BOYS BASKETBALL CAMDEN NORTH Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 7:30 p.m. MACCRAY at Dawson-Boyd, 7:30 p.m. Renville County West vs. Lakeview at Cottonwood, 7:30 p.m. WRIGHT COUNTY Litchifeld at Orono, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Benson at Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. Hancock at Osakis, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Brainerd, 7:30 p.m. Sauk Rapids at Alexandria, 7:30 p.m. Rocori at Fergus Falls, 7:30 p.m. Sartell at Little Falls, 7:30 p.m. St. Cloud Apollo at St.
NEW LONDON -- Brothers Nathan Nietfeld and Cory Nietfeld combined to score 50 points to help Paynesville take over first place in the West Central North Conference as the Bulldogs upended New London-Spicer 71-56 Tuesday. Paynesville, New London-Spicer and Melrose all have just two losses in the conference, but Paynesville has eight wins to seven for Melrose and six for NLS. The Wildcats led Paynesville for about the first seven minutes, but the Bulldogs fought back and led for the remainder of the game.
MORRIS -- Morris' balanced scoring attack and a great defensive effort led to a 61-45 win over Benson in West Central South Conference boys basketball play Tuesday. Morris avenged a 62-48 loss to Benson on Dec. 12 in Morris. Taylor Witt paced the Tigers (4-3, 7-8) with 15 points and six other players had at least six points. Craig Knochenmus recorded nine points and nine rebounds. Morris' defense held Daniel Fragodt, the area's leading scorer, to 11 points. Jesse Holm led the Braves (4-4, 9-8) with 24 points and six rebounds.
The Ridgewater Warriors wrestling team will host Ellsworth (Iowa) in a junior college dual meet at 7 p.m. tonight. This will be the Warriors' final home meet of the season.
Freshman Danielle Erickson placed 15th at the Central Lakes Nordic Skiing Championships to lead the Willmar girls and receive CLC Performance of the Week honors in her sport. The first-year skier has emerged as the No. 1 skier on the team.
The Willmar Cardettes finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Jazz/Funk and Precision High Kick divisions at the Central Lakes Conference danceline meet Saturday in Alexandria. Brainerd and St. Cloud Tech were the overall co-champions. The Cardettes JV team took first overall. Willmar's Kindra Seifert earned all-conference honors in both Jazz/Funk and High Kick. Alexis Laughlin was also named in High Kick, and Haylee Thompson and Caitlin Johnson in Jazz/Funk. Willmar will compete in the Section 3AA meet Saturday at Sauk Rapids.
SARTELL -- Willmar outscored Sartell 43-20 in the second half to bounce back from a slow start and had four players score in double figures en route to posting a 64-44 win in the Central Lakes Conference Tuesday. Sartell (3-8, 4-11) led for entire first half as the Cardinals (9-2, 14-3) couldn't find their shooting touch. Willmar then took advantage of Sartell's miscues to open the second half to pull ahead and finished shooting a torrid 59 percent from the field (27-of-46). "It was a tale of two halves," said Willmar coach Steve Grove.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Redwood Valley suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday as Marshall toppled the No. 8 team in Class AA, 75-67, in Southwest Conference boys basketball action. The Tigers (8-1, 11-5) are now a game ahead of the Cardinals (7-1, 15-1) in the win column for the conference lead. Redwood Valley defeated Marshall 107-102 in double overtime in the first meeting Dec. 12 in Marshall. Marshall maximized the effect of 20 Redwood Valley fouls, canning 22 of 29 from the line.
LICHFIELD -- Peter Zender poured in 22 points and Litchfield knocked off Class AAA No. 2-rated Waconia 53-46 in a Wright County Conference boys basketball game Tuesday night. The Dragons (4-3, 6-9) trailed 26-24 at halftime before mounting a second-half comeback. "We played pretty well defensively," said Litchfield coach John Carlson. "Our 2-3 zone denied them open looks outside and we kept them in check inside, too." Mike Bruesewitz added 17 points and 12 rebounds.