ST. CLOUD -- The Willmar Cardinals fell out of the Central Lakes Conference title picture on Thursday with a 51-44 loss to St. Cloud Apollo. The Eagles, now 15-1 in the CLC, have ninth-place Fergus Falls and first-place Rocori left. The best Willmar can do now is 15-3 with Rocori (15-1) and Sauk Rapids left. Since Rocori and Apollo meet in the final game, one of them will finish no worse than 16-2. Apollo's game has been amplified by the development of fleet sophomore guard Andre Garth, who didn't figure in Willmar's 51-45 win over Apollo Jan. 11.
The University of Minnesota, Morris hosts to the Section 3A Boys Swimming and Diving championships today and Saturday. Area teams in the 13-team field are Willmar, Montevideo/Yellow Medicine East, Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield and Minnewaska/Morris. Preliminaries are at 5 p.m. today, diving prelims at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by all finals at noon p.m. Montevideo/YME is the defending champion, but 2006 runner-up and Central Lakes Conference champion Fergus Falls is favored this year.
With a snowstorm expected to hit the area this weekend, times for Section 3A girls basketball tournament games Saturday in Redwood Falls and Luverne have been moved up two hours. In the north half of the section, No. 4 Dawson-Boyd and No. 5 Renville County West meet at 12:30 p.m. in the second quarterfinal of the day at Redwood Valley High School. Central Minnesota Christian plays Minneota at 2:30 p.m.
ROCHESTER - Ten wrestlers from Ridgewater College begin a quest today for All-America honors at the University Center in Rochester, site of the 2007 NJCAA National Championships. The Warriors' Jarrett Hall, in the 165-pound weight class, placed third in 2005, but was injured in 2006.
MORRIS -- New London-Spicer controlled most aspects of the paint Thursday, pounding Morris 77-59 in non-conference boys basketball action. In the first half, Wade Powers scored 18 of his game-high 24 points. Teammate Chris Tengwall tallied 15 of his 17 points in the second half. Tengwall also claimed 19 boards and Powers had 10. Jordan Radel followed with 13 points. Taylor Witt led Morris with 13 points. Nate Lund had 10. NL-Spicer 77, Morris 59 NL-Spicer (16-6) 34 43 -- 77 Morris (12-10) 26 33 -- 59 NEW LONDON-SPICER - 27-64 FG (3-14 3-pt); 20-26 FT; 39 rebounds; 22 fouls ...
HANCOCK -- April Hansen scored a season-high 27 points to break Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's all-time scoring record, but Hancock had four players score in double figures to upend BBE 64-49 in a non-conference game Thursday. Hancock collected its 20th win of the season after outscoring BBE (11-11) 44-33 in the second half. Hansen netted 20 points in the second half to move past Michele Marthaler (1,501 points) in the record book.
Boys Basketball CAMDEN Inter-conference championship at Cottonwood: MACCRAY vs. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, 7 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE BOLD vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven, 7:30 p.m. Hancock at Benson, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball WEST CENTRAL Inter-conference championship at Madison: Albany vs. Lac qui Parle Valley, 7 p.m. Gymnastics STATE MEET At Roy Wilkins Auditorium, RiverCentre, St.
Boys Basketball Montevideo 95, Dawson-Boyd 62 Litchfield 59, Mound-Westonka 47 New London-Spicer 77, Morris 59 SC Apollo 53, Willmar 44 Girls Basketball Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 61, Yellow Medicine East 52 Morris/Chokio-Alberta 58, Ortonville 49 Hancock 64, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 49 Section 3A-North Central Minnesota Christian 58, Canby 55 Section 2A-North Buffalo Lake-Hector 66, Cleveland 58
MONTEVIDEO -- Yellow Medicine East led West Central South Conference champion Montevideo for a majority of the second half until Nolan Jaspersen scored on a layup with 10 seconds left as the Thunder Hawks edged YME 77-74 Tuesday. Montevideo (11-1, 19-2) forced a turnover after Jaspersen's layup and sealed the win with two free throws from Tyler Grey, who finished with a game-high 22 points. The Thunder Hawks also got 20 points from Tramel Barnes and 10 more from Jaspersen, who also hooked eight rebounds. YME (4-8, 9-12) had just five players score, but all were in double figures led by Kent
SAUK CENTRE -- Paynesville captured a share of the West Central North Conference boys basketball title, beating Sauk Centre 74-63 Tuesday. The Bulldogs (11-3, 15-5) moved up to tie Melrose (11-3, 16-6), which lost to New London-Spicer Tuesday. Ben Moser and Cory Nietfeld combined for 42 of Paynesville's 74 points, with Moser leading the team with 22. Elliott Wall added 12 points.