WILLMAR -- Ridgewater fell apart in the second half as MSCTC-Fergus Falls got hot from the field, leading to a 67-52 loss for the Lady Warriors in MCCC Southern Division action Wednesday. Starting the second half with a 29-26 lead, Ridgewater bumped it up to 36-29 about 3½ minutes later. But then Fergus Falls picked up the tempo on both ends, hounding the Lady Warriors on the perimeter and breaking the Ridgewater press for easy looks. The Lady Spartans went on a 19-5 run to turn the game around. The Lady Warriors had the better shooting touch in the first half, making 11 of 27 (41 percent)
The Willmar boys basketball team remained the No. 7 team in Class AAA as the state boys basketball polls were released Wednesday. In Class AA Montevideo fell from fifth to ninth with its loss Tuesday to Lac qui Parle Valley, and Redwood Valley fell out of the poll with three straight losses. In Class A girls, Hancock moved up two spots to No. 7.
Willmar and Sauk Rapids will make up their Central Lakes conference boys hockey game on Saturday in Willmar. The game was postponed Tuesday due to a bomb threat at the Sauk Rapids High School. The rescheduled game will begin with the JV game at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity at 7:15 p.m.
The Ridgewater women's basketball team captured a berth in the MCCC State Tournament, despite losing to MSCTC-Fergus Falls Wednesday. That's because the Lady Warriors' next opponent, Minneapolis, has forfeited Saturday's season finale due to lack of players. Ridgewater will be the fourth seed from the Southern Division and will host the tournament, which runs Feb. 23-25.
The Section 4A wrestling tournament begins today at various locations. Area teams that will be in action today are: Lac qui Parle Valley, MACCRAY, Renville County West, Yellow Medicine East, Benson, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Dawson-Boyd.
ALEXANDRIA -- Kathryn DelZoppo scored three goals and had an assist to lead Alexandria to the Section 6A finals with a 5-1 win over Willmar Tuesday. Willmar, which ends the season with a 9-17 record, lost to Alexandria 8-0 on Dec. 19 and 6-0 on Jan. 30. Alexandria has won three straight section titles. DelZoppo scored the first three goals for Alexandria (24-2), including the first two of the game. Willmar answered with Ashley Hutton's goal in the first period to cut the lead to 2-1.
Late result Tuesday Central Lakes Little Falls 9, River Lakes 1 Little Falls' Jared Festler scored four goals as the Flyers (14-1, 22-3) wrapped up the regular season. Josh Engquist scored the only goal for the Stars (1-12-1, 4-19-1) on an assist from Alex Naujokas. Brian Skluzacek made 39 stops in the River Lakes' net. Little Falls (14-1, 22-3) 2 4 3 -- 9 River Lakes (1-12-1, 4-19-1) 0 0 1 -- 1 FIRST PERIOD - LF: Lukas Jorgensen (Beau Hanowski, Jared Festler) 6:59 ... LF: Ben Hanowski (unassisted) 9:48 SECOND PERIOD - LF: Festler (Ben Hanowski) 2:08 ...
Late result Tuesday West Central North Sauk Centre 76, Minnewaska 57 Jon Hoffmann scored 13 points and had five assists to lead the Lakers. Jordan Hendricks added 11 points for the Lakers (6-5, 9-9). Brent Egan tallied a game-high 30 points for the Mainstreeters (6-4, 11-6). Greg Welle added 15 points, all on three-pointers. Minnewaska (6-5, 9-9) 23 34 -- 57 Sauk Centre (6-4, 11-6) 34 42 -- 76 MINNEWASKA - 21-49 FG (6-15 3-pt); 9-19 FT; 20 rebounds; 19 fouls ...
Late results Tuesday Section 5A Quarterfinals Paynesville 48, Trinity 20 Paynesville advanced to the semifinals Friday against Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted at 6 p.m. in Grove City. The final will follow.
Boys Basketball WRIGHT COUNTY Litchfield at Watertown-Mayer, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH Dawson-Boyd vs. MACCRAY at Clara City, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Canby vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 7:30 p.m. Ortonville vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven, 7:30 p.m. Upsala vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 7:30 p.m. Hancock at Underwood, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES St. Cloud Apollo at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Alexandria at Little Falls, 7:30 p.m. Fergus Falls at St.