WILLMAR -- One short of a full lineup to begin the meet -- and the season, it only got worse for the Willmar Cardinals' gymnastics team Thursday. Brooke Feichtinger, one of only two returning letterwinners for the Cardinals, wrenched her knee on her second vault and sat out the next three rotations with an ice pack on her right knee. Willmar, which started the evening with four instead of five varsity competitors, finished with three gymnasts: junior Caitlin Cooreman and varsity novices Brooke Barrett and Bethany Pollock, both freshmen. An outstanding St.
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- Aaron Barber faces a long climb to get in contention for one of 30 PGA Tour exemptions available at the Final Stage Qualifying Tournament. The 33-year-old New London native is tied with 13 others at four-over 148 after shooting a 74 on both Wednesday and Thursday at the Panther Lake Course at the Orange County National Golf Center. Fortunately, the Q-School final is a six-round event, which leaves golfers who start slow, time to mount a rally. Barber earned his PGA Tour card in the 2002 tournament in California. Barber had one birdie and three bogeys Thursday.
The Willmar Cardinal girls, coming off a rout of Alexandria Tuesday night, will host Sartell today in their home opener at 7:30 p.m. at the high school gym. Willmar beat Alexandria 52-28. Laura Nielsen and Andrea Brown score 14 points each and Brin Hanson 12.
The Ridgewater Colllege men's and women's basketball teams host Vermilion at the college today. The women's game begins at 6 p.m. and the men play at 8 pm.
OLIVIA -- Two CMCS free throws ended a marathon season-opener that lasted four overtimes, 78-77, over BOLD Thursday. CMCS led after the first half, 31-25, then BOLD evened it up at the end of regulation, 52-52. The first three overtimes ended with scores of 59, 64 and 70. The teams combined for 99 free throws, with the Bluejays making 32 of 47 and BOLD 22 of 52. Tara Frikke scored 16 points, followed by Kari Mulder 13 and Jennifer Blom with 11 for CMCS. Megan Novotny led BOLD with a game-high 17 points. Missy Benson added 14, Allison Agre 11 and Kory Plumley 10.
MONTEVIDEO -- Dawson-Boyd canned 30-of-49 free throws to nudge Montevideo 68-64 on Thursday in non-conference girls basketball. Nikki Swenson led the Blackjacks with 20 points. She made 8 of 11 at the line. Montevideo, which made 25 of 70 (36 percent) field-goal attempts, got 22 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Moseng and 19 points and 10 rebounds by Rikka Boike. Barbi Ruess chipped in with 10 points. Chelsie Kurtenbach made two free throws with four seconds left to ice the win for the Blackjacks.
SARTELL -- Willmar broke it's two-game scoreless streak, but couldn't muster anymore in a 9-1 loss to Sauk Rapids/Sartell in Central Lakes Conference girls hockey action Thursday. The Cardinals' Allie Sweep scored to tie the game 1-1 on assists from Sarah Hulscher and Nikki Serbus.
(All events 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted) Men's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Vermilion at Ridgewater, 8 p.m. Women's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Vermilion at Ridgewater, 6 p.m. Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Dawson-Boyd at Lincoln HI Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Chokio-Alberta Lac qui Parle Valley vs. Renville County West at Renville Holdingford at Minnewaska Redwood Valley at Montevideo Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Sartell at Willmar NON-CONFERENCE Kimball vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City Melrose ve.
Girls Basketball Eden Valley-Watkins 51, New London-Spicer 36 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg72, Canby 67 Dawson-Boyd 68, Montevideo 64 Lac qui Parle Valley73, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 40 Buffalo Lake-Hector 82, Echo Charter 12 Renville County West 50, Redwood Valley 41 Central Minnesota Christian78, BOLD 77, 4OT Girls Hockey Sauk Rapids/Sartell 9, Willmar 1 Girls Hockey SR/Sartell 9, Willmar 1 Gymnastics St. Cloud Tech 140.64, Willmar 88.775
WILLMAR -- One might think five pins and a major decision in a 46-7 shellacking of Rochester Community and Technical College Wednesday evening might be reason for some celebration. But there was hardly a high-5. Ridgewater College coach Jesse Nelson seemed unmoved by the thrashing his team had just given the Yellowjackets. "We definitely did some good things, but we're making early-season mistakes, freshman mistakes." He said. "We just have to continue to grow." A dual-meet win in November may be about as significant as a Twins' win in spring training.