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NEW LONDON -- Stephen Westby had two pins in 58 seconds and 1:27 to win the heavyweight class but New London-Spicer had to settle for second place behind Eden Valley-Watkins on Friday at the New London-Spicer Invitational. NLS had four champions with Shawn Hatlestad, Chad Henle and Billy Dean claiming three of the first four titles. Tyler Rath at 119 and Danny Borgerding at 130 were each 2-0 champions for Belgrade-Brooten-El-rosa. The first-place Eagles placed 10 in the finals and five won. Team scoring (1) Eden Valley-Watkins 236 (2) New London-Spicer 222 (3) Dassel-Cokato 164 (4) Benson
DAWSON -- Dawson-Boyd avenged an earlier loss to Ortonville, this time topping the Trojans 64-55 in a non-conference game Friday night. Ortonville (11-2), ranked No. 10 in Class A, won the first meeting two weeks ago. Nikki Swenson had 18 points for the Blackjacks (11-2). Chelsie Kurtenbach recorded a double-double for the second straight night with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Kelly Swenson had 11 points, four assists and seven steals. Heather Voss chipped in with 12 points.
PAYNESVILLE -- Paynesville beat Minnewaska for the second time this season, this time posting a 47-46 victory Friday in the West Central North Conference. The Bulldogs (3-5, 5-7) also beat Minnewaska 46-43 Dec. 22 in Glenwood. Brittni Schmitz had 15 points and sister Brooke Schmitz followed with 11 to ignite Paynesville. Brooke also grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists. The Lakers (5-4, 9-4) got 14 points from Shiona Beecher and 10 apiece from Ashley Chan and Sara Gregersen.
LITCHFIELD -- Watertown-Mayer made a three-point halftime lead stick despite Litchfield's long-range attack in a 59-51 Wright County Conference boys basketball win Friday. The Royals held a 38-35 lead at halftime, then survived a defensive second half in which both teams scored under 25 points. The Dragons made eight 3-pointers, led by Nathan Nelson's four. He finished with a team-high 14 points. Darin Sangren added 12 points.
KERKHOVEN -- Lakeview knocked Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg out of first place in the Camden North Conference after posting a 82-78 win Friday. KMS (5-3, 9-5) entered the game tied with Central Minnesota Christian for first in the loop. Jason Fernholz netted a game-high 26 points for the Fighting Saints, who owned a six-point lead at one point in the second half. Justin Johnson followed with 11 points. Lakeview 82, KMS 78 Lakeview (4-3, 6-6) 35 47 -- 82 KMS (5-3, 9-5) 31 47 -- 78 LAKEVIEW - 33 FG (5 3 pt); 11-14 FT; rebounds not available; 22 fouls ...
The New London-Spicer gymnastics team is rated No. 10 this week by the Minnesota Girls Gymnastic Coaches Association. It's the first time this season the Wildcats have broken into the top 10. Perham leads with a 149.062 score, while Martin County West is ranked second at 143.150. New London-Spicer is ranked at 137.283 with a high score of 139.0.
The Willmar Blue Line Club is sponsoring a promotion to encourage fans to attend the Willmar vs. Litchfield/-Dassel-Cokato girls' hockey game at the Civic Center at 1 p.m. Saturday. Any students in grades K-12 wearing any kind of jersey will get in free.
The Cardinal Classic youth wrestling tournament for grades K-6 will be held starting at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ridgewater College in Willmar. Registration is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The fee is $8. Admission is $2 for ad-ults and $1 for students. The college wrestling team and Community Education and Recreation are co-sponsors.
COLD SPRING -- Andrew Nicklawsky was first in two individual events, including a come-from-behind touch-out in the 100 freesytle as Willmar beat Rocori 99-84 in a Central Lakes' swimming dual on Thursday. Matt Fuglestad won the 50 free and the butterfly and swam on two winning relays. Eric Hedy won the 200 freestyle and Steve Kluver took the 100 backstroke.
PAYNESVILLE -- River Lakes scored eight unanswered goals, including five straight in the first period, to down Willmar 9-1 in Central Lakes Conference girls hockey Thursday. The Cardinals tied the game at the 8:05 mark of the first on Emily Kack's goal with an assist to Mackenzie Anderson. Less than three minutes later, the Stars went on a scoring spree that started at the 5:48 mark with the first of two goals from Abby Rhoda. Amber Schultzenberg recorded a hat trick in the frame and picked up three assists as well.