The Ridgewater College wrestling team returns to the mat today for the first time in four weeks at the two-day Wrestling Tournament of Champions hosted by Colby (Kan.) Junior College. This annual event pits the Warriors against top teams in NJCAA Division I, including LaBatte, Kan; Clackamas, Okla. and Colby. The Warriors have home meets remaining on Jan. 19 against Iowa Central and Jan. 31 against Ellsworth, Iowa.
The first Willmar Curling Club Arena Bonspiel has filled its 16-team bracket for the all-day Saturday and Sunday morning event. Twelve four-person teams are coming from outside the area, including a team from Bemidji, which supplied many members of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team. Admission is free.
ST. CLOUD -- Lisa Nielsen netted 21 points to lead Willmar to a 59-49 win over St. Cloud Apollo in Central Lakes Conference girls basketball action Thursday. The Cardinals (2-4, 5-6) trailed 29-27 at halftime, then outscored the Eagles (3-3, 4-8) 32-20 in the final 18 minutes. Hannah Okins and Kelsey Evans added 10 points apiece for Willmar. The Cardinals committed just nine fouls in the game. St. Cloud Apollo was led by Andrea Hagberg's 21 points.
GLENWOOD -- A 42-point first half was more than enough for New London-Spicer in a 67-50 win over Minnewaska in West Central North boys basketball action Thursday. While the Wildcat (3-1, 7-3) offense was putting up the points, the defense shut down the Lakers, holding them to 22 points. Minnewaska (2-2, 4-5) fared better in the second half, but it was only able to shave three points off NLS' lead. Wade Powers led three Wildcats in double figures with 16 points.
KERKHOVEN -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg held a nine-point lead midway through the second half, but couldn't hold on as Minneota rallied to win, 70-61, in a Camden Conference girls basketball game Thursday night. Esther Peterson scored 15 of her team-high 20 points in the first half as KMS led 39-33. Minneota went to a box-and-one on the All-Area senior center in the second half and held her to five points. She also finished with 13 rebounds. Patina Queenan had 13 points and Steph Stassen 12 for KMS (2-4, 3-6). Hayley Hennen led all scorers with 27 points for Minneota (9-2).
FERGUS FALLS -- The Willmar boys swimming and diving team won two relays and two individual events in a 95-75 loss to Fergus Falls in Central Lakes Conference dual action Thursday. The Cardinals' 200-meter freestyle relay won in 1:35.77 and the 400 freestyle relay took first in 3:58.84 after being the only team not to be disqualified. Tyler Studanski won the 100 backstroke in 1:07.03 and Ben Saint took first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.06. Fergus Falls 95, Willmar 75 200 MEDLEY RELAY - (1) Fergus Falls 1:46.66 (3) Willmar: Jackson Roberts, Ryan Larsen, Jason Cain, Jacob Morris; 1:56.64
Boys Basketball Benson 84, BOLD 59 Willmar 58, Little Falls 48 Yellow Medicine East 63, Minneota 39 Paynesville 72, St. Cloud Cathedral 57 New London-Spicer 67, Minnewaska 50 Lac qui Parle Valley 74, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 57 MACCRAY 63, Lakeview 60 Girls Basketball Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 47, MACCRAY 42 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 54, Holdingford 50 Paynesville 58, Melrose 12 Canby 54, Central Minnesota Christian 48 Renville County West 53, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 40 Minneota 70, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 61 Willmar 59, St.
Boys Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo at Morris, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH Renville County West vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 7:30 p.m. Dawson-Boyd vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven, 7:30 p.m. CENTRAL MINNESOTA Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Kimball, 7:30 p.m. TOMAHAWK Springfield at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 7:30 p.m. WRIGHT COUNTY Litchfield at Delano, 7:30 p.m. SOUTHWEST Redwood Valley at Luverne, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Hutchinson vs.
MELROSE -- Paynesville won six matches by forfeit, including the first four matches, to drub Melrose 58-12 in the West Central North Conference and pick up their first win of the season Thursday. Aaron Burris at 160 pounds and Corey Spanier at 215 won their matches by fall for the Bulldogs (1-2, 1-5). Justin Wendlandt at 130, Tyler Hemmesch at 135 and Cody Fuchs at 140 also earned decisions for Paynesville. Paynesville 58, Melrose 12 103: Dustin Sieben, Pay, won by forfeit 112: Jeff Albrigth, Pay, won by forfeit 119: Jordan Christian, Pay, won by forfeit 125: Hayden Spaeth, Pay, won by
BENSON -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City junior Ben Meyer won his 100th career match and the Falcons came within seconds of posting a shutout as ACGC upended Benson 66-3 Thursday in the West Central South Conference. Benson (1-1, 3-4) got its only points at the 130-pound match when Brad Plumhoff earned a reversal at the third-period buzzer against Bill Wheeler.