Sophomore gymnast Annalise Bratt and sophomore swimmer Steve Kluver have each been honored by the Central Lakes Conference as Performers of the Week in their respective sports. Bratt won all-around in both the Melrose and Sartell meets. Kluver had four individual firsts in the 50 free and the backstroke and swam on three winning relays at Montevideo and St. Cloud Apollo.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals, who couldn't contain Alexandria Tuesday night at the Civic Center, will face an even bigger chore Thursday. Alexandria left town with a 4-0 Central Lakes Conference win in boys hockey, holding Willmar to 14 shots on their goalie Geoff Bruzik. Thursday Willmar is at Little Falls to face the high-scoring Flyers, whose five wins going into last night's action included a 6-1 victory over this same Alexandria unit. "Little Falls has one to the best lines in the state," said Willmar coach Reed Larson after his team was shutout for the second time this year.
BRAINERD -- Brainerd held off a late Willmar comeback attempt and went on to win 60-57 in a key Central Lakes Conference game Tuesday night. Brainerd (4-0, 4-0) remained unbeaten, whilke Willmar (3-1, 4-2) was handed its first conference loss. Willmar trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half before surging to close within two. But Brainerd never gave in and thwarted each comeback bid. "We went to more of a zone press than a man-to-man," said Willmar coach Steve Grove. "We started to get a bunch of turnovers that got us back in the game.
GROVE CITY -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City shot 55 percent and rallied past Benson 82-77 in a West Central South Conference game Tuesday night. Benson (1-1, 5-1), which suffered its first loss of the season, led by as many as 10 points in the first half before ACGC (1-1, 4-3) whittled in down to 39-35 at halftime. The teams exchanged leads several times in the second half before Benson eventually went up by six points with seven minutes remaining. ACGC then surged at the end and snapped a two-game losing streak. Justin Schroeder paced the Falcons with 21 points and three steals.
GRANITE FALLS -- Jordan Radel made two free throws with four seconds left as New London-Spicer rallied from a 16-point deficit to clip Yellow Medicine East 54-52 Tuesday, handing the Sting their first loss. Skylar Wachter paced the Wildcats (4-1) with 23 points as Radel followed with 14 and Jackson Wright 11. Wachter also grabbed 10 rebounds to help NLS get through a rough night from the field (21-for-58). Wright and Radel combined to score 20 of the Wildcats' 33 second-half points. Kenton Johnson was credited with hooking a game-high 22 rebounds for YME (5-1).
KERKHOVEN -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg forced 23 MACCRAY turnovers and withstood a second-half charge to beat the Wolverines, 70-50, in Camden North boys basketball action Tuesday. The Fighting Saints (2-1, 5-2) trapped and pressured MACCRAY (2-1, 4-3) in the first half and ran out to a 37-21 halftime lead. The Wolverines fought back to within nine points with seven minutes left in the second half, but KMS' Sam Kavanagh scored six of his game-high 20 points in succession to put the Saints back to a double-digit lead. Kavanagh added 14 rebounds for a double-double.
Boys Basketball Redwood Valley 90, BOLD 44 New London-Spicer 54, Yellow Medicine East 52 Montevideo 66, Minnewaska 56 Lakeview 61, Central Minnesota Christian 47 Litchfield 45, Dassel-Cokato 41 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 70, MACCRAY 50 Brainerd 60, Willmar 57 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 82, Benson 77 Girls Basketball Redwood Valley 67, BOLD 48 Sauk Centre 43, Morris/Chokio-Alberta 42 Minnewaska 53, Montevideo 48 Lakeview 53, Central Minnesota Christian 48 MACCRAY 53, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 50 Hancock 69, Ortonville 50 Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 61, Buffalo Lake-Hecto
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TRACY -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg won five of the final seven matches to pull away from Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and post a 40-28 win in the Camden Conference Tuesday. Kurt Timmons notched a pin in 1:03 to open the dual at 103 pounds for KMS before TMB won the next two matches.
SPICER -- Jacki Imdieke of New London-Spicer won the all-around and two individual events outright to lead the Wildcats to a 136-134.275 non-conference win over Willmar in gymnastics action Tuesday. Imdieke won the all-around with a combined score of 35.725, almost one-half point ahead of Willmar's Annalise Bratt at 35.25. Imdieke took first in the vault with a 9.175 and the floor exercise with a 9.1.