NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer Wildcats drilled 22-of-24 at the free throw stripe (92 percent) to upend St. Cloud Cathedral 78-64 on Friday in West Central North Conference boys basketball. Post Wade Powers had 24 points and blocked seven shots for the Wildcats (5-1, 9-3). The win kept NLS at the top of the WCN standings. Backing Powers, Skylar Wachter and Jordan Radel each had 11 points and Chris Tengwall 10 rebounds and Wachter nine. Sam Steffl was 6 of 6 at the line for eight points. Tyler Hagen ran up 17 points for the Crusaders. New London-Spicer 78, St.
New London-Spicer is hosting a Dance Team Invitational involving 20 teams on Saturday. Area teams include New London-Spicer, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Montevideo and Willmar. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Ages 5-and-under are free.
With 70 early registrations through Wednesday, organizers of the second annual Frozen 5k run at Spicer are hopeful the mild weather will lead to as many as 250 entrants for the 9 a.m. race on Jan. 20. The initial event drew 200 entrants. Same-day registration begins at 8 a.m. at Melvin's on the Lake, next to Saulsbury Beach. Besides a t-shirt, entrants receive a free ticket to the waffle feed. Registration is available online at greenlaketri.com. Information is available by calling Dave Baker at (320) 894-5774.
The Willmar Cardinals girls hockey team hosts Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato in a non-conference game at 7 p.m. today at the Civic Center. Willmar (5-12) won the first meeting, 6-2, in Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato (3-11-2) on Dec. 12.
ALBANY -- With the help of attempting 35 more shots and limiting the Tribune's area scorer, Renae Henjum, to just six field goals, Albany upended New London-Spicer 81-55 in the West Central North Conference Thursday. The Class AA No. 3-ranked Huskies (10-1) gave themselves some breathing room in the conference. Albany improved to 6-0 in loop while the Wildcats (10-3) fell to 4-1. Albany led by 10 at halftime before outscoring NLS, which had its 10-game winning streak snapped, 37-21 in the second half.
WILLMAR -- Andy Johnson held off St. Cloud Tech's top freestyler, Blake Bendix, on the final leg of the last event to allow Willmar to claim a 94-89 victory over St. Cloud Tech Thursday in a Central Lakes Conference dual meet. Willmar led 85-84 entering the 400-yard relay. Whoever won would win the meet. Andy Nicklawsky, Jackson Roberts and Kyle Schmidt stroked to a three-length lead for Johnson, who had won the 100 free earlier. Johnson lost two lengths to the Tech senior but no more. Seventh-grader Bennet Woltjer gave Willmar its first win in diving this year.
MORRIS -- Mindy Clark, a 5-9 senior guard, scored the 1,000th point of her career Thursday night, helping Lac qui Parle Valley hand Morris/Chokio-Alberta its first West Central South Conference loss, 55-43. Clark entered the game with 995 career points and finished with 13 for a total of 1,008. She scored her 1,000th point on a short jumper with around eight minutes left in the first half. The game was stopped and she was presented with the game ball.
DAWSON -- Russell-Tyler-Ruthton shot over 60 percent from the field while Dawson-Boyd shot only 36 percent from the field en route to posting a 63-42 win in the Camden Conference Thursday. The Knights (6-1, 10-3) were 28-for-43 (65 percent) from the field and outscored the Blackjacks (5-3, 6-4) 34-15 in the second half.
HECTOR -- Balanced scoring was the key for Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City as the Falcons beat Buffalo Lake-Hector 61-52 in a non-conference game Thursday night. Jesse McCann and Matt Stradtmann had 11 points each and Jordan Tanner and Joel Slinden added 10 apiece for ACGC (6-5). Brandon Antonsen had 11 points for the Mustangs (5-7) and Jake Deal notched 10. ACGC 61, BL-Hector 52 ACGC (6-5) 35 26 -- 61 BL-Hector (5-7) 21 31 -- 52 ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY - 17 FG (2 3-pt); 25-43 FT; 20 fouls ...
ALEXANDRIA -- Sophomore Annalise Bratt scored a season-best 35.1 to lead Willmar past Alexandria 132-126 on Thursday in Central Lakes Conference gymnastics. Laura Polman won beam and was fourth in all-around for Willmar. Bratt also won on bars and floor. "We thought this was a meet we should win," said Coach Larry Selchow. "We did some good things. We're a young team. Caylee (Cash) was our oldest competitor. She's a junior." Willmar improved to 3-2 in the CLC and 3-4 overall.