Bonnie Hendrickson's University of Kansas Jayhawks are 5-5 in non-conference games after dropping a 63-48 decision to Indiana at Assembly Hall in Bloomington on Thursday. The Jayhawks host Northern Illinois on Dec. 29 and Xavier on New Year's Eve before launching their Big 12 campaign Jan. 3 at Iowa State. The 1981 Willmar graduate has a 34-34 record in her third year at Lawrence and is 192-96 lifetime, counting seven seasons at Virginia Tech.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Sophomore Mike Felt drained five 3-pointers en route to scoring a game-high 31 points and Dan Bonebright added 23 more points for Redwood Valley as the Cardinals outlasted Montevideo 81-76 in a non-conference battle of unbeatens Friday. Redwood Valley (6-0) reached its season average of 81 points a game, but the Thunder Hawks (4-1) fell 12 points shy of theirs as the Cardinals shot just under 50 percent (27-for-56) from the field.
PAYNESVILLE -- Behind 24 points from Cory Nietfeld and 21 from Ben Moser, Paynesville rallied past New London-Spicer 69-58 to stay on top in the West Central North Conference race Friday night. Nietfeld also led the Bulldogs (2-0, 5-1) with nine rebounds to go along with three steals. For New London-Spicer (1-1, 4-2), which cashed 21-of-29 free throws, Skylar Wachter and Jordan Radel had 15 points apiece and Wade Powers scored 14.
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.