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Montevideo will take to the road to wrestle Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., today. But the Thunder Hawks won't need to go the entire way to Florida to compete. Hopkins is hosting an eight-team tournament this weekend with Palm Beach Gardens as one of the participants. The Florida team was looking for another match the night before the tournament and since Montevideo will make the trip to Hopkins today, the Thunder Hawks volunteered to take on the Floridians.
New London-Spicer (4-0, 9-2) hosts Minnewaska Area (3-1, 7-1)in a key West Central North Conference girls' basketball game today.
WILLMAR -- Andrew Nicklawsky won both the 100 and 200 freestyle races but the Willmar Cardinals were overmatched against Fergus Falls on Thursday in a Central Lakes Conference dual meet. Nicklawsky surged in the last 10 yards to win the 200 by .08. The talented Otters won 90-74 to improve to 3-0 in dual meets, plus a first- and second-place finish in two invitationals. "We're young," said Willmar coach Carl Shuldes. "No seniors this year, but we've got some fine young swimmers.
ST. CLOUD -- Willmar captures firsts in every event, led by Caitlin Cooreman's all-around win, to top St. Cloud Apollo 119.175-116.8 in a Central Lakes Conference gymnastics meet Thursday night. Cooreman won the all-around with a 32.45, followed by St. Cloud Apollo's Katie Weiman at 31.85. Willmar's Bethany Pollock took third at 31.75. Cooreman won the vault with an 8.75, balance beam at 8.15 and floor exercise with a 9.0. Pollock scored a 7.7 to win the uneven bars. Weiman was second on bars and beam. Willmar 119.175, St.
ST. CLOUD -- Michelle Bunnell of the St. Cloud Icebreakers scored the first five goals of the game and finished with six total to blast Willmar 9-0 in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday. Bunnell and Anne Schlepper teamed up for three of the four goals in the first period. Bunnell had all the tallies in the first 17-minute frame, then found the back of the net again 34 seconds into the second period. Schlepper added a goal after that. Ashley Hutton got the start in goal for the Cardinals (1-8, 1-14) and had 21 saves in the first two periods.
Boys Basketball Montevideo 71, Morris 49 Lac qui Parle Valley 73, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 72 Benson 74, BOLD 46 New London-Spicer 72, Waska 61 Lakeview 74, Renville County West 58 Yellow Medicine East 75, Dawson-Boyd 51 Girls Basketball Willmar 53, St.
(All events 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Little Falls at Willmar St. Cloud Apollo at Brainerd Rocori at Sartell St. Cloud Tech at Alexandria Fergus Falls at Sauk Rapids CENTRAL MINNESOTA Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Kimball TOMAHAWK Buffalo Lake-Hector at Cedar Mountain CAMDEN NORTH Central Minnesota Christian vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven Dawson-Boyd vs.
PAYNESVILLE -- Paynesville got three pins and received six forfeits en route to trouncing Melrose 66-6 in a West Central North Conference match Thursday night. Keith Klein at 145 pounds, Aaron Bachman at 160 and Dustin Utsch at 189 all won by pins. Joe Sheridan at 119 won by technical fall, Jeff Albright won by major decision at 112 and A.J. Christian won a decision at 140. Paynesville picked up 36 points when Melrose forfeited at 103, 125, 130, 135, 152 and 171.
LITCHFIELD -- Becky Smith netted most of her 20 points in the first half to help Litchfield build a 12-point lead at halftime Thursday as the Dragons remained unbeaten in the Wright County Conference by upending Delano 58-49. Litchfield, ranked ninth in the lastest Class AA State Coaches' Association poll, was out in front of the entire game despite shooting only 37 percent (22-for-59) from the field and 39 percent (12-for-31) from the free-throw line. Delano did get as close as five in the second half. Smith also amassed six rebounds and five steals for the Dragons (3-0, 7-2).
DAWSON -- Dawson-Boyd held off a second-half charge from MACCRAY to remain unbeaten with a 48-44 win Thursday in Camden North Conference girls basketball action. The Blackjacks (4-0, 8-0) held a 29-21 lead at halftime. Nikki Swenson scored a game-high 18 points to lead Dawson-Boyd. MACCRAY limited Dawson-Boyd senior center Chelsie Kurtenbach, who came in averaging just under 18 poins-per-game, to seven points. Kurtenbach led the Blackjacks with 11 rebounds.