carruthers took a feed from Avery Smith and opened the scoring at 11:51 of the first and Willmar took that lead into the break.
WILLMAR — The Willmar girls basketball team rebounded from deficits time and again but couldn't get all the way back and lost 44-39 to Alexandria in a Central Lakes Conference game on Monday at Willmar High School. Heidi Sellmann led Willmar with 14 points and 11 rebounds. "Heidi stepped up big tonight, scoring and rebounding," said Willmar head coach Dustin Carlson. "Tonight, we grew up as a team. We got down 10 multiple times and responded each time."
NEW LONDON—Erica Schramm placed first in the All-Around, won the vault and Willmar teammates Lydia Morrell and Olivia Welsh also won individual events in the Cardinals win over New London-Spicer on Saturday at the NLS Middle School. Willmar won 144.825 to 138.225. Schramm scored 36.525 in the All-Around and NLS' Courtney Henjum was right behind her at 36.175. Willmar's Kirah Kessler-Gross was third with 35.875 points. Morrell was first on the bars and Welsh placed first on the beam. Henjum was first in the floor exercise.
ALEXANDRIA — The Willmar boys' basketball team held the lead at halftime on the road against highly-ranked Alexandria on Saturday, but the home team flew away in the second half to win 72-53 a Central Lakes Conference battle of the Cardinals. Spencer Hockert scored 21 points to lead Alexandria, which improved to 7-2 on the season, while Noah Slagter led all Willmar players with 14 points. Drey Dirksen chipped in 12 points for Willmar, as well. Willmar shot 35.3 percent (18-for-51) from the field, compared to the red-hot 54.3 percent shooting (31-for-57) for Alexandria.
ROCKFORD — Brandon Adelman and Mitchell Halvorson both scored 14 points and Hunter Sjoberg had 11 points to lead the New London-Spicer boys basketball team to a 62-51 victory over Rockford on Friday night. Jackson Ness finished with eight points and a team-high nine rebounds. Adelman had five assists and Sjoberg had four steals. NLS 62, Rockford 51 NLS........................... 30 32 — 62 Rockford............................. 22 29 — 51 New London-Spicer
TRACY — Justin Schrupp scored 22 points and Nathan Serbus was a terror on the boards, finishing with 10 points and 18 rebounds as Renville County West defeated Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 58-52 on Thursday. Reese Marks had 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. TMB's Spencer Smith had a night to remember, though. He scored 34 points and pulled in 13 rebounds. RCW 58, TMB 52 TMB................. 24 28 — 52 RCW................. 31 27 — 58 Tracy-Milroy-Balaton
KERKHOVEN — Sydney Schwitters put together a superb game, with 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and seven rebounds in Central Minnesota Christian School's Camden Conference win over the Saints on Thursday in Kerkhoven. Allison Bulthuis had 15 points, three assists and three steals and Ellie Greenwaldt had nine points. KMS' Sam Gjerde had 21 points, seven rebounds and three steals and Madison Rohner had 10 points. The Saints play host to YME at 7:30 p.m. today. CMCS 60, KMS 48 KMS............... 24 24 — 48 CMCS................. 36 24 — 60
ST. CLOUD—The Willmar boys hockey team had a tough night against St. Cloud, allowing four second-period goals and losing 8-0 on Thursday at the National Hockey Center on the St. Cloud State University campus. Ethan Hopper, Noah Bissett and Nick Portz all scored twice for St. Cloud. The Cardinals play in a boys-girls doubleheader against Alexandria on Monday at the Willmar Civic Center. The boys play at 5:15 p.m. St. Cloud 8, Willmar 0 Willmar............. 0 0 0 — 0 St. Cloud............... 1 4 3 — 8
MORRIS—The Morris/Chokio-Alberta girls basketball team staged a second half comeback to defeat ACGC 49-44 on Monday. The Tigers were strong in the paint, pulling in 38 team rebounds. Jenna Howden was the game's leader in that regard with eight. She also tacked on six points. Malory Anderson and Ashley Solive led the way in scoring with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Anderson also had six rebounds and three steals. Their ACGC counterpart was Madison Denton who finished with eight points. Anna Grimsgard, Kendra Miller and Maree Lee all scored seven points.
SAUK RAPIDS — Willmar held an 11-point lead at halftime but saw that slip away as Sauk Rapids heated up in the second half and edged the Cardinals 57-51 on Friday. The Storm outscored the Cardinals 38-22 in the second half. Cayle Hovland was dominant in the paint all night for the Cardinals, scoring 16 points with 12 rebounds but Sauk Rapids' Bailey Becker was the game's leader with 17 points. Sauk Rapids 57, Willmar 52 Willmar................. 30 22 — 52 Sauk Rapids................. 19 38 — 57 Willmar