NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer found a way to shut down Minnewaska's top three scorers, which led to a 73-46 win in West Central North boys basketball action Thursday. The Wildcats (7-4, 12-6) held the Lakers' Jordan Johnsrud, Jordan Hendricks and Jon Hoffmann -- averaging a combined 37 points per game -- to a total of 12 points. NLS blew open a 24-19 halftime lead by starting the second half with a 14-2 run. Skylar Wachter paced the Wildcats with 15 points, followed by Chris Tengwall's 11. Mike Anderson led the Lakers (6-5, 9-9) with 10 points. New London-Spicer 73, Minnewaska Area 46
The Willmar girls hockey team hosts Morris/Benson Area at 5 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals of Section 6A. No. 4 Willmar (8-16) beat No. 5 Morris/Benson (8-10-3) 5-0 on Nov. 14 in Benson. Top-seeded Alexandria has a first-round bye and will play the Willmar/MBA winner on Tuesday in Alexandria. Other quarterfinal matchups on Saturday: No. 7 Park Rapids is at No. 2 Fergus Falls and No. 6 Long Prairie/Wadena-Deer Creek is at No. 3 Detroit Lakes.
Mitch Grussing, a 6-2, 185-pound linebacker from MACCRAY, and Aaron Betters, a 6-2, 240-pound lineman from Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, are among six recruits who have signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play football for Ridgewater College next fall. Also signing Wednesday was: Weston Garvin, a 6-5, 310-pound lineman from Mankato West; Dustin Punto, a 6-2, 215 linebacker from Elkston, S.D.; Jake Wahl, a 6-1, 230 fullback/linebacker from Westbrook/Walnut Grove; and Jacob Middagh, a 6-0, 240 linebacker/defensive end from Buffalo.
WORHTINGTON -- Minnesota West had three chances in the last 30 seconds to overtake the visiting Ridgewater Lady Warriors but the team from Willmar rejected each try. The result was a 62-61 win, a vital victory for the Lady Warriors who are fighting for a top-four finish in the Southern Division race. "It was a heckuva game," said Ridgewater coach Carrie Ogdahl. "We played unbelievable defense, tough man-to-man in-your-face defense." The Lady Bluejays offense is built around 3-point shots.
When the Granite Falls boys hockey team made it to the state tournament in 1945, the team had just one shot on goal in a quarterfinal game against Eveleth at the St. Paul Auditorium. That one shot, which came from center ice, was stopped by Eveleth netminder Ron "Bear" Drobnick, setting a state record that still stands today for fewest saves in a state tournament game. Drobnick died on Feb. 1 of heart failure
Late Tuesday result Non-Conference Morris/Benson Area 9, Little Falls 7 (At Morris) -- Tony Schultz scored three goals in the Storm's five-goal second period and then added the clincher with 13 seconds left in the third frame on an empty net to lead Morris/Benson Area. The shootout left the two top teams in Section 4A in a virtual stalemate with the Flyers at 20-3 and MBA at 17-3. Jared Festler's third goal of the game tied the score 7-7 10:20 into the third period.
Central Lakes Conf. All Rocori 11-1 16-2 St. C. Apollo 11-1 14-4 Willmar 10-2 15-3 Brainerd 8-4 10-6 Little Falls 6-6 10-7 St. Cloud Tech 5-7 8-11 Sartell 4-8 5-11 Alexandria 3-9 6-10 Fergus Falls 1-11 1-16 Sauk Rapids 1-11 1-17 West Central South Conf. All Montevideo 8-0 15-1 LQV Valley 6-2 11-4 Morris 6-3 9-8 Benson 4-4 11-8 ACGC 3-6 10-9 Yel. Med.
Central Lakes Conf. All St.
Central Lakes Conf. All Little Falls 6-1 18-9 Sartell 6-2 11-4 Fergus Falls 5-2 9-3 Willmar 5-2 11-10 Sauk Rapids 4-2 7-9 Brainerd 4-3 7-7 Alexandria 3-4 10-11 SC Apollo 1-5 6-13 Rocori 1-6 3-12 St.
Boys' hockey Central Lakes Conf. All Little Falls 12-1 20-3 Brainerd 10-2 14-6-1 Fergus Falls 10-4 12-9 St. Cloud Tech 10-5 10-12-1 Sauk Rapids 9-5 12-8-1 SC Apollo 6-8 9-12-1 Alexandria 4-10 5-16 Sartell 4-10 8-13 River Lakes 1-10-1 4-17-1 Willmar 1-12-1 5-15-1 Others All Litchfield/DC 6-14-1 Morris/Benson 17-3 Redwood Valley 4-14 Girls' Hockey Central Lakes Conf. All Alexandria 15-1 23-2 St.