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.
ALBANY -- Skylar Wachter scored 15 points to lead a balanced scoring attack as New London-Spicer whipped Albany 74-50 Tuesday in a West Central North Conference boys basketball game. Wachter was backed by Jackson Wright and Jordan Radel with 11 points each and Wade Powers with 10. Albany, which remained winless, was paced by Cole Schiffler with 11 points and Kurt Overman and Joey Blackmore with nine each. NLS 74, Albany 50 NL-Spicer (4-1, 8-3) 40 34 -- 74 Albany (0-5, 0-10) 25 25 -- 50 NEW LONDON-SPICER - 28 FG (4 3 pt); 14-25 FT; reboundsk, not available; 22 fouls ...
CLARA CITY -- MACCRAY held Canby to just 15 points in the second half after owning a slim lead at halftime and got 22 points from Zach Thissen as the Wolverines tripped up Canby 63-35 in the Camden Conference Tuesday. The Wolverines (4-1, 6-3) led 25-20 at halftime before erupting for 38 points in the second half which saw Canby make just four field goals. Brock Madsen followed Thissen with 12 points and Justin Koenen chipped in 11 more for MACCRAY, which was just 2-for-4 at the free-throw line.
TRACY -- Nikki Swenson notched 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and six steals to lead Dawson-Boyd to a 51-38 Camden Conference victory over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Tuesday night. Britta Helgeson and Kristian Lee added eight points apiece for the Blackjacks (5-2, 6-3). Dawson-Boyd 51, TMB 38 Dawson-Boyd (5-2, 6-3) 31 20 -- 51 TMB (1-5, 3-8) 27 11 -- 38 DAWSON-BOYD - 22 FG (4 3-pt); 3-9 FT; 26 rebounds; 8 fouls ... Scoring: Heather Voss 6, Nikki Swenson 14, Holly Schutte 2, Kristian Lee 8, Britta Helgeson 8, Shawna Robertson 6, Kelly Swenson 5 ...
BROOTEN -- Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa couldn't over-come a 20-point halftime deficit, losing to Eden Valley-Watkins 56-44 in Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball action Tuesday. EVW (3-1, 7-3) struggled from the floor, shooting just 25 percent (18 of 71), but the Jaguars (2-2, 4-5) could only make up eight points in the second half. April Hansen scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead BBE.
Boys Basketball West Central 80, Morris 69 Sauk Centre 61, Minnewaska 42 New London-Spicer 74, Albany 50 Lincoln County 63, Renville County West 62 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 74, Paynesville 68 Annandale 54, Litchfield 26 Montevideo 79, Lac qui Parle Valley 54 MACCRAY 63, Canby 35 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 67, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 61 Benson 78, Yellow Medicine East 74 Girls Basketball Hancock 65, Ashby 60 Sleepy Eye SM 82, Buffalo Lake-Hector 29 Willmar 80, Rocori 45 Dawson-Boyd 51, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 38 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 68, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 56 Litc
Women's Basketball Riverland at Ridgewater, 6 p.m. Men's Basketball Riverland at Ridgewater, 8 p.m.
NEW LONDON -- An early showdown of West Central North Conference leaders couldn't have been tighter, going down to the last match with Minnewaska squeaking out a 28-27 win over New London-Spicer Tuesday. At heavyweight, the Lakers' Frank Martin decisioned Blake Johnson 8-3 for the winning points. Back-to-back victories by Andrew Blomker at 189 pounds and Ryane Clark at 215 vaulted the Wildcats from a 18-25 hole into a 27-25 lead with one match left. Chad Henle at 112, Luke Reiter at 125 and Blomker had pins for NLS; the Lakers got a pin from Dan Braaten at 140 while winning 8 of the 14 mat