A benefit is planned Saturday for Gary Esboldt, a youth basketball coach recovering from a bone marrow transplant. The turkey dinner and auction will be at First Baptist Church from 4-8 p.m. Esboldt, an associate pastor at First Baptist, coached women's basketball at St. Olaf from 1981-87. Items to be auctioned include a pair of autographed sneakers worn by Kevin Garnett and an NFL football autographed by Tony Dungy.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City will send a fan bus to the state wrestling tournament at Xcel Energy Center in Feb. 28 in St. Paul. The bus will leave the high school at 3:45 p.m.. The fee is $11. Students in eighth grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call the community education office at 320-857-2651 by noon on Feb. 26.
COLD SPRING -- Willmar junior wing Briana Goldschmidt didn't miss a three-pointer in five attempts en route to netting a career-high 18 points Tuesday to help the Cardinals drub Rocori 61-44 in the Central Lakes Conference. Goldschmidt heated up in the second half for the Cardinals, who won at least 10 CLC games for the sixth straight season, by going 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Willmar (10-7, 13-10) outscored Rocori (1-15, 2-22) 31-18 in the final 18 minutes. "Briana really got the threes going tonight," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison. "She really got us going and ignited us.
HECTOR -- Buffalo Lake-Hector opened up an 18-point lead in the second half, then nearly lost the lead before holding off Central Minnesota Christian 67-57 in a non-conference boys basketball game Tuesday night. The Bluejays (2-20) cut the deficit it to four points before BLH (9-16) held them off. Andy Kalenberg led BLH with 17 points. Jordan Nelson, who made four 3-pointers, followed with 16 and Jake Deal added 14. Mike Schwitters recorded a game-high 26 points for CMCS.
MADISON -- Balanced scoring led by Mindy Clark with 14 points and 13 rebounds led Lac qui Parle Valley to a 60-48 victory over non-conference rival Dawson-Boyd on Tuesday. The win avenged a two-point loss to Dawson-Boyd last year. The Eagles will host Albany at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Central Conference playoff. Kayla Rheingans added 14 points and Micaela Erickson 13 for LQPV. Nikki Swenson led all scorers with 19 points for the Blackjacks.
Boys Basketball Willmar 52, Marshall 50 Litchfield 63, Little Falls 62 Buffalo Lake-Hector 67, Central Minnesota Christian 57 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 74, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 71 New London-Spicer 57, Melrose 44 Benson 74, Lac qui Parle Valley 62 Montevideo 77, Yellow Medicine East 74 Redwood Valley 89, Minnesota Valley Lutheran 70 Minneota 58, Dawson-Boyd 45 Morris 77, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 67 Minnewaska 59, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 49 Paynesville 74, Sauk Centre 63 BOLD 68, Renville County West 54 Girls Basketball Willmar 61, Rocori 44 Minnewaska 66, Os
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Girls Basketball Camden North CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN -- senior guard Jennifer Blom DAWSON-BOYD -- senior guard Nikki Swenson; sophomore guard Kelly Swenson KMS -- senior center Esther Peterson LAKEVIEW -- senior center Kendall Doom; senior guard Kayla House; senior forward Erica Roe MACCRAY -- senior forward Ashley Alsum; senior guard Danielle Goeman RENVILLE COUNTY WEST -- junior guards Megan Groen and Sally Smith Player of the Year Esther Peterson, KMS Coach of the Year Lisa Gregoire, Lakeview Camden South CANBY -- senior center Natalie Giese; junior forward Johanna Schmi
Non-Conference BOLD 68, RCW 54 Reid Neubauer paced a balanced attack for the Warriors with 14 points. Nate Curriel had 11 points and Ross Okins 10. Brent Jansen had 17 points and Nate Johannsen 16 for the Jaguars (2-21). RCW (2-21)...........................21 33 -- 54 BOLD (5-17)..........................30 38 -- 68 RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - 18-66 FG (0-5 3-pt); 18-31 FT; rebounds not available; 22 fouls ... Scoring: Brent Jansen 17, Nate Johannsen 16, Tyler Kleinhuizen 7, Cameron Holm 5, Humberto Ramirez Jr. 3, Phil Erickson 2, Anthony Holwerda 2, Ryan Marcus 2 ...
FERGUS FALLS -- Nothing kills momentum like a period-opening goal. The Willmar boys hockey team felt it had the Section 4A quarterfinal game against Fergus Falls moving in the Cardinals' direction, but a Cody Peck goal 28 seconds into the third period opened the lead to 3-1. The Cardinals (5-19-2) pushed the tempo from the start, keeping the pressure in the Otters' zone but got few good looks at Josh Fandrich, one of the top goalie's in the section. Torin Gaffke opened the scoring for Fergus Falls taking a bouncing puck off the boards to make a break-in on the Willmar goal at 4:59 of the fi