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Getting in an early round at the Ortonville Golf Course
Wings win division meet Willmar Wings I gymnastics team took first place in their division March 17 in Minnetonka. First row, from left, are Emma Brown, coach Steph Thompson, Libby McGeary, Kaitlyn Preheim, Ciera Anderson, Myah Johnson, Lyndi Koosman and Kamryn Quenemoen. Second row, from left, are coaches Rob Esse, Kris Egge, Cassie Johnson and Tammy Esse Willmar Peewees place second
The Eagle Creek Golf Club's new Director of Golf, Joe Wisocki, will be at the club's Annual Spring Kickoff Event on April 2. The Kickoff is open to all Eagle Creek members and a chance to meet Wisocki. Wisocki joins Eagle Creek from Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club in Dinuba, California, where he served as the General Manager/Director of Golf. Originally from Duluth, Joe and his wife Ana have two children, Joey and Lucas.
Two Noahs from the Tribune-area teams will be among 40 of the state's outstanding senior boys basketball players competing in the 36th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Basketball Series. Willmar's Noah Slagter will play for the Gold team while Hancock's Noah Kannegiesser will play for the Maroon team. Doubleheaders are Friday, April 6 at Halenbeck Hall at St. Cloud State University, and Saturday, April 7 at Leonard Center at Macalester College in St. Paul.
SAUK RAPIDS—The Granite City Lumberjacks have had the Willmar WarHawks' number this season. Entering Friday's West Division playoff opener, the Lumberjacks had a 7-1 regular-season record against Willmar, they outscored the WarHawks by 40 goals and only once allowed more than two goals in those eight games. The trend didn't waver on Friday as Granite City got goals from four different players and outshot the WarHawks 44-20 in a 4-1 victory before 794 fans at the Armadillo Sports Deck.
MOORHEAD — Hancock went cold in the closing minutes and Mahnomen/Waubun took full advantage, outscoring the Owls by a dozen points in the final seven minutes and winning the Section 6A championship 71-64 on Friday at Concordia-Moorhead. Hancock, looking to make the school's first Class A state tournament appearance since 2003, finished 25-3. The Thunderbirds improved to 18-11 and will open the Class A tournament on Thursday at Williams Arena. Mahnomen/Waubun led the Owls by four at halftime, but Hancock tied the game 52-52 with 9:45 left.
The Willmar Cardinals defeated DeLaSalle 52-47 in overtime in their Class AAA quarterfinal game Wednesday afternoon. The Cardinals move on to face Robbinsdale Cooper in a Class AAA semifinal at noon Thursday at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Curt and Jake run down the All-Area girls basketball First Team from this season: Kelsea Lund, LQPV guard Shea Oman, NLS guard Cayle Hovland, Willmar forward Anna McCosh, YME forward Makenna Steffel, BOLD forward
MOORHEAD — Hancock boys basketball players played with heavy hearts on Monday but also with conviction, downing Ortonville 61-54 to advance to the Section 6A championship game. The Owls played just hours after learning several people from Hancock schools were injured in a crash involving a van from the school and a semi at an intersection north of Holloway. Prior to the game, the Owls held a team meeting and, led by their captains, came to the decision to play the game.