MINNEAPOLIS -- After two days of weather-enforced video games, hotel-room television and lastly, a visit to the Mall of America, the Willmar Cardinals had energy to spare for the abbreviated Class A boys swim meet on Saturday. The Cardinals won two third-place relay medals and finished 10th overall. Both medal-earning efforts came from the same freestyle foursome of Jackson Roberts, Matt Fuglestad, Andrew Nicklawsky and Andy Johnson. Willmar beat an advancing snowstorm to Minneapolis by leaving on Wednesday afternoon. The weather front moved into Minneapolis in the evening.
MADISON -- Taylor Witt scored a school-record 47 points and Morris outlasted Lac qui Parle Valley 91-86 in double overtime in the Section 3AA-North boys basketball quarterfinals on Saturday. Morris led 69-66 on a pair of free throws by Lincoln Arnold with 12 seconds left. But LQPV's Adam Paulson banked in a three-point shot from 25 feet to beat the buzzer and send the game into overtime. Again, Morris led by three at 80-77 in overtime.
Girls Basketball Section 5A-South SEMIFINALS At Minnewaska Area High School Hancock vs. KMS, 6 p.m. Osakis vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. Section 5AA-North SEMIFINALS At Howard Lake Norwood Young America vs. Delano, 6:30 p.m. Mayer Lutheran vs. Watertown-Mayer, 8 p.m. Section 6AA-South SEMIFINALS At St. John's University, Collegeville Albany vs. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 7 p.m. Sauk Centre vs. Minnewaska, 8:30 p.m. Boys Basketball Section 3A-North QUARTERFINALS At Southwest Minnesota St., Marshall 1. CMCS vs. Lakeview, 1 p.m. 2. Red Rock Central vs.
Girls Basketball Section 3A-North Dawson-Boyd 55, Minneota 51 Section 5A-South KMS 80, Upsala 51 Hancock 64, Wheaton 42 Section 3AA-North Montevideo 66, West Central 59 Section 5AA-North Delano 53, ACGC 38 Section 5AA-South NLS 55, Maple Lake 40 SC Cathedral 74, BBE 57 HLWW 74, Paynesville 51 Section 6AA-South Minnewaska 62, Holdingford 42 Section 8AAA Perham 63, Willmar 53 Boys Basketball Section 3A-North Dawson-Boyd 108, ECHO 16 CMCS 83, Wabasso 79 Minneota 84, RCW 75 Section 3AA-North Morris 91, LQPV 86, 2 OT West Central 72, YME 67 Benson 79, MACCRAY
ST. PAUL - ACGC defeated Frazee 33-21 to take the Class A wrestling title here Saturday night. The Falcons captured the team state title in dramatic style with a four-overtime win at 171 pounds and pins in the final three matches to upend Frazee 33-21 and claim the team title. "We knew what we needed out there at the end and we got it," Falcons (26-1) coach Tim Roberg said. Trailing 21-12, A.J. Frederiksen squeaked out a four-overtime victory. His dramatic win was followed by pins from David Nelson, Nic Leither and Josh Lies. "A lot of people did what they had to do," Leither said.
Three area wrestlers competed in title matches at the State Wrestling tournament Saturday at the Xcel Center in St. Paul. KMS sophomore Kevin Steinhaus won the state Class A 145- pound wrestling title Saturday afternoon with a 6-2 decision over Andrew Lockrem of Frazee. This was Steinhaus' third trip to the state tournament. Willmar senior Drew Larson lost 16-4 in the 145-pound Class AAA mach to Jake Deitchler from Anoka.
Events/competitions Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Banquet -- The Kandiyohi County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its annual banquet March 16 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Willmar. The guest speaker will be Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever CEO. Proceeds from the banquet will be used for habitat and youth education projects. For tickets or more information, call Greg Kamrowski at 320-235-9788. Tickets can also be purchased at Brad's 71 Bait and Sports, Zero Tolerance and Mel's Sport Shop.
An ASA-USA/MSF umpire certification clinic is scheduled for April 11 at Litchfield High School. The clinic will take place in Room E-105 at 7:30 p.m. There will be no clinic in Willmar this year. All umpires who work ASA adult and youth softball are required to attend. Players, managers and league directors are also encouraged to attend. For more information, visit www.MSF1.org .
Kyle Eckhoff, a Minnesota State University, Moorhead sophomore from Willmar, earned All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honors this past weekend at the NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 23-24 at Bemidji State University. Eckhoff was a member on the runner-up distance medley relay team. He ran the 1,600-meter portion.