Jon DeRock, a Hamline University sophomore from Buffalo Lake-Hector, is off to a spectacular start with the Pipers. Through five games, the 6-2 guard is averaging 21.8 points-per-game with the Pipers, who are just 1-4 under coach Barry Wohler. DeRock had a season-high 28 points against Colorado State on Nov. 18.
ALEXANDRIA -- Willmar dominated the offensive and defense boards in pounding rival Alexandria, 71-38, in the Central Lakes Conference boys basketball opener for both teams Tuesday. Willmar (1-0, 2-0) pulled down 30 rebounds, compared to a reported 12 for Alexandria. It took a little time for Willmar to get going. Just like last Friday's opener, Willmar allowed its opponent to hold the lead much of the first 14 minutes, then exploded to take a 28-23 lead by half. "It was a close first half, then we had a great effort in the second half, holding Alexandria to 15 points," said Willmar coach S
GRANITE FALLS -- Emily Balfany made five steals and scored 11 of her game-high 18 points in the second half to help Yellow Medicine East rally past BOLD 61-53 in the West Central South Conference opener for both squads Tuesday. BOLD (0-1, 0-3) grabbed control in the first half and went into halftime up 32-29. YME (1-0, 1-2) then put together a run to start the second half to catch up and eventually pull away.
LITCHFIELD -- Though Litchfield forced 27 Redwood Valley turnovers, the Cardinals cashed in seven more free throws to edge Litchfield 46-41 in a battle of unbeaten girls basketball teams Tuesday. Litchfield's full-court pressure gave Redwood Valley (3-0) trouble early, but the Cardinals settled down to stay close the Dragons (3-1), 21-18 at halftime. Redwood Valley made a run in the last six minutes, breaking a 31-31 tie to win. Neither team shot well from the field, with Redwood Valley connecting on 34 percent (14 of 41) and Litchfield 27 percent (16 of 59) from the field. Carolyn Smith l
MELROSE -- The Willmar gymnastics team turned its best performance of the early season, narrowly losing to Class A powerhouse Melrose 129.4-128.3 Tuesday. Annalise Bratt of Willmarwon the all-around title and two individual events.
Boys Basketball Willmar 71, Alexandria 38 Benson 85, KMS 53 ACGC 74, Maple Lake 60 BOLD 72, CMCS 46 Tracy-MB 68, Dawson-Boyd 57 Montevideo 106, RCW 57 NL-Spicer 56, HLWW 48 Paynesville 58, Kimball 48 Holdingford 63, Minnewaska 44 Girls Basketball YME 61, BOLD 53 Morris/CA 55, Benson 53 LQPV 54, Montevideo 50 KMS 64, CMCS 42 Redwood Valley 46, Litchfield 41 Lakeview 54, Renville County West 40 New London-Spicer 54, St.
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CLARA CITY -- Tracy-Milroy-Balaton won by an average of 20 points to go 3-0 and win the MACCRAY Quadrangular Tuesday. The Panthers upended MACCRAY 49-25, stymied Benson 48-31 and downed Renville County West 48-28. Benson beat RCW and MACCRAY by identical scores of 42-33.
ST. JOSEPH -- Hilary Groothuis scored 18 points but Ridgewater College lost a women's basketball game to the St. Benedict junior varsity 56-49 on Tuesday. Ashley Olson had 10 points for the Lady Warriors. Emily Illka and Anne Kuduk had 12 points each for St. Benedict. St. Benedict JV 56, Ridgewater 49 Ridgewater 28 21 -- 49 St. Benedict JV 26 30 -- 56 RIDGEWATER - Scoring: Hilary Groothuis 18, Melissa Sterkel 6, Kayla Karnes 3, Kristen Hagna 2, Ashley Olson 10, Bridget Bielke 2, Karen Christopher 6, Hannah Tornquist 2 ... 3-point shots: Christopher 2, Karnes 1 ST.
NEW LONDON -- Renae Henjum posted a triple-double of 21 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds to ignite New London-Spicer to a 54-44 West Central North Conference triump Tuesday over St. Cloud Cathedral. The Wildcats (1-0, 2-2) also got 11 rebounds and nine points from Jenn Wendlandt. Linda Rothstein led the Crusaders (0-1, 1-2) with 12 points and eight steals. New London-Spicer 54, St. Cloud Cathedral 44 SC Cathedral (0-1, 1-2) 20 24 -- 44 NL-Spicer (1-0, 2-2) 29 25 -- 54 ST. CLOUD CATHEDRAL - 14-63 FG (1-9 3 pt); 13-23 FT; 47 rebounds; 17 fouls ...