MINNEAPOLIS -- Everything but the coin flip seemed to go Ridgewater's way as the regular season ended Saturday. The Lady Warriors avenged a four-point loss to Minneapolis earlier with a commanding 73-45 victory over the Marauders in the MCCC Southern Division finale.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minneapolis Marauders snuffed Ridgewater's flickering hopes for a post-season berth, crushing the Warriors 102-79 in the MCCC Southern Division finale on Saturday. The Warriors needed a win to earn a spot in the top four out of the South.
BENSON -- Dana Dierkhising broke the Section 6A individual all-around record en route to leading Melrose to the Class A state tournament for the 15th time on Saturday. Melrose, which won its ninth straight section title, had 145.05 points. New London-Spicer was second with 142.225 and Benson/KMS third with 136.6. Dierkhising's 38.8 all-around score shattered the old mark held by Katie Niehaus (38.35). Emma DeGeest of New London-Spicer was second all-around (35.75) and also qualified for state with a third on floor exercise and fourth-place finishes on vault and balance beam.
ELK RIVER -- Willmar's Caitlin Cooreman finished ninth in the all-around, but failed to qualify for the state meet in any events Saturday at the Section 8AA tournament. Cooreman posted a combined 34.85 from four events. Her highest finish individually was seventh on vault with a 9.3. Also finishing all four events for the Cardinals were Bethany Pollock (32.925), Brooke Barrett (28.5) and Jessica Wanner (27.6). "The girls were much improved from our conference meet," said Willmar coach Larry Selchow. "Bethany had a great meet with her personal best." St.
LITCHFIELD -- Litchfield scored 12 points in the last 1:50 to beat Little Falls 55-50 in non-conference action Saturday. Becky Smith and Brittany Euerle scored five points each and Emily Davis added two as the Dragons (18-6) came back from a 50-43 deficit. Smith led the team with 16 points, followed by Davis with 11 and Eeurle with 10. Litchfield 55, Little Falls 50 Little Falls (7-15) 30 20 -- 50 Litchfield (18-6) 30 25 -- 55 LITTLE FALLS - 18-34 FG (4-7 3 pt); 10-17 FT; 28 rebounds; 14 fouls ...
PIPESTONE -- Kenton Johnson drained a pair of free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Sting (11-10). Pipestone missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer. YME had as much as a 14-point lead in the first half and led 28-20 at halftime. Johnson had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds for YME. Luke Berg had 12 points and five assists and Ryan Fromm also had 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Matt Paulsen led Pipestone with 16 points.
GLENCOE -- BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector will try to improve on last year's sixth-place finish in the Class AA state tournament, returning after knocking off Litchfield 30-23 in the Section 5AA championship Saturday night. BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector will open the state tournament March 2 against Central Lakes Conference champion Little Falls (24-4) at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
(Starting times approximately 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted) Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Lac qui Parle Valley at Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley Girls Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Lac qui Parle Valley at Morris/Chokio-Alberta Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at Redwood Valley NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Paynesville Glencoe-Silver Lake vs. BOLD at Olivia
Boys Basketball YME 54, Pipestone 53 Girls Basketball Litchfield 55, Little Falls 50 Pipestone 62, YME 34 Wrestling Section 2AAA (First round) Buffalo 41, Mankato West 27 Willmar 49, Chaska 30 (Quarterfinals) Wayzata 55, Buffalo 13 Prior Lake 48, Shakopee 18 Willmar 35, New Ulm 34 Hutchinson 46, Minnetonka 27 (Semifinals) Prior Lake 28, Wayzata 28 (Prior Lake wins on third tiebreaker, most pins) Hutchinson 46, Willmar 26 (Championship) Prior Lake 32, Hutchinson 30 Section 4A Championship Canby 35, YME 17 Semifinals YME 41, Dawson-Boy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ryan Potulny had two goals as Minnesota won 3-2 on Friday, snapping Denver's seven-game winning streak. With the victory, the Gophers moved ahead of Denver into first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with five games to play. Potulny gave Minnesota (20-6-5, 15-5-3 WCHA) a 2-1 lead in the second period and scored a power-play goal in the third for the game-winner. Ryan Dingle and Patrick Mullen scored for the Pioneers (18-11-2, 15-6-2), who had not lost in more than a month.