CLARA CITY -- MACCRAY used a torrid first half to get up on Montevideo and then hung on to hand the Thunder Hawks only their third loss, 77-74, Monday night in non-conference boys basketball. The Wolverines made 6-of-9 three-pointers in the first half while shooting 59 percent overall (17 of 29), good for a 44-36 lead at intermission. Led by Eric Brandon, who got 15 of his game-high 22 points in the second half, the Thunder Hawks pulled to within a basket, 76-74, on a Tyler Ray trey with 20 seconds left.
BROOTEN -- April Hansen, who became Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's all-time leading scorer last week with 1,513 points, surpassed 1,000 rebounds with 14 boards Monday that went with a game-high 19 points in a 68-59 win over Upsala in non-conference girls basketball action. Katie Gruber and Emily Roelike each added 15 points. Roelike also snared 10 rebounds and Heidi Lensing eight. BBE 68, Upsala 59 Upsala (10-12) 23 36 -- 59 BBE (12-12) 30 38 -- 68 UPSALA - 26-65 FG (5-15 3-pt); 2-2 FT; 21 5 rebounds; 17 fouls ...
Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Rocori at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Brainerd at Sauk Rapids, 7:30 p.m. St. Cloud Tech at Little Falls, 7:30 p.m. Fergus Falls at St. Cloud Apollo, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Albany at New London-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. WRIGHT COUNTY Dassel-Cokato at Litchfield, 7:30 p.m. CENTRAL MINNESOTA Eden Valley-Watkins vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 7:30 p.m. ECHO Charter vs.
Boys Basketball MACCRAY 77, Montevideo 74 Benson 78, Chokio-Alberta 53 LQPV 75, Dawson-Boyd 63 Hancock 64, BBE 57 Morris 61, Minnewaska 49 ACGC 76, BOLD 59 Girls Basketball BBE 68, Upsala 59 Section 3A-North Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 71, Lincoln County 59 Dawson-Boyd 44, Renville County West 43 Minneota 71, CMCS 41 Lakeview 59, Red Rock Central 38
WILLMAR -- A strong Rochester team knocked Ridgewater College out of the title picture Saturday 53-49 on the Lady Warriors' home court. The Lady Warriors played in the MCCC third-place game for the second year in a row. This time they faced Southern Division rival Minnesota West on Sunday afternoon, losing 64-53. Ridgewater played its best basketball of the year while knocking off MCCC defending champion Itasca in the quarterfinals and then against No.
WILLMAR -- Sonja Ellingson poured in 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading Anoka-Ramsey to the MCCC state title with a 51-42 victory over Rochester Sunday at Ridgewater College. Anoka-Ramsey (22-4), which struggled with its shooting the field, led 23-9 at halftime. Amanda Reh added 13 points. Anoka-Ramsey shot just 29 percent from the field, including just 20 percent (3-of-15) from three-point range. But the Golden Rams did cash 14-of-17 free throws, while Rochester hit 6-of-9.
The Willmar girls basketball team, currently riding a five-game winning streak into postseason, are the No. 1 seed in the Section 8AAA-South and will host Rocori at 7 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals. Detroit Lakes is the No. 1 seed in the north half and host Park Rapids in its first game. If Willmar wins, it would play either Perham or Thief River Falls on March 3 at 6 p.m. in St. Cloud. The final is slated for March 9 at St John's University in Collegeville.
ROCHESTER -- Jarret Hall finished third in the 165-pound division at the NJCAA National Wrestling Tournament Saturday by going 6-1 to lead a group of three Ridgewater College wrestlers that earned All-America status. Brandon Schunk, a 133-pound freshman from Wabasso, placed seventh and Justin Turek, a 149-pound sophomore from New Prague, finished eighth to also gain All-America honors. Hall, a sophomore from Greenbush, won his first two matches before getting pinned by eventual runner-up Chris Wade to drop down to wrestlebacks.
MORRIS -- Willmar, Montevideo/YME and Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield all loaded up for the state swimming meet this weekend during the Section 3A boys swimming and diving meet on the University of Minnesota, Morris, campus on Saturday. Willmar qualified all three relay teams, including the first-place team in the 200 freestyle of Jackson Roberts, Matt Fuglestad, Andrew Nicklawsky and Andy Johnson.
ST. PAUL -- Benson/KMS senior Carrie Hanson was able to participate in all four events Saturday at the Class A Individual State Gymnastics Meet at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, but her injured right knee limited her to finish 21st in all-around. Hanson's best finish came on the balance beam where she placed 17th with a score of 8.925.