WILLMAR -- Andy Nicklawsky won both the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, helping the Willmar Cardinals swim past Rocori 98-84 in Central Lakes boys swimming and diving Thursday. Nicklawsky hit a season-best 23.46 in the 50 and a personal-best 52.63 in the 100. Kyle Schmidt won the 200 freestyle in a personal-best 2:04.06. "We swam very well for being tired," said coach Carl Shuldes of the Cardinals. Rocori senior Marcus Rein put on an extraordinary diving performance to delight the crowd.
CANBY -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg couldn't make its three-point halftime score last, losing to Canby 50-42 in Camden Conference boys basketball action Thursday. The Fighting Saints (4-5, 5-7) led 23-20 at haftime, but Canby controlled the second half, 30-19. Justin Johnson scored 16 points to lead KMS. Nate Schlagel added eight. Canby (4-5, 6-6), which plays in the South half of the conference, was led by Travis Nordgaard with 15 points.
Matt Wetterling, a North Dakota State junior from Willmar, has been named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week. Wetterling is the first-ever Bison to claim the honor. The 184-pounder went 4-0 with three pins at the Virginia Dual on Jan. 12-13. He is now 8-4 on the season with five pins.
PAYNESVILLE -- Who would have thought a basketball scoring record would last 48 seasons? Certainly not Don Liestman. But his Paynesville boys basketball career scoring record did just that, until it was surpassed Friday by current Bulldogs' star Cory Nietfeld. Liestman played from 1995-58 and recorded 1,286 points. "With the three-point (basket), it's amazing (the record) hasn't been broken before," said the now 66-year-old Liestman. "I'm very happy for (Nietfeld).
REDWOOD FALLS -- Michael Felt drained eight of Redwood Valley's 15 three-pointers en route to producing a career-high 38 points in the Cardinals' 98-68 win over Jackson County Central Tuesday in the Southwest Conference. Felt had 12 points at halftime before erupting for six treys and 26 points in the second half, which saw the unbeaten Cardinals (5-0, 12-0) outscore Jackson County Central 60-40. Redwood Valley also got 19 points from Tyler Pendleton and 16 more from Aaron Marks.
CLARA CITY -- MACCRAY came out the halftime break with seven straight points and held close to that margin the en route to a 60-48 win over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in Camden Conference boys basketball action Tuesday. The Wolverines (5-2, 7-4) held a 27-23 lead at halftime and turned that into a 10-point advantage. Zach Thissen led MACCRAY with 24 points. Justin Koenen added 11 points. Matt Leese tallied six rebounds and six assists. MACCRAY 60, TMB 48 TMB 23 25 -- 48 MACCRAY (5-2, 7-4) 27 33 -- 60 TRACY-MILROY-BALATON - 22-51 FG (2-4 3-pt); 2-7 FT; 29 rebounds; 19 fouls ...
Willmar's nordic ski meet scheduled for Tuesday hosted by Little Falls at Camp Ripley was postponed. No make-up date has been announced.
Jon Kubat, a Southwest Minnesota State senior linebacker from Dawson, was named to the all-Northwest Region third team by Don Hansen's Football Gazette. Kubat was named to the all-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first team as he recorded a team-high 107 tackles and three interceptions. He finished his career with 252 tackles, 12th in school history.
The Ridgewater Warriors wrestling team will take on Dakota County in a 5 p.m. match today in Rosemount. The Warriors are coming off a 25-21 win over Itasca last Friday.
The Ridgewater College men's and women's basktball teams host Anoka-Ramsey today in MCCC Southern Division games in Willmar. The women's game begins at 6 p.m. and the men's game will follow at approximately 8 p.m.