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
Results Tuesday West Central Melrose 131.025, Paynesville 109.4 Kacy Nehowig of Paynesville took second in the all-around with a 33.075.
WILLMAR -- After a scoreless first period, the St. Cloud Icebreakers tallied three times in each of the final two periods for a 6-0 Central Lakes Conference win over Willmar. The victory avenged a 7-4 loss to Willmar on Nov. 21. The Icebreakers outshot Willmar (2-8, 5-12) 33-12. Keshia Milbauer and Anne Schleper scored twice each for St. Cloud (6-3, 8-9). SC Icebreakers 6, Willmar 0 SC Icebreakers (6-3, 8-9) 0 3 3 -- 6 Willmar (2-8, 5-12) 0 0 0 -- 0 FIRST PERIOD - none SECOND PERIOD - SC: Keshia Milbauer (Anne Schleper) 8:09 ... SC: Greta Gray (Emily Reugemer) 9:22 ...
ST. CLOUD -- St. Cloud Apollo scored three goals in the third period to erase a 2-1 Willmar lead and send the Cardinals to their fourth straight Central Lakes Conference loss, 4-2, on Tuesday at the MAC. "They came at us harder and our guys backed off," said Willmar coach Reed Larson of the Eagles' rally. "We looked intimated." After a scoreless first period, Apollo scored first in the middle period on a tally by Chad Hockmeyer. Josh Aslesen broke the ice for Willmar with a high shot to the short side over the glove of Apollo goalie Dan Ritter. Joel Jonsson assisted.
The Willmar Cardinals compete for the first time in their own pool at 6 p.m. tonight against Alexandria in Central Lakes Conference boys swimming and diving. Willmar (1-1, 2-1) had its original home opener on Dec. 21 against Melrose cancelled due to weather. Alexandria (1-1, 3-1) won the Maroon and Gold Invite's Bronze Division on Saturday at the U of M Aquatics Center.
The New London-Spicer Wildcats (3-0, 6-1) will defend their home mat tonight against the Minnewaska Lakers (2-0, 5-3) in a matchup of West Central North Conference wrestling unbeatens. Albany, also 2-0 in the WCN, wrestles Rocori of the Central Lakes Conference tonight.
Willmar native Alison Adamson, a senior guard for Augustana, was named the co-Player of the Week in the North Central Conference Monday. Adamson scored 21 points each in wins over Nebraska-Omaha and South Dakota. She also had 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting 53 percent (8 of 15) from three-point range. She shares the award with Kierah Kimbrough of North Dakota.
The Minnesota Lynx picked experience over potential and local popularity in Monday's WNBA dispersal draft, taking forward Tangela Smith and passing on former Gophers star Janel McCarville. Smith's leadership qualities and career history of durability and consistency were most attractive to Minnesota. She led the Sting with 13.1 points per game last season.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Michael Felt hit a tie-breaking runner near the free-throw line with four seconds left and finished with a game-high 27 points to help Redwood Valley stay unbeaten by clipping Litchfield 56-54 in a non-conference boys basketball game Monday. Litchfield (4-5) held Redwood Valley (10-0) to its lowest point total of the season, but the Cardinals were 14-for-19 at the free-throw line compared to the Dragons' total of 6-for-12. The Dragons, who led by Tyler Puckett's 21 points, held a 29-23 advantage at halftime and led for majority of the game.
GROVE CITY -- The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons couldn't shake Buffalo Lake-Hector and settled for a 59-54 non-conference win in girls basketball on Monday. ACGC won despite shooting 35 percent from the floor (22 for 62) and 40 percent at the line (11 for 27). Still, the Falcons led by 10 points with four minutes left when the Mustangs closed the gap with a pair of three-pointers by freshman Bobbie Jo Deal. The Falcons got even scoring from Sara Lund with 12 points, Kjersten Karlsgodt 12 and Kayla Dahlman 11, who also had eight rebounds.