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.
Late results Tuesday Camden North Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 53, Central Minn. Christian 42 Brianna Wubben and Andrea Westby paced the Bluejays (0-10, 2-13) with 10 points apiece. Kari Mulder pulled down seven rebounds and Wubben added six. CMCS (0-10, 2-13)..................20 22 -- 42 TMB (3-7, 5-10).......................27 26 -- 53 CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - 16-43 FG (1-2 3-pt); 9-18 FT; 31 rebounds; 23 fouls ... Scoring: Jennifer Blom 1, Tara Frikke 4, Abby Tebben 2, Cassie Ulferts 4, Greta Evink 4, Kari Mulder 7, Brianna Wubben 10, Andrea Westby 10 ... 3-point shots: Westby 1 ...
Late result Tuesday Non-Conference Maple Lake 77, Paynesville 71 Maple Lake sank 11 three-pointers and outrebounded Paynesville (9-4) 37-29. Ben Moser scored a game-high 28 points for the Bulldogs. Cory Nietfeld had a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Nathan Nietfeld added 13 points and eight boards. Paynesville (9-4)....................33 38 -- 71 Maple Lake (8-7)....................38 39 -- 77 PAYNESVILLE - 27 FG (4 3-pt); 10-14 FT; 29 rebounds; 25 fouls ...