Curt and Jake break down the area boys basketball rankings as the season approaches the midway point.
It's been a busy time for Willmar basketball. Willmar hosted the Heritage Bank WildCard Tournament for four girls basketball teams and is now hosting eight boys teams at the Bremer Bank Holiday Tournament. The guys from the West Central Tribune Sports Show are here to break down this week's action.
WILLMAR — The Willmar gymnastics team is the No. 1-ranked Class A team in the latest Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association poll. Willmar, with a 145.983, supplanted former No. 1 team and defending Class A state champion Detroit Lakes, which currently sits No. 2 at 145.542. Sartell is No. 3 at 143.275, Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa is No. 4 at 143.167 and Worthington is No. 5 at 142.267. Willmar's Section 6A rival, Melrose, is No. 12 at 138.250, New London-Spicer, also a 6A team, is No. 16 at 135.900 and Benson/KMS/Montevideo is No. 23 at 132.100.
WILLMAR—Two of the top teams in the state met on the mats at Willmar Senior High on Thursday night and didn't disappoint with their performances. Willmar edged out a win over St. Cloud Tech, 146.1-146.0 to continue its impressive run in the early stages of the season. Abigail Coquyt took first place in the all-around with a score of 36.475 and was followed closely by teammate Erica Schramm in second place with a 36.435. Tech is ranked No. 3 in Class AA, while Willmar entered as the No. 3 team in Class A.
Two of sports fans' greatest loves come together in this week's WCT Sports Show: pancakes and hot takes. Curt and Jake whip up some fluffy delights and discuss their opinions on local and national sports, food and many other topics under the sun.
BROOTEN - Parker Schwinghammer had 18 points, four assists and two steals and Evan Wiener had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in BBE's 64-49 win over Upsala on Tuesday. BBE 64, Upsala 49 Upsala (0-5) 18 31 — 49 BBE (3-3) 34 30 — 64 UPSALA - Stats not provided
GRANITE FALLS — A balanced attack and solid defense helped Canby down Yellow Medicine East 45-39 on Monday at YME High School. Eight Lancers scored, led by Blake Mercer with 12 points. Zach Durfee had nine points and six rebounds. YME's Trent Skjefte and Dalton Anderson both scored eight points and Bennett Knapper, Carter Sneller both scored seven points. But Canby limited the Sting to 34 percent shooting from the field. YME plays at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Canby 45, YME 39 Canby (2-3) 21 24 — 45
WILLMAR - Three players scored two goals apiece as Willmar downed Worthington 6-1 on Thursday night at the Willmar Civic Center. Colin Larabee, Brady Bauman and Ian Carruthers each lit the lamp twice for the Cardinals, who poured in three goals in third period to put the game away. Gunnar Banks made 19 saves for Willmar, which out-shot Worthington 45-20 on the night. Ashton Gregory added two points with a pair of assists. Willmar 6, Worthington 1 Worthington 0 1 0 — 1 Willmar 2 1 3 — 6
The wrestling season is hitting its stride so the guys from the WCT Sports Show are here to give you a primer on who to watch this season. Willmar is back and appears to be as good as ever with a No. 5 ranking in Class AAA, according to the Guillotine. Don't sleep on Section 5A, though, as KMS and BBE look ready to duke it out for a chance at the state tournament.
Curt and Jake recap some of the top storylines from the first weeks of the high school basketball season, including a look at three teams that have come on strong to open the year. Also within, a reminder to #SendUsYourDunks.