BENSON -- Taking advantage of Ortonville's turnovers and fouls led Benson to a 74-64 win in non-conference boys basketball action Thursday. The Braves (11-3) made 23-of-37 free throws. Daniel Fragodt had the greatest share of those, sinking 17 of 22. He finished with a game-high 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Joey Fragodt added 18 points and eight boards, and Aaron Hagen had 10 points and eight rebounds. Benson 74, Ortonville 64 Ortonville (1-15) 26 38 -- 64 Benson (11-3) 30 44 -- 74 ORTONVILLE - 25-57 FG (4-13 3 pt); 10-26 FT; rebounds not available; 25 fouls ...
RENVILLE -- MACCRAY held off Renville County West 49-47 Thursday behind Hilary Groothuis' 21 points to stay on top of the Camden North Conference. MACCRAY and Lakeview, 55-30 winners over Central Minnesota Christian, both improved to 8-2 in the conference, the same mark as idle Dawson-Boyd. Groothuis capped the scoring with a free throw in the closing seconds. Renville County West (4-7, 10-8) had the game's final possession, but couldn't get off a shot. Megan Groen scored a game-high 26 points to keep the Jaguars close.
SAUK CENTRE -- Sparked by Renae Henjum's triple-double of 13 points, 12 blocks and 11 rebounds, New London-Spicer won its sixth straight game Thursday by beating Sauk Centre 38-20 in the West Central North Conference. In the first meeting of the season New London-Spicer won 50-21 on Dec. 22 after holding Sauk Centre to four points in the first half. On Thursday, the Wildcats (9-2, 16-6) limited Sauk Centre (2-8, 6-12) to just three points in the opening half and led 37-10 with 3:32 remaining. The Wildcats' balanced attack also got eight steals, six points and four assists from Cassidy Vogt.
ST. JOSEPH - Ridgewater almost bounced back from a slow start, but the JV team from St. Benedict fought off the Lady Warriors to post a 52-48 win Wednesday. The Lady Warriors (13-6) fell behind 30-16 at halftime, but then went to a press on defense to get back into the game. Ridgewater had the ball underneath the basket with 12 seconds left, trailing 50-48, but turned the ball over on a bad pass. "It was an awful first half," said Ridgewater coach Carrie Ogdahl.
Willmar and Little Falls meet tonight in Little Falls to decide the Central Lakes Conference outright leader. Both teams are 7-0 in league duals and each has one remaining CLC match next Tuesday. Little Falls (20-4) is ranked No. 3 in Class AA by The Guillotine. Willmar (10-6) is unranked in Class AAA.
Lisa Nielsen, Willmar junior forward, was named Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week in girls basketball. In a win at Sauk Rapids Jan. 13, she scored nine points with eight rebounds, three steals and three assists.
All events 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Ortonville at Benson Dawson-Boyd at Lake Benton Osakis at Hancock Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Brainerd Alexandria at Sauk Rapids Fergus Falls at Rocori Little Falls at Sartell St. Cloud Apollo at St. Cloud Tech WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City Benson vs. BOLD at Olivia Yellow Medicine East at Lac qui Parle Valley WEST CENTRAL NORTH New London-Spicer at Sauk Centre Melrose at St.
The Willmar Cardettes placed fifth in Jazz/Funk and sixth in High Kick at the Central Lakes Conference Danceline Competition Saturday in St. Cloud. Brainerd was first in High Kick and St. Cloud first in Jazz/Funk. Earning all-conference honors for Willmar were Allie Ellingson and Leslie Marcus in High Kick with Sara Oestrich and Jessica Simons honorable mention. Oestrich and was all-conference in Jazz/Funk with Ellingson and Kinda Seifert honorable mention. Willmar will compete in the section competition Saturday in Elk River.
ALEXANDRIA -- After two great efforts in the past two weeks, Willmar was unable to raise its level against the powerful Alexandria team which won a Central Lakes dual meet 109-64 Tuesday. Matt Fuglestad had a personal best to win the 200 individual medley (2:13.04).
BRAINERD -- Caitlin Cooreman of Willmar won the all-around competition, but Willmar succumbed to Brainerd 143-128.4 in a Central Lakes Conference meet Tuesday. The 128.4 marked a season-high for the Cardinals, whose previous best was 126.6 at Little Falls. Cooreman was first on vault (9.55), second on floor exercise (9.375), second on beam (8.95) and sixth on bars (8.0) for a 35.875.