The Willmar Cardinals (19-5), seeded No. 2 in the South half of Section 8AAA, will host the third-seeded Litchfield Dragons (11-14) at 7 p.m. today at the high school. Litchfield beat Willmar 67-53 in a non-conference game on Dec. 12 in Litchfield. The Willmar/Litchfield winner will meet the winner between Thief River Falls and Fergus Falls at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Moorhead.
After Paynesville clinched the West Central North Conference title in boys basketball two weeks ago, it was pointed out to the Tribune that the last time Paynesville won a conference title was in 1941 when it captured the West Lake title. Upon further review, Paynesville last won a conference title in 1986 when it shared the West Central Conference (then just one conference) title with Glenwood (now Minnewaska Area) with 12-2 records. Paynesville shared the West Central North Conference title with Melrose this winter, each with 11-3 records.
Boys Basketball Section 3AA-North At Lac qui Parle Valley High School Montevideo vs. Benson, 5:30 p.m. West Central vs. Morris, 7:30 p.m. Section 3AA-South At Redwood Falls Pipestone vs. Redwood Valley, 6 p.m. Martin County West vs. Luverne, 7:30 p.m. Section 5AA-South Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. Howard Lake-Wavely/Winsted at Maple Lake, 7:30 p.m. St.
GLENWOOD -- Behind a career-high 27 points from Bree Holleman and a 23-4 run that spanned over a six-minute stretch in the second half, Hancock rallied past Ortonville 59-52 in the Section 5A-South final Tuesday at the Minnewaska Area High School. The Owls (23-3) extended their winning streak to six games and will now face Battle Lake (20-6) Friday at 7 p.m. in the section final back at the Minnewaska Area High School.
Jacob Bryce, a North Dakota State University sophomore from Glenwood, qualified for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at 197 pounds. Bryce went 3-1 last weekend in the NCAA West Regional in Cedar Falls, Iowa, finishing third in his weight class. He earned a berth in the NCAA Championships March 15-17 in Auburn Hills, Mich., as a wild-card. Bryce is 18-8 this season and 36-17 in his career.
COKATO -- Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted started a 14-0 run midway through the second half to surge past New London-Spicer 51-41 in the semifinals of Section 5AA-20 Tuesday night. New London-Spicer (21-7) trailed 26-19 at halftime, but regrouped and eventually took a brief 35-34 lead. With the score knotted at 37-all, Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted then went on its run to put the game away. "I thought we did a nice job of coming back in the second half," said NLS coach Mike Dreier.
ST. PAUL -- Three former West Central Tribune basketball stars were named to the 2006-07 all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's teams, announced recently. In men's basketball, a pair of Redwood Falls natives made the 15-player team.
ST. PAUL -- Former Willmar girls hockey standouts Mandi Samuelson and Alyssa Dahl were named to the all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team as honorable mentions Monday. Samuelson, a sophomore, led the Cobbers (8-9-1, 9-11-2) with 12 points on four goals and eight assists. Dahl, also a sophomore, tied for second with 11 points on five goals and six assists. Ryan Adams of Litchfield, a senior for Bethel, was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.
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Girls Basketball Section 5A-South final Hancock 59, Ortonville 52 Section 3AA-North final Lac qui Parle Valley 59, Montevideo 53 Section 5AA-20 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 51, New London-Spicer 41