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DAWSON -- Twelve players scored for Dawson-Boyd Friday with Nikki Swenson leading the way with 20 points as the Blackjacks trounced Lake Benton 97-37 in non-conference girls basketball. The Blackjacks were credited with forcing 38 turnovers and shot 61 percent from the field. Chelsie Kurtenbach had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Heather Voss followed with 14 points for the Blackjacks (14-4).
BENSON -- Benson's steady play and tough defense in the second half led to a 47-33 win over Lac qui Parle Valley in West Central South conference action Friday. The Braves (8-2, 13-5), who now led the league by a full game over Yellow Medicine East, expanded their 23-19 halftime lead by holding the Eagles (2-7, 8-11) to 14 points. Emily Jensen paced Benson with 17 points. Brittany Holm added 13 points and seven rebounds. Mindy Clark scored 13 points for LQPV.
BRAINERD -- A pair of early three-pointers by Briana Goldschmidt ignited the Willmar offense and the Cardinals went on to defeat the Brainerd Warriors 50-37 Thursday night in Central Lakes Conference girls basketball. The win was the sixth straight for the Cardinals (11-2, 14-4), who stayed a game behind front-running St. Cloud Tech in the CLC race. The Cardinals trailed 6-0 when Goldschmidt came off the bench to trigger a 10-0 run with a pair of three-pointers as Willmar took the lead for good. "We got a huge spark out of (Goldschmidt) off the bench," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison.
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.