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LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers won the showdown for the Central Lakes Conference lead by overwhelming Willmar 50-6 on Thursday. The Flyers won all but two matches to improve to 8-0 in the conference and 21-4 overall. "They're the elite of the conference," said Willmar coach Tom Beyer whose team was 7-0 in CLC matches coming in and falls to 10-7 overall. "They're rated third in Class AA and are very good. But our kids wrestled really hard.
Nine area football players committed to or signed with colleges on Wednesday. Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall landed five area players -- wide receiver Nate Holleman and linebacker Nate Hacker of Hancock, cornerback Ben Sletta of New London-Spicer, safety Bret Neubauer of BOLD and linebacker Jason Fernholz of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. Also signing was lineman Ben Aaseth of BOLD with South Dakota State, running back/linebackerJosh Rose of Litchfield with St.
The Willmar boys' basketball team will try to avenge an earlier loss to St. Cloud Tech when the Cardinals (6-5, 9-7) host the Tigers (7-2, 11-5) today at 7:30 p.m. Willmar lost 59-49 Dec. 18 at St. Cloud.
WILLMAR -- New London-Spicer broke a school record for points en route to a 142.4-126.05 non-conference win over Willmar Thursday at Kennedy school. The previous NLS high score was 139.85, which was hit twice, once by this year's team. Wendy Toops (9.4), Emma DeGeest (9.3), Jaclyn Imdieke (9.25) and Alexa Score (8.7) took the first four places on balance beam. Lindsey Evermann won the bars (9.25) and Score the floor exercise (9.4) followed closely by DeGeest, Imdieke and Score. Willmar's Caitlin Cooreman won all-around with a score of 36.35, edging out DeGeest (35.35). Willmar's total was
BRAINERD -- Matt Fuglestad's victory in the 100 butterfly (59.57) prevented a Brainerd sweep of first places as the Warriors outswam Willmar 111-68 in a Central Lakes Conference dual meet Thursday. Steve Kluver took second in the 100 backstroke and Ryan Larsen stroked to second in breaststroke. Willmar was touched out in two of the three relays. The meet concluded the Cardinals' CLC dual-meet schedule. Brainerd 111, Willmar 68 200 MEDLEY RELAY - (1) Brainerd 1:48.42 (2) Willmar: Kluver, Larsen, Fuglestad, Nicklawsky; 1:51.08 200 FREESTYLE - (1) Collins, Brd, 1:56.12 ...
FERGUS FALLS -- Fergus Falls pushed the pace in the second period and handed Willmar a 4-0 loss in Central Lakes Conference boys hockey action Thursday. The Otters (8-4-1, 12-5-2) held a 1-0 lead after the first period, then pounded in three more goals in the second. "Our guys were running around in the second period. Fergus Falls just caught us flat," said Willmar (2-10, 6-14) coach Reed Larson. In the third, Fergus Falls slapped 16 shots on goal against goalie Jeff Reed, but was stopped each time. Reed finished with 32 saves.
OLIVIA -- Benson took control of the West Central South Conference race with a 59-44 win over BOLD Thursday. Coupled with a Yellow Medicine East lost to Lac qui Parle Valley Thursday, the Braves (7-2, 12-5) jumped ahead of of the Sting (7-3, 10-8) in the standings. Benson used a second-half surge to pull away from a 32-26 halftime lead, outscoring the Warriors (3-6, 5-13) 27-18. Emily Jensen scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Braves.
Boys Basketball Lake Benton 67, Dawson-Boyd 44 Benson 74, Ortonville 64 Girls Basketball Willmar 50, Brainerd 37 Litchfield 66, Mound-Westonka 45 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 64, Maple Lake 55 MACCRAY 49, Renville County West 47 Ortonville 46, Morris/Chokio-Alberta 38 New London-Spicer 38, Sauk Centre 20 Lac qui Parle Valley 52, Yellow Medicine East 29 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 71, Montevideo 50 Benson 59, BOLD 44 Canby 79, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 66 Wrestling Little Falls 50, Willmar 6 River Valley 54, Redwood Valley 15 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Triangular Be
(All events 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES St. Cloud Tech at Willmar Fergus Falls at Alexandria Brainerd at Sartell Little Falls at St. Cloud Apollo Rocori at Sauk Rapids WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Lac qui Parle Valley vs. BOLD at Bird Island Yellow Medicine East at Morris Area WEST CENTRAL NORTH Minnewaska at Albany Sauk Centre at New London-Spicer Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at St. Cloud Cathedral Paynesville at Melrose CAMDEN NORTH Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Canby Lakeview vs.
Results Thurday West Central Melrose 142.725, Paynesville 120.375 ALL-AROUND - (1) Dana Dierkhising, Mel, 37.475 (2) Simone Haider, Mel, 35.3 (3) Ashley Wehlage, Mel, 34.6 (4) Kacy Nehowig, Pay, 32.85 (5) Anna Kotten, Pay, 32.825 VAULT - (1) Dierkhising, Mel, 9.5 BARS - (1) Dierkhising, Mel, 8.9 ... (3) Kotten, Pay, 8.225 BEAM - (1) Dierkhising, Mel, 9.425 ... (4) Nehowig, Pay, 8.1 FLOOR - (1) Dierkhising, Mel, 9.65