BENSON -- Joey Fragodt scorched the nets for 40 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds Friday to help Benson reach the final of the Case IH Holiday Tournament as the Braves upended Paynesville 73-69. Unbeaten Benson (4-0) will face MACCRAY (4-1) today at 7:30 p.m. after the Wolverines wore down Hancock to win the first semifinal Friday, 69-60. Hancock (0-3) and Paynesville (3-1) will square off at 6 p.m. today in the third-place game. Benson 73, Paynesville 69 Fragodt scored 20 points in each half and was 17-for-32 from field and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line.
BIRD ISLAND -- Yellow Medicine East opened up its offense in the second half, pulling away from BOLD for a 52-40 victory in West Central South boys basketball action Friday. The Sting (2-0, 5-0) held a 19-16 advantage at halftime, the outscored the Warriors (0-2, 1-4) 33-24 in the second half. Dylan Hempel led Yellow Medicine East with 16 points. Shawn Neu sank all of the Sting's five 3-pointers for his 15 points. Kenton Johnson and Casey Luepke grabbed 10 rebounds each. Luepke had nine points and Johnson eight.
The West Central Conference selected three area players as Player of the Week for their respective sports. Renae Henjum, a junior from New London-Spicer, was cited for girls basketball; Gina Bruns, a junior from New London-Spicer, was selected for gymnastics and Tramel Barnes, a junior from Montevideo, was cited in boys basketball in the South half.
Montevideo (3-3) will take on Ortonville (2-2) in the championship of its own tournament today at 7:30 p.m. Hutchinson (3-3) plays Central Minnesota Christian (2-5) for third place at 6 p.m. The first round of the tournament was last Saturday with Montevideo defeating CMCS 71-42 and Ortonville topping Hutchinson 52-48.
FERGUS FALLS -- The Willmar Cardinals couldn't find their range at Fergus Falls Friday night and lost in Central Lakes Conference girls basketball 35-30. Willmar sophomore Kelsey Evans was the only player in double figures with 11 points, but the Cardinals shot just 30 percent (12 of 40). The game was a rematch of last year's Section 8AAA final at Moorhead, won by Willmar, 38-34. The Otters, who returned with their lineup virtually in tact, improved to 3-1 in the CLC.
Saturday's drive of the south place was met with only limited success. Doran and I watched as about 50 deer came out of the timber between us as I sat on the side of Strawberry Hill with him just off to the my left, also out of range. Dick was on the hill to my right, and did get in some shooting, but was also just out of position. Dick, Doran and I are the old guys, so we get to choose where we stand and who gets to chase deer to us. By Sunday morning, we had a plan. Dick moved a hundred yards closer to where the deer came out the day before.
Weekly/monthly, etc. Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club -- Indoor range open to public Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. through April. Located in the basement of the Willmar City Auditorium. $1.50 per half-hour. Targets on sale. Rimfire rifles, rimfire or centerfire handguns only. No high-power/magnum loads. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org . Sibley State Park The Interpretive Center is open daily. All Sibley State park programs are lead by the park naturalist or visiting expert. They are at the Interpretive Center and are free unless otherwise noted.
NEW LONDON -- Despite a poor shooting performance, New London-Spicer dominated the boards and held off Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 63-55 in West Central North boys basketball action Friday. The Wildcats (1-0, 3-1) shot 34 percent from the field, but grabbed 34 rebounds compared to 22 for LPGE. Jordan Radel and Skylar Wachter scored 15 points each for NLS and Wachter added 10 rebounds. Jackson Wright followed with 14 points and Wade Powers had 11.
RENVILLE -- With a 9-0 run to end the first half, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg jumped ahead of Renville County West and cruised through the second half for a 71-52 Camden North boys basketball win Friday. The Fighting Saints (1-1, 4-2) broke a 23-23 tie, finishing the half with a 32-23 lead. Cole Berget led KMS with 22 points, followed by Taylor Freetly's 13 and Nate Schlagel's 11. Sam Kavanagh grabbed 12 rebounds. Brent Jansen posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Jaguars (0-2, 0-4).
Boys Basketball Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 48, Litchfield 46 New London-Spicer 63, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 55 Redwood Valley 68, Pipestone 61 Yellow Medicine East 52, BOLD 40 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 71, Renville County West 52 Melrose 78, Minnewaska 42 Lakeview 69, Dawson-Boyd 58 Case IH Holiday Tournament Benson 73, Paynesville 69 MACCRAY 69, Hancock 60 Girls Basketball Fergus 35, Willmar 30 Litchfield 69, Dassel-Cokato 24 Maple Lake 54, Paynesville 52 Minneota 64, Dawson-Boyd 56 Lakeview 70, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 59 Buffalo Lake-Hector 53, Sleepy Eye 43 Del