BENSON -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg ended the game on a 11-2 run, fueled by Sarah Laughlin's three-pointer as the Fighting Saints upended Benson 68-59 in a non-conference game Thusday. Esther Peterson led the way for KMS with 20 points. Sarah Carlson and Demi Young both had 13, Patina Queenan had 11 and Laughlin 10. Brittany Holm pumped in a team-high 22 points for Benson.
MELROSE -- Renae Henjum poured in 29 points and Cassie Ziemer added 10 as New London-Spicer capped the West Central North Conference season with a 65-42 rout of Melrose Thursday night. The Wildcats finished in a tie for second place with Sauk Centre, each with 10-4 marks. NLS (19-6 overall) cashed 22 of 31 free throws, while Melrose made only 4 of 10. NL-Spicer 65, Melrose 42 NL-Spicer (10-4, 19-6) 28 -- 65 Melrose (4-10, 5-17) 21 -- 42 NEW LONDON-SPICER - 21 FG (1 3-pt); 22-31 FT; 13 fouls ...
WILLMAR -- Three-pointers flew frequently in the first half, but Ridgewater couldn't keep up with MSCTC-Fergus Falls in the second half, losing a MCCC Southern Division men's basketball game 76-66 Wednesday. The Spartans launched treys early and often in the first minutes of the game and Ridgewater did likewise. Fergus Falls made six of their first eight attempts and the Warriors added two more. The teams finished the half with a combined 13 of 28 from behind the arc with the Spartans sinking 44 percent (7 of 16) and the Warriors 50 percent (6 of 12).
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater fell apart in the second half as MSCTC-Fergus Falls got hot from the field, leading to a 67-52 loss for the Lady Warriors in MCCC Southern Division action Wednesday. Starting the second half with a 29-26 lead, Ridgewater bumped it up to 36-29 about 3½ minutes later. But then Fergus Falls picked up the tempo on both ends, hounding the Lady Warriors on the perimeter and breaking the Ridgewater press for easy looks. The Lady Spartans went on a 19-5 run to turn the game around. The Lady Warriors had the better shooting touch in the first half, making 11 of 27 (41 percent)
The Willmar boys basketball team remained the No. 7 team in Class AAA as the state boys basketball polls were released Wednesday. In Class AA Montevideo fell from fifth to ninth with its loss Tuesday to Lac qui Parle Valley, and Redwood Valley fell out of the poll with three straight losses. In Class A girls, Hancock moved up two spots to No. 7.
Willmar and Sauk Rapids will make up their Central Lakes conference boys hockey game on Saturday in Willmar. The game was postponed Tuesday due to a bomb threat at the Sauk Rapids High School. The rescheduled game will begin with the JV game at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity at 7:15 p.m.
The Ridgewater women's basketball team captured a berth in the MCCC State Tournament, despite losing to MSCTC-Fergus Falls Wednesday. That's because the Lady Warriors' next opponent, Minneapolis, has forfeited Saturday's season finale due to lack of players. Ridgewater will be the fourth seed from the Southern Division and will host the tournament, which runs Feb. 23-25.
The Section 4A wrestling tournament begins today at various locations. Area teams that will be in action today are: Lac qui Parle Valley, MACCRAY, Renville County West, Yellow Medicine East, Benson, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Dawson-Boyd.
ALEXANDRIA -- Kathryn DelZoppo scored three goals and had an assist to lead Alexandria to the Section 6A finals with a 5-1 win over Willmar Tuesday. Willmar, which ends the season with a 9-17 record, lost to Alexandria 8-0 on Dec. 19 and 6-0 on Jan. 30. Alexandria has won three straight section titles. DelZoppo scored the first three goals for Alexandria (24-2), including the first two of the game. Willmar answered with Ashley Hutton's goal in the first period to cut the lead to 2-1.
Late result Tuesday Central Lakes Little Falls 9, River Lakes 1 Little Falls' Jared Festler scored four goals as the Flyers (14-1, 22-3) wrapped up the regular season. Josh Engquist scored the only goal for the Stars (1-12-1, 4-19-1) on an assist from Alex Naujokas. Brian Skluzacek made 39 stops in the River Lakes' net. Little Falls (14-1, 22-3) 2 4 3 -- 9 River Lakes (1-12-1, 4-19-1) 0 0 1 -- 1 FIRST PERIOD - LF: Lukas Jorgensen (Beau Hanowski, Jared Festler) 6:59 ... LF: Ben Hanowski (unassisted) 9:48 SECOND PERIOD - LF: Festler (Ben Hanowski) 2:08 ...