MONTEVIDEO -- Yellow Medicine East led West Central South Conference champion Montevideo for a majority of the second half until Nolan Jaspersen scored on a layup with 10 seconds left as the Thunder Hawks edged YME 77-74 Tuesday. Montevideo (11-1, 19-2) forced a turnover after Jaspersen's layup and sealed the win with two free throws from Tyler Grey, who finished with a game-high 22 points. The Thunder Hawks also got 20 points from Tramel Barnes and 10 more from Jaspersen, who also hooked eight rebounds. YME (4-8, 9-12) had just five players score, but all were in double figures led by Kent
SAUK CENTRE -- Paynesville captured a share of the West Central North Conference boys basketball title, beating Sauk Centre 74-63 Tuesday. The Bulldogs (11-3, 15-5) moved up to tie Melrose (11-3, 16-6), which lost to New London-Spicer Tuesday. Ben Moser and Cory Nietfeld combined for 42 of Paynesville's 74 points, with Moser leading the team with 22. Elliott Wall added 12 points.
Todd Hickman, an assistant football coach at University of Minnesota-Morris since 1998, has been named the Cougars head coach. Hickman played football at Morris High School and for the Cougars in the early 1980s. He was head coach at Hibbing Community College from 1994-96 and has served as the Cougars' coordinator for both offense and defense. He replaces Ken Crandall, who resigned to take a coaching post in Kansas.
A benefit is planned Saturday for Gary Esboldt, a youth basketball coach recovering from a bone marrow transplant. The turkey dinner and auction will be at First Baptist Church from 4-8 p.m. Esboldt, an associate pastor at First Baptist, coached women's basketball at St. Olaf from 1981-87. Items to be auctioned include a pair of autographed sneakers worn by Kevin Garnett and an NFL football autographed by Tony Dungy.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City will send a fan bus to the state wrestling tournament at Xcel Energy Center in Feb. 28 in St. Paul. The bus will leave the high school at 3:45 p.m.. The fee is $11. Students in eighth grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call the community education office at 320-857-2651 by noon on Feb. 26.
COLD SPRING -- Willmar junior wing Briana Goldschmidt didn't miss a three-pointer in five attempts en route to netting a career-high 18 points Tuesday to help the Cardinals drub Rocori 61-44 in the Central Lakes Conference. Goldschmidt heated up in the second half for the Cardinals, who won at least 10 CLC games for the sixth straight season, by going 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Willmar (10-7, 13-10) outscored Rocori (1-15, 2-22) 31-18 in the final 18 minutes. "Briana really got the threes going tonight," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison. "She really got us going and ignited us.
HECTOR -- Buffalo Lake-Hector opened up an 18-point lead in the second half, then nearly lost the lead before holding off Central Minnesota Christian 67-57 in a non-conference boys basketball game Tuesday night. The Bluejays (2-20) cut the deficit it to four points before BLH (9-16) held them off. Andy Kalenberg led BLH with 17 points. Jordan Nelson, who made four 3-pointers, followed with 16 and Jake Deal added 14. Mike Schwitters recorded a game-high 26 points for CMCS.
MADISON -- Balanced scoring led by Mindy Clark with 14 points and 13 rebounds led Lac qui Parle Valley to a 60-48 victory over non-conference rival Dawson-Boyd on Tuesday. The win avenged a two-point loss to Dawson-Boyd last year. The Eagles will host Albany at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Central Conference playoff. Kayla Rheingans added 14 points and Micaela Erickson 13 for LQPV. Nikki Swenson led all scorers with 19 points for the Blackjacks.
Boys Basketball Willmar 52, Marshall 50 Litchfield 63, Little Falls 62 Buffalo Lake-Hector 67, Central Minnesota Christian 57 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 74, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 71 New London-Spicer 57, Melrose 44 Benson 74, Lac qui Parle Valley 62 Montevideo 77, Yellow Medicine East 74 Redwood Valley 89, Minnesota Valley Lutheran 70 Minneota 58, Dawson-Boyd 45 Morris 77, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 67 Minnewaska 59, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 49 Paynesville 74, Sauk Centre 63 BOLD 68, Renville County West 54 Girls Basketball Willmar 61, Rocori 44 Minnewaska 66, Os
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