SAUK RAPIDS -- After a quiet first period, Willmar erupted for four goals in the middle stanza to spill Sartell/Sauk Rapids 5-2 Tuesday in Central Lakes Conference girls hockey. Willmar got only one shot on net in the first period and trailed 1-0.
KERKHOVEN -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg won 10 of the 14 matches, including six by pins, to rout Dawson-Boyd 56-19 in a Camden Conference match Tuesday night. Scoring pins for the Fighting Saints were Kurt Timmons at 103 pounds, Trevor Mahlum at 135, Jaremy Merrill at 160, Joel Bauman at 171, Brad Kneisl at 215 and Cody Kinney at heavyweight.
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East won the first three matches and never looked back as the Sting posted a 51-15 win over Benson in a West Central South match Tuesday. Justin Stock at 103 pounds and Jordan Hegna at 119 helped start a 18-0 run for the Sting with pins.
WILLMAR -- After falling to Litchfield 39-27 in its first match of the day, Willmar bounced back to upend Brainerd 35-27 Tuesday. Behind three consecutive major decisions from Adam Fagerstorm at 112 pounds, Erik Borgos at 119 and Nick Braun at 125, the Cardinals (10-7) jumped out to a 12-3 lead against Litchfield.
Result Tuesday Central Lakes Sauk Rapids 6, River Lakes 1 (At Richmond) -- Jesse Keehn scored the lone goal for River Lakes (1-7, 3-12). Sauk Rapids peppered River Lakes goalie Brian Skluzacek with 57 shots. Sauk Rapids (5-4, 6-7-1)....2 1 3 -- 6 River Lakes (1-7, 3-12).......0 1 0 -- 1 FIRST PERIOD - SR: Travis Cariveau, 13:56 ... Cole Christianson (Travis Peckskamp) 10:28 SECOND PERIOD - RL: Jesse Keehn (Josh Engqust) 10:32 ... SR: T. Peckskamp, 4:04 THIRD PERIOD - SR: T. Peckskamp, 13:03 ... SR: Jay Weber (Justin Wippler, not available) pp, 4:05 ...
FERGUS FALLS -- Bethany Pollock won all-around for Willmar, but the Cardinals fell short to Fergus Falls Tuesday, 127.2-125.9. Pollock took first on bars (8.4), placed third on vault (8.6) and beam (7.95) and finished fourth on floor (8.0). Laura Polman followed Pollock in the all-around standings for Willmar, who was without Annalise Bratt (sickness) and lost Brooke Barrett to an injury while she was performing on the vault.
COLD SPRING -- Willmar gets a shot today at the top dog in the Central Lakes Conference boys basketball race when the Cardinals travel to Cold Spring to play Class AAA's No. 4-ranked Rocori (7-0, 11-1). The game starts at approximately 7:30 p.m. The Spartans, who average a CLC-best 70 points-per-game, lost over the Christmas break to Wayzata, now 12-0, by a 48-45 score at Anoka. Coach Bob Brink has the Spartans on a points binge. Led by Justin Stommes, a 6-foot-7 senior, Rocori has reached 90 points twice already this season. Spartan teams are usually long and lanky.
The Willmar wrestling team will try to tame two tough opponents at their triangular today. The Cardinals host Central Lakes Conference foe Brainerd and perennial Class AA power Litchfield at the senior high gym. Willmar hosts the Warriors at 5 p.m., then Brainerd faces the Dragons at 6:30 p.m. Finally, the Cardinals and Dragons square off at 8 p.m. Willmar is 3-1 in the CLC and Brainerd is 3-2. Both trail Sartell (5-0) in the league standings.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City travels to Morris/Chokio-Alberta tonight in a key West Central South girls basketball game at Morris. The Falcons (7-4) and Tigers (5-5) are both 4-1 in the league and trail Lac qui Parle Valley (4-0, 8-5), which hosts BOLD. The winner could either sit in second place alone or tie the Eagles for the top spot halfway through the conference schedule. The game will start at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Various internet reports Monday night placed Denver Broncos tight ends coach Tim Brewster in the University of Minnesota head football coaching job. Both ESPN.com and the Chicago Tribune web site reported Brewster was hired to take over for the fired Glen Mason. But the news was quickly refuted by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which on its web site quoted three University of Minnesota sources, including athletic director Joel Maturi, denying the report.