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(All events 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Litchfield at Willmar Benson Invite Third place, 6 p.m. Championship, 8 p.m. Wahpeton Invite Third place, 6:30 p.m. Championship, 8 p.m. Montevideo Invite Third place: ECHO Charter vs. Montevideo B, 3 p.m. Championship: Montevideo vs. Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley, 7:45 p.m. Old Two Twelve Conference Tournament at Granite Falls 7th place: BOLD vs. MACCRAY, 1 p.m. 5th place: KMS vs. YME, 3 p.m. 3rd place: TMB vs. RCW, 5 p.m. Final: CMCS vs.
Boys Basketball Osakis 96, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 59 Lakeview 66, Dawson-Boyd 58 Melrose 54, Minnewaska 51 NL-Spicer 64, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 47 Redwood Valley 64, Pipestone 62 Old Two Twelve Conference Tournament Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 90, Renville County West 73 Yellow Medicine East 52, MACCRAY 48 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 85, BOLD 73 Central Minnesota Christian 66, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 40 Benson Invite Paynesville 47, Hancock 43 Benson 63, Chokio-Alberta 52 Girls Basketball Fergus Falls 42, Willmar 37 Springfield 67, BL-Hector 39 Dawson-Boyd 64, Minneo
There will be a fan bus going to Brainerd Tuesday for the Willmar wrestling match. The bus will leave the senior high at 3:15 p.m. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. To reserve a seat, call (320) 231-8332 by 3 p.m. Monday.
The Willmar Community Education and Recreation is offering a Thursday Night Ski Club for students in grades 7-12 at Powder Ridge. Skiing will take place on Thursdays from Jan. 5 to Feb. 9. Pre-registatrion is required. For more information or to sign up, call (320) 231-8490.
Dani Heintzelman, a 6-1 junior forward from Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta, scored a team-high 15 points as North Dakota State beat Creighton 68-63 in the opening round of the Lobo Shootout last Friday in Albuquerque. In the championship game last Saturday against New Mexico, Heintzelman had 17 points, but NDSU lost 75-59.
The Fergus Falls Otters girls basketball team brings a 4-0 record into Willmar tonight in a contest of Central Lakes Conference contenders. The Otters are 4-0 and tied with St. Cloud Tech for first place. The 3-1 Cardinals (4-1 overall) are tied with Little Falls for third place. Last season, Willmar beat Fergus (45-39) in the regular season but lost to the Otters 44-37 in the 8AAA semifinals.
ST. CLOUD -- The Willmar Cardinals lost their way coming out of the halftime locker room Thursday night at St. Cloud Technical High School. By the time they got their bearings, the Tigers had turned a tie game at intermission into a rout with a 14-0 run. Too late, the Cardinals rallied to within a basket at 49-47 with 1:30 left but would end up losing the Central Lakes' contest 59-49. "Hats off to Tech," said coach Steve Grove, "but we didn't come out ready to play that second half. We made some poor passes and they jumped on us.
In a thrilling game in Kerkhoven, Renville County West nipped Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 80-79 as Chad Mulder nailed a 23-foot shot at the buzzer Thursday and the Jaguars advanced to the semifinals of the Old Two Twelve Confrence Tournament. Mulder finished with 37 points. Also advancing was Central Minnesota Christian, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and Atwater-Csomos-Grove City. RCW 80, KMS 79 After KMS's Paul Beckman made the second of two free throws, RCW got the ball in Mulder's hands.
MACCRAY, Yellow Medicine East, Renville County West and BOLD all won first-round games in the Old Two Twelve Conference Holiday Tournament Thursday. The eight teams that made up the now disbanded conference regrouped for the tournament. MACCRAY topped Central Minnesota Christian 60-26, Yellow Medicine East rolled over past Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 56-37. MACCRAY 60, CMCS 26 MACCRAY's defense held CMCS to 18 percent shooting from the field (10 of 57) and 13 points in each quarter. Tori Brouwer scored 19 points and had seven steals to lead the Wolverines (3-0, 4-1).
MORRIS -- Morris/Chokio-Alberta nearly blew a 13-point first-half lead, but held off Montevideo 50-47 for its first win in a West Central South Conference game Thursday night. Jasmine Henrich scored all 11 of her points in the first half for the Tigers (1-2, 1-4), who led 35-22 at intermission. Henrich also finished with nine rebounds. Mackenzie Kontz and Brittany Nelson scored eight points each. Brook Moseng scored a game-high 21 points for the Thunder Hawks (1-2, 2-3).