BENSON -- Daniel Fragodt scored 36 points as Benson smashed MACCRAY 75-58 Saturday in the championship game of the Case IH Holiday Tournament. Often creating his own opportunities with takeaways, the tournament MVP canned 13-of-23 field-goal attempts and 10-of-12 free throw chances. Cory Nietfeld and Nathan Nietfeld combined to score 33 points to propel Paynesville to victory in the third-place game with Hancock. Championship Benson 75, MACCRAY 58 Fragodt had 21 of his points by halftime as the Braves (5-0) bounded to a 36-23 lead.
BELGRADE -- Four Minnewaska players reached double digits in scoring as the Lakers topped Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 75-67 in non-conference boys basketball action Saturday. Jordan Johnsrud led Minnewaska (3-2) with 25 points, followed by Jordan Hendricks with 17. Jon Hoffmann and Mike Anderson added 10 points each. Jared McCleary paced the Jaguars (1-4) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Michael Rodgers added 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
ALEXANDRIA -- New London-Spicer made its free throws down the stretch to hold off Alexandria, 43-38, in non-conference girls basketball action Saturday. The Wildcats (5-2) led 37-35 with 31.1 seconds left, then Ellary Asche and Jenn Wendlandt sank two free throws each to seal the victory. Renae Henjum's double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds paced NLS. She also had five assists and four blocks.
MONTEVIDEO -- Hannah Wenaas had 17 points and Brook Moseng and Taylor Skoglund each pumped in 15 more to help Montevideo upend Ortonville 66-51 in the championship game of the Montevideo Invite Saturday. In the third-place game, Hutchinson beat Central Minnesota Christian, 39-31. Championship Montevideo 66, Ortonville 51 The Thunder Hawks didn't pull away until there was about five minutes remaining. Wenaas knocked down three of Montevideo's five 3-pointers and also handed out six assists and pocketed three steals.
FOREST LAKE -- Willmar went 1-2 at the Forest Lake Invitational on Saturday, but three Cardinals finished the day undefeated. Brandt Haglund at 135 pounds, Drew Larson at 145 and Trent Molacek at 171 each went 3-0.
BRAINERD -- Ridgewater got just enough offense again as the Lady Warriors edged Central Lakes 59-55 Saturday in the finale of the Central Lakes Invitational. The Lady Warriors (6-5) owned a slim 24-22 lead at halftime and were led by Melissa Sterkel's 15 points. Hilary Groothuis followed with 12 points as Ridgewater didn't make a three-pointer were credited with making only 13 of 26 free-throw attempts. "It's a nice win to go in before the break," said Ridgewater coach Carrie Ogdahl. "Hopefully they will come back refocused." The Lady Warriors resume action Jan.
BRAINERD -- Central Lakes scored quickly and often in the extra period Saturday to hand Ridgewater a 73-66 overtime loss in the final round of the Central Lakes Invitational. Within the first minute of overtime Central Lakes netted five points to take control. The Warriors (3-7) couldn't catch up and were handed their fourth straight loss. "We were tired. We were worn out," said Ridgewater coach Bob Knutson. "But it was our best game we played all year, start to finish." David Johnson notched another double-double for Ridgewater with his 20 points and 10 rebounds.
SAUK RAPIDS -- Third-period goals by Dani Staples and Dani Schultz weren't enough for Morris/Benson Area in a 4-2 loss to Sauk Rapids/Sartell in non-conference girls hockey Saturday. Staples' goal was unassisted and Laura Horecka picked up the assist on Schultz' goal. SR/Sartell 4, MBA 2 Morris/Benson (2-4-2) 0 0 2 -- 2 SR/Sartell (3-9) 1 2 1 -- 4 FIRST PERIOD - SRS: Rachel Stoebe (unassisted) 13:09 SECOND PERIOD - SRS: Nikki Kothenbuetel (Kris Bell) 10:48 ... SRS: Kothenbuetel (Becca Kern) 13:50 THIRD PERIOD - MBA: Dani Staples (unassisted) 4:25 ...
BENSON -- Joey Fragodt scorched the nets for 40 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds Friday to help Benson reach the final of the Case IH Holiday Tournament as the Braves upended Paynesville 73-69. Unbeaten Benson (4-0) will face MACCRAY (4-1) today at 7:30 p.m. after the Wolverines wore down Hancock to win the first semifinal Friday, 69-60. Hancock (0-3) and Paynesville (3-1) will square off at 6 p.m. today in the third-place game. Benson 73, Paynesville 69 Fragodt scored 20 points in each half and was 17-for-32 from field and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line.
BIRD ISLAND -- Yellow Medicine East opened up its offense in the second half, pulling away from BOLD for a 52-40 victory in West Central South boys basketball action Friday. The Sting (2-0, 5-0) held a 19-16 advantage at halftime, the outscored the Warriors (0-2, 1-4) 33-24 in the second half. Dylan Hempel led Yellow Medicine East with 16 points. Shawn Neu sank all of the Sting's five 3-pointers for his 15 points. Kenton Johnson and Casey Luepke grabbed 10 rebounds each. Luepke had nine points and Johnson eight.