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Former New London-Spicer girls basketball standouts Allison Bratsch and Jessica Heinen have been instrumental in Hamline University's recent surge. Bratsch, a sophomore guard, scored a career-high 19 points, making 7-of-11 shots from the field, in the Pipers' 75-62 win over Bethel Monday night in Arden Hills. Heinen, a freshman post, had eight points and six rebounds. The Pipers have won three of their last four games to improve to 7-6. Over that span, Bratschx has averaged 11.5 points and Heinen 10.0 with a high of 14 off the bench last week against Augsburg.
North Dakota State 184-pound redshirt sophomore Matt Wetterling of Willmar leads the Bison wrestling team in wins (18), pins (13) and fastest pin (:37). Wetterling and the Bison both went 1-2 at the Virginia Duals Friday, losing to the University of Pennsylvania and Virginia, while beating the Citadel 19-16. Wetterling, who was 131-62 in his prep career for Willmar, went 7-4 as a Bison freshman.
WILLMAR -- The Rocori Spartans remained unbeaten in the Central Lakes Conference Tuesday with a 53-41 win over the Willmar Cardinals. At 4-4, the loss all but took Willmar out of the CLC race. Rocori improved to 7-0 in the league. The Spartans made 20-of-22 free throws. With its three-point salvos, Willmar kept pace until the final four minutes.
NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer ran away with 96-65 win over Benson in non-conference boys basketball play Tuesday. The Wildcats (12-1), who used to be in the West Central South with the Braves (6-3), scored 45 points in the first 18 minutes, then recorded 51 in the second half. Todd Herman led 11 NLS players with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Tim Dreier followed with 19 points, including both Wildcat three-pointers, and seven assists. Mike Danielson added 13 points. Daniel Fragodt scored 16 points to lead Benson. Tyler Guest, who made four 3-pointers, had 14.
GRANITE FALLS -- Montevideo went on a 15-0 in the second half and rallied past Yellow Medicine East 65-58 in a West Central South Conference game Tuesday night. YME, handed its first conference loss of the season, still leads Benson by a game in the standings. The Sting (5-1, 8-6) led 50-43 before Montevideo (3-3, 4-8) went on its run and never looked back. Rikka Boike scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half for the Thunder Hawks. Brook Moseng led all scorers with 25 points for Montevideo. Michelle Preuss had 17 points and Audrey Formo 16 for YME.
GLENWOOD -- Albany padded its lead in the West Central North with a 65-37 win over Minnewaska in girls basketball action Tuesday. The Huskies (7-0, 10-0) hold a two-game lead over New London-Spicer, which lost to Melrose Tuesday. Albany took a 25-15 lead at halftime and was led by Jennie Noreen's 19 points. Sara Korneck added 11 and Taylor Voss 10. Shiona Beecher netted 12 points to pace Minnewaska (4-3, 8-3).
Boys Basketball Rocori 53, Willmar 41 NL-S 96, Benson 65 KMS 77, MACCRAY 72 Norwood YA 69, BOLD 55 EVW 74, BBE 58 CMCS 74, RCW 46 Melrose 51, Morris 49 Redwood 94, JCC 72 Canby 71, Dawson-Boyd 47 Glencoe-SL 46, Litchfield 34 GFW 78, BL-Hector 32 Girls Basketball Buffalo Lake-Hector 71, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 67 Hancock 64, Clinton-GB 43 Albany 64, Minnewaska 37 Montevideo 65, YME 58 BOLD 69, LQPV 55 Morris/CA 49, ACGC 47 Litchfield 53, Glencoe-SL 37 HL-WW 63, BBE 48 Melrose 51, NL-S 41 Wrestling Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 62, Renville County West 9 BOLD
Men's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater vs. Anoka-Ramsey at Coon Rapids, 7 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- BOLD-Buffalo Lake-Hector rallied to a 40-24 West Central South Conference win over Montevideo after winning the final four matches. BOLD/BLH received two forfeits at 171 pounds and 275, a pin from Brian Hagen at 189 and a 3-0 decision at 215 from Zach Kopel to overcome a 24-19 deficit. Gage Halvorson at 130 and James Gallagher at 160 notched pins for Montevideo. BOLD/BLH 40, Monte 24 103: Riley Wald, Mon, dec Brett Janke 10-4 112: Darin Reuss, M, dec Brent Christensen 10-5 119: Tom Brenner, BBLH, pin Isaac Sulflow :16 125: Ross Neubauer, B, maj Josh Anderson 14-5 130: Gag
NEW LONDON -- With the help of six Melrose forfeits, New London-Spicer posted a 54-20 win over the Dutchmen Tuesday in the West Central North Conference. Chad Henle (103 pounds), Luke Reiter (119), Billy Dean (130), Brandon Keller (135), Adam Luberts (145) and Stephen Westby (275) were the beneficiaries of Melrose's forfeits. The Wildcats' other 18 points came on Shawn Hattlestad's pin at 112, Tony Tobkin's decision at 152, Levi Schultz's major decision at 160 and Andrew Blomker's technical fall at 189. NL-Spicer 54, Melrose 20 103: Chad Henle, NLS, won by forfeit 112: Shawn Hattlestad, N