ST. CLOUD -- St. Cloud Apollo scored three goals in the third period to erase a 2-1 Willmar lead and send the Cardinals to their fourth straight Central Lakes Conference loss, 4-2, on Tuesday at the MAC. "They came at us harder and our guys backed off," said Willmar coach Reed Larson of the Eagles' rally. "We looked intimated." After a scoreless first period, Apollo scored first in the middle period on a tally by Chad Hockmeyer. Josh Aslesen broke the ice for Willmar with a high shot to the short side over the glove of Apollo goalie Dan Ritter. Joel Jonsson assisted.
The Willmar Cardinals compete for the first time in their own pool at 6 p.m. tonight against Alexandria in Central Lakes Conference boys swimming and diving. Willmar (1-1, 2-1) had its original home opener on Dec. 21 against Melrose cancelled due to weather. Alexandria (1-1, 3-1) won the Maroon and Gold Invite's Bronze Division on Saturday at the U of M Aquatics Center.
The New London-Spicer Wildcats (3-0, 6-1) will defend their home mat tonight against the Minnewaska Lakers (2-0, 5-3) in a matchup of West Central North Conference wrestling unbeatens. Albany, also 2-0 in the WCN, wrestles Rocori of the Central Lakes Conference tonight.
Willmar native Alison Adamson, a senior guard for Augustana, was named the co-Player of the Week in the North Central Conference Monday. Adamson scored 21 points each in wins over Nebraska-Omaha and South Dakota. She also had 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting 53 percent (8 of 15) from three-point range. She shares the award with Kierah Kimbrough of North Dakota.
The Minnesota Lynx picked experience over potential and local popularity in Monday's WNBA dispersal draft, taking forward Tangela Smith and passing on former Gophers star Janel McCarville. Smith's leadership qualities and career history of durability and consistency were most attractive to Minnesota. She led the Sting with 13.1 points per game last season.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Michael Felt hit a tie-breaking runner near the free-throw line with four seconds left and finished with a game-high 27 points to help Redwood Valley stay unbeaten by clipping Litchfield 56-54 in a non-conference boys basketball game Monday. Litchfield (4-5) held Redwood Valley (10-0) to its lowest point total of the season, but the Cardinals were 14-for-19 at the free-throw line compared to the Dragons' total of 6-for-12. The Dragons, who led by Tyler Puckett's 21 points, held a 29-23 advantage at halftime and led for majority of the game.
GROVE CITY -- The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons couldn't shake Buffalo Lake-Hector and settled for a 59-54 non-conference win in girls basketball on Monday. ACGC won despite shooting 35 percent from the floor (22 for 62) and 40 percent at the line (11 for 27). Still, the Falcons led by 10 points with four minutes left when the Mustangs closed the gap with a pair of three-pointers by freshman Bobbie Jo Deal. The Falcons got even scoring from Sara Lund with 12 points, Kjersten Karlsgodt 12 and Kayla Dahlman 11, who also had eight rebounds.
Boys Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 7:30 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley at Montevideo, 7:30 p.m. Yellow Medicine East at Benson, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Sauk Centre at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. New London-Spicer at Albany, 7:30 p.m. Paynesville at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH Russell-Tyler-Ruthton vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 7:30 p.m. Canby vs. MACCRAY at Clara City, 7:30 p.m. Lincoln County vs.
Boys Basketball Redwood Valley 56, Litchfield 54 Girls Basketball ACGC 59, BL-Hector 54 Hancock 62, Campbell-Tintah 33 Milbank, SD, 56, Morris/Chokio-Alb. 43 LQPV 64, Ortonville 63 Canby 49, MACCRAY 46
WILLMAR -- David Johnson scored 27 points and yanked down 18 rebounds, but the Ridgewater Warriors were unable to hold a late lead and fell to Minnesota West 79-74 in MCCC Southern Division men's basketball Saturday. Johnson hit two free throws with 49 seconds left in the second half to put the Warriors in front 71-70. But Eddie Marrs, a 6-foot guard who finished with a team-high 23 points, drove for two points and a foul shot at the other end to put the Blue Jays up for good, 73-71. Despite the loss, Ridgewater players seemed pleased with their improvement when compared to Wednesday's 23-p