After Paynesville clinched the West Central North Conference title in boys basketball two weeks ago, it was pointed out to the Tribune that the last time Paynesville won a conference title was in 1941 when it captured the West Lake title. Upon further review, Paynesville last won a conference title in 1986 when it shared the West Central Conference (then just one conference) title with Glenwood (now Minnewaska Area) with 12-2 records. Paynesville shared the West Central North Conference title with Melrose this winter, each with 11-3 records.
Boys Basketball Section 3AA-North At Lac qui Parle Valley High School Montevideo vs. Benson, 5:30 p.m. West Central vs. Morris, 7:30 p.m. Section 3AA-South At Redwood Falls Pipestone vs. Redwood Valley, 6 p.m. Martin County West vs. Luverne, 7:30 p.m. Section 5AA-South Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. Howard Lake-Wavely/Winsted at Maple Lake, 7:30 p.m. St.
GLENWOOD -- Behind a career-high 27 points from Bree Holleman and a 23-4 run that spanned over a six-minute stretch in the second half, Hancock rallied past Ortonville 59-52 in the Section 5A-South final Tuesday at the Minnewaska Area High School. The Owls (23-3) extended their winning streak to six games and will now face Battle Lake (20-6) Friday at 7 p.m. in the section final back at the Minnewaska Area High School.
Jacob Bryce, a North Dakota State University sophomore from Glenwood, qualified for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at 197 pounds. Bryce went 3-1 last weekend in the NCAA West Regional in Cedar Falls, Iowa, finishing third in his weight class. He earned a berth in the NCAA Championships March 15-17 in Auburn Hills, Mich., as a wild-card. Bryce is 18-8 this season and 36-17 in his career.
COKATO -- Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted started a 14-0 run midway through the second half to surge past New London-Spicer 51-41 in the semifinals of Section 5AA-20 Tuesday night. New London-Spicer (21-7) trailed 26-19 at halftime, but regrouped and eventually took a brief 35-34 lead. With the score knotted at 37-all, Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted then went on its run to put the game away. "I thought we did a nice job of coming back in the second half," said NLS coach Mike Dreier.
ST. PAUL -- Three former West Central Tribune basketball stars were named to the 2006-07 all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's teams, announced recently. In men's basketball, a pair of Redwood Falls natives made the 15-player team.
ST. PAUL -- Former Willmar girls hockey standouts Mandi Samuelson and Alyssa Dahl were named to the all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team as honorable mentions Monday. Samuelson, a sophomore, led the Cobbers (8-9-1, 9-11-2) with 12 points on four goals and eight assists. Dahl, also a sophomore, tied for second with 11 points on five goals and six assists. Ryan Adams of Litchfield, a senior for Bethel, was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.
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Girls Basketball Section 5A-South final Hancock 59, Ortonville 52 Section 3AA-North final Lac qui Parle Valley 59, Montevideo 53 Section 5AA-20 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 51, New London-Spicer 41
Willmar, the No. 2 seed in Section 8AAA-South, and No. 3 Litchfield will play in the boys basketball section quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Thursday in Willmar. The winner will play the North's No. 1 Thief River Falls or No. 4 Fergus Falls at Minnesota State Moorhead at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Litchfield beat Willmar 67-53 Dec. 12 at Litchfield. Willmar's rescheduled game with Sauk Rapids tonight has been canceled due to scheduling difficulties.