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Emily Swierenga, 5-8 sophomore guard from Willmar, had the best game of her college career Wednesday night when she helped Concordia beat Augsburg 86-52 in Moorhead. Coming off the bench, she hit a game-high 17 points without missing a shot. She was 7-for-7 from the field, including 3-for-3 on three-pointers. Swierenga is averaging 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. The Cobbers (6-1, 8-3) are tied for first place in the MIAC.
North Dakota State forward Brett Winkelman of Morris earned his third straight Division I independent men's basketball Newcomer of the Week Award. Winkelman, a 6-5 redshirt freshman, averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the floor and 92 percent from the free-throw line in two starts last week for the Bison (8-8).
SARTELL -- Willmar's patience paid off Thursday as the Cardinals picked up their first Central Lakes Conference win of the season after beating Sartell 9-8 in overtime. Sartell (2-7-0, 4-9-0) scored 1:32 into the third period to push its lead to 8-3, but Willmar (1-6-0, 5-9-0) responded with five goals in a span of just under 8½ minutes. Rory Schneider capped the third-period flurry that saw the Cardinals tie the game with 5:39 left in regulation. Sartell got whistled for a tripping penalty with one second left in the third period.
ALBANY -- New London-Spicer's 67-game conference win streak came to a crashing halt Thursday with a 64-31 loss to Albany in West Central North girls basketball. The Wildcats (5-1, 10-5) won 62 consecutive games in the West Central South conference, including six straight undefeated seasons.
ST. CLOUD -- This was not Willmar's night. Starting with the jump ball, St. Cloud Apollo bolted away from the visitors 7-0 and the Cardinals never could catch up, though they trailed just 21-18 at halftime. The Central Lakes Conference outcome, 55-45, put the Eagles a full game up on the Cardinals. Both teams had come in 4-2. Willmar lost junior wing Matt Seehusen to injury, possibly a high-ankle sprain which could keep him out of the line-up several weeks. "We played tentative to begin with," said coach Steve Grove. "Turnovers also hurt us early.
ST. CLOUD -- Willmar won two events against a deep St.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar girls hockey team put up a good fight in the first period, but Sartell/Sauk Rapids's Kelly Meierhofer blew the game open in the second with two goals and an assist to hand the Cardinals an 8-1 loss Thursday. Willmar (1-9, 1-16) answered a Sartell (5-2-2, 9-5-3) first-period goal with Allie Sweep's goal nearly a minute later to tie the game at 1-1.
Boys Basketball St. Cloud Apollo 55, Willmar 45 MACCRAY 65, Lakeview 55 Central Minnesota Christian 56, Canby 52 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 99, Dawson-Boyd 46 Holdingford 77, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 56 Annandale 49, Litchfield 46 BOLD 67, E.C.H.O.
(All events 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Edina at Willmar Renville County West at Redwood Valley WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo at Benson Morris vs. BOLD at Bird Island Yellow Medicine East at Lac qui Parle Valley WEST CENTRAL NORTH Minnewaska at Paynesville New London-Spicer at St.
GRANITE FALLS -- By beating Montevideo 40-17 and Pipestone 42-25 at the Yellow Medicine East Triangular Thursday, YME improved to 9-0 on the season. Yellow Medicine East got five decisions and three pins against both Montevideo and Pipestone. Pipestone upended Montevideo 39-29 in the other dual. Montevideo entered the triangular with a record of 4-1. YME 40, Montevideo 17 The Sting won six of the first seven matches to take a 25-3 lead.