Willmar's Erik Borgos at 103 pounds, Brandt Haglund at 125 and Jesse Alonzo at 140 all advanced to the semifinals after the first day at the Section 2AA Individual Tournament Friday in Prior Lake. The other nine Willmar wrestlers (the Cardinals have two open weights) remained alive and will compete in wrestlebacks today. Complete area wrestling results for each section will appear in Monday's paper.
Boys Basketball YME 69, KMS 67 MACCRAY 64, LQPV 53 NLS 88, BOLD 51 Albany 75, ACGC 66 Girls Basketball Watertown-Mayer 51, Litchfield 41 Willmar 60, Sauk Rapids 27 Boys Hockey Little Falls 7, Willmar 4 Women's Basketball MCCC State Tournament Ridgewater 73, Rainy River 59 Itasca 76, MN West 58 Minneapolis 69, Hibbing 53 Rochester 78, Mesabi 56
Women's Basketball MCCC STATE TOURNAMENT At Willmar See schedule on Page B-1 Girls Basketball Section 3A-North QUARTERFINALS TODAY at Southwest Minnesota State, Marshall 1. Red Rock vs. Lakeview, 1 p.m. 2. RTR vs. Minneota, 2:30 p.m. 3. Canby vs. Lincoln HI, 4:30 p.m. 4. RCW vs. Dawson-Boyd, 6 p.m. Section 3AA-North QUARTERFINALS TODAY 1. Morris/Chokio-Alb. at Benson, 7 p.m. 2. Lac qui Parle Valley vs. West Central Area at Barrett, 7 p.m. 3. BOLD vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 7 p.m. 4. Montevideo vs.
LITCHFIELD -- Watertown-Mayer limited Litchfield to 32 percent shooting from the field and got 17 points from Laura Parochka as the Royals beat Litchfield 51-41 in the Wright County Conference Friday. The Royals (11-3, 21-5) owned a five-point lead at halftime and never looked back in the second half. Litchfield (10-4, 19-7) got within two in the second half, but poor shooting hindered the Dragons' chances of putting together a rally. Emily Davis with 11 points was the only Litchfield player to score in double figures.
KERKHOVEN -- In two of the last three games for Yellow Medicine East, Kenton Johnson has been the go-to guy. Friday against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (15-9), Johnson hit a 14-footer with 2.5 seconds left to lift the Sting (12-11) to a 69-67 non-conference win. Johnson was also responsible for YME's 54-53 win over Pipestone on Feb. 18. He made two free throws with 5.4 seconds left in that game. After trailing 33-25 at halftime, YME erased the deficit in the first four minutes of the second half to take a 40-39 lead. Johnson and Luke Berg led the Sting with 18 points each.
MONTEVIDEO -- Tyler Grey pumped in 18 points and Montevideo shot only 50 percent from the field as the Thunder Hawks beat Dawson-Boyd 76-59 in a non-conference game Thursday. Grey netted 16 of his points in the first half to help Montevideo (18-3) stake a comfortable 44-30 lead at halftime.
(Starting times approximately 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted) Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Albany BOLD at New London-Spicer Lac qui Parle Valley vs. MACCRAY at Clara City Yellow Medicine East vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven SOUTHWEST Redwood Valley at Worthington Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Sauk Rapids at Willmar Brainerd at Alexandria Fergus Falls at Little Falls Sartell at St.
Boys Basketball Willmar 85, St. Cloud Apollo 74 Benson 62, Hancock 52 Montevideo 76, Dawson-Boyd 59 Watertown-Mayer 60, Litchfield 42 Girls Basketball Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 62, Paynesville 42 West Central Championship Albany 65, Yellow Medicine East 29 Section 2A-North Buffalo Lake-Hector 51, Sleepy Eye 45 Section 3A-North Canby 70, Central Minnesota Christian 47 Renville County West 68, Lake Benton 38
HANCOCK -- Despite not making a three-pointer, Benson had enough firepower to drop Hancock 62-52 in a non-conference game Thursda night. The Braves (17-4) went 0-for-9 from long distance, but made up for it by edging the Owls by shooting 48 percent from the field, compared to 40 percent for Hancock. The teams combined for just 25 fouls, which lead to few free throws for either team.
The individual section wrestling tournaments for all area teams begin today and conclude Saturday at various sites. The top two wrestlers in each weight classs qualify for the state meet March 2-4 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.