CLARA CITY -- After a season that saw three teams on top of the Camden Conference standings at one point, Lakeview claimed the crown after beating MACCRAY 59-53 Friday. Lakeview (10-2, 18-2) and MACCRAY (9-3, 15-6) were tied for the lead entering the conference finale, but it was Lakeview's improved shooting in the second half that won the title. MACCRAY owned a 27-23 lead at halftime, but the Lakers chipped away in the second half and made crucial free throws down the stretch.
Results Friday Rocori Quad Jeff Albright, Joe Sheridan, Jon Kerzman, Sean Glenz and Luke Frank all went 3-0 for Paynesville (20-9), which beat MACCRAY, Kimball and Rocori in the Rocori Quadrangular. Team scores Paynesville 52, MACCRAY 19 Paynesville 70, Kimball 3 Paynesville 44, Rocori 24 How area wrestlers fared Key: (Weight, name, won-loss, falls) MACCRAY Statistics not available Paynesville 103: Jeff Albright 3-0 (1) ... 112: Hayden Spaeth 2-0 (1) .... 112-119: Jordan Christian 2-1 ... 119-125: Joe Sheridan 3-0 (2) ... 125: Cody Fuchs 1-0 ... 130-135: Jon Kerzman 3-0 (1) ...
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 1:30 p.m. West Central at Minnewaska, 2:30 p.m. Pipestone vs. MACCRAY at Clara City, 8 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Pipestone vs. MACCRAY at Clara City, 6:30 p.m. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Osakis Boys Hockey NON-CONFERENCE Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato at St.
Boys Basketball Redwood Valley 81, Jackson County Central 78 Annandale 54, Litchfield 38 Benson 71, Renville County West 55 Girls Basketball Willmar 47, Little Falls 26 Albany 60, New London-Spicer 57 Lakeview 59, MACCRAY 53 Benson 68, Montevideo 58 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 69, BOLD 35 Dawson-Boyd 72, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 58 Canby 68, Central Minnesota Christian 59 St.
BENSON -- Four players scored in double figures for Benson as the Braves stymied Renville County West 71-55 in a non-conference boys basketball game Friday. Aaron Hagen had 16 points, Daniel Fragodt 14, Jesse Holm 13 and Joey Fragodt 11 to pace the balanced attack for the Braves (14-3). Holm also grabbed 10 rebounds. Andy Erickson had 13 points for the Jaguars (6-13). Benson 71, RCW 55 RCW (6-13) 21 34 -- 55 Benson (14-3) 43 28 -- 71 RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - 21-51 FG (3-7 3 pt); 10-14 FT; 22 rebounds; 9 fouls ...
NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer came within one point of tying undefeated Albany Friday, but two Husky free throws thwarted the upset, leading to a 60-57 Albany win. The Wildcats (10-3, 18-7) trailed 31-24 at halftime, then closed to within 58-57 with 11 seconds left. The Wildcats took advantage of 20 Albany fouls to stay close, making 18-of-26 free throws. Renae Henjum had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats. Jenn Wendlandt added 18 points and 13 rebounds. Cassidy Vogt had 10 points and Ellary Asche seven assists. Jennie Noreen led Albany with 22 points.
MONTEVIDEO -- Benson earned at least a share of the West Central South Conference crown after beating Montevideo 68-58 Friday. Benson finishes its schedule in the loop at 9-3. Yellow Medicine East is 8-3 and will play at Montevideo Thursday to close out its conference schedule. Emily Jensen had a game-high 28 points to pace the attack for Benson, which went 27-for-41 at the free-throw line.
Andrea Brown, a 5-foot-1 senior guard for the Willmar Cardinals, has been selected Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week in girls' basketball. Against Brainerd on Feb. 2, Brown scored 13 points, handed out six assists and picked up three steals in Willmar's 50-37 win.
BRAINERD -- Even 11 three-pointers weren't enough to prevent Willmar from dropping its third straight game Thursday, a 57-49 Central Lakes Conference loss to Brainerd. The Cardinals' downfall was their inability to score inside against a taller Brainerd team that has now won five straight after a 2-10 start. That included a 81-71 loss to Willmar on Dec. 20 in Willmar. Willmar fell to 6-7 in the Central Lakes Conference and is now .500 overall at 9-9.
LITCHFIELD -- Annika Danielson posted a shutout and Leah Huggett netted two goals Thursday to help Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato clip Willmar 4-0 in the opening round of the Section 2A girls hockey playoffs. Danielson made 20 saves for the No. 8 seed Dragons (9-17). It was the 10th time this season Willmar (2-22) was shut out. LDC plays Saturday at top-seeded Alexandria. After a scoreless first period, Huggett and Makenzie Anderson scored nearly two minutes apart midway through the second period for LDC.