After not appearing in the Minnesota Basketball News Class AAA poll for three straight weeks, the Willmar boys are No. 9 in the latest poll that was released Wednesday. The Cardinals, which were ranked No. 9 in the preseason poll and moved up two spots a week later, are 4-1 in the Central Lakes Conference and 7-2 overall and host Little Falls (2-3, 4-3) tonight at 7:30 p.m. in a CLC clash.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City is the only area team to be among the top 12 in the ratings of The Guillotine, Minnesota's statewide wrestling publication. The Falcons (6-0), third in Class A last season, wrestle at Benson (6-3) in a West Central South Conference match tonight.
The area's top boys basketball players are posting scoring numbers at a higher rate than last season -- tremendously higher. Benson's Daniel Fragodt, the area's leading scorer, just dropped below the 30 points-per-game mark to 29.8 after nine games. Last season at this time, he was averaging 21.4 points in five games to lead the area. Three other players are topping Fragodt's pace from last season: Paynesville's Cory Nietfeld with 24.0 ppg, Montevideo's Tyler Grey at 22.7 and Redwood Valley's Mike Felt at 22.5. -- T.J.
ACGC 36, Wabasso 22 WABASSO -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City remained unbeaten Tuesday, topping Wabasso 36-22 in a non-conference wrestling match. Jeremy Anderson, Ben Meyer and Scott Litzau had consecutive major decisions to start the match for ACGC (6-0) and Wabasso (2-2) was never able to overcome the deficit. A.J. Frederiksen at 160 pounds and Nic Leither at 189 had the only pins for the Falcons. Matt Pearson at 140 and Erick Larson at 152 won by decision.
Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Little Falls at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7:30 p.m. Benson vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH New London-Spicer at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. St. Cloud Cathedral at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH MACCRAY vs. Lakeview at Cottonwood, 7:30 p.m. PHEASANT Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Minneota vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at St.
Women's Basketball Rochester 64, Ridgewater 50 Men's Basketball Rochester 78, Ridgewater 55
NEW LONDON -- Wade Powers of New London-Spicer owned the paint Tuesday as the Wildcats beat Sauk Centre 52-36 in a West Central North Conference boys basketball game. Powers, a 6-foot-4 junior center, blocked 13 shots, grabbed nine rebounds and scored 11 points for NLS (2-1, 6-3). He had nine blocks in the first half as the Wildcats took a 24-13 advantage at halftime. Skylar Wachter also tallied 11 points for NLS. NLS 52, Sauk Centre 36 Sauk Centre (2-1, 5-3) 13 23 -- 36 NLS (2-1, 6-3) 24 28 -- 52 SAUK CENTRE - 15-59 FG (1-8 3 pt); 5-9 FT; 24 rebounds; 18 fouls ...
MORRIS -- Taylor Witt scored 32 points to lead Morris Area to a 68-61 win over Yellow Medicine East in West Central South boys basketball action Tuesday. Witt led the Tigers (1-1, 3-3) to a 35-33 halftime lead with 23 points. He finished with all five of Morris' three-pointers. The Sting came as close as 57-56 with 1:30 left, but Morris' Nate Lund coverted a three-point play to cement the Tigers' win. Justin Lund added 12 points to Morris' cause and Craig Knochenmus grabbed 10 rebounds. Kenton Johnson tallied 18 points to lead the Sting, and also grabbed eight rebounds.
Cory Nietfeld, a senior from Paynesville, was named the West Central North Conference boys basketball Player of the Week. In the South half, Lac qui Parle Valley's Jameson Siegert, a senior, and Andrea Rheingans, a sophomore, were named the Players of the Week for boys and girls basketball, respectively.
The annual Area Elks Hoop Shoot is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Roosevelt School in Willmar. Local qualifiers from KMS, NLS, MACCRAY, BOLD, CMCS, ACGC, BBE and Willlmar schools are eligible to compete for a spot in the District Hoop Shoot at Wadena.