ST. PAUL -- New London-Spicer's first team venture into the state Class A gymnastics meet ended with an eighth-place finish Friday at Roy Wilkins Auditorium. The Wildcats posted a 133.8, well below their season average. Perham won the team title with a 149.6, followed by Pine Island at 143.75 and Becker at 143.625. NLS' chances were hurt without a four-event performance from Jacki Imdieke, who injured her knee at the section meet and only competed on the uneven bars Friday.
COTTONWOOD -- Zach Thissen scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half as MACCRAY topped Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 67-59 in the Camden inter-conference championship Friday night. MACCRAY (16-8) trailed 32-31 at halftime, but got the job done from the free-throw line, where the Wolverines had 39 attempts. TMB committed 28 fouls. Thissen was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the second half. Ben Perry had four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Justin Koenen notched 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
LITCHFIELD -- Brittany Euerle had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Emily Davis added 16 points as Litchfield drubbed Mound-Westonka 57-38 in a Wright County Conference girls basketball game Friday night. The Dragons limited Mound-Westonka to only 29 percent shooting from the field. Jamie Wollin had nine points, five assists and five steals for Litchfield. Litchfield 57, Mound-Westonka 38 Mound-Westonka (4-11, 9-15) 21 17 -- 38 Litchfield (10-6, 17-8) 29 28 -- 57 MOUND-WESTONKA - 15-52 FG (1-2 3-pt); 7-12 FT; 29 rebounds; 11 fouls ...
ROCHESTER -- Only three Ridgewater wrestlers remain after the first day of the NJCAA tournament Friday. All three, Brandon Schunk at 133 pounds, Justin Turek at 149 pounds and Jarret Hall at 165 pounds are all in the consolation quarterfinal Saturday. Hall went 3-1 on the day with two pins. Chad Listul, at 141 pounds, made it to the quarterfinals, but lost in the consolation bracket. All three made it into the quarterfinals and cemented their status as All-America. The top eight finishers in each weight class earn the honor.
Saturday Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Osakis at Minnewaska, 1 p.m. Yellow Medicine East vs. MACCRAY at Clara City, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Eden Valley-Watkins at Litchfield, 7:30 p.m. SECTION 3A At Redwood Falls Russell-Tyler-Ruthton vs. Lincoln County, 11 a.m. Renville County West vs. Dawson-Boyd, 12:30 p.m. Minneota vs. Central Minnesota Christian, 2:30 p.m. Lakeview vs. Red Rock Central, 4 p.m. Gymnastics STATE MEET At Roy Wilkins Auditorium, RiverCentre, St.
Boys Basketball Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 80, Albany 61 New Ulm Cathedral 66, Buffalo Lake-Hector 58 Melrose 68, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 57 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 55, BOLD 45 Redwood Valley 74, Worthington 62 MACCRAY 67, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 59 Benson 76, Hancock 46 Girls Basketball Litchfield 57, Mound-Westonka 38 Pierz 54, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 45 Willmar 56, Sauk Rapids 34 Gymnastics State Class A meet (1) Perham 149.6 (2) Pine Island 143.75 (3) Becker 143.625 (4) New Prague 143.225 (5) Mound-Westonka 142.675 (6) Mahtomedi 139.15 (7) Martin County Wes
ST. CLOUD -- The Willmar Cardinals fell out of the Central Lakes Conference title picture on Thursday with a 51-44 loss to St. Cloud Apollo. The Eagles, now 15-1 in the CLC, have ninth-place Fergus Falls and first-place Rocori left. The best Willmar can do now is 15-3 with Rocori (15-1) and Sauk Rapids left. Since Rocori and Apollo meet in the final game, one of them will finish no worse than 16-2. Apollo's game has been amplified by the development of fleet sophomore guard Andre Garth, who didn't figure in Willmar's 51-45 win over Apollo Jan. 11.
The University of Minnesota, Morris hosts to the Section 3A Boys Swimming and Diving championships today and Saturday. Area teams in the 13-team field are Willmar, Montevideo/Yellow Medicine East, Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield and Minnewaska/Morris. Preliminaries are at 5 p.m. today, diving prelims at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by all finals at noon p.m. Montevideo/YME is the defending champion, but 2006 runner-up and Central Lakes Conference champion Fergus Falls is favored this year.
With a snowstorm expected to hit the area this weekend, times for Section 3A girls basketball tournament games Saturday in Redwood Falls and Luverne have been moved up two hours. In the north half of the section, No. 4 Dawson-Boyd and No. 5 Renville County West meet at 12:30 p.m. in the second quarterfinal of the day at Redwood Valley High School. Central Minnesota Christian plays Minneota at 2:30 p.m.
ROCHESTER - Ten wrestlers from Ridgewater College begin a quest today for All-America honors at the University Center in Rochester, site of the 2007 NJCAA National Championships. The Warriors' Jarrett Hall, in the 165-pound weight class, placed third in 2005, but was injured in 2006.