KERKHOVEN -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City won their season-opening boys basketball games Friday and will face each other in the championship game of the KMS Invite today. The Fighting Saints beat Chokio-Alberta 48-44 and the Falcons pounded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 74-51. The third-place game will start at 4 p.m.
BELGRADE -- New London-Spicer's Chad Henle (103 pounds), Shawn Hatlestad (119), Luke Reiter (125), Adam Luberts (145), John Nething (160) and Zach Borka (heavyweight) all won individual titles as the Wildcats won the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa title Friday night. NLS had 221.5 points to 133.5 for runner-up Eden valley-Watkins. Hatlestad was named the meet;s Most Valuable Wrestler, going 3-0 with a pin. Team scoring (1) New London-Spicer 221.5 (2) Eden Valley-Watkins 133.5 (3) Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 117 (4) Dawson-Boyd 108 (5) Browerville/Eagle Valley 101 (6) Holdingford 56.5 (7) Belgrade-Bro
HECTOR -- BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector made the first step of returning to the state tournament Friday by upending Morris/Hancock 66-6 in the West Central South Conference and season openers for both squads. The Warriors, who placed fifth at last year's Class AA State Tournament, got pins from Jacob Revier (103 pounds), Kyle Schulte (112), Patrick LeVasseur (130), Chris Harmon (140), Coy Hatch (145), Tyler Kramer (152), Sammy Steffel (160), Kyle Pietig (171), Brian Hagen (215) and Trevor Haney (275). Max Koehntop earned the Tigers' lone points with a pin at 189. BOLD/BL-Hector 66, Morris/Hancoc
Non-Conference St. James 120.75, Paynesville 105.95 Kacy Nehowig won the bars (8.4) and beam (8.2) and placed second on the vault (8.6) and floor (8.3) to win all-around for Paynesville. ALL-AROUND - (1) Kacy Nehowig, Pay, 33.5 (2) Marissa Romsdahl, SJ, 32.9 (3) Heidi Westman, SJ, 30.85 VAULT - (1) Romsdahl 8.8 (2) Nehowig 8.6 (3) Sara Winter, SJ, 8.5 BARS - (1) Nehowig 8.4 (2) Romsdahl 7.7 (3) Michelle Carvatt, SJ, 7.5 BEAM - (1) Nehowig 8.2 (2) Romsdahl 8.05 (3) Westman 7.85 FLOOR - (1) Romsdahl 8.35 (2) Nehowig 8.3 (3) Westman 8.15
Result Thursday Monticello 5, River Lakes 3 Monticello's Shay Klitze scored two goals in the second period to give his team a 4-2 lead. The Stars closed the gap to 4-3 on a Josh Engquist goal, but Monticello answered in the third on a score from Matt Krueger. River Lakes goalie Spencer Theis faced 48 shots on goal. Monticello................................2 2 1 -- 5 River Lakes..............................2 1 0 -- 3 FIRST PERIOD - Mon: Mitch Torrel (unassisted) sh, 7:57 ... RL: Brett Savelkoul (Blake Williamson, Josh Engquist) pp, 12:27 ...
WILLMAR -- Andrew Ford's layup in the final moments gave Ridgewater College a 94-93 win in overtime against Hibbing Community College on Friday. The Warriors needed another dramatic basket to get to overtime. Trailing 85-83 after the Cardinals scored with six seconds left in regulation, Tim Dreier went the length of the floor, but missed a layup. David Johnson, trailing the play, was there to tip the ball in just before the buzzer. Johnson finished with 31 points.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Invite (Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Chokio-Alberta), third place, 4 p.m.; championship, 6 p.m. Dawson-Boyd at Ortonville, 4:30 p.m. Alexandria at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. Rocori at New London-Spicer, 2:30 p.m. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton at Redwood Valley, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Benson Invite (Hastings, Lac qui Parle Valley, MACCRAY), third place, 6 p.m.; championship, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo Lake-Hector at Renville County West, 7:30 p.m. Litchfield at Hermantown, 2:30 p.m. Hutchinson
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater and Hibbing combined for 150 field goal attempts and 107 rebounds as the Lady Warriors won a non-division clash with Hibbing, 88-44, Friday. The Lady Warriors took 86 shots, making 36 for 42 percent. Hibbing was 16 of 64 for 25 percent. All the missed shots made for a wealth of rebounds as Ridgewater collected 72, led by Hilary Groothuis' 11. Hibbing had 35. "They only had seven players and they got pretty tired," said Ridgewater coach Carrie Ogdahl. "We got to run the floor and we needed that." All 12 Ridgewater players scored.
Boys Basketball Willmar 85, Breckenridge 55 Yellow Medicine East 65, Renville County West 46 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Invite Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 48, Chokio-Alberta 44 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 74, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 51 Girls Basketball Willmar 48, Sartell 44 Hancock 63, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 32 Eden Valley-Watkins 50, New London-Spicer 38 Lakeview 63, Yellow Medicine East 39 Benson Invite Benson 61, Lac qui Parle Valley 58 Hastings 44, MACCRAY 30 Wrestling Redwood Valley 46, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 36 BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector 66, Morris/H
BENSON -- Morris/Benson Area scored five power-play goals, plus an empty-netter to skate past Willmar 8-5 in a non-conference boys hockey opener for both teams Thursday night. "I'm in shock," said Willmar coach Reed Larson after the drubbing at the Benson Civic Center. "Give them credit, but we've either got to learn to take fewer penalties or play better shorthanded." Tony Schultz scored four goals for MBA. Willmar dominated play over the first seven minutes, taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Swedish exchange student Joel Jonsson at 1:54.