The Willmar Cardinals girls hockey team hosts Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato in a non-conference game at 7 p.m. today at the Civic Center. Willmar (5-12) won the first meeting, 6-2, in Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato (3-11-2) on Dec. 12.
ALBANY -- With the help of attempting 35 more shots and limiting the Tribune's area scorer, Renae Henjum, to just six field goals, Albany upended New London-Spicer 81-55 in the West Central North Conference Thursday. The Class AA No. 3-ranked Huskies (10-1) gave themselves some breathing room in the conference. Albany improved to 6-0 in loop while the Wildcats (10-3) fell to 4-1. Albany led by 10 at halftime before outscoring NLS, which had its 10-game winning streak snapped, 37-21 in the second half.
WILLMAR -- Andy Johnson held off St. Cloud Tech's top freestyler, Blake Bendix, on the final leg of the last event to allow Willmar to claim a 94-89 victory over St. Cloud Tech Thursday in a Central Lakes Conference dual meet. Willmar led 85-84 entering the 400-yard relay. Whoever won would win the meet. Andy Nicklawsky, Jackson Roberts and Kyle Schmidt stroked to a three-length lead for Johnson, who had won the 100 free earlier. Johnson lost two lengths to the Tech senior but no more. Seventh-grader Bennet Woltjer gave Willmar its first win in diving this year.
MORRIS -- Mindy Clark, a 5-9 senior guard, scored the 1,000th point of her career Thursday night, helping Lac qui Parle Valley hand Morris/Chokio-Alberta its first West Central South Conference loss, 55-43. Clark entered the game with 995 career points and finished with 13 for a total of 1,008. She scored her 1,000th point on a short jumper with around eight minutes left in the first half. The game was stopped and she was presented with the game ball.
DAWSON -- Russell-Tyler-Ruthton shot over 60 percent from the field while Dawson-Boyd shot only 36 percent from the field en route to posting a 63-42 win in the Camden Conference Thursday. The Knights (6-1, 10-3) were 28-for-43 (65 percent) from the field and outscored the Blackjacks (5-3, 6-4) 34-15 in the second half.
HECTOR -- Balanced scoring was the key for Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City as the Falcons beat Buffalo Lake-Hector 61-52 in a non-conference game Thursday night. Jesse McCann and Matt Stradtmann had 11 points each and Jordan Tanner and Joel Slinden added 10 apiece for ACGC (6-5). Brandon Antonsen had 11 points for the Mustangs (5-7) and Jake Deal notched 10. ACGC 61, BL-Hector 52 ACGC (6-5) 35 26 -- 61 BL-Hector (5-7) 21 31 -- 52 ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY - 17 FG (2 3-pt); 25-43 FT; 20 fouls ...
ALEXANDRIA -- Sophomore Annalise Bratt scored a season-best 35.1 to lead Willmar past Alexandria 132-126 on Thursday in Central Lakes Conference gymnastics. Laura Polman won beam and was fourth in all-around for Willmar. Bratt also won on bars and floor. "We thought this was a meet we should win," said Coach Larry Selchow. "We did some good things. We're a young team. Caylee (Cash) was our oldest competitor. She's a junior." Willmar improved to 3-2 in the CLC and 3-4 overall.
Result Thursday Central Lakes River Lakes 10, Little Falls 2 (At Richmond) -- Jenn Paul scored all three River Lakes goals in the second period and finished with four goals and an assist. Little Falls 90-9, 2-13)......0 1 1 -- 2 River Lakes (6-4, 8-7).......3 3 4 -- 10 FIRST PERIOD - RL: Traci Thielen (Abbie Rhoda) 6:43... RL: Greta Omann (Jenn Paul, Rhoda) 15:30, pp ... RL: Blythe Sjoberg (unassisted) 15:37, pp SECOND PERIOD - RL: Paul (Sjoberg, Rhoda) 1:36 .... RL: Paul (Kelsey Athmann) 11:06 .... LF: Lisa Orth (Shelby Atkinson, Kayla Bollig) 11:28 ...
ST. CLOUD -- Eight wrestlers won both of their matches for Willmar Thursday as the Cardinals took two matches at the St. Cloud Apollo Triangular. Willmar opened with a 44-24 win over St. Cloud Apollo, a dual that counted in the Central Lakes Conference standings, before routing Zimmerman 48-18. Alex Johannes at 103 pounds, Erik Borgos at 119, Nick Braun at 125/130, Brandt Haglund at 135, Drew Larson at 145, Cody Stegeman at 152, Brandon Rieckman at 160/171 and Trent Molacek at 171/189 all went 2-0. Borgos was the only Cardinals (3-1, 8-4) to notch two falls. The Cardinals and St.
MADISON -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City stayed undefeated in the West Central South Conference by clipping Lac qui Parle Valley 56-8 Thursday. The Falcons improved to 4-0 in the conference and 9-1 overall.