Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Sauk Rapids, 7:30 p.m. St. Cloud Tech at Sartell Rocori at St. Cloud Apollo Little Falls at Fergus Falls Alexandria at Brainerd WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Morris, 7:30 p.m. Benson at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7:30 p.m. Montevideo vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. New London-Spicer at Melrose, 7:30 p.m. Sauk Centre at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. CENTRAL MINNESOTA Pierz vs.
KERKHOVEN -- Yellow Medicine East won five of the first seven matches to take a big lead, then three straight victories by decision gave the Sting a 35-31 non-conference win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in wrestling action Thursday. The Sting built a 26-10 lead after Landen Cole's major decision at 140 pounds, then Evan Stock capped off three straight decisions for YME with a win at 189 pounds. The Fighting Saints won the last two matches by fall from Brad Kneisl at 215 and heavyweight Cody Kinney. Notching falls for YME were Austen Cole at 112, Tanner Aus at 125 and Wyatt Sand at 135.
BENSON -- Fueled by a late 26-0 run, Benson rallied to upend Montevideo 43-29 in the West Central South Conference Thursday. Montevideo (1-5, 3-9) had taken a 17-0 lead behind falls from Devin Enevoldsen at 103 pounds, Tim Macziewski at 112 and Darrin Reuss at 119. Benson (2-3, 4-6) then tied it with major decisions from Ryan Thompson at 125 and Brady Wersinger at 130, a pin from Brad Plumhoff at 135 and a decision from Miles Staton at 140. Pins from Tony Klosterboer at 145 and Garrett Norby at 152 put Montevideo back ahead before Benson capped the match with falls from Ryan Unke at 171 and
COLD SPRING -- The Willmar Cardinals split a pair of Central Lakes Conference wrestling duals Thursday at Rocori High School. Fergus Falls trimmed the Cardinals 34-28, but Willmar then rebounded to stuff the host team, 47-22. Willmar continues its busiest stretch of the season -- five events in 10 days -- at the Eden Prairie Invitational on Saturday. Brandt Haglund, the team's 135-pounder, has been out with a sprained knee since Saturday's quadrangular. Erik Borgos at 119, Nick Dahlke at 135, Drew Larson at 145, Brandon Rieckman at 160 and Trent Molacek at 171 each won twice.
NEW LONDON -- Jacki Imdieke won all-around after placing first in every event to help fuel New London-Spicer's 138.05-99.925 West Central Conference win over Paynesville Thursday. The Wildcats also had Gina Bruns, Courtney Edwards and Wendy Toops place second, third and fourth, respectively, in the all-around standings. NL-Spicer 138.05, Paynesville 99.925 ALL-AROUND - (1) Jackie Imdieke, NLS, 35.725 (2) Gina Bruns, NLS, 34.6 (3) Courtney Edwards, NLS, 34.0 (4) Wendy Toops, NLS, 33.35 (5) Kacy Nehowig, Pay, 33.075 VAULT - (1) Imdieke, NLS, 9.15 (2) Bruns, NLS, 8.85 (3) Edwards, NLS, 8.65 (
WILLMAR -- Andy Nicklawsky won both the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, helping the Willmar Cardinals swim past Rocori 98-84 in Central Lakes boys swimming and diving Thursday. Nicklawsky hit a season-best 23.46 in the 50 and a personal-best 52.63 in the 100. Kyle Schmidt won the 200 freestyle in a personal-best 2:04.06. "We swam very well for being tired," said coach Carl Shuldes of the Cardinals. Rocori senior Marcus Rein put on an extraordinary diving performance to delight the crowd.
CANBY -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg couldn't make its three-point halftime score last, losing to Canby 50-42 in Camden Conference boys basketball action Thursday. The Fighting Saints (4-5, 5-7) led 23-20 at haftime, but Canby controlled the second half, 30-19. Justin Johnson scored 16 points to lead KMS. Nate Schlagel added eight. Canby (4-5, 6-6), which plays in the South half of the conference, was led by Travis Nordgaard with 15 points.
Matt Wetterling, a North Dakota State junior from Willmar, has been named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week. Wetterling is the first-ever Bison to claim the honor. The 184-pounder went 4-0 with three pins at the Virginia Dual on Jan. 12-13. He is now 8-4 on the season with five pins.
PAYNESVILLE -- Who would have thought a basketball scoring record would last 48 seasons? Certainly not Don Liestman. But his Paynesville boys basketball career scoring record did just that, until it was surpassed Friday by current Bulldogs' star Cory Nietfeld. Liestman played from 1995-58 and recorded 1,286 points. "With the three-point (basket), it's amazing (the record) hasn't been broken before," said the now 66-year-old Liestman. "I'm very happy for (Nietfeld).
REDWOOD FALLS -- Michael Felt drained eight of Redwood Valley's 15 three-pointers en route to producing a career-high 38 points in the Cardinals' 98-68 win over Jackson County Central Tuesday in the Southwest Conference. Felt had 12 points at halftime before erupting for six treys and 26 points in the second half, which saw the unbeaten Cardinals (5-0, 12-0) outscore Jackson County Central 60-40. Redwood Valley also got 19 points from Tyler Pendleton and 16 more from Aaron Marks.