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.
GLENWOOD -- Behind a career-high 27 points from Bree Holleman and a 23-4 run that spanned over a six-minute stretch in the second half, Hancock rallied past Ortonville 59-52 in the Section 5A-South final Tuesday at the Minnewaska Area High School. The Owls (23-3) extended their winning streak to six games and will now face Battle Lake (20-6) Friday at 7 p.m. in the section final back at the Minnewaska Area High School.
Jacob Bryce, a North Dakota State University sophomore from Glenwood, qualified for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at 197 pounds. Bryce went 3-1 last weekend in the NCAA West Regional in Cedar Falls, Iowa, finishing third in his weight class. He earned a berth in the NCAA Championships March 15-17 in Auburn Hills, Mich., as a wild-card. Bryce is 18-8 this season and 36-17 in his career.
COKATO -- Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted started a 14-0 run midway through the second half to surge past New London-Spicer 51-41 in the semifinals of Section 5AA-20 Tuesday night. New London-Spicer (21-7) trailed 26-19 at halftime, but regrouped and eventually took a brief 35-34 lead. With the score knotted at 37-all, Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted then went on its run to put the game away. "I thought we did a nice job of coming back in the second half," said NLS coach Mike Dreier.
ST. PAUL -- Three former West Central Tribune basketball stars were named to the 2006-07 all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's teams, announced recently. In men's basketball, a pair of Redwood Falls natives made the 15-player team.