WILLMAR -- Riverland never let Ridgewater have control of the lead as the Blue Devils handed the Warriors their seventh straight loss by posting an 87-84 win the MCCC Southern Division Wednesday. The Blue Devils (1-2, 5-10) bolted to a 9-0 lead. The Warriors (0-3, 3-10) made a run to close within 16-14, only to have the visitors pull away again, 34-21. David Johnson finished with 29 points for the Warriors. Ridgewater's Allen Huselid had a hot first half, draining four 3-pointers, the final one making it 46-41, but again the Blue Devils answered.
WILLMAR -- The Lady Warriors punched in late for work, but once they put their work gloves on, they produced in Ridgewater's 60-49 win over visiting Riverland at the college gym on Wednesday. Down 14-2 nine minutes into the first half, the Lady Warriors dialed up the intensity.
New London-Spicer (10-2) will take a 10-game winning streak into Albany (9-1) tonight to face the Class AA No. 3-ranked Huskies in a key West Central North Conference girls basketball game. Albany, which averages 80 points a game, leads the conference at 5-0 with the unranked Wildcats right behind at 4-0.
The Willmar Cardinals will travel to St. Cloud today to compete in a triangular hosted by St. Cloud Apollo. Also competing will be Zimmerman. The meet begins at 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES St. Cloud Apollo at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Alexandria at Little Falls Brainerd at Rocori Fergus Falls at St. Cloud Tech Sauk Rapids at Sartell CENTRAL MINNESOTA Holdingford vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH BOLD vs.
Riverland College of Austin plays Ridgewater College in a basketball doubleheader today at the college gymnasium in Willmar. At 6 p.m., the Lady Warriors (1-1, 7-6) look to win their second straight in the MCCC South Division after a comeback win against Minnesota West on Saturday. The Warriors (0-2, 3-8) will try to continue the improvement shown in a five-point loss to Minnesota West when they play the Blue Devils at 8 p.m.
The Willmar Mustangs semi-pro football team will hold a combine/informational meeting on Feb. 11 at 8:45 p.m. at the YMCA in Willmar. For more information, call David Blom at 320-894-4021 or e-mail email@example.com .
Melanie Gail of Lac qui Parle Valley and Taylor Witt of Morris Area were each recognized by the West Central Conference South for the week of Jan. 2-6. Gail, a senior guard, was named the Girls' Basketball Player of the Week. Witt, a senior guard, was selected as the Boys' Basketball Player of the Week. There were no nominations in wrestling.
Two Willmar athletes were named this week as Central Lakes Conference Performers of the Week in their sport. Carl Fixsen, a junior, is a first-year nordic ski entrant who has become the No. 2 skier on the boys cross-country team. Trent Molacek, a senior wrestler in the upper weights, went 4-0 last week to improve to 13-0 on the season.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo knocked Lac qui Parle Valley from the unbeaten ranks in the West Central South Conference Tuesday, handing the Eagles a 79-54 boys basketball loss. The Thunder Hawks (4-0, 7-1) took over the lead alone in the conference, handing the Eagles (2-1, 6-3) their first setback. Tyler Grey led four Montevideo players in double figures with 23 points. Nolan Jaspersen produced a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds, and Tramel Barnes posted 15 points and 10 assists for a double-double.