EDINA -- The Willmar Cardinals continued their hot streak against Class AAAA competition whipping Edina 68-62 on Friday at the Edina Community Center. Willmar (11-2) won its seventh in a row overall. The win avenged a 65-57 loss at Willmar a year ago to the Hornets. Scoring was balanced with Kyle Townswick and Ryan Hagemeyer out front with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Sophomore Jordan Smith had his biggest game with 10 points followed by Casey Sussenguth with nine, Michael Dunham eight and Cory Hanson seven.
By the time we arrived back at the lodge from an afternoon of goose and duck hunting, it was beginning to rain. During our dinner of Cajun pork chops, potatoes and green beans, the wind was blowing and lightening was flashing every few seconds. The worse the weather got, the more excited the guides became. "By morning, the weather will be awful and the hunting will be great," was the most often heard refrain. At 4:30 a.m., the heavy rain was coming down sideways. I was glad it is not hurricane season or I would have sworn we were in one. Even the dogs were excited.
Events/competitions WPSA Extreme Ice Races -- The Northern Lights Trail Snowmobile Club is sponsoring WPSA Extreme Ice Races Saturday and Sunday at Lake Hassel, which is 5½ miles north of Benson on Minnesota Highway 29. Kids Z-120 races are on Saturday and radar runs will be on Sunday. Admission is $10 for a day of $15 for the weekend. Kids ages 5 and under get in free. For more information, call Sandy Larson at 320-567-2173. Global Warming discussion -- The Montevideo Community Center will be holding a discussion about global warming Thurdsay, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo held the advantage in free throws and rebounding, which led to the Thunder Hawks' 71-59 win over Benson in West Central South boys basketball action Friday. Montevideo (5-0, 8-1) bolted to a 42-26 halftime lead. Benson got as close as seven points in the second half, but the Thunder Hawks' 44-34 advantage in rebounding and 10-point swing in free throws made (20-10) added up to the difference in the game. Nolan Jaspersen scored 19 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Montevideo.
TYLER -- MACCRAY had two chances to tie its Camden Conference game with Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, but came away empty both times in a 50-47 boys basketball loss Friday. The Wolverines (6-4) trailed by seven points at halftime and were down by as many as 14 in the second half. But MACCRAY clawed its way back and with nine seconds left, missed the tying shot. RTR rebounded, picked up the foul and missed the free throws, giving the Wolverines a second last-ditch shot, which hit the back of the rim. Zach Thissen and Matt Leese scored 10 points each to pace MACCRAY.
Boys Basketball Canby 61, Central Minnesota Christian 52 Willmar 68, Edina 62 Lac qui Parle Valley 76, Yellow Medicine East 75 Buffalo Lake-Hector 63, Wabasso 57 Montevideo 71, Benson 59 Glencoe-SL 51, Litchfield 49 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 50, MACCRAY 47 Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 90, Renville County West 54 New London-Spicer 78, St.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at Montevideo, 7:30 p.m. Morris at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 2:30 p.m. SOUTHWEST Redwood Valley at Worthington, 7:30 p.m. Wrestling NON-CONFERENCE Willmar Quadrangular (New London-Spicer, Glencoe-Silver Lake, St.
MADISON -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg held both of its opponents to under 20 points each to win both matches at the Lac qui Parle Valley Triangular Friday. KMS upended LQPV 36-18 and drubbed Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 62-12. LQPV edged BBE 32-28 in the other match. LQPV 32, BBE 28 Tony Ludvigson's pin at 189 pounds gave the Eagles a 32-16 lead before the Jaguars won the last matches. 103: Josh Beier, BBE, dec Dylan Croatt 7-3 112: Sam Haas, LQPV, pin Danelle Baker 1:31 119: Lane Mitchell, LQPV, maj Joey Tensen 14-4 125: Colton Kanstrup, LQPV, dec Travis Winter 11-8 130: Cole Tensen, BBE,
Late Thursday SAUK RAPIDS -- Travis Peckskamp scored twice in the first period and Sauk Rapids went on to a 5-3 Central Lakes Conference win over Willmar Thursday night. Willmar got a goal in each period. Jordan Gauer scored in the first and second periods and Joel Schendel tallied in the final period. Jon Mattison made 26 saves in the Willmar net. Sauk Rapids 5, Willmar 3 Willmar (0-4, 2-10).................1 1 1 -- 3 Sauk Rapids (4-3, 5-5-1).......3 0 2 -- 5 FIRST PERIOD - SR: Andy Henkemeyer (David Baltes) 9:32 ... SR: Travis Peckskamp (Henkemeyer, Cole Christiansen) 11:51 ...
ALEXANDRIA -- New London-Spicer tallied a season-best 138.8 to win the Alexandria Invite on Friday. Jacki Imdieke won bars at 9.0 and Courtney Edwards tied for first on beam at 8.6. Imdiecke took third in all-around at 35.75 and Edwards was next in a season-best 35.7. Katie Jo Pavik of Alexandria won all-around with a 36.0 Team scoring (1) New London-Spicer 138.8 (2) Bemidji 134.0 (3) Alexandria 132.7 (4) Benson/KMS 95.9 ALL-AROUND - (1) Katie Jo Pavik, Alx, 36.0 (2) Dani Paris, Bem, 35.9 (3) Jackie Imdieke, NLS, 35.75 (4) Courtney Edwards, NLS, 35.7 (5) Pearl Walker, Bem, 34.9 VAULT -