WILLMAR -- Twice the Willmar Cardinals led in regulation but ended up fighting to a 2-2 draw with the Sartell Sabres on Thursday at the Civic Center. It was the second time this season the two teams had gone overtime: at Sartell on Jan. 12 the Cardinals bolted from an 8-3 deficit in the third period to win 9-8. Last night they picked up right where they had left off. The Cardinals came out flying pinning the puck in the Sabres zone for the first seven minutes of the game. Willmar got one goal out of the flurry.
ST. CLOUD -- Senior guard Andrea Brown scored 20 points and senior post Laura Nielsen added 18 points and nine rebounds as the Willmar Cardinals crumpled St. Cloud Apollo 65-47 Thursday. The victory was the 10th in a row for the Cardinals (14-2, 18-4), who are trying to chase down St. Cloud Tech for a piece of the Central Lakes Conference title. "Since we got everyone healthy, we've run the table," said coach Brad Atchison. "We looked sharp tonight offensively.
LITTLE FALLS -- Cory Hanson led a second-half comeback as the Willmar Cardinals belted Little Falls 52-40 on Thursday in Central Lakes Conference boys basketball. Hanson notched 11 of his game-high 14 points after intermission for the Cardinals. Kyle Townswick, Willmar's leading scorer, got all eight of his points in the second half. Tyler Horning was the only other Cardinal in double figures with 10 points.
The Montevideo boys basketball team can clinch the West Central South Conference title outright tonight with a win over visiting Benson. Montevideo stands 9-1 in the conference and 15-3 overall. Benson (8-2, 15-3) can pull into a tie with a win with one game remaining for each team. On Tuesday, Montevideo will finish the conference season at Yellow Medicine East and Benson will play at Lac qui Parle. Montevideo beat Benson 74-72 on Jan. 13 in Benson.
Area wrestling teams will be competing in section semifinals today. In Section 5A at Norwood, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa meet in one semifinal and Paynesville and Eden Valley-Watkins in the other, each match at 6 p.m. The winners meet for the championship at 8 p.m. In 5AA at Glencoe, BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector and New London-Spicer compete in one semifinal and Litchfield and Annandale/Map-le Lake in the other. The final is at 8 p.m.
Dennis Terning and Callie Terning-Sullivan announced Wednesday they are returning as promoters of the Fiesta City Speedway at the Chippewa County Fairgrounds in Montevideo. The pair ran the Speedway from 1995-2004 prior to leasing it to Nurmi Racing Enterprises for the 2005 season. Ten race nights are planned starting in late April.
Boys Basketball Willmar 52, Little Falls 40 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 70, BOLD 63 Watertown-Mayer 94, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 64 Central Minnesota Christian 75, BL-Hector 53 Glencoe-Silver Lake 54, Litchfield 51 Girls Basketball Willmar 65, St.
(Starting times approximately 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted) Boys Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Benson at Montevideo BOLD at Morris Lac qui Parle Valley vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls WEST CENTRAL NORTH Paynesville at Minnewaska New London-Spicer at St. Cloud Cathedral Albany at Melrose Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Sauk Centre CENTRAL MINNESOTA Kimball vs.
ST. PAUL -- Allison Bratch, a 5-9 sophomore guard from New London-Spicer, produced six rebounds, three assists and three points to help Hamline beat MIAC foe Bethel 61-60 Tuesday and qualify the women's basketball team for its first-ever playoff appearance. Jessica Heinen, a 6-foot freshman post from New London-Spicer, a played but did not score. The fifth-seeded Pipers (9-10, 13-11) will play at No. 4 Carlton on Monday.
MARSHALL -- Shawn Plumley, a two-time state wrestling champion for BOLD who suffered a serious head injury in a motorcycle accident six months ago, will return to Southwest Minnesota State University as honorary captain for the Mustang's final home match against MSU-Moorhead tonight. Plumley would have been a junior on the wrestling team this winter. He qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament as a sophomore at 157 pounds.