WILLMAR -- David Johnson scored 27 points and yanked down 18 rebounds, but the Ridgewater Warriors were unable to hold a late lead and fell to Minnesota West 79-74 in MCCC Southern Division men's basketball Saturday. Johnson hit two free throws with 49 seconds left in the second half to put the Warriors in front 71-70. But Eddie Marrs, a 6-foot guard who finished with a team-high 23 points, drove for two points and a foul shot at the other end to put the Blue Jays up for good, 73-71. Despite the loss, Ridgewater players seemed pleased with their improvement when compared to Wednesday's 23-p
WILLMAR -- Down by 10 points at halftime, the Ridgewater Lady Warriors changed their approach at both ends of the court and pulled out a 58-53 victory at the college gymnasium on Saturday over the Minnesota West Blue Jays. A full-court press triggered the comeback from a 33-23 deficit at intermission. Freshman post Hilary Groothuis provided offense both halves, finishing with a game-high 24 points. Sophomore wing Ashley Olson got 10 of her 16 points in the second half. "We threw on a 2-2-1 press the second half to disrupt their flow," said Warriors coach Carrie Ogdahl.
Katie Winkelman, a University of Minnesota-Duluth senior forward from Morris, scored the 1,000th point of her collegiate basketball career Saturdayin the Bulldogs' 76-65 win over St Cloud State. Winkelman made 9-of-16 shots, including 2-of-r4 from three-point range, and 8-of-11 free throws for a game-high 28 points. Jackie Carlson, a sophomore post from Litchfield, had 12 points for St. Cloud State.
The Willmar Baseball/Fastpitch Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 145 at the junior high school. Topics for discussion include spectator area improvements and dugout covers for softball, bid for the state amateur baseball tournament and Bill Taunton Stadium update. New members are welcome.
COLBY, Kan. -- The Ridgewater wrestling team picked up an individual title and two second-place finishes to take third at the Colby, Kan., Invite Saturday. Jarret Hall, a sophomore from Greenbush, went 3-0 with a pin to capture the 165-pound title. Jimmy Marx at 125 pounds and Cody Pahan at 174 each took second place. The Warriors accumulated 54.5 points. Labette, Kan., won the team title with 86.5 points and Western Wyoming was second at 57. "Most of the schools there were Division I junior colleges. I thought we did pretty well," said Ridgewater coach Jesse Nelson.
BENSON -- Wheaton/Herman-Norcross took first place at the Benson Invitational on Saturday, while three area teams finished. third, fourth and fifth. Wheaton/HN had 213.5 points to 190 for runnerup Mahnomen-Waubun. Minnewaska was third with 189.5, followed by Benson with 134 and Lac qui Parle Valley with 114. Minnewaska individual champions were Jon Tatro at 130 pounds and Sam Goracke at 152.
Results Saturday Non-Conference Sartell 5, Morris/Benson Area 1 Sabres goaltender Matt Goodmanson gave up a goal to Morris/Benson Area's Josh Griffith to open the scoring but didn't allow another while making 32 saves. Fred Bidinger had a goal and three assists for Sartell as MBA suffered only its third loss in 12 games. MBA (9-3).............................1 0 0 -- 1 Sartell (3-8)..........................1 3 1 -- 5 FIRST PERIOD - MBA: Josh Griffith (Jay Andrews, Tony Schultz) 5:52 ...
Results Saturday Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 5, Little Falls 1 Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato outshot Little Falls 61-15 at the Litchfield Civic Center. LDC goalie Erin WEgner kicked out 14 shots for the win. First names were not available on all players. Little Falls (2-12) 0 1 0 -- 1 Litchfield/DC (2-11-2) 2 1 2 -- 5 FIRST PERIOD - LDC: Anderson (Dayna Sherman) 7:10 ... LDC: Sherman (Anderson, Kayla Salo) 16:33 SECOND PERIOD - LF: Jenny Orth (Kayla Bollig) 5:35, pp ... LDC: Anderson (Sherman) 7:31 THIRD PERIOD - LDC: Salo (Sherman) 13:24 ..
BIWABIK -- Willmar Cardinal senior Phil Cleary skated to 45th place among 187 skiers in the boys 5k freestyle race at the Mesabi East Invitational cross-country ski meet Saturday. The annual event at Giant's Ridge Resort brought together 1,150 Nordic skiers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan to compete in varsity and JV races. Girls Results TEAM SCORING -- (1) Duluth East 26 (2) Roseville Area 31 (3) Stillwater 32 .... Willmar 621 5K CLASSIC -- (1) Lindsey Marshall, Roseville ....
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Litchfield at Redwood Valley, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Buffalo Lake-Hector vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. Ortonville at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7:30 p.m. Milbank, S.D. at Morris/Chokio-Alberta, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Holdingford, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH MACCRAY at Canby, 7:30 p.m. PHESANT Campbell-Tintah at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Boys Hockey NON-CONFERENCE Redwood Valley at Becker, 7 p.m.