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The Ridgewater College men's and women's basketball teams play at Rochester today. The women's team is coming off a 67-63 loss to Minneapolis Wednesday night that could have moved the Lady Warriors into a tie for first place in the Minnesota Community College Southern Division. The Lady Warriors are 3-2 in the loop and 12-5 overall. Game time today is 1 p.m. The Warriors also lost to Minneapolis Wedneday night, 80-73, and take a 2-4, 7-11 record into their 3 p.m. game today.
ST. CLOUD -- Willmar blew a big lead, but then got a huge play from senior center Laura Nielsen to beat St. Cloud Tech 44-42 Friday and climb back into contention for the Central Lakes Conference title. Nielsen's game-high 19 points and 14 rebounds and Andrea Brown's 17 points helped the Cardinals (10-2, 13-4) close within one game of St. Cloud Tech (11-1, 16-2) for first place. The Tigers won 39-37 on Dec. 8 in the first meeting of the season in Willmar. The Cardinals, who improved their winning streak to five games, owned a 28-12 lead at halftime. But St.
The wet snow squeaked under my hunting boots as I tried to sneak over the hill. From the large number of tracks in the fresh snow, I was sure a bunch of deer were browsing on the sunny side of the knoll ahead of me. Only two weekends of doe season remained and the freezer still has room for one more. The past three weekends have been consumed with domestic duties. A person really should not start putting brick siding on their house right before deer season.
Events/competitions Spicer Sunrise Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby -- The Spicer Sunrise Lions Club will hold its 16th Annual Ice Fishing Derby Saturday, Feb. 4 from 1-3 p.m. at Saulsbury Beach in Spicer. Hole tickets cost $3 for one hole and $5 for two. Registration begins at 11 a.m. For more information, call (320) 796-2151. Youth Wood Duck Box Building Day -- The annual Praire Pothole Chapter youth wood duck box building day will be from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Prairie Wood Environmental Learning Center west of Spicer.
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East broke its four-game losing streak and handed Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City its fifth straight loss 40-32 in West Central South girls basketball action Friday. The teams combined for 69 turnovers, including 40 for the Falcons (3-5, 6-10). The Sting (6-2, 9-7) led 20-17 at halftime. Audrey Formo accounted for half of YME's points (20) and had 12 rebounds for a double-double. Kristen Hegna recorded nine steals. Sara Lund posted 13 points and nine rebounds for ACGC. Brittany Smith followed with 10 points and Kjersten Karlsgodt had 10 rebounds.
NEW LONDON -- Renae Henjum scored 16 points and nabbed nine rebounds as the New London-Spicer Wildcats dumped Paynesville 54-27 in West Central Conference North girls basketball Friday. The Wildcats, who won their fourth straight, led the Bulldogs 27-10 at halftime. Jenn Wendlandt added 10 points and nine rebounds. Cassidy Vogt had 10 rebounds, five points, three assists, five steals and four blocked shots. Paynesville had a cold night, hitting just 10 of 40 field-goal attempts. Brittni Schmitz, Ashley Lieser and Brooke Schmitz each finished with seven points.
Boys Basketball Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 77, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 61 Litchfield 53, Dassel-Cokato 52 Redwood Valley 77, Pipestone 72 Wabasso 72, Buffalo Lake-Hector 66 Girls Basketball Holdingford 77, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 51 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 72, Renville County West 67 Yellow Medicine East 40, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 32 MACCRAY 51, BOLD 44 Willmar 44, St.
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WILLMAR -- Ridgewater won four the first five matches to take control early before going on to post a 36-12 win over Itasca Friday. The match was originally scheduled for Dec. 14 in Grand Rapids, but was postponed. Clay Hoeck at 149 pounds, Cody Pahan at 174 and Ethan Vogt at 197 all notched falls for Ridgewater, which led 19-6 after Dusty Myers' 6-3 decision at 175.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Freshman guards Mike Felt and Tyler Pendleton scored a combined 34 points for Redwood Valley Friday as the Cardinals upended Pipestone 77-72 in the Southwest Conference. The Cardinals (3-4, 8-7) led from start-to-finish after getting 18 points from Felt and 16 from Pendleton. Dan Bonebright followed with 13 points and Aaron Marks pumped in 10 for Redwood Valley.