The Minnesota Lynx picked experience over potential and local popularity in Monday's WNBA dispersal draft, taking forward Tangela Smith and passing on former Gophers star Janel McCarville. Smith's leadership qualities and career history of durability and consistency were most attractive to Minnesota. She led the Sting with 13.1 points per game last season.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Michael Felt hit a tie-breaking runner near the free-throw line with four seconds left and finished with a game-high 27 points to help Redwood Valley stay unbeaten by clipping Litchfield 56-54 in a non-conference boys basketball game Monday. Litchfield (4-5) held Redwood Valley (10-0) to its lowest point total of the season, but the Cardinals were 14-for-19 at the free-throw line compared to the Dragons' total of 6-for-12. The Dragons, who led by Tyler Puckett's 21 points, held a 29-23 advantage at halftime and led for majority of the game.
GROVE CITY -- The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons couldn't shake Buffalo Lake-Hector and settled for a 59-54 non-conference win in girls basketball on Monday. ACGC won despite shooting 35 percent from the floor (22 for 62) and 40 percent at the line (11 for 27). Still, the Falcons led by 10 points with four minutes left when the Mustangs closed the gap with a pair of three-pointers by freshman Bobbie Jo Deal. The Falcons got even scoring from Sara Lund with 12 points, Kjersten Karlsgodt 12 and Kayla Dahlman 11, who also had eight rebounds.
Boys Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 7:30 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley at Montevideo, 7:30 p.m. Yellow Medicine East at Benson, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Sauk Centre at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. New London-Spicer at Albany, 7:30 p.m. Paynesville at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH Russell-Tyler-Ruthton vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 7:30 p.m. Canby vs. MACCRAY at Clara City, 7:30 p.m. Lincoln County vs.
Boys Basketball Redwood Valley 56, Litchfield 54 Girls Basketball ACGC 59, BL-Hector 54 Hancock 62, Campbell-Tintah 33 Milbank, SD, 56, Morris/Chokio-Alb. 43 LQPV 64, Ortonville 63 Canby 49, MACCRAY 46
WILLMAR -- David Johnson scored 27 points and yanked down 18 rebounds, but the Ridgewater Warriors were unable to hold a late lead and fell to Minnesota West 79-74 in MCCC Southern Division men's basketball Saturday. Johnson hit two free throws with 49 seconds left in the second half to put the Warriors in front 71-70. But Eddie Marrs, a 6-foot guard who finished with a team-high 23 points, drove for two points and a foul shot at the other end to put the Blue Jays up for good, 73-71. Despite the loss, Ridgewater players seemed pleased with their improvement when compared to Wednesday's 23-p
WILLMAR -- Down by 10 points at halftime, the Ridgewater Lady Warriors changed their approach at both ends of the court and pulled out a 58-53 victory at the college gymnasium on Saturday over the Minnesota West Blue Jays. A full-court press triggered the comeback from a 33-23 deficit at intermission. Freshman post Hilary Groothuis provided offense both halves, finishing with a game-high 24 points. Sophomore wing Ashley Olson got 10 of her 16 points in the second half. "We threw on a 2-2-1 press the second half to disrupt their flow," said Warriors coach Carrie Ogdahl.
Katie Winkelman, a University of Minnesota-Duluth senior forward from Morris, scored the 1,000th point of her collegiate basketball career Saturdayin the Bulldogs' 76-65 win over St Cloud State. Winkelman made 9-of-16 shots, including 2-of-r4 from three-point range, and 8-of-11 free throws for a game-high 28 points. Jackie Carlson, a sophomore post from Litchfield, had 12 points for St. Cloud State.
The Willmar Baseball/Fastpitch Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 145 at the junior high school. Topics for discussion include spectator area improvements and dugout covers for softball, bid for the state amateur baseball tournament and Bill Taunton Stadium update. New members are welcome.
COLBY, Kan. -- The Ridgewater wrestling team picked up an individual title and two second-place finishes to take third at the Colby, Kan., Invite Saturday. Jarret Hall, a sophomore from Greenbush, went 3-0 with a pin to capture the 165-pound title. Jimmy Marx at 125 pounds and Cody Pahan at 174 each took second place. The Warriors accumulated 54.5 points. Labette, Kan., won the team title with 86.5 points and Western Wyoming was second at 57. "Most of the schools there were Division I junior colleges. I thought we did pretty well," said Ridgewater coach Jesse Nelson.