FOREST LAKE -- Willmar went 1-2 at the Forest Lake Invitational on Saturday, but three Cardinals finished the day undefeated. Brandt Haglund at 135 pounds, Drew Larson at 145 and Trent Molacek at 171 each went 3-0.
BRAINERD -- Ridgewater got just enough offense again as the Lady Warriors edged Central Lakes 59-55 Saturday in the finale of the Central Lakes Invitational. The Lady Warriors (6-5) owned a slim 24-22 lead at halftime and were led by Melissa Sterkel's 15 points. Hilary Groothuis followed with 12 points as Ridgewater didn't make a three-pointer were credited with making only 13 of 26 free-throw attempts. "It's a nice win to go in before the break," said Ridgewater coach Carrie Ogdahl. "Hopefully they will come back refocused." The Lady Warriors resume action Jan.
BRAINERD -- Central Lakes scored quickly and often in the extra period Saturday to hand Ridgewater a 73-66 overtime loss in the final round of the Central Lakes Invitational. Within the first minute of overtime Central Lakes netted five points to take control. The Warriors (3-7) couldn't catch up and were handed their fourth straight loss. "We were tired. We were worn out," said Ridgewater coach Bob Knutson. "But it was our best game we played all year, start to finish." David Johnson notched another double-double for Ridgewater with his 20 points and 10 rebounds.
SAUK RAPIDS -- Third-period goals by Dani Staples and Dani Schultz weren't enough for Morris/Benson Area in a 4-2 loss to Sauk Rapids/Sartell in non-conference girls hockey Saturday. Staples' goal was unassisted and Laura Horecka picked up the assist on Schultz' goal. SR/Sartell 4, MBA 2 Morris/Benson (2-4-2) 0 0 2 -- 2 SR/Sartell (3-9) 1 2 1 -- 4 FIRST PERIOD - SRS: Rachel Stoebe (unassisted) 13:09 SECOND PERIOD - SRS: Nikki Kothenbuetel (Kris Bell) 10:48 ... SRS: Kothenbuetel (Becca Kern) 13:50 THIRD PERIOD - MBA: Dani Staples (unassisted) 4:25 ...
BENSON -- Joey Fragodt scorched the nets for 40 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds Friday to help Benson reach the final of the Case IH Holiday Tournament as the Braves upended Paynesville 73-69. Unbeaten Benson (4-0) will face MACCRAY (4-1) today at 7:30 p.m. after the Wolverines wore down Hancock to win the first semifinal Friday, 69-60. Hancock (0-3) and Paynesville (3-1) will square off at 6 p.m. today in the third-place game. Benson 73, Paynesville 69 Fragodt scored 20 points in each half and was 17-for-32 from field and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line.
BIRD ISLAND -- Yellow Medicine East opened up its offense in the second half, pulling away from BOLD for a 52-40 victory in West Central South boys basketball action Friday. The Sting (2-0, 5-0) held a 19-16 advantage at halftime, the outscored the Warriors (0-2, 1-4) 33-24 in the second half. Dylan Hempel led Yellow Medicine East with 16 points. Shawn Neu sank all of the Sting's five 3-pointers for his 15 points. Kenton Johnson and Casey Luepke grabbed 10 rebounds each. Luepke had nine points and Johnson eight.
The West Central Conference selected three area players as Player of the Week for their respective sports. Renae Henjum, a junior from New London-Spicer, was cited for girls basketball; Gina Bruns, a junior from New London-Spicer, was selected for gymnastics and Tramel Barnes, a junior from Montevideo, was cited in boys basketball in the South half.
Montevideo (3-3) will take on Ortonville (2-2) in the championship of its own tournament today at 7:30 p.m. Hutchinson (3-3) plays Central Minnesota Christian (2-5) for third place at 6 p.m. The first round of the tournament was last Saturday with Montevideo defeating CMCS 71-42 and Ortonville topping Hutchinson 52-48.
FERGUS FALLS -- The Willmar Cardinals couldn't find their range at Fergus Falls Friday night and lost in Central Lakes Conference girls basketball 35-30. Willmar sophomore Kelsey Evans was the only player in double figures with 11 points, but the Cardinals shot just 30 percent (12 of 40). The game was a rematch of last year's Section 8AAA final at Moorhead, won by Willmar, 38-34. The Otters, who returned with their lineup virtually in tact, improved to 3-1 in the CLC.
Saturday's drive of the south place was met with only limited success. Doran and I watched as about 50 deer came out of the timber between us as I sat on the side of Strawberry Hill with him just off to the my left, also out of range. Dick was on the hill to my right, and did get in some shooting, but was also just out of position. Dick, Doran and I are the old guys, so we get to choose where we stand and who gets to chase deer to us. By Sunday morning, we had a plan. Dick moved a hundred yards closer to where the deer came out the day before.