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The girls basketball postseason starts today with three area teams in action. No. 8 seed Buffalo Lake-Hector (5-19) will host No. 9 Sleepy Eye at 7 p.m. in the Section 2A-North playoffs. Renville will be the site for the opening round of the Section 3A-North playoffs. No. 6 Renville County West (11-11) plays No. 11 Lake Benton at 6 p.m. with No. 7 Canby taking on No. 10 Central Minnesota Christian (1-19) at 7:30 p.m.
The Willmar Cardinals (8-7, 11-10) will host St. Cloud Apollo (12-3, 16-4) in a Central Lakes Conference boys basketball game at 7:30 p.m. today.
Kayla Karnes of Ridgewater College has been named Southern Division Player of the Week in women's basketball. The freshman guard from New London-Spicer averaged 10 points, five assists and two steals as Ridgewater won consecutive road games at MSCTC-Fergus Falls and Minneapolis to tie for the division title.
(Starting times approximately 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted) Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES St. Cloud Apollo at Willmar Alexandria at Little Falls Brainerd at Rocori Fergus Falls at St. Cloud Tech CENTRAL MINNESOTA Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted WRIGHT COUNTY Litchfield at Watertown-Mayer CAMDEN NORTH Renville County West at Canby NON-CONFERENCE Benson at Hancock Dawson-Boyd at Montevideo Girls Basketball SECTION 2A-NORTH Sleepy Eye at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 7 p.m. SECTION 3A-NORTH At Renville Renville County West vs.
MARSHALL -- A quick start didn't hold as the Willmar boys basketball team fell to Marshall 71-66 in non-conference action Tuesday. The Cardinals (11-10) jumped out to a 10-point advantage in the first few minutes of the game, but Marshall (19-5) fought back to forge a 30-30 score at halftime. "We had a great start, but we were unable to close the deal tonight," said Willmar coach Steve Grove. Fouls plagued the Cardinals during the game, running up 28 total and giving the Tigers 37 free throws, which were converted into 26 points. In the end, three Willmar players fouled out. "We were play
The Willmar Soccer Association has scheduled an information and registration meeting for 6:15 p.m. Monday at the junior high cafeteria. The WSA is a partnership with West Central Multi-District Collaborative, including Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and New London-Spicer public schools. There will be traveling league for ages 13-17 starting late April and a recreational program for ages 9-12 starting early May. The fee is $60 (13-17) and $40 (10-12) with a $120 family maximum. For more information, call Steve or Jennifer Leitch at (320) 214-0478 or Edel Fernandez (320) 231-5174, ext. 7153.
All-Area high school basketball nomination forms are being e-mailed and/or faxed to each of the area varsity coaches and must be returned by Friday. For questions, call Scott days at (320) 235-6664 or after 5 p.m. at 1-800-450-1150, ext. 332.
MELROSE -- Ten players scored for Melrose as the Dutchmen used a balanced offensive attack to win the West Central North Conference title by beating New London-Spicer 64-52 Tuesday. Only Seth Gieske with 11 points and Curt Bertram with 10 scored in double figures for Melrose, which avenged an earlier loss to the Wildcats. New London-Spicer beat the Dutchmen 70-57 on Jan. 21 in New London. The two teams played an even second half, but Melrose owned a 39-27 lead at halftime. Todd Herman netted a game-high 21 points and Justin Haats followed with 10 to pace the Wildcats (11-3, 20-5).
GRANITE FALLS -- Montevideo wrapped up its West Central South Conference schedule with a 70-63 win over Yellow Medicine East Tuesday. The Thunder Hawks finished the loop in first place with an 11-1 record, 17-3 overall. Montevideo will face Melrose for the West Central Conference title next Thursday in Melrose. Tyler Grey scored 19 points to pace Montevideo. Tramel Barnes added 16 points and nine rebounds, and Nolan Jasperson had 10 points and nine boards. Kenton Johnson scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Sting (5-7, 11-11).
CLARA CITY -- Matt Condon scored 19 points and hooked 11 rebounds and MACCRAY topped BOLD 69-52 in a non-conference game Tuesday night. BOLD (3-20) led 31-29 at halftime before the Wolervines (14-8) exploded for 40 points in the second half. Matt Leese chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds, Ryan Epema added 11 points and Justin Koenen 10. Bret Neubauer had 15 points for BOLD. Jake Brustuen and Justin Fahse had 10 apiece. MACCRAY 69, BOLD 52 BOLD (3-20) 31 21 -- 52 MACCRAY (14-8) 29 40 -- 69 BOLD - 23-52 FG (1-10 3 pt); 5-7 FT; 32 rebounds; 18 fouls ...