NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer went on a 14-2 run to start the second half as New London-Spicer topped Minnewaska Area 72-61 in a West Central North Conference game Thursday night. Todd Herman poured in 29 points for the Wildcats (4-0, 8-1), 17 of those coming in the first half. Herman also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and had three assists and four steals. Jordan Holte scored a game-high 31 points and had nine rebounds for Minnewaska Area (2-2, 3-6). Tim Dreier added 14 points for NLS.
MORRIS -- Montevideo controlled the first half and cruised to a 71-49 win over Morris in West Central South Conference boys basketball action Thursday. The Thunder Hawks, which took a 45-25 halftime lead, remain undefeated at 3-0 in the league and 8-0 overall. Montevideo had three players scored in double digits, led by Tyler Grey's 18 points. Tramel Barnes followed with 15 and Todd Bergeson added 11.
WILLMAR -- The new year brings a new season in the Minnesota Community College Conference. After going 5-7 in pre-conference games, this was Ridgewater's chance to get off to a fast start on its own floor to open Southern Division play. But it was Rochester that turned it up in the last three minutes to escape with an 81-68 victory. The Warriors, who led much of the game, fell behind 70-67 with less than three minutes to play.
WILLMAR -- Coming off the holidays, the Ridgewater Lady Warriors showed no rust. Instead, they put on a polished performance to whip Rochester 76-57 Wednesday evening at the college gym in a match-up of the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked teams in the Minnesota Community College league. The Lady Warriors shot a sparkling 77 percent at the line and 41 percent on 3-pointers, compared to 19 percent coming into the game. While nine players scored and nine had at least two rebounds, no one's game shined brighter than Jenny Cunningham.
The Willmar girls' basketball team hosts St. Cloud Apollo at 7:30 p.m. today in a Central Lakes Conference game at the high school. Willmar (4-2 in the CLCS, 6-4 overall) needs a win to stay in the chase for the confere title. Fergus Falls and St. Cloud Tech are 6-0 in the loop. St. Cloud Apollo is 3-2, 5-5.
COLBY, Kan. -- Ridgewater won only two of 10 matches and fell to Labette, Kan.
Late Tuesday results West Central North New London-Spicer 76, Sauk Centre 55 Todd Herman's 15 points led four Wildcats (3-0, 6-1) in double figures. Brian Pieh, who sank three 3-pointers followed with 13. Nick Carlson and Justin Haats added 12 each. NL-Spicer (3-0, 6-1)................41 35 -- 76 Sauk Centre (1-2, 4-6)............27 28 -- 55 NEW LONDON-SPICER - 31 FG (7 3 pt); 7-11 FT; rebounds not available; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Nick Carlson 12, Ben Sletta 7, Tim Dreier 6, Josh Eliason 5, Wade Wessling 2, Todd Herman 15, Brian Pieh 13, Justin Haats 12, Mike Danielson 4 ...
Late Tuesday result Non-Conference Redwood Valley 71, Montevideo 62 Montevideo (3-6)....................26 36 -- 62 Redwood Valley (3-4).............31 40 -- 71 MONTEVIDEO - 21-59 FG (3-13 3 pt); 17-23 FT; 24 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Kara Nelson 19, Rikka Boike 19, Brook Moseng 17, Daniela Jensen 2, Hanna Wenaas 2, Jessi Roggatz 2, Taylor Skoglund 1 ... 3-point shots: not available ... Rebound leaders: Nelson 5, Boike 4, Moseng 4 ... Steal leader: Jensen 3 REDWOOD VALLEY - 28-59 FG (6-16 3 pt); 9-19 FT; 42 rebounds; 19 fouls ...
Late Tuesday results RCW Triangular Yellow Medicine East posted two more shutouts, 72-0 over Renville County West and 71-0 over Redwood Valley. It's the third and fourth times this season the Sting has not allowed their opponent to score.
(All events 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Boys Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Lac qui Parle Valley vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City Benson vs. BOLD at Bird Island Montevideo at Morris Area WEST CENTRAL NORTH Minnewaska Area at New London-Spicer Paynesville at St. Cloud Cathedral CAMDEN NORTH Lakeview vs. Renville County West at Renville PHEASANT Hancock at Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley NON-CONFERENCE Dawson-Boyd vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES St. Cloud Apollo at Willmar Fergus Falls at St.