GLENWOOD -- A 42-point first half was more than enough for New London-Spicer in a 67-50 win over Minnewaska in West Central North boys basketball action Thursday. While the Wildcat (3-1, 7-3) offense was putting up the points, the defense shut down the Lakers, holding them to 22 points. Minnewaska (2-2, 4-5) fared better in the second half, but it was only able to shave three points off NLS' lead. Wade Powers led three Wildcats in double figures with 16 points.
KERKHOVEN -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg held a nine-point lead midway through the second half, but couldn't hold on as Minneota rallied to win, 70-61, in a Camden Conference girls basketball game Thursday night. Esther Peterson scored 15 of her team-high 20 points in the first half as KMS led 39-33. Minneota went to a box-and-one on the All-Area senior center in the second half and held her to five points. She also finished with 13 rebounds. Patina Queenan had 13 points and Steph Stassen 12 for KMS (2-4, 3-6). Hayley Hennen led all scorers with 27 points for Minneota (9-2).
FERGUS FALLS -- The Willmar boys swimming and diving team won two relays and two individual events in a 95-75 loss to Fergus Falls in Central Lakes Conference dual action Thursday. The Cardinals' 200-meter freestyle relay won in 1:35.77 and the 400 freestyle relay took first in 3:58.84 after being the only team not to be disqualified. Tyler Studanski won the 100 backstroke in 1:07.03 and Ben Saint took first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.06. Fergus Falls 95, Willmar 75 200 MEDLEY RELAY - (1) Fergus Falls 1:46.66 (3) Willmar: Jackson Roberts, Ryan Larsen, Jason Cain, Jacob Morris; 1:56.64
Boys Basketball Benson 84, BOLD 59 Willmar 58, Little Falls 48 Yellow Medicine East 63, Minneota 39 Paynesville 72, St. Cloud Cathedral 57 New London-Spicer 67, Minnewaska 50 Lac qui Parle Valley 74, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 57 MACCRAY 63, Lakeview 60 Girls Basketball Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 47, MACCRAY 42 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 54, Holdingford 50 Paynesville 58, Melrose 12 Canby 54, Central Minnesota Christian 48 Renville County West 53, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 40 Minneota 70, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 61 Willmar 59, St.
Boys Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo at Morris, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH Renville County West vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 7:30 p.m. Dawson-Boyd vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven, 7:30 p.m. CENTRAL MINNESOTA Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Kimball, 7:30 p.m. TOMAHAWK Springfield at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 7:30 p.m. WRIGHT COUNTY Litchfield at Delano, 7:30 p.m. SOUTHWEST Redwood Valley at Luverne, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Hutchinson vs.
MELROSE -- Paynesville won six matches by forfeit, including the first four matches, to drub Melrose 58-12 in the West Central North Conference and pick up their first win of the season Thursday. Aaron Burris at 160 pounds and Corey Spanier at 215 won their matches by fall for the Bulldogs (1-2, 1-5). Justin Wendlandt at 130, Tyler Hemmesch at 135 and Cody Fuchs at 140 also earned decisions for Paynesville. Paynesville 58, Melrose 12 103: Dustin Sieben, Pay, won by forfeit 112: Jeff Albrigth, Pay, won by forfeit 119: Jordan Christian, Pay, won by forfeit 125: Hayden Spaeth, Pay, won by
BENSON -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City junior Ben Meyer won his 100th career match and the Falcons came within seconds of posting a shutout as ACGC upended Benson 66-3 Thursday in the West Central South Conference. Benson (1-1, 3-4) got its only points at the 130-pound match when Brad Plumhoff earned a reversal at the third-period buzzer against Bill Wheeler.
SARTELL -- Willmar won the first four matches, but Sartell then took the next five and two of the last three to remain unbeaten as the Sabres posted a 32-31 win in the Central Lakes Conference Thursday. Alex Johannes (14-2) at 103 pounds and Erik Borgos (11-3) at 119 both won by major decision while Adam Fagerstorm (6-0) at 112 and Nick Braun (4-0) at 125 earned shutouts to give Willmar (2-1, 3-4) a quick 14-0 lead. The Sabres (4-0, 4-0) stormed back to take a 23-14 behind two pins (130, 145), two major decisions (135, 140) and a 8-6 decision at 152. Willmar's Drew Larson suffered only his
WILLMAR -- Six different players scored for Willmar as the Cardinals snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-0 Central Lakes Conference victory over Little Falls. The Cardinals (2-6, 5-9) outshot Little Falls 38-8. Willmar's Abby Schueller was credited with a shutout. Willmar scored twice in each period. Allie Sweep and Taylor Sandberg tallied in the opening period.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar gymnastics team evened its Central Lakes Conference record at 2-2 by leaping past Little Falls 131.2-128.4 Thursday night at the Kennedy Elementary gymnasium. It was Willmar's third best score in six meets, falling short of a 131.5 against Sauk Rapids and a 134 against New London-Spicer. Annalise Bratt took first in all-around (34.95), the second Central Lakes Conference meet that the Willmar sophomore has placed first in total points. Bratt also won on bars (8.8). Laura Polman won vault (8.65) and Bethany Pollock took the floor exercise with a score of 9.05.