REDWOOD FALLS -- Sophomore Mike Felt drained five 3-pointers en route to scoring a game-high 31 points and Dan Bonebright added 23 more points for Redwood Valley as the Cardinals outlasted Montevideo 81-76 in a non-conference battle of unbeatens Friday. Redwood Valley (6-0) reached its season average of 81 points a game, but the Thunder Hawks (4-1) fell 12 points shy of theirs as the Cardinals shot just under 50 percent (27-for-56) from the field.
PAYNESVILLE -- Behind 24 points from Cory Nietfeld and 21 from Ben Moser, Paynesville rallied past New London-Spicer 69-58 to stay on top in the West Central North Conference race Friday night. Nietfeld also led the Bulldogs (2-0, 5-1) with nine rebounds to go along with three steals. For New London-Spicer (1-1, 4-2), which cashed 21-of-29 free throws, Skylar Wachter and Jordan Radel had 15 points apiece and Wade Powers scored 14.
BROOTEN -- April Hansen poured in 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa won its first Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball game of the season, 81-37, over Kimball Friday. Hansen became BBE's all-time girls' scoring leader with 1,304 points, eclipsing the old mark of 1,290 set by Amanda Illies in 1998.The all-school record is held by Michele Marthaler with 1,501 points in 1986.
GROVE CITY -- Lauren Kinzler made a go-ahead jumper with 50 seconds left and Brittany Smith netted 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City collect a 44-40 win over Montevideo in the West Central South Conference Friday. Kinzler broke a 40-40 tie that had stood for 1:10 with a 15-foot jumper from the right wing. Kjersten Karlsgodt then sealed the win by making two free throws with 18 seconds remaining. The Falcons (3-0, 5-3) limited Montevideo (1-3, 4-5) to just 29 shots and owned a 27-22 lead at halftime after Smith scored 12 points in the first half.
Saturday-Monday No events scheduled
Boys Basketball Paynesville 69, New London-Spicer 58 Redwood Valley 81, Montevideo 76 Willmar 76, Fergus Falls 40 Girls Basketball Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 44, Montevideo 40 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 81, Kimball 37 Wrestling Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Quadrangular Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 67, Parkers Prairie 9 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 56, Eden Valley-Watkins 15 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 64, Ortonville 10
DAWSON -- Nikki Swenson, who owns four state titles in track and field and two more in cross country, will be running next season for the Minnesota Gophers after signing a national letter of intent last month. Swenson, a senior at Dawson-Boyd, verbally committed to the University of Minnesota after the state cross country meet and signed a letter of intent in early November. "I wanted to stay close to home," she said.
NEW LONDON -- Thursday night's weather cancellations assured that the host team of the WildCard Invitational will be riding a six-game winning streak. The New London-Spicer girls basketball team was schedule to play at Sauk Centre last night in pursuit of its seventh win in a row. With the postponement they'll take a 6-2 record up against Watertown-Mayer at 7:45 p.m. next Friday in New London. Willmar plays Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in the curtain raiser at 6 p.m. The tournament will feature the Tribune area's two leading scorers.
The Willmar Cardinals boys basketball team travels to Fergus Falls in a Central Lakes Conference game at 7:30 p.m. today. Willmar (3-1, 4-2) is hoping to get back on track after losing two of its last three games, including a 60-57 setback to Brainerd on Tuesday night. Fergus Falls (0-4, 0-4) is seeking its first win of the season. The Otters have lost their last three games by 20-or-more points.
Olivia native Jessica Fesenmaier led the University of Minnesota Moorhead (8-4) in scoring in a pair of victories at the Hoops-N-Surf basketball tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii, this week. The 6-3 junior had 22 points and 10 rebounds in Wednesday's 87-50 victory over Chaminade, after scoring a team-high 15 points in a 72-71 overtime win over Glenville State (W.V) College Tuesday. The former BOLD center scored a season-high 28 points in a 97-88 loss to St. Cloud State on Saturday.