BENSON -- New London-Spicer sank 30-of-42 free throws and tipped Benson 75-73 in West Central South boys basketball action Friday. The Wildcats (5-2, 11-4) trailed 46-37 at halftime, but sank three 3-pointers in the first nine minutes of the second half to pull back in the game. NLS took the lead with four minutes left, then held off Benson's late charge. The Braves' tying shot at the buzzer rattled out. Jordan Radel paced the Wildcats with 21 point, followed by Skylar Wachter with 16.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo's Tyler Grey scored his 1,000th-career point as the Thunder Hawks pounded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 85-41 in West Central South conference basketball Friday. Grey, a junior, reached the milestone on an approximately 16-foot jump shot halfway through the first half. He finished with 17 points. Montevideo rattled off 53 points in the first half, while holding the Falcons to 17. Tramel Barnes led the Thunder Hawks with 18 points. Todd Bergeson added 17 points. Nolan Jaspersen had 10 rebounds and Barnes followed with eight. Kyle Johnson's 13 points paced ACGC.
LITCHFIELD -- Emily Davis, Brittany Euerle and Courtney Euerle combined for 51 points as Litchfield rolled over Dassel-Cokato 67-36 in a Wright County Conference girls basketball game Friday night. Davis led the way with 22 points, Brittany Euerle added 18 and Courtney Euerle had 11. Davis also led the Dragons (4-5, 9-6), who held Dassel-Cokato (0-9, 1-15) to 13 first-half points, with six rebounds. Litchfield 67, Dassel-Cokato 36 Dassel-Cokato (0-9, 1-15) 13 23 -- 36 Litchfield (4-5, 9-6) 43 24 -- 67 DASSEL-COKATO - 14-43 FG (1-3 3-pt); 7-14 FT; 10 rebounds; 5 fouls ...
PAYNESVILLE -- New London-Spicer used its size advantage to dominate the boards and take a 57-43 win over Paynesville in West Central North girls basketball action Friday. The Wildcats (7-2, 13-4) pulled down 33 rebounds, compared to 24 for the Bulldogs (0-10, 1-14). Renae Henjum posted a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead NLS. She also added four steals. Jenn Wendlandt followed with 12 points, Ellary Asche had six rebounds and Cassie Ziemer added five assists. Laura Schaefer and Kirsten Miller scored 12 points each for Paynesville.
The West Central South and North Conference wrestling tournaments will be held today. The South half is at Hector and the North half is at Long Prairie. Both tournaments are set to begin at 4 p.m.
Minnewaska, the West Central North Conference wrestling champion, will host Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, the South champion, in the Inter-Conference Championship Tuesday. Minnewaska is 12-6 this season and ACGC is 15-1. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The New London-Spicer gymnastics team, rated No. 4 in Class A, will be competing in the True Team State Meet Saturday at noon in New Prague. The Wildcats, who won the West Central Conference title for the first time, are currently 9-0 this season. The top 10 teams in Class A were invited to the True Team meet. The other teams competing will be New Ulm, Perham, Pine Island, New Prague, Becker, Martin County West, Monticello, Mound-Westonka and Detroit Lakes.
Former Minnewaska All-Area softball player Carrie Cooley has been selected for induction into the Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Cooley, a five-time letterwinner at shortstop and pitcher for the Lakers, also played four years at St. Olaf College in Northfield. As an eighth-grader, Cooley pitched in the state tournament in 1994. She continued to pitch through her sophomore season until shoulder problems forced her to only play shortstop. In all, she was 8-2 with a 1.33 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 97 innings.
MADISON -- Adam Paulson drained five 3-pointers among his 21 points and Caleb DuFrane added 19 points as Lac qui Parle Valley sank Morris 69-63 in a West Central South Conference boys basketball game Thursday night. LQPV (5-1, 10-3) stayed on the heels of Montevideo (6-0, 11-1) in the conference race. Jameson Siegert added 14 points for the Eagles. For Morris (3-3, 6-8), Taylor Witt had a game-high 25 points, Chris Scott had 16 and Craig Knochenmus 10.
TRACY -- Tony Dolan tallied 16 points as Tracy-Milroy-Balaton took over first place in the Camden South by shading visiting Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 75-72 on Thursday. The Panthers went ahead 74-72 with 30 seconds left. KMS missed at the other end, fouled and TMB added a free throw for the final margin. Sam Kavanagh with 17 points and 12 rebounds led KMS.