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The Ridgewater College Lady Warriors make a bid for the NJCAA Division III national tournament when they meet Minneapolis Technical and Community College at 7 p.m. today on the Marauders' home court. The teams split in the regular season. Ridgewater played in the 13A region final last year, losing to Anoka-Ramsey, which went on to win the national title.
ST. PAUL -- The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons rolled into the semifinal round by beating up on New York Mills 33-24 in the Class A quarterfinals at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday evening. The Falcon (26-3) will take a 21-match winning streak into today's semifinal at noon. They'll face a very good Frazee line-up which eliminated two-time defending state champion Pierz 30-19. The Falcons are rated No. 4 in the Class A poll, Frazee (20-3) No. 3 and Pierz, which was missing their 130 pounder, came in rated No.
MORRIS -- Hancock's Tara Thielke recorded her 1,000th-career point in Hancock's 71-66 win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in the Section 5A-South girls basketball tournament Thursday. Thielke reached the mark on a free throw with 9:49 remaining in the first half. The game was stopped as an announcement was made at Hancock High School. Thielke was given the game ball after the victory. Bree Holleman scored a season-high 26 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Owls (17-8).
There will be a fan bus going to the Willmar girls' basketball Section 8AAA semifinal game against Park Rapids at Moorhead on Saturday. The bus will leave the high school at 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information or to sign up, call Jane by 5 p.m. today at (320) 235-1111.
The Willmar boys basketball team is the only thing standing in Sauk Rapids' way of a winless Central Lakes Conference season, and the Cardinals would like to keep it that way. The game begins at approximately 7:30 p.m. tonight in Sauk Rapids. The Cardinals (10-7, 13-10) beat the Storm (0-17, 1-23) 76-59 in Willmar on Jan. 20.
Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Sauk Rapids Alexandria at Brainerd Little Falls at Fergus Falls Rocori at St. Cloud Apollo St. Cloud Tech at Sartell CENTRAL MINNESOTA Pierz vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade WRIGHT COUNTY Dassel-Cokato at Litchfield Girls Basketball Section 3AA-North FINAL TODAY at Montevideo MACCRAY vs. LQPV, 7 p.m. Section 3AA-South FINAL TODAY at Worthington Pipestone vs. St.
Boys Basketball Montevideo 81, Melrose 69 Paynesville 88, ACGC 76 Section 3A-North RCW 68, Dawson-Boyd 52 Girls Basketball Section 8AAA Willmar 49, Rocori 19 Section 5AA-North HLWW 66, NL-Spicer 60 Section 5A-South Hancock 71, KMS 66 Wrestling Class A ACGC 33, NY Mills 24 Class AA Little Falls 40, BOLD/BLH 24
LAKEVILLE -- Mitch Schwindt and Andy Erickson combined for 46 points to lead Renville County West past Dawson-Boyd 68-52 in the Section 3A-North play-in game Thursday. The Jaguars (9-14), the No. 8 seed, will play No. 1 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton at 1 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Schwindt scored 27 points and Erickson added 19, including four 3-pointers for the Jaguars. Chad Mulder dished out 10 assists and Schwindt, Brent Jansen and Mulder had seven rebounds apiece. Joe Anderson led the Blackjacks (9-14) with 14 points.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo connected on 10-of-13 shots from three-point range, including six by Jon Altena, and defeated Melrose 81-69 in the West Central Inter-Conference Playoff Thursday night. Altena finished with a team-high 25 points for the South Conference champion Thunder Hawks (20-3). Tyler Grey added 17 points and Tramel Barnes 13. Nolan Jasperson pulled down 10 rebounds. For Melrose (20-4), the North champions, Matt Moorman poured in 27 points.
DASSEL -- New London-Spicer shot 24 percent from the field in the second half, losing a 10-point lead and getting knocked out of the Section 5AA-North playoffs with a 66-60 loss to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Thursday. The Wildcats (20-8) led 38-28 at halftime on 15-of-28 shooting (54 percent). Renae Henjum had 15 points. But in the second half, HLWW's Brittany Drew scored 21 of her game-high 27 points and Henjum was held to just two points in a 16-point turnaround. Jenn Wendlandt had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds for New London-Spicer.