WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals will wrestle Chaska at 10 a.m. Saturday in the first round of the one-day Section 2AAA wrestling tournament in Willmar. The Cardinals, who are the defending champions, got the No. 6 seed and Chaska is No. 11. In other first-round bouts, No. 8 Buffalo meets No. 9 Mankato West and No. 7 Minnetonka gets No. 10 Eden Prairie, last year's section runner-up. In the noon quarterfinals, No. 1 Wayzata meets the Mankato West/Buffalo winner, No. 5 Shakopee and No. 4 Prior Lake go at it, No. 3 New Ulm will scrap with the Willmar/Chaska survivor and No.
(All starting times approximately 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted) Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Little Falls Alexandria at St. Cloud Tech WRIGHT COUNTY Glencoe-Silver Lake at Litchfield NON-CONFERENCE Watertown-Mayer vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City BOLD vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven Buffalo Lake-Hector vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at St. Cloud Apollo Little Falls at Alexandria Rocori at Brainerd St.
Men's Basketball Ridgewater 81, MSCTC-Fergus Falls 70 Women's Basketball Ridgewater 52, MSCTC-Fergus Falls 34
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals turned in a solid performance, yet fell 3-1 to Alexandria on Tuesday in Central Lakes boys hockey. Willmar's Josh Aslesen scored his seventh goal 19 seconds into the third period to make it a 2-1 game. Willmar pulled goalie Jeff Reed (28 saves) in the last minute and Alexandria took advantage for an open-netter to cap the scoring. Willmar fell to 6-16-1 but still hopes to get a top six seed today in the 10-team Section 4A.
The Ridgewater Warriors (4-6, 9-13) play MSCTC-Fergus Falls (6-4, 16-7) tonight in men's basketball, needing a win for a chance of reaching the state tournament. The Lady Warriors (6-2, 15-6) have clinched a spot in the tournament which they will host Feb. 24-26. The women play at 6 p.m. with the men to follow.
The Willmar softball team will be hosting a fast-pitch clinic Sunday at Ridgewater College. The clinic is open to all communities. There will be two sessions. The advanced session is $25 per player and runs from 12-1:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. The beginners sessions is $15 and runs from 1:30-3 p.m. Gustavus Adolphus pitching coach Mark Wiest and former college pitchers Hope Grover and Joyce DeWitz will be running the clinic. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call Guy Nelson (320) 995-6346 or Brent Pederson (320) 231-2450.
The Willmar Blue Line Club is sponsoring Willmar Cardinals' Boys Hockey Jersey Night at the Civic Center Thursday for the 7:30 p.m. game with Sartell, the home finale. Any student in grade K-12 will be admitted free wearing any game-type jersey. The Blue Line Club is picking up the cost of the free admissions.
The Kandiyohi County Area YMCA will be hosting an Indoor Triathlon Feb. 25-26 in Willmar. Athletes will swim for 20 minutes, bike for 20 minutes, then finish on a treadmill for 20 minutes. Heats are schedule for Saturday and Sunday mornings. For more information, call the YMCA at (320) 222-9622. All proceeds go toward new fitness equipment.
GRANITE FALLS -- Katie Smith netted her 1,000th career point for Redwood Valley, but Audrey Formo had a career night to help Yellow Medicine East beat the Cardinals 59-44 in a non-conference game Tuesday. Formo netted 29 points and pulled down 23 rebounds to help YME (12-9) recover from a slow start. The Sting outscored Redwood Valley (6-16) 40-27 in the second half after owning a slim 19-17 lead at halftime. Smith penetrated the lane and drained a short jumper three minutes into the game to give her exactly 1,000 points for her career.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals returned to full strength on Tuesday and beat Fergus Falls 63-52 in Central Lakes boys basketball. Matt Seehusen was in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 12, a 55-45 loss at St. Cloud Apollo. Willmar had gone 2-6 in the absence of the starting junior wing. Also back was Ross Van Hauen, who missed two games -- both losses -- since he wrenched his right ankle during pre-game warmups against St.