MORRIS -- Taylor Witt scored 32 points to lead Morris Area to a 68-61 win over Yellow Medicine East in West Central South boys basketball action Tuesday. Witt led the Tigers (1-1, 3-3) to a 35-33 halftime lead with 23 points. He finished with all five of Morris' three-pointers. The Sting came as close as 57-56 with 1:30 left, but Morris' Nate Lund coverted a three-point play to cement the Tigers' win. Justin Lund added 12 points to Morris' cause and Craig Knochenmus grabbed 10 rebounds. Kenton Johnson tallied 18 points to lead the Sting, and also grabbed eight rebounds.
Cory Nietfeld, a senior from Paynesville, was named the West Central North Conference boys basketball Player of the Week. In the South half, Lac qui Parle Valley's Jameson Siegert, a senior, and Andrea Rheingans, a sophomore, were named the Players of the Week for boys and girls basketball, respectively.
The annual Area Elks Hoop Shoot is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Roosevelt School in Willmar. Local qualifiers from KMS, NLS, MACCRAY, BOLD, CMCS, ACGC, BBE and Willlmar schools are eligible to compete for a spot in the District Hoop Shoot at Wadena.
Ending a 17-day winter break, Ridgewater College basketball returns to action today at Rochester Community and Technical College. At 6 p.m., the Ridgewater Lady Warriors (6-5) will face a Yellowjackets' team (7-3) that is rated No. 1 in the Minnesota Community College Conference. The Warriors (3-7) meet Rochester's No. 4-ranked men's team (8-2) today at 8 p.m. Ridgewater is back home Saturday to host Minnesota West at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
KERKHOVEN -- Esther Peterson hit a season-high 29 points and also nabbed eight rebounds as Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg played catch-up all night to tip Lac qui Parle Valley 75-67 in girls basketball on Tuesday. Peterson, who was 11-of-18 from the field, hit a pair of three-pointers in the late going as KMS overcame a 10-point Eagles' lead. Sarah Carlson got all 11 of her points in the second half, including 6-of-6 at the free-throw line late, plus nine assists.
PAYNESVILLE -- Minnewaska shut down Paynesville in the second half of their West Central North girls basketball game, beating the Bulldogs 67-40 Tuesday. The Lakers (3-1, 6-2) held a 30-23 halftime lead, then held Paynesville (0-4, 1-7) to 17 points in the second half and 30 percent (17 of 56) shooting from the field in the game. Cassie Jacobs posted a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds for Minnewaska. Emily Roering scored a game-high 21 points and Sara Gregersen had six steals. Jacque Schlangen scored 13 points to lead the Bulldogs and also grabbed eight rebounds.
LITCHFIELD -- Makenzie Anderson's second goal of the game at 7:21 of the third period tied the game 4-4 and that's where it stayed through a scoreless eight-minute overtime as Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato rallied to tie Morris/Benson Area on Tuesday at the Litchfield arena. Hannah Horecka made 41 stops in the Storm cage, including 21 in the third period. Erin Wegner made 30 stops for LDC. MBA won the first meeting 5-4 in overtime on Nov. 28.
MORRIS -- Josh Griffith netted three goals and assisted on two others Tuesday to help Morris/Benson Area snap a two-game losing streak by drubbing Prairie Centre 9-2. It was the fifth time this season that the Storm (9-2) have scored at least nine goals. Jay Andrews and Peter Lindblad both scored twice for Morris/Benson Area, which netted three goals in each period.
MONTEVIDEO -- The Hutchinson Tigers took early command and went on to post a 94-83 win in a boys dual meet in the Montevideo pool on Tuesday. David Nedrud won both the individual medley and the butterfly for the Thunder Hawks while Sam Hathaway took first in the 100 breaststroke. Hutchinson 94, Montevideo 83 200 MEDLEY RELAY - (1) Hutchinson: E. Plotz, A. Jensen, C. Jarman J.
Women's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater at Rochester, 6 p.m. Men's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater at Rochester, 8 p.m.