CLARA CITY -- MACCRAY's 12-0 run near the end of the first half erased a 19-15 lead for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and led to a 60-47 Wolverines win in Camden North Conference action Friday. MACCRAY (5-2, 9-4) took a 27-19 lead after the run, but Esther Peterson's buzzer-beating three-pointer made the score 27-22 at halftime. Hilary Groothuis scored 20 points and had eight rebounds for the Wolverines.
PAYNESVILLE -- Ben Moser, a 6-5 junior, nailed seven 3-pointers in 10 attempts and finished with 35 points as Paynesville shot past Minnewaska Area 91-78 in West Central Conference boys basketball. Moser had five treys and 23 points by halftime, but the Bulldogs led just 46-45. The junior sharpshooter was also 6 of 6 at the line for the game. Payneville 6-3 junior Cory Nietsfeld scored 14 of his 26 points in the second half when the Bulldogs pulled away.
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg will be hosting a triangular wrestling meet today in Kerkhoven. KMS, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Lac qui Parle Valley will be participating. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
Emily Swierenga, 5-8 sophomore guard from Willmar, had the best game of her college career Wednesday night when she helped Concordia beat Augsburg 86-52 in Moorhead. Coming off the bench, she hit a game-high 17 points without missing a shot. She was 7-for-7 from the field, including 3-for-3 on three-pointers. Swierenga is averaging 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. The Cobbers (6-1, 8-3) are tied for first place in the MIAC.
North Dakota State forward Brett Winkelman of Morris earned his third straight Division I independent men's basketball Newcomer of the Week Award. Winkelman, a 6-5 redshirt freshman, averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the floor and 92 percent from the free-throw line in two starts last week for the Bison (8-8).
SARTELL -- Willmar's patience paid off Thursday as the Cardinals picked up their first Central Lakes Conference win of the season after beating Sartell 9-8 in overtime. Sartell (2-7-0, 4-9-0) scored 1:32 into the third period to push its lead to 8-3, but Willmar (1-6-0, 5-9-0) responded with five goals in a span of just under 8½ minutes. Rory Schneider capped the third-period flurry that saw the Cardinals tie the game with 5:39 left in regulation. Sartell got whistled for a tripping penalty with one second left in the third period.
ALBANY -- New London-Spicer's 67-game conference win streak came to a crashing halt Thursday with a 64-31 loss to Albany in West Central North girls basketball. The Wildcats (5-1, 10-5) won 62 consecutive games in the West Central South conference, including six straight undefeated seasons.
ST. CLOUD -- This was not Willmar's night. Starting with the jump ball, St. Cloud Apollo bolted away from the visitors 7-0 and the Cardinals never could catch up, though they trailed just 21-18 at halftime. The Central Lakes Conference outcome, 55-45, put the Eagles a full game up on the Cardinals. Both teams had come in 4-2. Willmar lost junior wing Matt Seehusen to injury, possibly a high-ankle sprain which could keep him out of the line-up several weeks. "We played tentative to begin with," said coach Steve Grove. "Turnovers also hurt us early.
ST. CLOUD -- Willmar won two events against a deep St.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar girls hockey team put up a good fight in the first period, but Sartell/Sauk Rapids's Kelly Meierhofer blew the game open in the second with two goals and an assist to hand the Cardinals an 8-1 loss Thursday. Willmar (1-9, 1-16) answered a Sartell (5-2-2, 9-5-3) first-period goal with Allie Sweep's goal nearly a minute later to tie the game at 1-1.