EDEN PRAIRIE -- Drew Larson, Brandon Rieckman and Trent Molacek all won invididuals titles Saturday at the Eden Prairie Invite, helping Willmar place second among eight teams. Larson won the 145-pound title, Rieckman the 160-pound crown and Molacek prevailed at 171. Adam Kremer was second at 285, while Erik Borgos at 119, Nick Braun at 125, Nick Dahlke at 135, and Marshal Swoyer at 189 all placed third. Eden Prairie won the title with 217.5 points, while Willmar amassed 176.5. "We wrestled very well," said Willmar coach Tom Beyer.
SPICER -- Kyle Schmidt, a junior at Hutchinson, and his father, Jeff Schmidt, a teacher/running coach at the same school, finished 1-2 in the men's division of the Frosty 5k Run/Walk this past weekend in Spicer. Kyle, who spoiled the Willmar boys cross country team's chance at a perfect score by finishing fifth in the Section 2AAA meet at Crown College in St. Bonafacius this past fall, came in first in a time of 17:54.
NLS turns back ACGC, 53-40 GROVE CITY -- New London-Spicer shot just under 50 percent from the field and never trailed Saturday en route to upending Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 53-40 in a non-conference game Saturday. New London-Spicer, which owned a 28-22 lead at halftime, saw their lead shrink to three at one point in the second half, but the Wildcats went 7-for-9 at the free-throw line in the half to seal the win.
Grey scores 28; Monte upends Windom, 90-77 MARSHALL -- With the help of four players scoring in double figures and 17 assists from Tramel Barnes, Montevideo shot 62 percent from the field en route to running past Windom 90-77 in a non-conference game Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State. The Thunder Hawks, who were led by Tyler Grey's game-high 28 points, hit 17 of their first 20 shots from the field.
Canby captures Camden mat title; area has only one individual champ TRACY -- Canby had four individual champions en route to winning the Camden Conference wrestling title Saturday. The Lancers, rated No.
FERGUS FALLS -- Despite owning a 51-36 rebound advantage and making more field goals than MSCTC-Fergus Falls, Ridgewater couldn't snap its losing streak as the Spartans clipped the Warriors 70-66 in the MCCC Southern Division Saturday. Tim Mattern led a group of four players that scored in double figures for Ridgewater with 16 points, but the Warriors committed 21 turnovers and shot only 36 percent from the field in losing their ninth straight game. The Warriors (0-5, 3-12) led 32-25 at halftime before the Spartans outscored the visitors 45-34 in the second half.
FERGUS FALLS -- Playing as aggressive as they have all season, the Ridgewater Lady Warriors defeated MSCTC-Fergus Falls 60-44 in women's basketball Saturday. "I thought we dominated the second half," said Ridgewater coach Carrie Ogdahl. "The girls were diving after balls and taking charges. We hadn't taken a charge all season and we took two in this game." Ridgewater led 21-19 at halftime, then took charge and wore down the depleted Lady Spartans, who were missing the state's top scorer, Brittany Quistorff, to an injury and had only six players dress for the game.
COLLEGEVILLE -- Five wrestlers went 2-1 for Ridgewater Saturday as the Warriors went 1-2 at the Terry Haws Duals hosted by St. John's University. The Warriors, a Division III junior college, opened with a 25-18 win over Wisconsin-Eau Claire before falling to the host 17-16. The Warriors then fell 36-10 to Concordia-Moorhead.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Delano vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. Morris at Sauk Centre, 7:30 p.m. Hancock at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN Central Minnesota Christian vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven, 7:30 p.m. Lincoln County at Dawson-Boyd, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Dawson-Boyd at Benson, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Brooten, 7:30 p.m. Hancock at Parkers Prairie Girls Hockey CENTRAL LAKES Alexandria at River Lakes, 7:15 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Iowa Central displayed its championship form on Friday evening at Ridgewater College. The junior college national champions won a meeting of unbeaten teams when they subdued the Warriors, 26-12. The Tritons, an NJCAA Division I program, won the national championship last year and also in 2002. Except in 2005 when it finished seventh, Iowa Central has finished no lower than third since 2000.