NEW LONDON -- Todd Herman scored 31 points to lead New London-Spicer to a 70-57 win over Sauk Centre in West Central North boys basketball Friday. Herman, who also led the team with nine rebounds, scored the Wildcats' first eight points and Brian Pieh followed with the next seven, giving NLS, rated No. 5 in the latest Class AA poll, a 17-10 lead. After closing the first half with a 35-23 lead, the Wildcats held a 20-point advantage before Sauk Centre chipped it down.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Morris Area at New London-Spicer, 8 p.m. Redwood Valley at Mankato East, 4:45 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Eden Valley-Watkins, 7:30 p.m. Morris/Chokio-Alberta at New London-Spicer, 6:15 p.m. Hancock at Minnewaska, 1 p.m. Wrestling NON-CONFERENCE Alexandria Big Ole Invite (Willmar, Morris/Hancock, Minnewaska Area, Rocori), 9 a.m. Paynesville Duals (BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector), 10 a.m. Martin County West Invite (Lac qui Parle Valley), 11 a.m. Anoka Invite (Yellow Medicine East)
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GRAND MARAIS -- Willmar's Phil Cleary competed in the Cook County Invitational pursuit race Friday. He finished 49th out of 94 in the 5.5-kilometer classical race in 21:22.5 and 22nd in the 5.7-kilometer freestyle out of 97 in 16:13.7. His total time was 37:36, finishing 37th out of 77.
PAYNESVILLE -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City utilized four pins, a technical fall and a forfeit to stymie Paynesville 48-13 in a non-conference match Friday night. Jeremy Anderson at 103 pounds, Micah Larson at 145, Eric Peterson at 160 and Nic Leither at 171 all won by pin for the Falcons. ACGC 48, Paynesville 13 103: Jeremy Anderson, A, pin Jeff Albright 1:17 112: Ben Meyer, A, maj Jordan Christian 12-0 119: John Hoeper, A, tcfl Cody Fuchs 19-0 125: Bill Wheeler, A, dec Jon Kerzman 9-5 130: Matt Pearson, A, dec A.J.
LITCHFIELD -- Lucas Johnson rejected 42 shots as Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato upset Delano/Rockford 5-4 in boys hockey Friday. Mike Dvorak nailed the hat trick, including what proved to be the gamewinner in the first minute of the third period for a 5-3 LDC lead over the Tigers (13-6-1). The Dragons (2-20) who won despite being outshot 46-18. John Sherman and Tucker Osterberg also scored for Litchfield/DC. Litchfield/DC 5, Delano/Rockford 4 Delano/Rockford (13-6-1) 1 2 1 -- 4 Litchfield/DC (2-20) 2 2 1 -- 5 FIRST PERIOD - LDC: John Sherman (Keaton Daneilson, Alex Euerle) 2:59 ...
DAWSON -- Twelve players scored for Dawson-Boyd Friday with Nikki Swenson leading the way with 20 points as the Blackjacks trounced Lake Benton 97-37 in non-conference girls basketball. The Blackjacks were credited with forcing 38 turnovers and shot 61 percent from the field. Chelsie Kurtenbach had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Heather Voss followed with 14 points for the Blackjacks (14-4).
BENSON -- Benson's steady play and tough defense in the second half led to a 47-33 win over Lac qui Parle Valley in West Central South conference action Friday. The Braves (8-2, 13-5), who now led the league by a full game over Yellow Medicine East, expanded their 23-19 halftime lead by holding the Eagles (2-7, 8-11) to 14 points. Emily Jensen paced Benson with 17 points. Brittany Holm added 13 points and seven rebounds. Mindy Clark scored 13 points for LQPV.
BRAINERD -- A pair of early three-pointers by Briana Goldschmidt ignited the Willmar offense and the Cardinals went on to defeat the Brainerd Warriors 50-37 Thursday night in Central Lakes Conference girls basketball. The win was the sixth straight for the Cardinals (11-2, 14-4), who stayed a game behind front-running St. Cloud Tech in the CLC race. The Cardinals trailed 6-0 when Goldschmidt came off the bench to trigger a 10-0 run with a pair of three-pointers as Willmar took the lead for good. "We got a huge spark out of (Goldschmidt) off the bench," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers won the showdown for the Central Lakes Conference lead by overwhelming Willmar 50-6 on Thursday. The Flyers won all but two matches to improve to 8-0 in the conference and 21-4 overall. "They're the elite of the conference," said Willmar coach Tom Beyer whose team was 7-0 in CLC matches coming in and falls to 10-7 overall. "They're rated third in Class AA and are very good. But our kids wrestled really hard.