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KERKHOVEN -- Jared Johnson scored 19 of his game-high 26 points in the first half to help Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg grab control as the Fighting Saints went on to post a 77-72 win over MACCRAY Tuesday in the Camden North Conference. KMS (5-2, 9-4) led from the start after opening the game with an 8-0 run. KMS shot 53 percent from the field and went 17-for-22 at the free-throw line.
LITTLE FALLS -- Phil Cleary and Sara Damhof were the leaders for Willmar Nordic at the Little Falls Invitational at Camp Ripley on Tuesday. Hanna Stadem of Brainerd and Wynn Roberts of Ottertail Central were medalists. Girls Results TEAM SCORING -- (1) Brainerd 284 (2) Little Falls 274 (3) St. Cloud Cathedral 263 94) Bemidji 256 (5) Alexandria 238 (6) Ottertail Central 222 (7) Buffalo 192 (8) St. Cloud Tech 190 (9) Mora 185 (10) St. Cloud Apollo 172 (11) Willmar 108 5K FREESTYLE -- (1) Hanna Stadem, Brd, 16:20 (2) Beth Tacl, SCC, 16:22 (3) Jesse Fark, SCT, 16:33 ....
WILLMAR -- Caitlin Cooreman won three events en route to taking the all-around title, but Willmar succumbed to Alexandria, 127.8-121.65 in a Central Lakes Conference gym-nastics meet Tuesday night at Kennedy Elementary. Cooreman won vault (9.0), bars (8.15) and floor exercise (8.75), while finishing second onm balance beam (8.35) to win all-around with a 34.25. Bethany Pollock was third all-around with a 30.95, placing third on bars (7.9) and third on floor exercise (8.45).
WILLMAR -- Willmar killed off eight of St. Cloud Tech's nine power-play opportunities Tuesday, befpore eventually succumbing 4-1 in a Central Lakes Conference game. The Cardinals (1-11, 1-18) even staved off a pair of 5-on-3 Tech advantages. "The girls were really intense and this was the best effort we had in a long time," said Willmar coach Ross Dahl. "We did an outstanding job killing penalties." Mackenzie Anderson scored Willmar's only goal on assists from Kelsey Johnson and Tori Constans.
Former New London-Spicer girls basketball standouts Allison Bratsch and Jessica Heinen have been instrumental in Hamline University's recent surge. Bratsch, a sophomore guard, scored a career-high 19 points, making 7-of-11 shots from the field, in the Pipers' 75-62 win over Bethel Monday night in Arden Hills. Heinen, a freshman post, had eight points and six rebounds. The Pipers have won three of their last four games to improve to 7-6. Over that span, Bratschx has averaged 11.5 points and Heinen 10.0 with a high of 14 off the bench last week against Augsburg.
North Dakota State 184-pound redshirt sophomore Matt Wetterling of Willmar leads the Bison wrestling team in wins (18), pins (13) and fastest pin (:37). Wetterling and the Bison both went 1-2 at the Virginia Duals Friday, losing to the University of Pennsylvania and Virginia, while beating the Citadel 19-16. Wetterling, who was 131-62 in his prep career for Willmar, went 7-4 as a Bison freshman.
WILLMAR -- The Rocori Spartans remained unbeaten in the Central Lakes Conference Tuesday with a 53-41 win over the Willmar Cardinals. At 4-4, the loss all but took Willmar out of the CLC race. Rocori improved to 7-0 in the league. The Spartans made 20-of-22 free throws. With its three-point salvos, Willmar kept pace until the final four minutes.
NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer ran away with 96-65 win over Benson in non-conference boys basketball play Tuesday. The Wildcats (12-1), who used to be in the West Central South with the Braves (6-3), scored 45 points in the first 18 minutes, then recorded 51 in the second half. Todd Herman led 11 NLS players with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Tim Dreier followed with 19 points, including both Wildcat three-pointers, and seven assists. Mike Danielson added 13 points. Daniel Fragodt scored 16 points to lead Benson. Tyler Guest, who made four 3-pointers, had 14.
GRANITE FALLS -- Montevideo went on a 15-0 in the second half and rallied past Yellow Medicine East 65-58 in a West Central South Conference game Tuesday night. YME, handed its first conference loss of the season, still leads Benson by a game in the standings. The Sting (5-1, 8-6) led 50-43 before Montevideo (3-3, 4-8) went on its run and never looked back. Rikka Boike scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half for the Thunder Hawks. Brook Moseng led all scorers with 25 points for Montevideo. Michelle Preuss had 17 points and Audrey Formo 16 for YME.
GLENWOOD -- Albany padded its lead in the West Central North with a 65-37 win over Minnewaska in girls basketball action Tuesday. The Huskies (7-0, 10-0) hold a two-game lead over New London-Spicer, which lost to Melrose Tuesday. Albany took a 25-15 lead at halftime and was led by Jennie Noreen's 19 points. Sara Korneck added 11 and Taylor Voss 10. Shiona Beecher netted 12 points to pace Minnewaska (4-3, 8-3).