REDWOOD FALLS -- Redwood Valley, usually a prolific three-point shooting team, had to beat Pipestone a different way in the Section 3AA-South semifinal Thursday. The Cardinals (23-3) were held to three 3-pointers, but Redwood Valley was able to register a convincing 72-60 victory. The Cardinals will face Luverne, which beat Martin County West 53-49, in the subsection final game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Two of Redwood Valley's big three scorers -- Mike Felt, Dan Bonebright and Tyler Pendleton -- were enough to push the Cardinals' offense.
Paynesville and New London-Spicer will get a chance to play for the third time this season after the West Central North Conference foes each won Section 5AA-South quarterfinals games Thursday. Paynesville rallied from a halftime deficit to upend Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 56-48, while New London-Spicer topped Kimball 68-55. Paynesville defeated NLS 69-58 on Dec. 22 and 71-56 on Jan.
MORRIS -- Sam Kavanagh's basket with 4.5 seconds left lifted Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg to a 77-75 victory over Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley in the Section 5A-South quarterfinals Thursday. CGB missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer. KMS (16-9) put on a full-court trap with the score tied at 75 and Mark Skoglund picked off the pass, which set up Kavanagh's winning shot. The Fighting Saints will face Osakis in a subsection semifinal at 6 p.m. Saturday at Minnewaska Area High School. Kavanagh led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Girls Basketball Section 3A CHAMPIONSHIP TODAY At Southwest Minnesota St., Marshall Dawson-Boyd vs. Fulda, 5 p.m. Section 5A CHAMPIONSHIP TODAY At Minnewaska Area High School Hancock vs. Battle Lake, 7 p.m. Section 3AA CHAMPIONSHIP TODAY At Southwest Minnesota State, Marshall Lac qui Parle Valley vs. Pipestone, 8 p.m.
Boys Basketball Section 5A-South KMS 77, CGB 75 Section 3AA-North Benson 71, Montevideo 70 West Central 81, Morris 64 Section 3AA-South Redwood Valley 72, Pipestone 60 Section 5AA-South Paynesville 56, BBE 48 NL-Spicer 68, Kimball 55 Section 5AA-North Glencoe-SL 58, ACGC 46 Section 6AA-South Minnewaska 51, Holdingford 42 Section 8AAA-South Willmar 68, Litchfield 37
Ethan Vogt and Adam Ferrell, two former Ridgewater College (Willmar) pitchers, are now throwing at Division I schools. Vogt, playing for the Minnesota Gophers, pitched his first game of the spring March 4 at the Metrodome against Arkansas, rated No. 5 in the nation. In relief, the 6-3, 210-pound junior right-hander from Sauk Centre allowed on earned run over 41/3 innings. He gave up four hits and struck out five in a no-decision.
The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors have released the competitive section assignments for the next two years. The assignments were drawn up based on enrollments from grades 9-12 where previously it was based on grades 9-11. Four activities changed how they are classified (volleyball, softball, baseball, wrestling). Golf moved from two to three classes. Section alignments in all sports can be viewd at www.mshsl.org . The Tribune will run all the section alignments that involve area school districts in Friday's paper.
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.