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.
CLARA CITY -- The West Central South Conference earned bragging rights for a year as the loop won the Boys Basketball Challenge against teams from the Camden North Conference Saturday. BOLD beat Renville County West 62-52 in the first game to give the West Central South a 1-0 lead. But the Camden North scored consecutive victories as Dawson-Boyd edged Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 78-75 and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg topped Yellow Medicine East 64-57 for a 2-1 advantage. The final game of the night was worth two points and Benson defeated MACCRAY 69-61 for the South win.
BUFFALO -- St. Cloud Tech dominated the Section 8AA gymnastics field, posting 149.875 points, a full six points over second-place Brainerd Saturday. Willmar finished fifth in the 10-team field with a 132.25. The top team and four individuals in each event qualify for the state Class AA gymnastics meet, which starts Friday at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Alise Post of Tech won the all-around with a 37.9. The Tigers took first in three of the four events. Individual Willmar results were not available at press time. Team scoring (1) St.
WILLMAR -- Goals continued in short supply for the Willmar Cardinals boys hockey team on Saturday evening at the Willmar Civic Center, where the regular season concluded with a 4-1 loss to the Sauk Rapids Storm. The pattern replicated Thursday's loss 3-1 to Sartell -- also a 1-0 lead after one period and never to score again. Willmar now travels to Fergus Falls on Tuesday for the Section 4A opener, a quarterfinal-round game against the Otters, the No. 2 seed in an eight-team bracket.