Boys Basketball Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 48, Litchfield 46 New London-Spicer 63, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 55 Redwood Valley 68, Pipestone 61 Yellow Medicine East 52, BOLD 40 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 71, Renville County West 52 Melrose 78, Minnewaska 42 Lakeview 69, Dawson-Boyd 58 Case IH Holiday Tournament Benson 73, Paynesville 69 MACCRAY 69, Hancock 60 Girls Basketball Fergus 35, Willmar 30 Litchfield 69, Dassel-Cokato 24 Maple Lake 54, Paynesville 52 Minneota 64, Dawson-Boyd 56 Lakeview 70, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 59 Buffalo Lake-Hector 53, Sleepy Eye 43 Del
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Benson Invite (Third place, 6 p.m.; championship, 7:30 p.m.) Minnewaska vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 5 p.m. BOLD vs. Renville County West at Renville, 7:30 p.m. Wahpeton Invite (Morris) Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Montevideo Invite (Third place, Hutchinson vs. Central Minnesota Christian, 6 p.m. ... Montevideo vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m.) Minnewaska vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 5 p.m. BOLD vs.
BRAINERD -- Rainy River drained seven 3-pointers and got 28 points from 6-foot-2 post Michelle Cheney to drub Ridgewater 68-57 Friday in the Central Lakes Invitational. The Lady Voyageurs (4-5) led by as many as 23 points after holding Ridgewater (5-5) to just 20 first-half points.
BRAINERD -- Rainy River took a 14-point lead at halftime and went on to defeat the Ridgewater Warriors 82-67 in men's MCCC basketball on Friday. The Warriors take on Central Lakes of Brainerd at 6 p.m. today. Ridgewater had an 83-71 win on its record over the Voyageurs on Dec. 2 in Willmar. This time Rainy River deployed its advantage in quickness to build as much as a 28-point lead early in the second half. The Warriors' leading scorer, Dave Johnson, was limited to 10 points after scoring 27 at Willmar. The 6-5 sophomore did collect 18 rebounds.
Montevideo Tri Redwood Valley rallied from a 31-6 deficit after the 140-pound match to overtake Montevideo 42-37 at the Thunderhawks' triangular on Friday. Earlier, YME blitzed Montevideo, 66-6. Redwood Valley 42, Montevideo 37 The Cardinals got three forfeits and three pins over the last seven weight classes to fuel the rally capped by pins from Brennen Hagert at 215 and Brian Anderson at at 285 pounds.
SAUK CENTRE -- Richie Norris scored midway through the third period to break a 4-4 tie and Willmar went on to defeat Section 4A rival Prairie Centre 5-4 in boys hockey Friday. "It was just a lot of hard work by the Red Line," said Willmar coach Reed Larson. "Eric Bangen made an amazing backhanded pass and Richie one-timed it into the upper corner. It turned out to be the game." The game's last nine minutes passed scoreless. Jon Mattison secured the win in the net with 14 saves.
KERKHOVEN -- Lakeview rallied from a five-point deficit midway through the second half Friday night to improve to 3-0 in the Camden Conference with a 70-59 victory over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. The Fighting Saints (2-2, 2-2) lost Demi Young with 10 minutes left in the game when she received a bad cut to her head battling for a rebound. She did not return. Kayla House led Lakeview with 21 points and seven assists. Esther Peterson had 20 points and 12 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots for KMS. Patina Queenan notched 15 points and Sarah Carlson 11.
Benson will host a four-team boys basketball tournament today and Saturday. MACCRAY will play Hancock at 6 p.m. today in one semifinal, while Benson takes on Paynesville at 7:30 p.m. in the other. On Saturday, the third-place game will be at 6 p.m. and the championship at 7:30 p.m.
The Ridgewater College men's and women's basketball teams will be competing in the Central Lakes Invitational today and Saturday. Ridgewater plays Rainy River today (women at 2 p.m. and men at 4 p.m.) and then take on Central Lakes Saturday (women at 4 p.m. and men at 6 p.m.)
The Willmar Public Library multi-purpose room will host a program at 1:30 p.m. today on the glory days of Minnesota amateur baseball. Armand Peterson and Tom Tomashek, authors of "Town Ball", will present the program, answer questions and do a book signing. The 395-page paperback highlights small-town baseball teams from 1945-60.