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GROVE CITY -- Michael Martin scored a career-high 30 points to propel Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City to a 64-55 victory over Yellow Medicine East in a West Central South Conference game Tuesday. Martin, a 6-1 senior wing, connected on 9 of 14 shots from the field, including 2 of 3 from three-point range, and cashed all 10 of his free-throw attempts.
The Minnesota Twins 46th annual Winter Caravan will make stops in Willmar and Montevideo on Jan. 25 and in Olivia, Benson and Glenwood on Jan. 26. Expected to appear with the Twins Caravan in Willmar and Montevideo are catcher Joe Mauer, pitcher Carlos Silva, former Twins great Tony OIiva and Sport Net's Dick Bremer. In Olivia, Juan Rincon, Oliva and WCCO Rado's John Gordon will appear. Those scheduled to appear in Benson and Glenwood are pitcher Joe Nathan and WCCO Radio's Dan Gladden.
The Willmar Area Golden Gloves team went 1-2 Saturday at St. Cloud. Santos Reyes, 12, at 100-pounds, won a three-round decision against Crossroads' Jesse St. John, who beat him last year. Danny Ruiz, 13, fought a strong match but lost a split decision at 120 pounds to Jon Perez of Circle of Discipline. Kelly Van Buren, 17, lost a decision to Alexa Atempa of Circle of Discpline at 150 pounds.
Phil Cleary, Willmar junior, has been named Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week in Nordic Skiing. Cleary finished fourth combined at the 12-team Brainerd Invitational on Saturday. He was seventh in the 5k classic and fifth in the 5k freestyle.
BRAINERD -- Brady Gilb at 135 pounds started a seven-match win streak as Willmar rallied to edge Brainerd 32-31 in a Central Lakes Conference wrestling match Tuesday. It was Willmar's third straight CLC win -- all on the road. Willmar was down 19-3 when Gilb lit the fuse. Drew Larson got a 7-2 win over Nick Rubin, who had beat him last year by a technical fall. Jesse Alonzo added a decision and Josh Dahlke a pin to close the Warriors' lead down to one point, 19-18. Brandon Reickman's pin of senior Mitch Jaeger, turning him over at 3:57 for six points, put Willmar in front 24-19.
WILLMAR -- Willmar won its second straight game at home Tuesday night and again it was junior guard Kyle Townswick providing the fireworks. Townswick scored 36 points, 26 in the second half, as the Cardinals whipped Brainerd 81-71 in a Central Lakes Conference game. It was Willmar's fifth straight win over the Warriors over three seasons and evened its conference mark at 2-2. Townwick made four 3-pointers in the second half, a two-point basket and all nine of his chances at the free throw line. Behind him, scoring was balanced with Matt Roisum at 12 points, Tyler Horning 10 and Ryan Hageme
MELROSE -- Steve Kluver picked up one of only two Willmar individual wins in a 105-79 non-conference loss to Melrose on Tuesday. Kluver won the 50 freestyle in 25.32, part of a strong meet overall by the Cardinals' freshman.
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East posted its second shutout of the season Tuesday after beating Morris/Hancock 68-0 in the West Central South Conference. YME (5-0) got falls from Austen Cole at 103 pounds, Tanner Aus at 112, Justin Tongen at 119, Matt Williams at 125 and Jordan Stock at 171. The Sting, who beat Lac qui Parle Valley 70-0 on Dec. 8, also got decisions from Casey Field at 130, Wyatt Sand at 135, Tom Jacobson at 152, Spenser Sannerud at 160 and Evan Stock at 189.
SAUK CENTRE -- Phil Cleary of Willmar nearly advanced to the final leg of the St. Cloud Cathedral Sprint Race Tuesday at Greystone Golf Club. Cleary placed second in the first leg to advance to the next 1K sprint, where he placed third, about 30 seconds from moving into the final 1K race. Senior Emily Fagerstrom finished sixth in the first wave and seventh in the second wave to pace the Willmar girls. Girls Results TOP THREE -- (1) Mariah Olson, Mora (2) Jesse Sark, St. Cloud Tech (3) Beth Tacl, St.
Boys Basketball Willmar 81, Brainerd 71 Dawson-Boyd 53, Minneota 51 MACCRAY 59, Canby 52 Eden Valley-Watkins 51, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 44 New London-Spicer 80, Paynesville 59 Minnewaska 75, St.