RENVILLE -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg shot 74 percent from the free-throw line compared to only 61 percent for Renville County West as the Fighting Saints avenged an earlier loss by posting a 72-67 win in overtime Friday in the Camden North Conference. RCW (4-6, 9-7), which forced overtime with two free throws from Sally Smith, had beaten KMS (5-4, 11-4) 59-50 Dec.
The Willmar Cardinals wrestling team hosts a triangular with St. Cloud Apollo and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 5:30 p.m. today. The match with Apollo counts in the Central Lakes Conference. Willmar and Little Falls are tied for the lead with 6-0 marks.
The Willmar Cardinals girls' basketball team can move within one game of St. Cloud Tech in the Central Lakes Conference race tonight with win. A loss would drop the Cardinals three games back with six remaining. Willmar (8-2, 12-4) lost to the Tigers 39-37 Dec. 8 in Willmar. The Cardinals are currently riding a four-game winning streak. Tech (11-0, 15-1) has won seven straight.
The Phoenix Suns acquired 7-footer Nikoloz Tskitishvili from the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday for a 2006 second-round draft pick. Tskitishvili has averaged 3.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 11.6 minutes in 160 NBA games with Denver, Golden State and Minnesota, where he got into just five games this season. Tskitishvili signed as a free agent with the Timberwolves on Aug. 9.
New London native Aaron Barber started his 2006 Nationwide Tour season with a first-round 71 at the Panama Championship in Panama City, Panama. Barber fired two birdies on the front nine, but only had one on the back to go along with four bogeys.
BENSON -- Senior guard Emily Jensen scored the 1,000th points of her career Thursday night as Benson defeated Ortonville 66-58 in a non-conference girls' basketball game. Jensen reached the feat in the second quarter on a driving layup. The game was stopped and Jensen was presented with the game ball. She also became the all-time school leader among girls basketball players, surpassing Missy Giese (1,001 points), who has been the lone Benson female to reach the milestone. Jensen needed eight points entering the game for 1,000.
WILLMAR -- Morris/-Benson Area lived up to its nickname in the third period at the Willmar Civic Center. In the first varsity meeting of the two programs, the Storm scored three times while holding the Willmar Cardinals to three shots on goal in the third period to grab a 4-2 victory Thursday. Willmar led 2-1 at the first break on shorthanded goals by Scot Gregg and Tyler Wahl, trumping a powerplay goal by BKMS center Mitch Kleespies. The score stayed that way until Jake Knutson filtered a down-ice pass to a wide-open Mack Grunig, who broke in on Jeff Reed and whistled a snap shot to the ne
ALEXANDRIA -- Willmar dealt Alexandria a blow to its chances of contending for the Central Lakes Conference title as the visiting Cardinals posted a 62-48 win Thursday. Willmar took control with a 17-2 run at the end of the first half for a 33-22 lead. Alexandria, which beat Willmar by two points in the season opener, got within three points once in the second half but no closer. Kyle Townswick led Willmar with 22 points. Cory Hanson added 10, Ryan Hagemeyer (12 rebounds) and Tyler Horning nine each.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals swim team finished the home season with a flury overflowing Sauk Rapids 105-78 on Thursday in Central Lakes Conference boys swimming, the Cardinals second win. Freshman Andy Johnson won the 100 free in 54.05 and freshman Ben Saint had a personal best in the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle. "It was a solid meet for us," said coach Carl Shuldes. "Saint has shown so much improvement. It was a good way to end the home part of the schedule." Ryan Larsen, Matt Fuglestad, Steve Kluver and Andrew Nicklawsky had other firsts for Willmar.
LITTLE FALLS -- Brainerd claimed both Nordic team titles at the boys and girls Central Lakes Conference cross-country meet on Thursday at Camp Ripley. Top finishers for Willmar were Sara Damhof, who was 14th in the girls 5k classic and Phil Cleary, 13th in the boys 5k classic Girls Results TEAM SCORING -- (1) Brainerd 107 (2) Little Falls 105 (3) Alexandria 96 (4) Ottertail Central 95 (5) St. Cloud Tech 75 (6) St. Cloud Apollo 64 (7) Willmar 43 5K CLASSIC -- (1) Melissa Kempenich, LF, 20:50 (2) Laura Jennen, OTC, 21:12 (3) Kathy Mueller, Brd, 21:27 ...