ST. PAUL -- Willmar 145-pounder Drew Larson dominated both of his Class AAA opponents to advance to the semifinals of the state tournament Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Cardinals' lone entrant in the state championship won his first match of the day in a 10-0 major decision over Brandon Thiele of Eagan. Larson (42-2) cruised through his quarterfinals match with Jason Florin of Minneapolis North, pinning him in 2:46. Larson will face Dan Card (37-7) of Owatonna in the semifinals today.
Girls Basketball Section Tournaments Section 2A-North SEMIFINALS TODAY At Martin Luther College, New Ulm Cedar Mountain/Comfrey vs. Holy Trinity, 6 p.m. Sleepy Eye St. Mary's vs. Lester Prairie, 7:45 p.m. Section 3A-North FINAL TODAY At Southwest Minnesota St., Marshall Dawson-Boyd vs. Minneota, 8 p.m. Section 5A-South QUARTERFINALS TODAY At Morris 1. Wheaton/HN vs. Hancock, 6 p.m. 2. Upsala vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, 7:30 At Alexandria 3. Royalton vs. Osakis, 6 p.m. 4. Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley vs. Orton-ville, 7:30 p.m.
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The Willmar girls basketball team will play against Rocori for the third time this season, but this time, the season will be on the line in the first round of the Section 8AAA-South playoffs tonight. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Willmar Senior High School. The Cardinals (14-10) beat the Spartans (2-23) 80-45 Jan. 9 in Willmar and 61-44Feb. 20 at Cold Spring.
After suffering a 30-point loss to Central Lakes Conference rival Rocori Tuesday, the Willmar boys basketball team dropped out of the final poll, conducted by Minnesota Basketball News. The Cardinals (13-4, 19-5) were ranked sixth in the Class AAA poll before Tuesday's 67-37 defeat at home to the Spartans, the No. 2 team in the state. Willmar will wrap up the regular season hosting Sauk Rapids Friday.
Girls Basketball Section 5A-South QUARTERFINALS THURSDAY At Morris 1. Wheaton/HN vs. Hancock, 6 p.m. 2. Upsala vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, 7:30 At Alexandria 3. Royalton vs. Osakis, 6 p.m. 4. Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley vs. Orton-ville, 7:30 p.m. Section 5AA-South QUARTERFINALS THURSDAY 1. Kimball at Eden Valley-Watkins, 7:30 p.m. 2. St. Cloud Cathedral vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Brooten, 7:30 p.m. 3. Maple Lake at New London-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. 4.
Wrestling State Tournament Class A Quarterfinals Frazee 31, Sibley East 20 United South Central 39, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 20 Aitkin 30, Dover-Eyota 29 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 31, Canby 21
The Ridgewater College baseball team is scheduled to open at the Metrodome early Friday morning against Oakton (Ill.) Community College. Due to the Minnesota Gophers Dairy Queen Classic the same day, the first pitch of the Junior College twinbill is set for 5 a.m. Ridgewater is ranked No. 5 in the NJCAA Division III preseason poll.
Willmar Senior High School will be the site of an area Special Olympics Basketball Tournament from 10 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday. Teams are expected from Hutchinson and Montevideo, as well as Willmar.
Mindy Clark became the all-time girls basketball scoring leader at Lac qui Parle Valley Tuesday in the Section 3AA-North quarterfinals. Also advancing to Friday's semifinals in Montevideo were Montevideo, West Central Area and MACCRAY. West Central is the top seed, LQPV No. 2, Montevideo No. 4 and MACCRAY No. 6. LQPV 74, YME 58 In a high-scoring first half, LQPV led 43-41. Clark then took over in the second half, scoring 20 of her game-high 25 points. She surpassed the previous school record held by Mindy Schirm, a 1993 graduate who had 1,173 points.