Starting tonight at the Civic Center, the Willmar boys hockey team gets two cracks on consecutive evenings at high-scoring Little Falls (18-2). The Central Lakes leaders average 7.3 goals per game, most in the state. Jared Festler (47 goals, 38 assists), Ben Hanowski (29-46) and Beau Hanowski (19-42) are all underclassmen. Willmar travels to Little Falls Saturday in a make-up game.
Jon DeRock, a 6-2 sophomore guard from Buffalo Lake, converted a crucial three-point play and netted a career-high 34 points Wednesday to help Hamline edge Augsburg 85-84. DeRock, who was 6-for-7 from three-point range and 12-for-16 overall from the field, was fouled while making a floater in the lane. DeRock, second on the team in scoring (15.8 ppg), then made the free throw with 1:11 remaining that put the Pipers (6-14) up for good.
BRAINERD -- For the second time, Brainerd topped Willmar this season in a nailbiter. This time, a basket by Emily Thesing in the last five seconds allowed the Warriors to vault past the Cardinals to a 60-58 victory. Brainerd nipped Willmar 60-56 in overtime Dec. 9 behind 28 points by Kayla Huether. This time the junior guard got 21, all but six in the second half. Willmar's Lisa Nielsen had 14 points by halftime and finished with 20 before fouling out in the final minute.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Willmar Cardinals wrapped up the regular season with a 11-5 win over Little Falls on Thursday. Ashley Hutton poured in four goals for Willmar, which finishes 4-12 in the Central Lakes Conference. The Cardinals (8-16 overall) will wait until Wednesday to find the outcome of the Section 6A seeding. "Hopefully, we'll get a first-round home game," said coach Rick Dahle. Willmar led the Flyers 5-0 after one period on two goals by Taylor Sandberg and one each by Kelsey Johnson Chelsey Wierschem, who finished with seven points, and Hutton. Amanda Croonquist was the winning g
The Paynesville boys basketball team hosts Melrose for first place in the West Central North Conference tonight. Paynesville is 8-2 in the loop and Melrose is 6-2. New London-Spicer is also 6-2.
The Prairie Pothole chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association will hold its annual Wood Duck House Building Day Saturday at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, west of New London. The cost of the kit is $10 each, with tools and volunteers provided to help assemble the houses. For more information, call 320-235-7287 or 320-214-1497.
MONTEVIDEO -- A fast start sparked Montevideo Thursday as the Thunder Hawks upended Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 58-48 to knock the Falcons out of first place in the West Central South Conference. The Falcons (7-2, 10-8) were tied with Lac qui Parle Valley for first in the conference entering the game, but the Eagles beat Yellow Medicine East Thursday to take sole possession of first at 8-1. Montevideo (5-5, 9-8), which won for just the second time in five games, led the entire game and had its freshman forward Rebeka Schwendemann lead all scorers with 18 points.
DAWSON -- MACCRAY bounced back in the second half after losing a 12-point lead to clip Dawson-Boyd 75-66 in a key Camden North Conference game for the Wolverines. The win allowed MACCRAY (8-3, 10-5) to stay in a tie with Lakeview in the loss column for the conference lead. The Wolverines, led by Zach This-sen's game-high 18 points, owned a double-digit lead for majority of the first half before Dawson-Boyd (5-6, 6-7) charged back to take a 40-35 lead at halftime. MACCRAY then outscored the Blackjacks 40-26 in the second half to win its third straight.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals lost 98-87 to the Brainerd Warriors in the pool on Thursday, but there was good news for the losers in the Central Lakes dual. "It was our best meet of the year by far," said Willmar coach Carl Shuldes.
Result Thursday Non-Conference Morris/Chok.-Alb. 62, Wheaton/Herm.-Nor. 41 Kelsey Draper and Jasmine Henrich led 12 Tiger scorers with 10 points each. Morris/CA (10-6)..................31 31 -- 62 Wheaton/HN (2-13)..............18 23 -- 41 MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 20-55 FG (3-11 3-pt); 19-28 FT; 45 rebounds; 12 fouls ... Scoring: Stef Stroebel 1, Rachel Stroebel 8, Megan Dierks 2, Mackenzie Kontz 3, Britney Greenwaldt 6, Heather Gagner 8, Brittany Nelson 6, Steph Lieneman 2, Sara Beyer 2, Courtney Johnson 4, Kelsey Draper 10, Jasmine Henrich 10 ... 3-point shots: Kontz 1, Gagner 2 ...