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Boys Basketball Montevideo 81, Melrose 69 Paynesville 88, ACGC 76 Section 3A-North RCW 68, Dawson-Boyd 52 Girls Basketball Section 8AAA Willmar 49, Rocori 19 Section 5AA-North HLWW 66, NL-Spicer 60 Section 5A-South Hancock 71, KMS 66 Wrestling Class A ACGC 33, NY Mills 24 Class AA Little Falls 40, BOLD/BLH 24
LAKEVILLE -- Mitch Schwindt and Andy Erickson combined for 46 points to lead Renville County West past Dawson-Boyd 68-52 in the Section 3A-North play-in game Thursday. The Jaguars (9-14), the No. 8 seed, will play No. 1 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton at 1 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Schwindt scored 27 points and Erickson added 19, including four 3-pointers for the Jaguars. Chad Mulder dished out 10 assists and Schwindt, Brent Jansen and Mulder had seven rebounds apiece. Joe Anderson led the Blackjacks (9-14) with 14 points.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo connected on 10-of-13 shots from three-point range, including six by Jon Altena, and defeated Melrose 81-69 in the West Central Inter-Conference Playoff Thursday night. Altena finished with a team-high 25 points for the South Conference champion Thunder Hawks (20-3). Tyler Grey added 17 points and Tramel Barnes 13. Nolan Jasperson pulled down 10 rebounds. For Melrose (20-4), the North champions, Matt Moorman poured in 27 points.
DASSEL -- New London-Spicer shot 24 percent from the field in the second half, losing a 10-point lead and getting knocked out of the Section 5AA-North playoffs with a 66-60 loss to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Thursday. The Wildcats (20-8) led 38-28 at halftime on 15-of-28 shooting (54 percent). Renae Henjum had 15 points. But in the second half, HLWW's Brittany Drew scored 21 of her game-high 27 points and Henjum was held to just two points in a 16-point turnaround. Jenn Wendlandt had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds for New London-Spicer.
BLOOMINGTON -- Todd Herman of New London-Spicer and Laura Nielsen of Willmar were named to the Mr. and Miss Minnesota Basketball All-State Senior team recently. Herman, a 6-4 senior forward, is currently third in the area in scoring this season with a 20.6 points-per-game average. He was a second team All-Area pick as a junior. Nielsen is averaging 16.3 points-per-game this season for the Cardinals. She was a first team All-Area pick last year. Herman is among 38 boys and Nielsen is among 32 girls that are finalists for the Mr.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 16 rebounds, rookie Rashad McCants scored a season-high 21 points, and the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Jersey Nets 100-90 Wednesday night. McCants had a season high for the second straight game after scoring 18 points Tuesday at Chicago. Ricky Davis added 20 points as Minnesota won for just the third time in 10 games. Justin Reed also had a career high with 14 points.
The State Wrestling Tournament begins today and runs through Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in Class A and BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector in Class AA represent the area in the team portion of the tournament. There are 53 area wrestlers competing individually, including defending state champion Sean Glenz of Paynesville at 152 pounds and state runner-ups Kevin Steinhaus of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 130 pounds, Beau Penk of Litchfield at 135 pounds and Joel Kerzman of Paynesville at 145.
The State Swimming and Diving Meet begins today and runs through Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Seven swimmers from Montevideo and six from Willmar will be competing.
St. Catherine's Jenna Martin, Gustavus' Trevor Wittwer, Jon DeRock of Hamline and JoLynn Thielke of Bethel were named to all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball teams Tuesday Martin, a senior from Grove City, was named to the women's all-conference team. Wittwer, a sophomore from Redwood Falls, was named the men's Sixth Man of the Year and was an honorable mention. DeRock, a freshman from Buffalo Lake was on the men's all-First Year Team and Thielke, a sophomore from Holloway, was a women's honorable mention.
Coaches are urged to return any All-Area basketball nominations to the Tribune or that player(s) will not be eligible. Any questions, call 1-800-450-1150, ext. 332.