WILLMAR -- Wrestling returned with a bang on Thursday as seven Central Lakes Conference schools got in matches at the Willmar Senior High gymnasium The host Cardinals won both their makeup matches by beating Sauk Rapids 40-22 and Alexandria 47-28. The wrestlers had been idle since Jan. 29 when the state high school league imposed a mandatory shutdown of contact wrestling for all Minnesota varsity programs. The decree followed a breakout of herpes simplex virus among several teams in late December. The CLC teams used Willmar's gym to make up dual- meet matches lost during the layoff.
The Willmar Cardinals boys basketball team hosts Brainerd in a Central Lakes Conference today. Willmar (10-2, 15-3) lost to Brainerd (8-4, 10-6) 60-57 on Dec. 19 in Brainerd. Willmar has won its last four games, while Brainerd is trying to stop a two-game losing streak.
Mitch Schneider, a senior Willmar forward, was named Central Lakes Conference Boys Hockey Performer of the Week. Schneider scored seven points in two games, including two goals and an assist in Willmar's first CLC win on Jan. 30 at Alexandria.
The Spicer Sunrise Lions' Ice Fishing Derby has been rescheduled to Saturday at Saulbury Beach on Green Lake in Spicer. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with the fishing running from 1-3 p.m. Hole tickets are one for $3 or two for $5. Many prizes and raffles will be held. For more information, call Todd at 320-796-2151.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo stayed unbeaten in West Central South boys basketball action, holding off Morris 72-66 Thursday. The Tigers (6-4, 9-9) led 59-51 in the second half, but went through a nine-minute scoring drought to bring the Thunder Hawks (9-0, 16-1) back into the game. The teams were tied at 66 when Eric Brandon sank four straight free throws to ice the game, giving the Thunder Hawks their 12th straight win. Montevideo shot 54 percent (27 of 50) from the field, but only 20 percent (2 of 10) from three-point range. Tyler Grey led the team with 23 points.
KERKHOVEN -- Justin Johnson of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg scored a career-high 36 points, but it wasn't enough as the Fighting Saints fell to Camden North Conference leader Lakeview, 79-72, Thursday. Johnson was the only KMS (8-6, 12-7) player to score in double figures. Lakeview (11-3, 14-6) countered with Zach Meyer's 30 points and 22 from Derek Goldberg. Lakeview 79, KMS 72 Lakeview (11-3, 14-6) 39 40 -- 79 KMS (8-6, 12-7) 29 43 -- 72 LAKEVIEW - 21-53FG (6 3-pt); 19-24 FT; 31 rebounds; 12 fouls ...
Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Brainerd at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. TOMAHAWK Sleepy Eye at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 7:30 p.m. SOUTHWEST Redwood Valley at Jackson County Central, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Paynesville at Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted, 7:30 p.m. Hancock vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Little Falls, 7:30 p.m. Fergus Falls at Sauk Rapids, 7:30 p.m. Sartell at Rocori, 7:30 p.m. Alexandria at St. Cloud Tech, 7:30 p.m. Brainerd at St.
Section 8AA Buffalo 5, River Lakes 4 No. 9 River Lakes (11-13-2) tied the game at 4-4 with just under five minutes remaining, but No. 8 Buffalo pulled ahead 42 seconds later to advance. Kenzie Novak, Greta Omann, Emma Schott and Jenn Paul netted goals for the Stars, who outshot Buffalo 49-27. River Lakes (11-13-2)............2 1 1 -- 4 Buffalo....................................1 1 3 -- 5 FIRST PERIOD - Buf: Andrea Parsons (Lauren Rosso) 1:39 ... RL: Kenzie Novak (Jenn Paul) 13:49 (pp) ...
Non-Conference LQPV 46, MACCRAY 28 The Eagles won three matches by fall and three by forfeit. Dylan Croatt at 103 pounds, Colton Kanstrup at 125 and Aaron Thoreson at 130 all were winners by fall for LQPV. Sam Hanson at 215 had MACCRAY's only pin.
GRANITE FALLS -- Behind 18 points from Megan Groen and 13 rebounds from Kortney Mulder, Renville County West posted a 44-35 non-conference win over Yellow Medicine East Thursday to improve its winning streak to four. The Jaguars (13-7) struggled from the field (17-for-66) and free-throw line (6-for-25), but they owned a 44-33 advantage in rebounds. Livi Jeseritz netted nine points and hooked five rebounds to pace YME (2-16). RCW 44, YME 35 RCW (13-7) 19 25 -- 44 YME (2-16) 17 18 -- 35 RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - 17-66 FG (4-8 3-pt); 6-25 FT; 44 rebounds; 20 fouls ...