Eden Valley-Watkins wrestling team won't be able to defend its title in today's Willmar Wrestling Invitational because all classes and sporting events were canceled Wednesday, fearing contamination after an old barometer was dropped in a classroom at Eden Valley. Minus the Eagles, the meet is slated to begin at 4 p.m. with Minnewaska, Benson, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Renville County West, Sauk Centre, Yellow Medicine East and Willmar.
ST. CLOUD -- St. Cloud Tech solved Willmar's zone in the second half and broke away for a 52-40 win in Central Lakes Conference girls basketball Thursday. The Cardinals' 2-3 matchup zone helped keep the Tigers in check in the first half, leading to a 22-22 halftime score. Willmar (1-2, 2-2) closed the half on a 15-5 run. St. Cloud Tech turned things around in the second half, and made use of the free-throw line, making 18-of-27 overall. The Cardinals, who went to the line 10 times in the first half, finished 9 for 19. Lisa Nielsen and Kelsey Evans combined for 29 of the team's points.
WILLMAR -- What's clear after Willmar's third decisive win of the new season, it that this is a team with depth -- in scoring, bench strength and defense. Kyle Townswick and Michael Dunham led the attack on the Sartell Sabres with 18 and 16 points, respectively, as the Cardinals slashed their way to a 72-49 Central Lakes Conference victory on Thursday night. Eight others scored, including Corey Hanson with nine, Tom Boike with eight and Ryan Hagemeyer with seven.
MORRIS -- It didn't take long for Morris' Taylor Witt to reach 1,000 career points this season. The Tiger senior scored the last three points of Morris' 60-56 win over MACCRAY in non-conference boys basketball action Thursday, the first game of the 2006-07 season for both teams. Witt, who finished with 17 points, made a free throw to put the Tigers up 58-56, then missed the second but scored a basket on the rebound to reach the milestone. The Tigers led 29-18 at halftime, but the Wolverines (0-1) fought back behind 12 points from Zach Thissen and Matt Leese. Justin Koenen added 10 points.
PAYNESVILLE -- River Lakes netted six goals in the third period and Stars' forwards Greta Omann and Jenn Paul picked up hat tricks Thursday as the Stars upended Willmar 11-4 in a Central Lakes Conference girls hockey game Thursday. Erin Sheehan and Chelsey Beilhartz scored less than two minutes apart in the first period to give Willmar (1-4, 2-5) a 2-1 lead.
Boys Basketball Willmar 72, Sartell 49 YME 81, CMCS 54 Paynesville 65, BBE 62 Morris 60, MACCRAY 56 Girls Basketball RCW 48, CMCS 33 SC Tech 52, Willmar 40 Montevideo 57, BOLD 45 Wrestling Benson 52, Morris/Hancock 15 ACGC 69, Montevideo 4 YME 60, LQPV 9 Boys Hockey Morris/Benson Area 5, River Lakes 2 Shakopee 4, Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 2 Girls Hockey River Lakes 11, Willmar 4 Gymnastics NL-Spicer 136.825, Melrose 128.575 Willmar 130.525, Sartell 125.625
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Kimball, 7:30 p.m. Benson vs. Renville County West at Renville, 7:30 p.m. MACCRAY vs. BOLD at Olivia, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven, 7:30 p.m. Litchfield at New London-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN Dawson-Boyd at Canby, 7:30 p.m. TOMAHAWK Buffalo Lake-Hector at Minnesota Valley Lutheran 7:30 pm. Girls Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Benson vs.
RICHMOND -- Morris/Benson Area scored three unanswered goals in the third period to beat River Lakes 5-2 in non-conference boys hockey Thursday. The Storm collected two goals within 16 seconds of each other from Tony Schultz, who also had three assists, and Josh Griffith.
NEW LONDON -- Gina Bruns and Wendy Toops finished 1-2, respectively, in all-around to help New London-Spicer beat Melrose 136.825-128.575 in the Wildcats' West Central Conference and season opener Thursday. It was the first time NLS has beaten Melrose, which is having its worst season in many years in terms of meet scores. Bruns placed second on bars (8.225) and tied for second on vault (8.95) en route to tally an all-around score of 33.875, just ahead of Toops' 33.85 total.
WILLMAR -- Annalise Bratt took home all-around honors as the Willmar gymnastics team beat Sartell 130.525-125.625 in their Central Lakes Conference opener Thursday. Bratt won or tied for first in every event. She beat all competitors with a 34.5 in all-around. Teammate Laura Polman took second with a 32.125. Bratt and Polman tied for first in the vault with 8.85 each. The Cardinal sophomore won each of the other events by at least one-tenth of a point.