GLENWOOD -- Paynesville cashed in from the free-throw line while keeping Minnewaska away from it en route to a 70-58 win in West Central North boys basketball action Friday. The Bulldogs (10-3, 14-5), who trail Melrose by one game in the loss column for the conference lead, made 17-of-25 free throws, while the Lakers (6-6, 9-10) went to the line only four times, sinking three. Cory Nietfeld recorded a game-high 26 points for Paynesville, followed by Ben Moser's 19. Jon Hoffmann and Mike Anderson led Minnewaska with 13 points each.
CLARA CITY -- MACCRAY's defense clamped down on Dawson-Boyd in the second half, allowing the Wolverines to clinch a tie for the Camden North Conference title with a 73-56 win Thursday. MACCRAY finished in a tie with Lakeview for first place in the conference. The teams slugged it out offensively in the first half with the Wolverines holding a slight 37-34 advantage. MACCRAY (12-3, 15-5) held the Blackjacks (8-7, 9-9) to 22 points in the second half to seal the victory. The Wolverines' Zach Thissen led all scorers with 24 points, including three 3-pointers.
SARTELL -- The Willmar Cardinals' February scoring drought continued Thursday night in a 3-1 loss to Sartell. Willmar scored the game's first goal -- Jordan Gauer from Josh Aslesen and Joel Jonsson, a power-play goal at 6:30 of the first frame -- but couldn't dent the Sabres' last line of defense again. Sartell goalie Matt Goodmanson finished with 22 stops giving the Sabres a sweep of the Central Lakes Conference series. Since a 6-3 win at Alexandria Jan.
All four of the top seeds in Section 4A advanced to Saturday's semifinals at Dawson. Top-seeded Canby thumped Lac qui Parle Valley 59-9 in a quarterfinal match. The Lancers will face No. 4 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, a 52-27 winner over Dawson-Boyd, in one semifinal at 1 p.m. No. 2 Minneota, which defeated Renville County West 40-22, will next meet No. 3 Yellow Medicine East, a 56-12 winner over Benson, in the other semifinal at 1 p.m.
RENVILLE -- Tyler Pendleton scored 22 points, Mike Felt 20 and Dan Bonebright 16 as Redwood Valley thumped Renville County West 89-55 in a non-conference game Thurdsday night. Brent Jansen tallied 22 points for the Jaguars (2-19). Nate Johannsen added 13 points and seven boards. Redwood Valley 89, RCW 55 Redwood Valley (18-3) 49 40 -- 89 RCW (2-19) 27 28 -- 55 REDWOOD VALLEY - 33-63 FG (11-21 3-pt); 12-26 FT; 38 rebounds; 22 fouls ...
GROVE CITY -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City clinched a share of the West Central South girls basketball title with a 61-44 win over Morris/Chokio-Alberta Thursday. The Falcons (10-2, 14-8) tied with Lac qui Parle Valley (10-2, 14-8) for the title. Kayla Dallmann and Brittany Smith dominated the blocks for the ACGC, scoring 22 and 19 points, respectively.
Boys Basketball Watertown-Mayer 62, Litchfield 60 Albany 63, Minnewaska 55 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 78, Upsala 71 Canby 65, Central Minnesota Christian 64 MACCRAY 73, Dawson-Boyd 56 Redwood Valley 89, Renville County West 55 Girls Basketball New London-Spicer 65, Melrose 42 Lac qui Parle Valley 56, BOLD 45 Litchfield 50, Watertown-Mayer 49 Sauk Centre 63, Paynesville 38 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 61, Morris/Chokio-Alberta 44 Kerhkoven-Murdock-Sunburg 68, Benson 59 Willmar 61, St.
Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Little Falls, 7:30 p.m. St. Cloud Tech at Alexandria, 7:30 p.m. St. Cloud Apollo at Brainerd, 7:30 p.m. Sauk Rapids at Fergus Falls, 7:30 p.m. Rocori at Sartell, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Yellow Medicine East at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7:30 p.m. BOLD at Morris, 7:30 p.m. Montevideo at Benson, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Paynesville at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. New London-Spicer at St. Cloud Cathedral, 7:30 p.m. Sauk Centre at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 7:30 p.m. Melrose at Albany, 7:30 p.m. CENTRAL MINNESOTA Kimball vs.
West Central Gymnastics (Based on total points from dual meets and conference tournament. The top 15 earn all-conference status.
Kelsey Johnson, a senior defenseman, scored Willmar's lone goal in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to Alexandria in Section 6A girls hockey. Another player was incorrectly credited with the goal.