Minneota upends Hancock in final MADISON -- Minneota owned a 14-point lead at halftime and never looked back as the Vikings upended previously unbeaten Hancock 66-58 in the final of the Lac qui Parle Valley Invite Friday. Four players scored in double figures for Minneota (8-1) while Hancock (8-1) had just two, Tara Thielke with 23 points and Bre Holleman 21. Alyssa Buysse paced the Vikings with 19 points. Holleman knocked four 3-pointers and handed out five assists while Thielke hooked nine rebounds.
Canby repeats at Monte MONTEVIDEO -- Canby repeated as champion of the David Roder Memorial Wrestling Tournament Friday. Canby had 246 points to 177 for runner-up Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. MACCRAY finished seventh with 102 points.
Boys Basketball Glencoe-Silver Lake Invite Third place Buffalo Lake-Hector vs. Hutchinson, 6:30 p.m. Girls Basketball Midwest Wireless/WildCard Classic At New London-Spicer High School Championship Willmar vs. New London-Spicer, 7:45 p.m. Third place Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs. Watertown-Mayer, 6 p.m.
The general skating and hockey rinks at Garfield Park and Hilltop officially opened Tuesday and will remain open as conditions permit. The warming houses open at 4 p.m. The field lights will remain on until at least 9 p.m. Because of the moderate temperatures, rinks at North Side and Lincoln are not ready for use.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, rated No. 3 in Class A, returns to the Becker Dual Meet Tournament today to defend the title it won in 2005 with a victory over Little Falls. The Flyers aren't back, but the field includes three other Central Lakes Conterence teams: Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud Apollo and St. Cloud Tech. Also in the field are Blaine, Anoka -- rated No. 5 in AAA -- and Milaca, as well as the host Bulldogs.
Brin Hanson, a 5-6 senior guard for the Willmar Cardinals, has been chosen Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week in girls basketball. In two games -- a win over Hutchinson and a loss at Fergus Falls -- she accumulated 20 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists and nine steals.
WILLMAR -- First-round holiday tournament games aren't supposed to be as close as Willmar's turned out to be on Wednesday. The Cardinals blew a 13-point second-half lead, but senior guard Kyle Townswick drew a crucial foul before the final buzzer and sank both free throws to give Willmar a 53-52 win on the first day of the Willmar Bremer Bank Holiday Classic Wednesday. The Cardinals will meet New London-Spicer, which beat Duluth Central 60-44, for the title at approximately 7:45 p.m. today.
Ridgewater College freshman back Justin Laughlin and sophomore linebacker Blake Hagert were each named to the MCCC all-South football team recently. Justin Olson, Jason Pawelk, Ben Thonvold, Tyler Hoelscher and Joey Lux made second team. Earning honorable mention were Ross Brandt, Lee Fast, Andy Graupman, Ted Giese, and Lance Bussler.
WILLMAR -- When you are a new program and you don't shy from challenging established programs, there will be nights like this. Redwood Valley proved unable to skate with the Willmar Cardinals Wednesday and absorbed a 13-2 kicking in the first round of the Willmar Boys Holiday Hockey Tournament. This is the second varsity season for the Redwood Valley program, which is still looking for its first win, though it managed two ties last winter.
OWATONNA -- Willmar got goals from Chelsey Bielhartz and Chelsey Wierschem but couldn't match the firepower of North Wright County and dropped a 6-2 decision to the River Hawks on Wednesday. Willmar plays Hutchinson at noon today in the second round of the Owatonna Invitational. Down 2-0 in the first period, Beilhartz and Wierschem broke in on the NWC goal on a 2-on-1 with Wierschem tucking the puck in the corner of the net after a pinpoint pass.