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.
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.