WILLMAR -- Freshman Jenn Paul scored two power play goals and had a pair of assists as River Lakes skated past Willmar 6-2 in Central Lakes Conference girls hockey at the Civic Center on Tuesday. Kenzie Novak, Blythe Sjoberg and Greta Omann scored in the game's first nine minutes and a 3-0 Stars' lead. Willmar fought back with Chelsey Wierschem scoring at 10:21 and Ali Sing at 14:07, a power play goal assisted by Wierschem and Carlie Freese. After that the Stars turned up the defensive pressure and goalie Tracy Skluzacek proved invincible.
WILLMAR -- Despite taking all the first places, the Willmar Cardinals came up a fraction short in a Central Lakes Conference gymnastics meet at Kennedy School on Tuesday. The St. Cloud Apollo Eagles squeezed out a 128.150 to 128.100 win for their second CLC victory. Willmar fell to 3-4 in the league and 3-6 overall in dual meets. Willmar sophomore Bethany Pollock was the all-around champion compiling a four-event score of 33.225. Annalise Bratt took fourth all-around at 32.393. Bratt, who has been the team's leading scorer, was off form on the beam, falling four times, and placed ninth.
The Willmar Cardinals girls basketball team (5-4, 8-7) can win their fifth straight Central Lakes Conference game tonight when they play host to Sartell (3-6, 7-8) at the high school gymnasium. Willmar is 4-0 against CLC competition during January. At the halfway point, the conference race remains wide open with St. Cloud Tech and Fergus Falls tied for first, each 7-2, and four teams -- including the Cardinals -- within two games. Willmar won at Sartell 48-44 on Dec. 1.
Two Dawson-Boyd graduates now playing for the College of St. Catherine women's basketball team played big roles Saturday in helping the Wildcats (7-5, 10-5) snap a two-game MIAC losing streak by beating Bethel College 74-55 in St. Paul. Rachel Berglund, a 5-9 junior guard, scored 15 points -- her season average -- and Chelsie Kurtenbach, a 5-11 freshman forward, added 11 points and three steals.
KERKHOVEN -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg dominated the boards and had three players score in double figures en route to a 68-51 win over Central Minnesota Christian in Camden North boys basketball action Monday. The game was a weather make-up for Dec. 21. The same two teams meet next week (Feb. 1) at Prinsburg. The Fighting Saints pulled down 45 rebounds, led by Cole Berget's 10. He added 10 points for a double-double. Justin Johnson led the team with 16 points and Taylor Freetly added 12 points and seven rebounds. Mike Schwitters tallied a game-high 19 points for the Bluejays (0-8, 0-12).
BENSON -- In the fading minutes, the Benson Braves made their shots count to repulse Dawson-Boyd 56-53 in a non-conference girls basketball tilt on Monday. Emily Ness hit Benson's only three-pointer of the game for a four-point spread. After the Blackjacks closed to within one, Keri Mikkelson followed with two free throws -- her only points of the game -- for the final three-point advantage. A Blackjack last-second shot to tie went off the rim. Benson's Brittany Holm led all scorers with 20 points, plus eight rebounds.
PAYNESVILLE -- Central Lakes Conference-leading Alexandria scored in every period and led 3-0 en route to a 5-1 win over River Lakes Monday. Jenn Paul scored on a power play midway through the second period for River Lakes (6-6, 8-11-1). Tracy Skluzacek earned 24 saves in goal. Alexandria 5, River Lakes 1 Alexandria (12-0, 19-1) 1 2 2 -- 5 River Lakes (6-6, 8-11-1) 0 0 1 -- 1 FIRST PERIOD - Alex: Abby Nelson (Ashley Holmes, Megan Trenne) 4:49 SECOND PERIOD - Alex: Nikki Ecklund (Allyson Nielson, Danielle Manthei) 11:34 ...
Late results Saturday Staples-Motley Duals Josh Nelson went 3-0 in three matches at 112-119 pounds and Eric Goette won both of his matches at 130 for Morris/Hancock, which finished seventh. Team scores Perham 53, Morris/Hancock 12 Fertile-Beltrami 45, Morris/Hancock 28 (Seventh place) Morris/Hancock 39, Hawley 36 How area wrestlers fared Key: (Weight, name, won-loss, falls) Morris/Hancock 103: Tim Ostby 2-1 (1) ... 112-119: Josh Nelson 3-0 (1) ... 125: Wade Feuchtenberger 2-0 ... 125-130: Eric Goette 2-0 (1) ... 130-135: Travis Thooft 2-1 ... 135-140: Tanner Berning 2-1 (1) ...
Willmar Youth Sports will generally run on Tuesday's throughout the year. Results must be submitted by e-mail or fax by 10 p.m. Sunday night to be included in that week's report. E-mail to email@example.com or fax to 320-235-6769. Team photos are accepted only if a team wins a tournament and only with prior approval first. For questions, call Scott Thoma at 320-214-4332. Youth Basketball Jan.
Boys Basketball CAMDEN Tracy-Milroy-Balaton vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 7:30 p.m. Lincoln County vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven, 7:30 p.m. Minneota vs. MACCRAY at Clara City, 7:30 p.m. Canby vs. Renville County West at Renville, 7:30 p.m. WRIGHT COUNTY Mound-Westonka at Litchfield, 7:30 p.m. TOMAHAWK Minnesota Valley Lutheran at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 7:30 p.m. PHEASANT Chokio-Alberta at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Norwood Young America vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 7:30 p.m. Paynesville at Maple Lake, 7:30 p.m.