Youth wrestlers in grades K-6 will take to the mats Sunday at Ridgewater College for the annual Cardinal Classic, co-sponored by the Warriors' wrestling team and Willmar Community Education and Recreation. Weigh-in for grades K-2 is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and grades 3-6 is from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. Wrestling starts at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $8. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students.
NEW LONDON -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City had eight individual champions en route to winning the New London-Spicer Invite Friday. Champions for the Falcons were: Ben Meyer at 112 pounds, Scott Litzau at 119, Matt Pearson at 135, A.J. Frederiksen at 160, Micah Larson at 171, Nic Leither at 189, David Nelson at 215 and Josh Lies at heavyweight. ACGC had 248.,5 points for 222 for runnerup New London-Spicer. Billy Dean at 130 and Adam Luberts at 145 were champions for Wildcats. Luberts recorded his 150th career win.
BENSON -- Hancock held off a hard-charging Benson girls basketball team, winning the non-conference clash 52-49 Friday. The Owls (14-1), who won their sixth straight game, held a 27-16 halftime lead, but the Braves (5-7) opened the second half with a 15-4 run to tie the game. Sarah Ahrndt spearheaded the charge, scoring 11 of her 13 points in the final 18 minutes. She made three of the team's five 3-pointers. Defensively, the Braves held Tara Thielke, Hancock's leading scorer, to two points in the second half.
DAWSON -- A day after moving into a tie for first place in the Camden North Conference, Dawson-Boyd was upended 43-33 Friday by Minneota, which is leading the Camden South standings. The Vikings (9-1, 13-2) never trailed and limited Dawson-Boyd (7-4, 8-5) to just 13 field goals.
GRANITE FALLS -- Despite being snuffed out from three-point range, Montevideo did just enough to edge Yellow Medicine East, 55-51, and stay undefeated in West Central South boys basketball action Friday. The Thunder Hawks made 1-of-11 three-point attempts and shot 42 percent from the field overall. Unfortunately, the Sting (2-4, 6-5) didn't do well from the floor, either, shooting just 36 percent (20 of 56). Montevideo's Tyler Grey and Tramel Barnes were held to 11 points each, and neither made a three-point basket.
MELROSE -- Melrose took the top spot in the West Central North boys basketball standings alone by dumping New London-Spicer, 60-49, Friday. The Dutchmen (6-1, 10-2) controlled the first half, taking a 38-26 advantage at the break, then cruised in the second half. The Wildcats (5-2, 9-4) didn't fare as well in the second half, scoring just 21 points. Curt Bertram and Seth Gieske scored 16 and 12 points, respectively, for Melrose. Chris Tengwall netted a season-high 13 points and Wade Powers added 11 points for NLS. Melrose 60, NLS 49 NL-Spicer (5-2, 9-4) 26 21 -- 49 Melrose (6-1, 10-2)
The Ridgewater College men's and women's basketball teams travel to Fergus Falls today for MCCC Southern Division games with MSCTC-Fergus Falls. The Lady Warriors play at 1 p.m. and the Warriors at approximately 3 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- Lac qui Parle Valley overcame a four-point halftime deficit to stay in the lead of the West Central South Conference girls basketball race with a 45-35 win over Montevideo Thursday. The Eagles (6-1, 10-5) trailed 20-16 at halftime. Montevideo (3-4, 7-6), which shot 42 percent in the first half, went cold in the second, making just 21 percent of its shots. It was the fifth straight win for LQPV. Kayla Rheingans paced the Eagles with 13 points. Madeline Gail followed with 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Willmar Cardinals boys basketball team (6-2, 11-3) travels to Sauk Rapids (1-7, 1-12) for a Central Lakes Conference game tonight.
Funeral services are this morning at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Granite Falls for former coach and athletic director Phil Minelli, who died Monday at age 93. He coached a short-lived Granite Falls hockey team in the mid-1940s and football from 1944-54, posting three unbeaten, untied seasons. He also served as athletic director and coached gymnastics and track. A teacher and guidance counselor, he retired in 1975.