MINNETONKA -- Willmar picked up three victories on Friday at the Minnetonka Quadrangular. The Cardinals tamed Section 2AAA rivals Hutchinson 42-22, Chaska 42-29 and the host Skippers 36-31. "It was a good day," said coach Tom Beyer. "We bounced back from a tough loss the night before (32-31 to Sartell)." Brandt Haglund at 135 pounds, Drew Larson at 145, Cody Stegeman at 152 and Trent Molacek (14-0) at 171 each went 3-0.
GLENWOOD -- New London-Spicer won its ninth straight game Friday after rallying from an early 13-point deficit to upend Minnewaska 55-50 in a West Central North Conference girls basketball game. The Lakers (3-2, 6-3) raced to a 17-4 lead before Renae Henjum sparked the Wildcats' comeback. The junior center netted 14 of her game-high 19 points in the first half as New London-Spicer (4-0, 9-2) ended the half on a 23-10 run. The Wildcats slowly pulled away in the second, but Minnewaska got within one when Brittany Mensing hit a three-pointer with just under a minute remaining.
MADISON -- With the help of 24 free throws, Lac qui Parle Valley knocked Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City out of first place in the West Central South Conference by posting a 53-51 win Friday. Morris/Chokio-Alberta drubbed BOLD Friday to take sole possession of first place in the loop at 4-0. Kayla Rheingans put the Eagles (2-1, 5-5) ahead for good by making a three-point play with just over a minute left. Kjersten Karlsgodt then hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game to pull ACGC (3-1, 5-4) within one, but LQPV then made its free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
MADISON -- Adam Paulson and Jameson Siegert had 18 points apiece as Lac qui Parle Valley rolled over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 74-57 in a West Central South Conference game Thursday night. Paulson had four 3-pointers among his points. The Eagles (2-0, 5-2) led 43-28 at halftime and were never headed, shooting 53 percent for the game. LQPV moved into the early lead with Montevideo in the West Central South Conference race. Caleb DuFrane and Ryan Sigdahl had 10 points each for the Eagles, who also got nine rebounds from Siegert and eight from DuFrane.
The New London-Spicer Wildcat gymnasts rank No. 9 in Class A with a score of 136.238. Perham is No. 1 after a score of 146.2. Roseville is the top Class AA team with a score of 150.450 followed by St. Cloud Tech at 147.550.
The Ridgewater College wrestling team returns to the mat today for the first time in four weeks at the two-day Wrestling Tournament of Champions hosted by Colby (Kan.) Junior College. This annual event pits the Warriors against top teams in NJCAA Division I, including LaBatte, Kan; Clackamas, Okla. and Colby. The Warriors have home meets remaining on Jan. 19 against Iowa Central and Jan. 31 against Ellsworth, Iowa.
The first Willmar Curling Club Arena Bonspiel has filled its 16-team bracket for the all-day Saturday and Sunday morning event. Twelve four-person teams are coming from outside the area, including a team from Bemidji, which supplied many members of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team. Admission is free.
ST. CLOUD -- Lisa Nielsen netted 21 points to lead Willmar to a 59-49 win over St. Cloud Apollo in Central Lakes Conference girls basketball action Thursday. The Cardinals (2-4, 5-6) trailed 29-27 at halftime, then outscored the Eagles (3-3, 4-8) 32-20 in the final 18 minutes. Hannah Okins and Kelsey Evans added 10 points apiece for Willmar. The Cardinals committed just nine fouls in the game. St. Cloud Apollo was led by Andrea Hagberg's 21 points.
GLENWOOD -- A 42-point first half was more than enough for New London-Spicer in a 67-50 win over Minnewaska in West Central North boys basketball action Thursday. While the Wildcat (3-1, 7-3) offense was putting up the points, the defense shut down the Lakers, holding them to 22 points. Minnewaska (2-2, 4-5) fared better in the second half, but it was only able to shave three points off NLS' lead. Wade Powers led three Wildcats in double figures with 16 points.
KERKHOVEN -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg held a nine-point lead midway through the second half, but couldn't hold on as Minneota rallied to win, 70-61, in a Camden Conference girls basketball game Thursday night. Esther Peterson scored 15 of her team-high 20 points in the first half as KMS led 39-33. Minneota went to a box-and-one on the All-Area senior center in the second half and held her to five points. She also finished with 13 rebounds. Patina Queenan had 13 points and Steph Stassen 12 for KMS (2-4, 3-6). Hayley Hennen led all scorers with 27 points for Minneota (9-2).