The New London-Spicer gymnastics team, rated No. 4 in Class A, will be competing in the True Team State Meet Saturday at noon in New Prague. The Wildcats, who won the West Central Conference title for the first time, are currently 9-0 this season. The top 10 teams in Class A were invited to the True Team meet. The other teams competing will be New Ulm, Perham, Pine Island, New Prague, Becker, Martin County West, Monticello, Mound-Westonka and Detroit Lakes.
Former Minnewaska All-Area softball player Carrie Cooley has been selected for induction into the Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Cooley, a five-time letterwinner at shortstop and pitcher for the Lakers, also played four years at St. Olaf College in Northfield. As an eighth-grader, Cooley pitched in the state tournament in 1994. She continued to pitch through her sophomore season until shoulder problems forced her to only play shortstop. In all, she was 8-2 with a 1.33 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 97 innings.
MADISON -- Adam Paulson drained five 3-pointers among his 21 points and Caleb DuFrane added 19 points as Lac qui Parle Valley sank Morris 69-63 in a West Central South Conference boys basketball game Thursday night. LQPV (5-1, 10-3) stayed on the heels of Montevideo (6-0, 11-1) in the conference race. Jameson Siegert added 14 points for the Eagles. For Morris (3-3, 6-8), Taylor Witt had a game-high 25 points, Chris Scott had 16 and Craig Knochenmus 10.
TRACY -- Tony Dolan tallied 16 points as Tracy-Milroy-Balaton took over first place in the Camden South by shading visiting Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 75-72 on Thursday. The Panthers went ahead 74-72 with 30 seconds left. KMS missed at the other end, fouled and TMB added a free throw for the final margin. Sam Kavanagh with 17 points and 12 rebounds led KMS.
KERKHOVEN -- Hancock's Tara Thielke scored 17 of her 18 points in the second half, helping the Owls top Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 64-49 on Thursday. Thielke was 9-of-10 at the free-throw line the second half. The Owls were 20 of 28 for the game compared to the Saints 4 of 8 at the charity stripe. Jenny Noordmans also scored 18 for the Owls (16-1). Esther Peterson led all scorers with 24 points to go along with nine rebounds. Patina Queenan posted eight points and five assists. Bree Holleman had 12 points and five assists for the Owls.
Boys Basketball Yellow Medicine East 64, BOLD 60 New London-Spicer 73, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 50 Maple Lake 56, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 48 Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 75, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 72 Lincoln County 61, Central Minnesota Christian 56 Willmar 48, Alexandria 34 Dawson-Boyd 54, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 53 Montevideo 82, Ortonville 59 Waska 65, Melrose 57 Benson 76, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 74 Lac qui Parle Valley 69, Morris 63 Girls Basketball Renville County West 68, BOLD 53 Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 75, Buffalo Lake-Hector 49 Lac qui Parle Valley 73, Wheaton/HN
Boys Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Montevideo, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Paynesville at Albany, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN Renville County West at Minneota, 7:30 p.m. TOMAHAWK Buffalo Lake-Hector at Cedar Mountain, 7:30 p.m. SOUTHWEST Redwood Valley at Pipestone, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE New London-Spicer at Benson, 7:30 p.m. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES St. Cloud Tech at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Rocori at Sauk Rapids, 7:30 p.m. Little Falls at St.
ALBANY -- New London-Spicer claimed second place in the West Central North Conference by upending Albany 40-22 a day before the conference tournament. After Albany tied the match at 6-6, New London-Spicer (5-1, 12-2) got pins from Luke Reiter at 125 pounds, Christopher DeLong at 140 and Adam Luberts at 145 and decisions from Billy Dean at 130 and Brandon Keller at 135 to take a 30-6 lead. The Wildcats also earned 12 points when Albany forfeited at 112 and heavyweight and got a major decision from John Nething at 160. Long Prairie hosts the conference tournament today at 4 p.m. NL-Spicer 40
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals won a non-conference dual meet with Benson/KMS, 132.025-129.5, Thursday. BKMS's Carrie Hanson won all-around (34.05) and bars (8.65) and teammate Michelle Hanson took vault with a 9.15 score. But Willmar won its final two rotations with Annalise Bratt first on beam (8.775) and also on floor (8.9). Bratt was second all-around (33.925) and teammate Bethany Pollock third (32.95). Laura Polman was able to compete all-around again and placed fifth for Willmar.
SAUK RAPIDS -- The Willmar Cardinals got off to a good start winning the first three events and went on to defeat Sauk Rapids 110-76 to improved to 5-2 in Central Lakes Conference swimming and diving on Thursday. After the 200 medley relay took first by seven seconds, Andy Johnson won the 200 freestyle and Ben Saint the 200 individual medley. Willmar swimmers swept the first three spots in both the backstroke and the breaststroke. Saturday is the Cardinals' invite invite with swimming at 1:30 p.m. The seven-team field includes Montevideo and Minnewaska/Morris.