Saturday Boys Basketball Section 5A-South SEMIFINALS At Minnewaska Area High School Osakis vs. KMS, 6 p.m. St. John's Prep vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. Section 3AA-North FINAL At Southwest Minnesota State, Marshall Benson vs. West Central, 8 p.m. Section 3AA-South FINAL At Southwest Minnesota State, Marshall Redwood Valley vs. Luverne, 6 p.m. Section 5AA-South SEMIFINALS At Dassel-Cokato High School Paynesville vs. Maple Lake, 6 p.m. New London-Spicer vs. Eden Valley-Watkins, 7:45 p.m. Section 6AA-South SEMIFINALS At St. John's University, Collegeville Melrose vs.
MADISON -- Top-seeded Montevideo, the highest scoring team in the area, needed one more shot to go in Thursday night. But the last-second toss bounced off the front of the rim at the buzzer as Benson players celebrated a 71-70 victory in the Section 3AA-North semifinals. Daniel Fragodt's short jumper with 14 seconds left proved to be the game-winner. Benson, the No. 4 seed, will now face No. 2-seeded West Central Area in the championship Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Gateway Football Conference announced Wednesday that North Dakota State University and South Dakota State University have been admitted to the league. The Bison and Jackrabbits will play in the western U.S.-based Great West Football Conference this season for the fourth straight year before starting up in the Gateway in 2008. Other members of the Gateway are Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois and Youngstown State.
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.