The Paynesville boys basketball team hosts Melrose for first place in the West Central North Conference tonight. Paynesville is 8-2 in the loop and Melrose is 6-2. New London-Spicer is also 6-2.
The Prairie Pothole chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association will hold its annual Wood Duck House Building Day Saturday at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, west of New London. The cost of the kit is $10 each, with tools and volunteers provided to help assemble the houses. For more information, call 320-235-7287 or 320-214-1497.
MONTEVIDEO -- A fast start sparked Montevideo Thursday as the Thunder Hawks upended Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 58-48 to knock the Falcons out of first place in the West Central South Conference. The Falcons (7-2, 10-8) were tied with Lac qui Parle Valley for first in the conference entering the game, but the Eagles beat Yellow Medicine East Thursday to take sole possession of first at 8-1. Montevideo (5-5, 9-8), which won for just the second time in five games, led the entire game and had its freshman forward Rebeka Schwendemann lead all scorers with 18 points.
DAWSON -- MACCRAY bounced back in the second half after losing a 12-point lead to clip Dawson-Boyd 75-66 in a key Camden North Conference game for the Wolverines. The win allowed MACCRAY (8-3, 10-5) to stay in a tie with Lakeview in the loss column for the conference lead. The Wolverines, led by Zach This-sen's game-high 18 points, owned a double-digit lead for majority of the first half before Dawson-Boyd (5-6, 6-7) charged back to take a 40-35 lead at halftime. MACCRAY then outscored the Blackjacks 40-26 in the second half to win its third straight.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals lost 98-87 to the Brainerd Warriors in the pool on Thursday, but there was good news for the losers in the Central Lakes dual. "It was our best meet of the year by far," said Willmar coach Carl Shuldes.
Result Thursday Non-Conference Morris/Chok.-Alb. 62, Wheaton/Herm.-Nor. 41 Kelsey Draper and Jasmine Henrich led 12 Tiger scorers with 10 points each. Morris/CA (10-6)..................31 31 -- 62 Wheaton/HN (2-13)..............18 23 -- 41 MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 20-55 FG (3-11 3-pt); 19-28 FT; 45 rebounds; 12 fouls ... Scoring: Stef Stroebel 1, Rachel Stroebel 8, Megan Dierks 2, Mackenzie Kontz 3, Britney Greenwaldt 6, Heather Gagner 8, Brittany Nelson 6, Steph Lieneman 2, Sara Beyer 2, Courtney Johnson 4, Kelsey Draper 10, Jasmine Henrich 10 ... 3-point shots: Kontz 1, Gagner 2 ...
Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at St. Cloud Tech, 7:30 p.m. Alexandria at Fergus Falls, 7:30 p.m. Brainerd at Sartell, 7:30 p.m. Sauk Rapids at Rocori, 7:30 p.m. St. Cloud Apollo at Little Falls, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Lac qui Parle Valley vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 7:30 p.m. Morris vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Albany at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. New London-Spicer at Sauk Centre, 7:30 p.m. Melrose at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. St.
Boys Basketball MACCRAY 75, Dawson-Boyd 66 Orono 71, Litchfield 44 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 68, Central Minnesota Christian 54 Lakeview 78, Renville County West 60 Benson 83, Ortonville 67 Girls Basketball Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 54, Maple Lake 48 Lac qui Parle Valley 80, Yellow Medicine East 54 Benson 49, BOLD 27 Montevideo 58, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 48 Brainerd 60, Willmar 58 Litchfield 63, Orono 53 New London-Spicer 46, Sauk Centre 39 Morris/Chokio-Alberta 62, Wheaton 41 Girls Hockey Willmar 11, Little Falls 5 River Lakes 3, Alexandria 2 Sartell/Sa
Three boys basketball teams and one girls team from the area are ranked in the current Minnesota Basketball News state polls. Montevideo (14-1), which debut at No. 10 in Class AA last week, moved up to No. 5 while Redwood Valley (15-1) remained at No. 8. In Class AAA, Willmar (14-3) moved up two spots to No. 7. The area's only girls team, Hancock (17-1), remained No. 5 in Class A.
The Willmar Cardinals girls' basketball team plays at Brainerd tonight in a Central Lakes Conference game. The Cardinals (6-6, 9-9) are coming off an impressive 61-35 win over Little Falls Monday night in which Brad Atchison became only the fourth girls basketball coach in the state to record 500-or-more wins. Brainerd (7-4, 10-6), tied for second in the conference, beat Willmar 60-56 in overtime in the first meeting Dec. 9 in Willmar.