EDITOR'S NOTE: The following 2006 All-Area Football selection ran with the incorrect photo in Saturday's edition. Offense DAVID NELSON ACGC, senior, 5-9, 200, G-DT Nelson explodes off the block and overpowers defensive linemen with his strength and technique. The Falcons were second in the area in rushing yards per game and often followed Nelson's blocks en route to averaging 354 yards and over 33 points per game.
It's no surprise to see New London-Spicer and Willmar on top of the area preseason rating list. The two have been perennial powers for many years. It's the teams that are battling to take over the top of the heap that are surprising. New London-Spicer has two stellar starters back from a 20-8 team and is selected as our No. 1 team. Willmar (previewed last Saturday) lost four starters to graduation, but has a good nucleus of experienced players back and the Cardinals won their opener Saturday against a good Bemidji team. They are our No.
Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Alexandria at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. TOMAHAWK Lester Prairie at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN MACCRAY at Dawson-Boyd, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Eden Valley-Watkins vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. Sauk Centre vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Brooten, 7:30 p.m. BOLD at Glencoe-Silver Lake, 7:30 p.m. Central Minnesota Christian at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley vs.
Men's Basketball Gustavus JV 66, Ridgewater 58 Women's Basketball Gustavus JV 52, Ridgewater 45
BEMIDJI -- After a sluggish beginning to the 2006-07 girls basketball season, Willmar dominated the perimeter to top Bemidji 48-40 Saturday. The first half had more turnovers than points, with 34 miscues between the teams and only 31 points as the Cardinals led 17-14 after the first 18 minutes. "There were a lot of turnovers early by both squads," said Willmar head coach Brad Atchison.
Justin Kubesh, a 6-1, 225-pound junior linebacker from Olivia, led South Dakota State Univesity in tackles this season with 79. Kubesh, who was second in the Great West Conference in tackles, also had two interceptions, eight pass breakups and a fumble recovery. SDSU finished second in the conference to North Dakota State and the Jackrabbits were 7-4 overall.
Cody Dyshaw, a sophomore guard fro Montevideo, has been red hot from the outside in Concordia-Moorhead's first three men's basketball games this season. Although the Cobbers are 0-3 to date, Dyshaw has come off the bench and hit 10 of 14 shots from three-point range and has scored 33 points, third on the team.
Alison Adamson, an Augustana senior guard from Willmar, scored a team-high 17 points Saturday in a 73-47 win at Nebraska-Kearney. It was the sixth straight win for the Vikings (6-2). Adamson, who has made 15 three-pointers, is averaging 13.8 points and three steals per game to date.
Women's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Gustavus JV at Ridgewater, 6 p.m. Men's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Gustavus JV at Ridgewater, 8 p.m.
Girls Basketball Willmar 48, Bemidji 40