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HUTCHINSON -- Willmar and Hutchinson played a nearly even first period Tuesday, but the Tigers netted three goals in the second period en route to picking up their first win by blanking the Cardinals 5-0 in non-conference action. The Cardinals (0-4), still searching for their first win, trailed 1-0 after the opening 17 minutes after being outshot only 8-7. Hutchinson (1-3-1) then scored two quick goals in the second period to pull away. "We had a big lay off over the Thanksgiving break," said Willmar coach Ross Dahl. "We haven't had a practice since Friday.
BOLD senior defensive linemen Ben Aaseth and Jon Lankenau were named to the second team of the Associated Press All-State Team Tuesday. Lankenau led the area again in sacks with 11 and was also in on 47 tackles. Aaseth registered 58 tackles (33 solo) and five sacks. Both were three-year starters that helped the Warriors go 29-6 in that span.
The Ridgewater men's and women's basketball games scheduled for Tuesday against North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D. were postponed until today. The women's game begins at 6 p.m. and the men's game is slated to start at 8 p.m.
NORWOOD -- It took a big rally, but New London-Spicer came away with a 44-42 win at Norwood Young America Tuesday to open the season. The Wildcats trailed by 10 points with 6:30 left in the second half. A Renae Henjum basket at 1:30 completed the comeback tying the score 42-42. Henjum and Kelsey Cors followed with one free throw each down the stretch while NYA failed to score. The score was tied at 23 at halftime. Henjum finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Cassidy Vogt, the Wildcats' lone returning starter, added six points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Volleyball Southern Division 10-0 Overall Record 33-10 NJCAA Division III Tournament Defeated Dutchess, NY, 30-24, 30-16, 30-5 ... def. Jamestown, NY, 29-31, 30-16, 30-28 ... lost to Brookhaven, Texas, 30-23, 30-18, 30-28 ... def. Central Lakes 19-30, 30-17, 30-25, 30-26 .... Lost to Brookhaven 30-28, 28-30, 25-30....
Women's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater vs. North Dakota State College of Science at Wahpeton (N.D.), 6 p.m. Men's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater vs. North Dakota State College of Science at Wahpeton (N.D.), 8 p.m. College Wrestling JUNIOR COLLEGE Rochester at Ridgewater, 7 p.m.
The Willmar girls basketball team starts the 2005-06 campaign with a tough test against defending Central Lakes Conference champ Alexandria at 7:30 p.m. at Alexandria. Willmar, which will hold its home opener Friday against Sartell, split with Alex last season.
Sixteen of 20 area girls basketball teams are scheduled to be on the court tonight to start the new season. Section 5A runner-up Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa starts the year at Sauk Centre in a non-conference clash and Section 5AA runner-up New London-Spicer visits Norwood Young America. Games pitting area teams tonight include Benson at Minnewaska, Hancock at Central Minnesota Chrisitan, MACCRAY at Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta and Renville County West at Lac qui Parle Valley.
West Central North Football Albany -- Justin Shay, Josh Overman, Greg Dingman, Eric Harlander, Ben Kasner, Matt Evans, Aaron Schiffler Long Prairie-Grey Eagle -- Jim Siegle, Dan Scheve, Jason Tschida, Chris Ahrens, Sam Schad, Elliot Tepfer Melrose -- Noel Meyer, Peter Herkenhoff, Seth Gieske, Alex Brixius St.
Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Alexandria Brainerd at St. Cloud Tech Rocori at Little Falls St. Cloud Apollo at Sauk Rapids (Non-Conference) Annandale at Sartell NON-CONFERENCE Benson at Minnewaska Glencoe-Silver Lake vs. BOLD at Olivia Hancock vs.