WILLMAR -- Behind a seven-point performance from Jessica Bye that featured six goals, Brainerd upended Willmar 10-3 Thursday in a Central Lakes Conference game. Bye netted at least one goal in each period including three in the first period to help the Warriors (3-2, 4-4) stake a 3-1 lead.
Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES St. Cloud Tech at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Eden Valley-Watkins, 7:30 p.m. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Sauk Centre, 7:30 p.m. Ortonville at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Albany at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH Central Minnesota Christian vs. MACCRAY at Clara City, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs.
CLARA CITY -- Justin Koenen amassed 16 points, eight assists and seven steals to help MACCRAY upend Renville County West 62-45 Tuesday in the Camden Conference opener for both squads. MACCRAY (1-0, 2-1) also had Zach Thissen score 14 points and Ben Perry 12. Nate Johannsen and Brent Jansen had 12 points apiece for RCW (0-1, 0-4). Johannsen also had seven rebounds and five steals. MACCRAY 62, RCW 45 RCW (0-1, 0-4) 19 25 -- 45 MACCRAY (1-0, 2-1) 31 31 -- 62 RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - 18-43 FG (0-2 3 pt); 9-15 FT; 48 rebounds; 20 fouls ...
BENSON -- Benson's aggressive offensive style and defense overcame a poor shooting night for a 62-48 West Central South boys basketball win over Morris Tuesday. The Braves (1-0, 3-0) shot 39 percent (23 of 59) from the field and made only 12 of 25 free throws overall. But continually pressing to the basket and grabbing 14 offensive rebounds, plus forcing 17 Morris turnovers led to a lead as big as 20 points in the second half. Daniel Fragodt scored a game-high 28 points for the Braves.
LITCHFIELD -- Alexandra Sing scored four goals -- all in the third period -- as Willmar blew by Litchfield-Dassel-Cokato 6-2 in non-conference girls hockey on Tuesday. The freshman forward got her first goal 10 seconds after the Dragons' Andrea Dean had tied the score 1-1 22 second into the third period. Martha Abramson forged a tie again, 2-2, at 4-26 but after that it was Sing! Sing! Sing! Chelsey Beilhartz also scored for Willmar (4-5) in the seven-goal third frame. Abby Schueller stopped 11 Dragon shots in the third to finish with 24 saves.
WILLMAR -- Two days after winning in sudden death 6-5, the Willmar Cardinals were stunned by Hutchinson 6-5 in overtime on the same Civic Center ice where they celebrated a dramatic win over Litchfield/-Dassel-Cokato on Saturday. Tigers' defenseman Beau Braun delivered the knockout blow 4:27 into the extra period.
LITCHFIELD -- After shooting over 50 percent from the field and owning a 2-to-1 advantage in rebounding, Litchfield trounced previously unbeaten No. 7 (Class AAA) Willmar 67-53 Tuesday in a non-conference game. The Cardinals (3-1) came in averaging 76 points a game and had made 21 three-pointers in their first three games.
BROOTEN -- Benson had four players score in double figures as the Braves reached the .500 mark with a 67-57 win over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in non-conference girls basketball action Tuesday. Courtney Frank had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds for Benson (3-3), who were led in scoring by Brittany Holm's 15 points. Sarah Ahrndt, who made all three of the Braves' three-pointers, and Abby Fragodt added 14 points each. Heidi Lensing led the Jaguars (1-2) with 12 points.
NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer's Renae Henjum became the first girls basketball player in the area to reach 30 points this season, leading the Wildcats to a 63-37 win over Paynesville in West Central North action Tuesday. Henjum scored 20 of the Wildcats' 33 first-half points and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked five shots for NLS (3-0, 4-2). Kristin Lang scored 14 points and pulled down 11 boards for the Bulldogs (0-3, 1-4).
MONTEVIDEO -- Andy Nicklawsky and Steve Kluver each won a pair of individual events as Willmar beat Montevideo in the pool 105-77 on Tuesday in the opener. It was Willmar's first dual-meet win over the Thunder Hawks since 2000-01. David Nedrud won twice for Montevideo. Jack Powers and Sam Hathaway also picked up wins. Willmar went 1-2 in the final relay to widen its winning margin.