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Boys Basketball Section 3AA-North Montevideo 68, BOLD 47 Benson 80, LQPV 62 YME 90, West Central 65 MACCRAY 58, Morris 48 Section 3AA-South Redwood Valley 65, Pipestone 58 Section 3A-North CMCS 71, RRC 42 RTR 78, RCW 50 Girls Basketball Section 8AAA Willmar 53, Park Rapids 50, OT Section 2AAA Worthington 62, Litchfield 59 Wrestling Class A Third Place ACGC 32, Wabasso 23 Class AA Fifth Place BBLH 32, Scott West 19 Swimming State Class A Meet Team top 10 (1) St.
SAUK RAPIDS -- Willmar made sure it didn't become the lone mark in Sauk Rapids' Central Lakes Conference win column, beating the Storm 76-53 in boys basketball action Friday. The Cardinals (11-7, 14-10) hit back-to-back three-pointers to end the first half and took a 41-30 lead, then pulled away with a quick start in the second half to hand Sauk Rapids an 0-18 league record, 1-24 overall. "We got easy buckets at the beginning of the second half, which allowed us to pull away," said Willmar coach Steve Grove.
ST. PAUL -- Sean Glenz, a Paynesville senior who won a state title at 145 pounds last year, gave himself a chance for a title at 152 pounds Friday, defeating Brett Lennox of Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 5-1 in the semifinals at Xcel Energy Center. Glenz (43-1) will face Warren Gail (42-3) of Pierz in the championship. Beau Penk (38-1), a senior from Litchfield, avenged his loss in last season's Class AA 130-pound championship match, routing Sam Schad of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 10-1 in the 135-pound semifinals. Penk lost 11-10 to Schad in last year's final.
ST. PAUL -- BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector returns to the same place as last season, the time with hopes of winning the Class AA consolation championship after disposing of Hibbing 34-22 in the consolation semifinals of the state wrestling tournament at Xcel Energy Center Friday. BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector (26-6) will wrestle Scott West for fifth place at 10 a.m.
ST. PAUL -- For the second year in a row, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City will wrestle for the third-place trophy on the final day of the Class A state wrestling meet at the Xcel Energy Center. The Frazee Hornets trimmed the Falcons 28-18 Friday afternoon in the semifinal round. The difference in the match was the Hornets' balance -- strongest in the middle, but solid to open and close. The No. 3-ranked Hornets had bumped off No. 1 Pierz, the two-time defending champions, 30-19 in the quarterfinals. Against ACGC, Frazee won eight matches, half by majors.
Events/competitions Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Banquet -- The Kandiyohi County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its annual banquet March 17 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Willmar. The guest speaker will be Rob Drieslein, editor of Outdoor News. Proceeds from the banquet will be used for habitat and youth education projects. For tickets or more information, call Steph Dileski at (320) 235-7949.
My older son, Walter, and I started our paragliding lessons at the same time last summer. We learned to jump off mountains carried by a nylon wing that resembles a parachute. It has the added advantage of being able to be steered. His lessons were much more successful than mine in that he can actually fly and land. I, on the other hand, can only fly and spend months limping around after crashing into the ground. This limits the number of flights I can tolerate each year. Last week, Walter continued his flying in the Dominican Republic.
WILLMAR -- Area anglers will be able to learn the secrets of fishing Minnesota waters from some of the state's best fishing pros, while also helping give area senior citizens an opportunity to enjoy our local lakes. Professional walleye fisherman Pete Harsh and expert guide Denny Pluimer will be the featured speakers when the Willmar chapter of Let's Go Fishing of Minnesota hosts its first ever "Belgian Waffle Feed and Fishing Seminar.'' The event will be held from 9 a.m-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at the Willmar Senior Center on North Highway 71, Willmar.
EDEN VALLEY -- Cory Nietfeld became the first Paynesville basketball player to score 1,000 points before his senior year when the 6-3 junior guard reached the milestone last Saturday in a non-conference game at Eden Valley-Watkins. Nietfeld scored his 1,000th points on a putback basket in the second half. The game was stopped and Nietfeld was presented with the game ball, which he took into the stands and gave to his parents. After scoring 30 points and grabbing 24 rebounds in Paynesville's 88-76 win over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Nietfeld now has 1,035 career points. He is the ninth Payn
Willmar (21-4) takes its 13-game win streak to Moorhead today to play Park Rapids (22-4) at in the Section 8AAA girls' basketball semifinals at Minnesota State University. Detroit Lakes, the defending champion, plays Fergus Falls at 6 p.m. followed by the Cardinals and the Panthers. The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Moorhead. Willmar last loss was in Moorhead on Jan. 7 -- to the Spuds.