RICHMOND -- Morris/Benson Area scored three unanswered goals in the third period to beat River Lakes 5-2 in non-conference boys hockey Thursday. The Storm collected two goals within 16 seconds of each other from Tony Schultz, who also had three assists, and Josh Griffith.
NEW LONDON -- Gina Bruns and Wendy Toops finished 1-2, respectively, in all-around to help New London-Spicer beat Melrose 136.825-128.575 in the Wildcats' West Central Conference and season opener Thursday. It was the first time NLS has beaten Melrose, which is having its worst season in many years in terms of meet scores. Bruns placed second on bars (8.225) and tied for second on vault (8.95) en route to tally an all-around score of 33.875, just ahead of Toops' 33.85 total.
WILLMAR -- Annalise Bratt took home all-around honors as the Willmar gymnastics team beat Sartell 130.525-125.625 in their Central Lakes Conference opener Thursday. Bratt won or tied for first in every event. She beat all competitors with a 34.5 in all-around. Teammate Laura Polman took second with a 32.125. Bratt and Polman tied for first in the vault with 8.85 each. The Cardinal sophomore won each of the other events by at least one-tenth of a point.
OLIVIA -- Montevideo overcame a 21-point performance from BOLD's Brittany Bailey to post a 57-45 win in the West Central South Conference Thursday. The Thunder Hawks, who led 29-25 at halftime, had three players score in double figures, Brook Moseng with 18, Rebeka Schwendemann with 14 and Kara Nelson with 11.
GROVE CITY -- A battle of state tournament entrants highlighted a lopsided 69-4 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City win over Montevideo in West Central South wrestling action Thursday. A.J. Frederiksen of ACGC, who was eliminated in the first round of the Class A tournament in March, and Tony Klosterboer of Montevideo, who suffered the same fate in the Class AA tournament, tangled at 160 pounds with Frederiksen winning 3-2 in triple overtime. Each wrestler scored an escape point in regulation, then Klosterboer picked up another in the first 30-second overtime.
The Somalian varsity boy cross country runners that fueled the Willmar Cardinals to consecutive Class AA state titles, are featured in the Dec. 6 issue of Sports Illustrated. The article is called Home on the Prairie: Somalian runners get a new start in Minnesota. The article also includes a posed photos of the five current varsity runners (shown above); Abdi Awale, Kaafi Adeys, Mustafa Yusuf, Mohamed Bedel and Mahad Hassan.
WORTHINGTON -- The Ridgewater wrestling team suffered only two loses on the way to a 34-7 dual win over Minnesota West in the MCCC Southern Division opener Wednesday. The Warriors won the first five matches, including a pin for freshman Greg Skerik at 141 pounds in 2:27. Justin Turek, a sophomore at 149, won the next match with a 21-8 major decision. Ted Saatzer, Brad Salveson and Ben Thonvold finished off the Bluejays with consecutive wins.
Late result Tuesday West Central North Minnewaska 46, Sauk Centre 30 The Lakers got pins from Justin Fredrick at 125 pounds, Cam Schafer at 130, Willie Netwal at 135, Sam Goracke at 152 and David Bond at 160. 103: Grant Winter, Min, won by forfeit 112: Shane Trattles, SC, pin Gage Sachs :23 119: Lucian Grow, SC, won by forfeit 125: Justin Fredrick, Min, pin Ben Deters :41 130: Cam Schafer, Min, pin Zach Salto 3:45 135: Willie Netwal, M, pin Nathan Walter 5:43 140: Jon Tatro, Min, won by forfeit 145: Adam Helgeson, S, dec Dan Braaten 5-4 152: Sam Goracke, Min, pin Matt Walter 2:52
Girls Soccer Most Valuable Player Chelsey Wierschem All-Central Lakes Hannah Murphy All-CLC Honorable Mention Lizzie Larson, Caitlin Cooreman Senior Scholar-Athletes Caitlin Cooreman, Kjerstin Knutson 2006 Captains Lizzy Larson, Lisa Nielsen, Katherine Straus Most Improved Abby Switzer Best Defender Caitlin Cooreman Best Offense Hannah Murphy Most Team Spirit Lisa Nielsen All-Conference team Alexandria -- Sandy Flynn, Abby Williams, Amanda Schlosser Brainerd -- Kelly Rosenthal, Jessie Bye, Caitlin Barnaby, Elle Adams, Kristi Erickson Fergus Falls -- Jamie Johnson
Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Sartell at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Paynesville vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, 7:30 p.m. Yellow Medicine East vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 7:30 p.m. Hancock at Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. MACCRAY at Morris, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at St. Cloud Tech, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo vs. BOLD at Olivia, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN Central Minnesota Christian vs. Renville County West at Renville, 7:30 p.m. Wrestling WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo vs.