WILLMAR -- A strong Rochester team knocked Ridgewater College out of the title picture Saturday 53-49 on the Lady Warriors' home court. The Lady Warriors played in the MCCC third-place game for the second year in a row. This time they faced Southern Division rival Minnesota West on Sunday afternoon, losing 64-53. Ridgewater played its best basketball of the year while knocking off MCCC defending champion Itasca in the quarterfinals and then against No.
WILLMAR -- Sonja Ellingson poured in 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading Anoka-Ramsey to the MCCC state title with a 51-42 victory over Rochester Sunday at Ridgewater College. Anoka-Ramsey (22-4), which struggled with its shooting the field, led 23-9 at halftime. Amanda Reh added 13 points. Anoka-Ramsey shot just 29 percent from the field, including just 20 percent (3-of-15) from three-point range. But the Golden Rams did cash 14-of-17 free throws, while Rochester hit 6-of-9.
The Willmar girls basketball team, currently riding a five-game winning streak into postseason, are the No. 1 seed in the Section 8AAA-South and will host Rocori at 7 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals. Detroit Lakes is the No. 1 seed in the north half and host Park Rapids in its first game. If Willmar wins, it would play either Perham or Thief River Falls on March 3 at 6 p.m. in St. Cloud. The final is slated for March 9 at St John's University in Collegeville.
ROCHESTER -- Jarret Hall finished third in the 165-pound division at the NJCAA National Wrestling Tournament Saturday by going 6-1 to lead a group of three Ridgewater College wrestlers that earned All-America status. Brandon Schunk, a 133-pound freshman from Wabasso, placed seventh and Justin Turek, a 149-pound sophomore from New Prague, finished eighth to also gain All-America honors. Hall, a sophomore from Greenbush, won his first two matches before getting pinned by eventual runner-up Chris Wade to drop down to wrestlebacks.
MORRIS -- Willmar, Montevideo/YME and Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield all loaded up for the state swimming meet this weekend during the Section 3A boys swimming and diving meet on the University of Minnesota, Morris, campus on Saturday. Willmar qualified all three relay teams, including the first-place team in the 200 freestyle of Jackson Roberts, Matt Fuglestad, Andrew Nicklawsky and Andy Johnson.
ST. PAUL -- Benson/KMS senior Carrie Hanson was able to participate in all four events Saturday at the Class A Individual State Gymnastics Meet at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, but her injured right knee limited her to finish 21st in all-around. Hanson's best finish came on the balance beam where she placed 17th with a score of 8.925.
LITCHFIELD -- University of Wisconsin signee Jon Leuer scored 28 points to help Wright County Conference co-leader Orono upend Litchfield 55-44 Saturday. The Spartans (12-2, 15-9) owned a 27-24 lead at halftime and eventually outlasted Litchfield Mike Bruesewitz posted another double-double for the Dragons (7-7, 10-13) with 12 points and 12 rebounds while Peter Zender added 11 points.
Boys Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH BOLD vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Benson at Chokio-Alberta, 7:30 p.m. Dawson-Boyd at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7:30 p.m. Montevideo vs. MACCRAY at Clara City, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Morris, 7:30 p.m. ECHO Charter vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 7:30 p.m. Hancock vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball SECTION 3A-NORTH At Southwest Minnesota State, Marshall Lincoln County vs. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, 6 p.m. Renville County West vs.
SAUK RAPIDS -- The Willmar girls basketball team completed a five-game winning streak to cap the Central Lakes Conference and regular season with a 56-34 victory over Sauk Rapids Friday. The Cardinals (11-7, 14-10) will next enter the Section 8AAA tournament March 1. Seeding is today. Friday's win basically solidified a home game in the first round, with only Detroit Lakes (21-3) and Fergus Falls (15-10) boasting better records. "We talked about how we wanted to end strong and I thought the kids played very well (Friday)," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison.
MORRIS -- The Minnesota Waters organization and local citizens will host a meeting to discuss the Pomme de Terre River from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb.