WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater men's basketball team struggled from the field against Minneapolis Saturday, falling 64-55 in the season finale. The Warriors finish the season 0-12 in the MCCC Southern Division and 3-20 overall. Minneapolis advances to the state tournament, which starts Friday. Ridgewater was held to 25 percent (18-of-72) shooting from the field and 22 percent (5 of 23) from three-point range. Travis Schultz paced the Warriors with 18 points and 14 rebounds. David Johnson added 10 points and 14 boards. Xiro Novalath scored 20 points to lead Minneapolis.
CLARA CITY -- The West Central South Conference earned bragging rights for a year as the loop won the Boys Basketball Challenge against teams from the Camden North Conference Saturday. BOLD beat Renville County West 62-52 in the first game to give the West Central South a 1-0 lead. But the Camden North scored consecutive victories as Dawson-Boyd edged Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 78-75 and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg topped Yellow Medicine East 64-57 for a 2-1 advantage. The final game of the night was worth two points and Benson defeated MACCRAY 69-61 for the South win.
BUFFALO -- St. Cloud Tech dominated the Section 8AA gymnastics field, posting 149.875 points, a full six points over second-place Brainerd Saturday. Willmar finished fifth in the 10-team field with a 132.25. The top team and four individuals in each event qualify for the state Class AA gymnastics meet, which starts Friday at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Alise Post of Tech won the all-around with a 37.9. The Tigers took first in three of the four events. Individual Willmar results were not available at press time. Team scoring (1) St.
WILLMAR -- Goals continued in short supply for the Willmar Cardinals boys hockey team on Saturday evening at the Willmar Civic Center, where the regular season concluded with a 4-1 loss to the Sauk Rapids Storm. The pattern replicated Thursday's loss 3-1 to Sartell -- also a 1-0 lead after one period and never to score again. Willmar now travels to Fergus Falls on Tuesday for the Section 4A opener, a quarterfinal-round game against the Otters, the No. 2 seed in an eight-team bracket.
MINNETONKA -- New Ulm utilized six pins and knocked Willmar out of the Section 2AAA Wrestling tournament with a 41-24 quarterfinal victory Saturday afternoon. "I thought we could have won a few more matches," said Willmar coach Tom Beyer. "We were ahead on some of them and then got put on our backs." Willmar trailed 13-0 before Erik Borgos earned a decision at 125 pounds.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE MACCRAY at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7:30 p.m. Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Paynesville vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. Redwood Valley at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop, 7:30 p.m. MACCRAY at Lac qui Parle Valley, 6:15 p.m.
Boys Basketball Camden-West Central South Basketball Challenge BOLD 62, RCW 52 Dawson-Boyd 78, ACGC 75 KMS 64, YME 57 Benson 69, MACCRAY 61 Boys Hockey Sauk Rapids 4, Willmar 1 Wrestling Section 8AAA New Ulm 41, Willmar 24 Section 4A Championship Canby 43, YME 15 Semifinals Canby 46, KMS 22 YME 29, Minneota 22 Gymnastics Section 8AA (1) St. Cloud Tech 149.875 (2) Brainerd 143.4 (3) Buffalo 137.75 (4) Bemidji 134.15 (5) Willmar 132.25 (6) Sauk Rapids 131.8 (7) Alexandria 130.65 (8) Moorhead 129.975 (9) St.
Willmar will be competing in the Section 8AA gymnastics meet today in Buffalo will be held at noon. Other teams involved in the meet will be Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Buffalo, Crosby-Ironton, Elk River, Moorhead, St. Cloud Apollo, St., Cloud Cathedral, St. Cloud Tech, St. John's Prep, Sauk Rapids, Staples-Motley and Zimmerman. n New London-Spicer is the favorite in Section 6A today in Melrose. The Wildcats have never reached the state meet before.
BENSON -- Montevideo needed every break it could get Friday, first to beat Benson in their West Central South Conference boys basketball game, then to clinch the league title outright. The Thunder Hawks got both, downing the Braves 73-71 on the road, then earning the conference crown with a Lac qui Parle Valley loss to Yellow Medicine East, 78-62. After trading leads throughout most of the game, Montevideo (10-1, 18-2) went on a 7-0 run inside of three minutes remaining.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Willmar Cardinals extended their winning streak to seven games, but nothing came easy Friday night at Little Falls. The Flyers pushed the Cardinals all the way before succumbing 59-56 in a Central Lakes Conference game that also is big in Section 8AAA-South seeding. The Cardinals led 27-25 at halftime and fell behind by a point at several times in the second half.