SAUK CENTRE -- Richie Norris scored midway through the third period to break a 4-4 tie and Willmar went on to defeat Section 4A rival Prairie Centre 5-4 in boys hockey Friday. "It was just a lot of hard work by the Red Line," said Willmar coach Reed Larson. "Eric Bangen made an amazing backhanded pass and Richie one-timed it into the upper corner. It turned out to be the game." The game's last nine minutes passed scoreless. Jon Mattison secured the win in the net with 14 saves.
KERKHOVEN -- Lakeview rallied from a five-point deficit midway through the second half Friday night to improve to 3-0 in the Camden Conference with a 70-59 victory over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. The Fighting Saints (2-2, 2-2) lost Demi Young with 10 minutes left in the game when she received a bad cut to her head battling for a rebound. She did not return. Kayla House led Lakeview with 21 points and seven assists. Esther Peterson had 20 points and 12 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots for KMS. Patina Queenan notched 15 points and Sarah Carlson 11.
Benson will host a four-team boys basketball tournament today and Saturday. MACCRAY will play Hancock at 6 p.m. today in one semifinal, while Benson takes on Paynesville at 7:30 p.m. in the other. On Saturday, the third-place game will be at 6 p.m. and the championship at 7:30 p.m.
The Ridgewater College men's and women's basketball teams will be competing in the Central Lakes Invitational today and Saturday. Ridgewater plays Rainy River today (women at 2 p.m. and men at 4 p.m.) and then take on Central Lakes Saturday (women at 4 p.m. and men at 6 p.m.)
The Willmar Public Library multi-purpose room will host a program at 1:30 p.m. today on the glory days of Minnesota amateur baseball. Armand Peterson and Tom Tomashek, authors of "Town Ball", will present the program, answer questions and do a book signing. The 395-page paperback highlights small-town baseball teams from 1945-60.
Ken Crandall, head football coach at the University of Minnesota, Morris, has announced that he will resign effective Dec. 20. Crandall, who coached the 2006 UM-Morris football team to its first-ever Upper Midwest Athletic Conference championship and its first title since 1986, will assume the head football coaching post at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan.
CLARA CITY -- Matt Leese missed only one shot in the second half and scored 21 points to help MACCRAY fend off Central Minnesota Christian 78-64 in a Camden Conference game Thursday. Leese was 7-for-8 from the field in the final 18 minutes and 10-for-15 overall. The Wolverines, who owned a slim 30-28 lead at halftime, also got 15 points from Ben Perry, 14 from Zach Thissen and 13 from Justin Koenen, who also piled up 11 assists and eight rebounds. CMCS had three players score in double figures with Andy Groen leading the way with 17 points.
KERKHOVEN -- After falling behind by as many as 16 points in the first half, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg tightened its defense for a 56-50 win over Renville County West in Camden North girls basketball action Thursday. The Jaguars (2-2, 3-4) controlled most of the first half, but the Fighting Saints (2-1, 2-1) made a run to cut the lead to 32-23 at halftime. KMS' defense held RCW to 18 points in the second half. Esther Peterson led the Saints with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven steals.
GRANITE FALLS -- Kayla Dahlman scored 17 points and grabed eight rebounds as Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City routed Yellow Medicine East 59-39 in a West Central South Conference girls basketball game Thursday. Brittany Smith added 12 points for the Falcons (2-0, 4-1). Livi Jeseritz led YME (1-2, 1-4) with nine points and six rebounds. ACGC 59, YME 39 ACGC (2-0, 4-1) 33 26 -- 59 YME (1-2, 1-4) 21 18 -- 39 ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY - 20-47 FG (3-8 3 pt); 16-38 FT; 42 rebounds; 23 fouls ...
Boys Basketball Willmar 41, St. Cloud Tech 39 Paynesville 86, Albany 49 Lac qui Parle Valley 67, Ortonville 61 MACCRAY 78, Central Minnesota Christian 64 Sauk Centre 66, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 43 Girls Basketball Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 60, Montevideo 58 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 59, Yellow Medicine East 39 Hancock 67, Ashby 49 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 60, Paynesville 37 Minnewaska 75, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 54 MACCRAY 41, Central Minnesota Christian 39 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 56, Renville County West 50 Wrestling Willmar 47, St.