ALBANY -- New London-Spicer claimed second place in the West Central North Conference by upending Albany 40-22 a day before the conference tournament. After Albany tied the match at 6-6, New London-Spicer (5-1, 12-2) got pins from Luke Reiter at 125 pounds, Christopher DeLong at 140 and Adam Luberts at 145 and decisions from Billy Dean at 130 and Brandon Keller at 135 to take a 30-6 lead. The Wildcats also earned 12 points when Albany forfeited at 112 and heavyweight and got a major decision from John Nething at 160. Long Prairie hosts the conference tournament today at 4 p.m. NL-Spicer 40
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals won a non-conference dual meet with Benson/KMS, 132.025-129.5, Thursday. BKMS's Carrie Hanson won all-around (34.05) and bars (8.65) and teammate Michelle Hanson took vault with a 9.15 score. But Willmar won its final two rotations with Annalise Bratt first on beam (8.775) and also on floor (8.9). Bratt was second all-around (33.925) and teammate Bethany Pollock third (32.95). Laura Polman was able to compete all-around again and placed fifth for Willmar.
SAUK RAPIDS -- The Willmar Cardinals got off to a good start winning the first three events and went on to defeat Sauk Rapids 110-76 to improved to 5-2 in Central Lakes Conference swimming and diving on Thursday. After the 200 medley relay took first by seven seconds, Andy Johnson won the 200 freestyle and Ben Saint the 200 individual medley. Willmar swimmers swept the first three spots in both the backstroke and the breaststroke. Saturday is the Cardinals' invite invite with swimming at 1:30 p.m. The seven-team field includes Montevideo and Minnewaska/Morris.
BRAINERD -- Freshman Allison Johnson made 36 saves in her first-ever varsity start for Willmar, but Brainerd held on to clip the Cardinals 2-1 Thursday in the Central Lakes Conference. Brainerd (9-4, 11-10) owned a 2-0 lead before Willmar (3-11, 7-15) Chelsey Beilhartz scored 1:45 into in the third period on a power-play goal assisted by Ashley Hutton. It was a much tighter game than the first meeting which saw Brainerd cruise to a 10-3 win Dec. 14 in Willmar. "Allison played very, very well in goal and we tried to pressure them a little more in their end," said Willmar coach Rick Dahle.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals remained winless in the Central Lakes Conference falling to Brainerd 4-1 at the Civic Center on Thursday. Brainerd led 2-1 after one period, outshooting the Cardinals 22-10. Willmar goalie Jon Mattison stopped 20 shots in the first 18 minutes and ended up with 38 saves for the game.
OLIVIA -- Renville County West made the most of BOLD's 33 personal fouls to pull away in the second half for a 68-53 win in non-conference girls basketball action Thursday. The Jaguars (9-6) made 27-of-48 free throws overall. The Warriors (2-15) were 17 of 34 from 23 RCW fouls. Megan Groen scored a game-high 28 points for RCW. She also had seven rebounds and five steals. Sally Smith added 19 points. Brit Bailey's 17 points and seven rebounds paced BOLD.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis was just too big for Ridgewater to handle, giving the Warriors an 88-52 loss in MCCC Southern Division men's basketball action Wednesday. "We couldn't handle their size inside and they broke us down defensive inside all night long," said Ridgewater coach Bob Knutson. The Warriors (0-6, 3-13) lost guard Tim Dreier in the first five minutes of the first half after taking a charge.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Ridgewater womens basketball team fell into an early, deep hole it couldn't quite pull out of Wednesday, losing a MCCC Southern Division contest to Minneapolis, 62-55. The Lady Warriors (2-3, 9-8) fell to a tie with the Marauders (2-3, 8-12) for fourth place in the division. "There's a lot of time left," said Ridgewater coach Carrie Ogdahl.
Sam Kavanagh, a two-time All-Area football player for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, has verbally committed to South Dakota State University. Kavanagh, a 6-2, 255-pound tight end from Murdock, caught 35 passes for 453 yards and seven touchdowns last season for the Fighting Saints. Also a powerful blocker, Kavanagh was selected the Pheasant Conference Most Valuable Lineman. He also had 59 tackles as a defensive end. Kavanagh was also named to the Class A Academic All-State team.
Tyler Steen, a 152-pound senior at MACCRAY, broke the school record for wins by a wrestler Tuesday night at the MACCRAY Triangular in Maynard. Steen, 18-3 this season, has 156 career wins, shattering the previous record of 155 set by Dieken Swalla, a two-time state heavyweight champion in 1992 and '93. Adam Luberts, a 145-pound senior, broke the New London-Spicer career wins record a few weeks ago. He won his 150th career match last Friday in the New London-Spicer Invitational. Luberts, 21-2 this season, broke Tony Noyes' previous school record of 138 wins last month.