Carrie Tollefson -- a 13-time state track and cross country champion and a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team -- has been listed as one of the world's most beautiful female athletes on Sports Illustrated's Web site. Tollefson, a 1995 Dawson-Boyd graduate and 12-time All-American at Villanova, was ranked No. 4 on the list.
WADENA -- Tara Thielke popped in six 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 32 points to lead Hancock to a 76-51 non-conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek on Thursday. The Owls, who improved to 7-0, also got 19 points from Bree Holleman and 14 from Jenny Noordmans. Hancock, which led 49-25 at halftime, connected on 9-of-15 three-pointers.
Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Fergus Falls, 7:30 p.m. Rocori at Alexandria Brainerd at Little Falls St. Cloud Tech at Sauk Rapids WEST CENTRAL NORTH New London-Spicer at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Montevideo at Redwood Valley, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. CENTRAL MINNESOTA Kimball vs.
Girls Basketball Hancock 76, Wadena-Deer Creek 51
NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer's Jenn Wendlandt sank 1-of-2 free throws with 16 seconds left to hold off Benson, 48-47, in girls basketball action Tuesday. The Wildcats (6-2) held a 42-31 lead with 11½ minutes left in the game, but the Braves (3-4) went on a 16-5 run to force a tie. NLS shot poorly in the second half, making 4 of 23 from the field. Overall, the Wildcats were 1 of 16 from three-point range. Wendlandt led all scorers with 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
CLARA CITY -- MACCRAY's Daniele Goeman netted 21 points to help offset Esther Peterson's 25 points and the Wolverines held off a late charge for a 53-50 win Tuesday in the Camden Conference. Peterson went 10-for-10 at the free-throw line for KMS (2-3, 2-3), but MACCRAY (2-3, 2-5) stood its ground as KMS tried to rally back. Ashley Alsum followed Goeman, who also collected six rebounds and six steals, with 12 points for MACCRAY, which got a three-pointer from Ashley Beseman just before the halftime buzzer went off. Peterson also hooked 10 rebounds while Patina Queenan pumped in 13 points and
GLENWOOD -- Montevideo's Brook Moseng eclipsed the 1,000-career-point mark Tuesday, but the Thunder Hawks fell to Minnewaska, 53-48, in non-conference girls basketball action. Moseng, who scored 16 points to lead the Thunder Hawks (4-3), reached the milestone on a baseline drive with 3:31 left in the game. The Lakers (5-2) owned a 26-22 lead at halftime. Cassie Jacobs led Minnewaska with 14 points and eight rebounds. Sara Gregersen and Emily Roering had 12 points each. Hannah Wenaas scored 12 points for Montevideo and Rebeka Schwendemann added 11.
Sophomore gymnast Annalise Bratt and sophomore swimmer Steve Kluver have each been honored by the Central Lakes Conference as Performers of the Week in their respective sports. Bratt won all-around in both the Melrose and Sartell meets. Kluver had four individual firsts in the 50 free and the backstroke and swam on three winning relays at Montevideo and St. Cloud Apollo.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals, who couldn't contain Alexandria Tuesday night at the Civic Center, will face an even bigger chore Thursday. Alexandria left town with a 4-0 Central Lakes Conference win in boys hockey, holding Willmar to 14 shots on their goalie Geoff Bruzik. Thursday Willmar is at Little Falls to face the high-scoring Flyers, whose five wins going into last night's action included a 6-1 victory over this same Alexandria unit. "Little Falls has one to the best lines in the state," said Willmar coach Reed Larson after his team was shutout for the second time this year.
BRAINERD -- Brainerd held off a late Willmar comeback attempt and went on to win 60-57 in a key Central Lakes Conference game Tuesday night. Brainerd (4-0, 4-0) remained unbeaten, whilke Willmar (3-1, 4-2) was handed its first conference loss. Willmar trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half before surging to close within two. But Brainerd never gave in and thwarted each comeback bid. "We went to more of a zone press than a man-to-man," said Willmar coach Steve Grove. "We started to get a bunch of turnovers that got us back in the game.