MACCRAY, Yellow Medicine East, Renville County West and BOLD all won first-round games in the Old Two Twelve Conference Holiday Tournament Thursday. The eight teams that made up the now disbanded conference regrouped for the tournament. MACCRAY topped Central Minnesota Christian 60-26, Yellow Medicine East rolled over past Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 56-37. MACCRAY 60, CMCS 26 MACCRAY's defense held CMCS to 18 percent shooting from the field (10 of 57) and 13 points in each quarter. Tori Brouwer scored 19 points and had seven steals to lead the Wolverines (3-0, 4-1).
MORRIS -- Morris/Chokio-Alberta nearly blew a 13-point first-half lead, but held off Montevideo 50-47 for its first win in a West Central South Conference game Thursday night. Jasmine Henrich scored all 11 of her points in the first half for the Tigers (1-2, 1-4), who led 35-22 at intermission. Henrich also finished with nine rebounds. Mackenzie Kontz and Brittany Nelson scored eight points each. Brook Moseng scored a game-high 21 points for the Thunder Hawks (1-2, 2-3).
SAUK RAPIDS -- Willmar improved to 2-1 overall in duals by splitting matches at the Sauk Rapids Triangular Thursday. The Cardinals won by criteria over host Sauk Rapids after a 36-36 regulation tie, then lost to Becker 50-22. Willmar held a 15-point lead after Josh Dahlke won his match by fall at 152 pounds, but the Storm picked up nine team points in the next two matches. After Trent Molacek won his 189-pound match, Sauk Rapids took the 215-pound and heavyweight points to tie the dual. Only 135-pounder Brady Gilb and Molacek won both matches for Willmar.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals fell to St. Cloud Apollo 96-89 in a Central Lakes Conference swimming dual on Thursday. "We swam hard," said coach Carl Shuldes. "It was a big improvement over Tuesday (the opener)." Andrew Nicklawsky won the 200 and 100 free and swam a leg on the winning 400-free relay with Andy Johnson, Eric Hedy and Steve Kluver. Hedy also won the 500 freestyle with Jason Cain second. Willmar, which has only one rookie diver, was outscored 13-2 in the event. Kyle Schmidt and Jackson Roberts joined Nicklawsky and Johnson on the winning 200-free relay.
WILLMAR -- The youthful Willmar Cardinals showed big gains in a 138.075 to 114.6 loss to the Sauk Rapids Storm on Thursday at the Kennedy gym. "We're not scoring high, but we're improving fast and that's exciting," said coach Larry Selchow.
(All events 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Osakis vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade Old Two Twelve Conference Tournament Semifinals CMCS vs. TMB at Prinsburg, 8 p.m. RCW vs. ACGC at Kerkhoven, 8 p.m. Consolation MACCRAY vs. YME at Prinsburg, 6 p.m. KMS vs. BOLD at Kerkhoven, 6 p.m. Benson Invite Paynesville vs. Hancock, 6 p.m. Benson vs. Chokio-Alberta, 8 p.m. Wahpeton Invite Breckenridge vs. Sisseton, 6:30 p.m. Morris vs.
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The Willmar Hockey Association, in conjunction with the Willmar Civic Center, will be offering free family passes for Saturday's boys and girls hockey games to any Kindergarten to fourth-grade Willmar student. The Willmar girls host Benson/Morris at 3 p.m., while the boys host Wadena-Deer Creek at 7:30 p.m. Also, any WHA player wearing his/her red jersey to the games will be admitted free. Drawings for prizes will also be held between periods of both games. For more information, call Kristi Block at (320) 796-6436.
Registration is in progress for YMCA Youth Basketball. The eight-week program begins Jan. 7 and is open to all students in grades kindergarten-4th grade. The season culminates with an optional Timberwolves games and Junior Wolves Clinic with Fred Hoiberg at the Target Center. More information is available at www.kandiymca.org or by calling the YMCA at (320) 222-9622.