FERGUS FALLS -- Nothing kills momentum like a period-opening goal. The Willmar boys hockey team felt it had the Section 4A quarterfinal game against Fergus Falls moving in the Cardinals' direction, but a Cody Peck goal 28 seconds into the third period opened the lead to 3-1. The Cardinals (5-19-2) pushed the tempo from the start, keeping the pressure in the Otters' zone but got few good looks at Josh Fandrich, one of the top goalie's in the section. Torin Gaffke opened the scoring for Fergus Falls taking a bouncing puck off the boards to make a break-in on the Willmar goal at 4:59 of the fi
MORRIS -- New London-Spicer went on a 12-4 run in the last eight minutes to beat Morris/Chokio-Alberta 44-34 in non-conference girls basketball Tuesday. The Wildcats (20-6) led 32-30 in the second half, after holding a 19-18 halftime advantage. Renae Henjum scored 19 points, blocked eight shots and grabbed seven rebounds for NLS. Jasmine Henrich tallied 18 points for the Tigers (12-10). NL-Spicer 44, Morris/CA 34 NL-Spicer (20-6) 19 25 -- 44 Morris/CA (12-10) 18 16 -- 34 NEW LONDON-SPICER - 18-50 FG (2-11 3-pt); 6-17 FT; 25 rebounds; 16 fouls ...
The Willmar Cardinals boys basketball team puts a seven-game winning streak on the line today, hosting non-conference rival Marshall today. The Tigers (15-8), who lead the Southwest Conference with a 10-1 record, are coming off a 92-90 double-overtime loss to Fairmont. The Cardinals girls take a 12-10 record and three-game win streak to Rocori (2-21), both a Central Lakes Conference and Section 8AAA-South opponent, today.
The River Lakes boys hockey team has just about the toughest draw in Class AA hockey when it plays at No. 2-ranked Moorhead (22-1-1) in the Section 8AA quarterfinals. In Section 4A action, Willmar is at Fergus Falls and Morris/Benson Area hosts Alexandria at Morris. Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato is at Shakopee in a 6A play-in game. All games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. today.
Sophomore Jackie Carlson of St. Cloud State posted a double-double against Augustana Saturday to earn the North Central Conference's women's basketball player of the week honor. Carlson, a post from Litchfield, scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 91-69 loss to the Vikings. She is the first Husky other than Erika Quigley, a six-time winner, to be named to the award this season.
GROVE CITY -- Four players in double figures assured Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City of a 66-53 win over Section 5AA foe Paynesville in a non-conference girls basketball game Monday night. Senior post Brittany Smith scored 14 points for the Falcons (15-8), followed by sophomore post Kayla Dallmann with 12.
KERKHOVEN -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg jumped out early in the second overtime and went on to defeat Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 78-74 in two overtimes Monday in a battle of Section 5A rivals. Regulation ended 63-63. Nate Schlagel had the only basket for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in the the first overtime. Cole Berget hit a 15-footer to start the second overtime and Justin Johnson's steal and basket provided KMS a quick four-point lead which they nursed to the end. Schlagel finished with 18 points, Sam Kavanagh 14, Berget 11 and Johnson 10.
WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater women's basketball team will have the home-court advantage when they play Itasca at 6 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the MCCC women's basketball tournament at the college gym. The host team qualified as the fourth seed out of the South Division, while Itasca is No. 1 in the Northern Division. In the late game Friday, Rochester plays Mesabi Range at 8 p.m. The afternoon games feature Central Lakes and Anoka at 1 p.m. and Minnesota West versus Northland at 3 p.m.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Marshall at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Renville County West vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 7:30 p.m. Central Minnesota Christian at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 7:30 p.m. Minneota at Dawson-Boyd, 7:30 p.m. Litchfield at Little Falls, 7:30 p.m. Redwood Valley at Minnesota Valley Lutheran, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Morris vs.
Boys Basketball KMS 78, CGB 74 LQPV 64, MACCRAY 56 Girls Basketball ACGC 66, Paynesville 53 LQPV 59, MACCRAY 50