The Willmar Cardettes just missed qualifying for the state tournament after finishing fourth among 15 schools at the Section 3AA meet Saturday at Sauk Rapids. Champion St. Cloud Cathedral, runner-up Sartell and third-place finisher Sauk Rapids all qualified for the state tournament.
Morris native Todd Hickman is among four finalist for head football coach at the University of Minnesota-Morris. The former Cougar running back has served as both offensive and defensive coordinator for the Cougars since 1998. The list also includes Kevin Bullis, defensive coordinator at University of Wisconsin-River Falls; Paul Miller, former head coach at Hamline and Tim Steinbach, defensive coordinator at Southwest Minnesota State.
NEW LONDON -- Renae Henjum of New London-Spicer scored the 1,000th point of her career Saturday, which helped the Wildcats edge Litchfield, 53-52, in non-conference girls basketball play. Henjum, a 6-foot junior center, reached the milestone late in the first half on a four-foot transition basket. The game was stopped and she was given a plaque to commemorate the occasion. She became the 13th NLS girls player to reach 1,000 points, which includes her sister Melanie, who graduated in 2004 with 1,339 points.
AUSTIN -- Ridgewater overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half, but Riverland's seven 3-pointers proved to be too much for the Lady Warriors as Riverland created a logjam in the MCCC Southern Division by posting a 62-59 win Saturday. Ridgewater, Riverland and Minneapolis -- all at 2-5 in the division -- are vying for the final spot in the state tournament, which is hosted by the Lady Warriors Feb. 23-25. Kayla Karnes hit a three-pointer with 1½ minutes left to put Ridgewater up 59-57. Riverland then got a trey from Tibisia Thor on its next possession to take over the lead for good.
MORRIS -- Morris held Lac qui Parle Valley to 14 first-half points en route to a 61-44 win in West Central South boys basketball action Saturday. The teams met 10 days earlier in Madison with the Eagles winning, 69-63. The Tigers (6-2, 9-8) played a stifling man-to-man defense in the first half, then relied on 10 three-pointers overall to spark the offense. Morris' Taylor Witt scored a game-high 23 points, including seven 3-pointers. Justin Lund added 10 points with three 3-pointers. Witt also had eight rebounds. Jameson Siegert led the Eagles (6-2, 11-4) with 16 points.
LITTLE FALLS -- One day after suffering a 7-0 shutout at home, the Willmar boys hockey team went on the road to face the same Little Falls team, losing the Central Lakes Conference boys hockey game, 9-0, Saturday. Willmar goalie Kevin Maxfield recorded 33 saves. Little Falls 9, Willmar 0 Willmar (1-11-1, 5-14-1) 0 0 0 -- 0 Little Falls (12-1, 20-2) 2 5 2 -- 9 FIRST PERIOD - LF: Matt Anez (Ben Nelson, Luke Jorgensen) 15:31 ... LF: Ben Hanowski (Jared Festler) 16:31 SECOND PERIOD - LF: Jorgensen (Festler, Beau Hanowski) 1:58 ... LF: Zak Laird (Anez, Logan Kalis) 2:38 ...
Big Lake Invite Jacki Imdieke won the all-around for New London-Spicer with a 36.0, and had three individual second-place finishes: vault (9.35), uneven bars (8.8) and floor exercise (8.9). Team scoring (1) Big Lake 142.15 (2) New London-Spicer 135.10 (3) Big Lake JV 130.05 (4) Waconia 129.65 ALL-AROUND - (1) Jacki Imdieke, NLS, 36.0 (2) Cami Jensen, BL, 35.8 ... (5) Gina Bruns, NLS, 32.85 VAULT - (1) Alex Ramerth, BL, 9.4 (2) Imdieke 9.35 BARS - (1) Jessica Johnson, BL, 9.4 (2) Imdieke 8.8 ...
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Benson vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 7:30 p.m. Yellow Medicine East at Dawson-Boyd, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs. MACCRAY at Clara City, 7:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball Morris 61, LQPV 44 Rockford 82, BBE 54 Girls Basketball NL-Spicer 53, Litchfield 52 Minnewaska 56, Hancock 50 Boys Hockey Little Falls 9, Willmar 0 LDC 0, Delano/Rockford 0 Gymnastics Central Lakes Conference meet (1) St. Cloud Tech 149.825 (2) Brainerd 142.5 (3) Sauk Rapids 136.275 (4) Sartell 134.625 (5) Alexandria 130.625 (6) Fergus Falls 129.0 (7) Willmar 128.75 (8) Little Falls 127.65 (9) St.
ST. CLOUD -- The Willmar Cardinals, behind 24 points from Kyle Townswick, fended off the St. Cloud Tech for the second time this season. Neither win has come easily, including Friday night's 61-56 at the Tigers' gymnasium. On Dec.