Behind a game-high 10 rebounds from sophomore forward Brett Winkelman, North Dakota State upset previously unbeaten and No. 8-ranked Marquette 64-60 in the final of the Pepsi Blue and Gold Classic Saturday in Milwaukee. Winkelman, a 2004 graduate of Morris Area High School, also had eight points in 36 minutes to help the Bison (5-2) win their fourth straight game.
BENSON -- Hastings, a Class AAAA school, made it two titles in two years at the Benson Invite Saturday. The Raiders made the host team the victim in the championship game both times, this year 56-38. Lac qui Parle Valley topped MACCRAY in the third-place game 46-38. Last year, the Raiders beat the Braves 56-51 in the final. Hastings 56, Benson 38 With 6-foot-8 Cathy Hintz underneath and fluid 5-10 Sarah Duea on the wing, the Raiders are a lot to defend. Duea, a 5-10 senior wing, led Hastings with 25 points.
MORRIS -- Brooke Anderson netted a hat trick, including the game-winning goal with 29 seconds left, to help Morris/Benson Area beat Luverne 6-5 Saturday in girls hockey. Laura Berens got a shot off from the slot that was stopped by Luverne goaltender Katie Dahl, but Anderson was trailing the play and tapped in the rebound. Berens, Dani Staples and Laura Horecka also scored for the Storm while Emily Rajewsky assisted on three goals. MBA 6, Luverne 5 Luverne (1-1-0)....................2 1 2 -- 5 MBA (1-1-1)..........................2 3 1 -- 6 FIRST PERIOD - Luv: Emily Spreiter (
MOORHEAD -- Ridgewater College had four placewinners Saturday at the Minnesota State University Moorhead Invitational -- a meet that featured 10 senior colleges. Brent Mason was second and Steve Westby third, both at heavyweight, Jimmy Marx took fifth at 125 pounds and Justin Turek placed fourth at 149. "We took our lumps, but the learning curve was steep," said coach Jesse Nelson. The meet included North Dakota State, Augsburg and Augustana, all top programs in the Upper Midwest. How Ridgewater fared Key: (Weight, name, won-loss) 125: Brian Beilke 0-2, Jimmy Marx 2-2, 5th place .
GROVE CITY -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City turned in a dominating performance in its own tournament Saturday, placing all 14 wrestlers in the top three spots, including nine champions. Scott Litzau, a 119-pound sophomore for ACGC, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Wrestler after winning his first match by a first-period pin, upsetting top seed Ethan Hildebrandt of St.
BENSON -- Behind 23 points from Brittany Holm and four 3-pointers from Sarah Ahrndt, Benson rallied past Lac qui Parle Valley 61-58 Friday to advance to the final of the Benson Invite. The Braves will face Hastings, a 44-30 winner over MACCRAY, in the final today at 7:45 p.m. MACCRAY and LQPV will meet at 6 p.m.
SARTELL -- Lisa Nielsen scored a career-high 17 points and collected six steals Friday to help Willmar clip Sartell 48-44 in the Central Lakes Conference. It was Willmar's first game since losing 54-30 to Alexandria in its home opener Tuesday. After shooting only 28 percent against Alex-andria, the Cardinals shot at a 44-percent (19-for-43) clip Friday. "The kids played well," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison.
The Ninth Annual Willmar Gun Show will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Willmar City Auditorium. Admission is $5 with women and children ages 16 and under getting in free. For more information, call Kyle Carlson at 320-235-4867.
The Willmar cross-country club team will compete today at 2 p.m. (CST) at the third annual Nike Team Nationals in Portland, Ore. With a veteran lineup, Willmar is expected to improve on last year's 14th-place finish among 20 teams. The meet features many of the top boys and girls teams nationwide. Running on the Willmar team are Kaafi Adeys, David Anderson, Abdi Awale, Mohamed Bedel, Scott Boros, Phil Cleary, Mahad Hassan and Mustafa Yusuf.
Weekly/monthly, etc. Blomkest Sportsmen's Club -- Monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Blomkest Community Center. Plans will be made for a fish fry at this meeting and annual dues are due. Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club -- Indoor range open to public Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. through April. Located in the basement of the Willmar City Auditorium. $1.50 per half-hour. Targets on sale. Rimfire rifles, rimfire or centerfire handguns only. No high-power/magnum loads.