The River Lakes boys hockey team has just about the toughest draw in Class AA hockey when it plays at No. 2-ranked Moorhead (22-1-1) in the Section 8AA quarterfinals. In Section 4A action, Willmar is at Fergus Falls and Morris/Benson Area hosts Alexandria at Morris. Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato is at Shakopee in a 6A play-in game. All games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. today.
Sophomore Jackie Carlson of St. Cloud State posted a double-double against Augustana Saturday to earn the North Central Conference's women's basketball player of the week honor. Carlson, a post from Litchfield, scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 91-69 loss to the Vikings. She is the first Husky other than Erika Quigley, a six-time winner, to be named to the award this season.
GROVE CITY -- Four players in double figures assured Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City of a 66-53 win over Section 5AA foe Paynesville in a non-conference girls basketball game Monday night. Senior post Brittany Smith scored 14 points for the Falcons (15-8), followed by sophomore post Kayla Dallmann with 12.
KERKHOVEN -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg jumped out early in the second overtime and went on to defeat Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 78-74 in two overtimes Monday in a battle of Section 5A rivals. Regulation ended 63-63. Nate Schlagel had the only basket for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in the the first overtime. Cole Berget hit a 15-footer to start the second overtime and Justin Johnson's steal and basket provided KMS a quick four-point lead which they nursed to the end. Schlagel finished with 18 points, Sam Kavanagh 14, Berget 11 and Johnson 10.
WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater women's basketball team will have the home-court advantage when they play Itasca at 6 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the MCCC women's basketball tournament at the college gym. The host team qualified as the fourth seed out of the South Division, while Itasca is No. 1 in the Northern Division. In the late game Friday, Rochester plays Mesabi Range at 8 p.m. The afternoon games feature Central Lakes and Anoka at 1 p.m. and Minnesota West versus Northland at 3 p.m.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Marshall at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Renville County West vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 7:30 p.m. Central Minnesota Christian at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 7:30 p.m. Minneota at Dawson-Boyd, 7:30 p.m. Litchfield at Little Falls, 7:30 p.m. Redwood Valley at Minnesota Valley Lutheran, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Morris vs.
Boys Basketball KMS 78, CGB 74 LQPV 64, MACCRAY 56 Girls Basketball ACGC 66, Paynesville 53 LQPV 59, MACCRAY 50
Paynesville native Adam Kampsen, a junior third baseman for Northern State, has been selected the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Pre-season Baseball Player of the Year by the league's coaches. Kampsen, the area's all-time single-season home run leader with 13, led the conference last season with a .416 batting average. He also had 12 home runs, 13 doubles and 41 RBI. He was second in the league with a .747 slugging percentage and stole nine bases without getting caught.
LQPV hosts MACCRAY in doubleheader today Lac qui Parle Valley will host MACCRAY in a girls and boys basketball doubleheader today. The girls will play at 6:15 p.m., with the boys game starting at approximately 7:30 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater men's basketball team struggled from the field against Minneapolis Saturday, falling 64-55 in the season finale. The Warriors finish the season 0-12 in the MCCC Southern Division and 3-20 overall. Minneapolis advances to the state tournament, which starts Friday. Ridgewater was held to 25 percent (18-of-72) shooting from the field and 22 percent (5 of 23) from three-point range. Travis Schultz paced the Warriors with 18 points and 14 rebounds. David Johnson added 10 points and 14 boards. Xiro Novalath scored 20 points to lead Minneapolis.