As the boys basketball season nears the postseason, Central Minnesota Christian and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton are set to meet in the Camden Conference Championship Feb. 27. The Bluejays won the previous meeting 55-45 Jan. 20. Curt and Jake also talk about Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Willmar wrestling teams advancing to state.
It has been 37 years ago today when the 1980 Olympic hockey team defeated Russia in the "Miracle On Ice" game. The USA team’s winning goalie, Jim Craig, shared a reminder tweet Wednesday morning noting the game anniversary.
WILLMAR — The Ridgewater men's basketball team cranked it up on both ends of the floor in the second half and defeated Western Wisconsin Tech 87-63 on Wednesday night at Ridgewater College. The teams were tied at halftime but the Warriors scored 50 second-half points, almost doubling up on the Cavaliers after the break. Ridgewater shot 40 percent from the field, WWT essentially matched that and the teams headed to their locker rooms tied at 37.
WILLMAR — Litchfield native and University of Minnesota outfielder Eddie Estrada is one of five Stingers from the 2016 team who will be back with the team this summer. Estrada will be joined on the 2017 roster by Quincy McAfee of Pepperdine University, Luke Becker of the University of Kentucky, Jake Rothwell of Daytona State College and Corey Binger of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The five are the first official player signings for the 2017 season, the organization's eighth in the Northwoods League.
Girls basketball is hitting the postseason after Lac qui Parle Valley defeated Tracy-Milroy-Balaton for the Camden Conference Championship on Monday. The Eagles are the area headliners in a difficult Section 3A. They enter as the No. 2 seed in the Section 3A-North behind top-seeded Canby. Curt and Jake also talk about Section 3AA with New London-Spicer leading the charge.
ALEXANDRIA - The Willmar girls basketball team entered Tuesday night's game on a seven-game winning streak and with a chance to prove its mettle against Alexandria, one of the top teams in the state. Willmar won the battle of the Cardinals, proving themselves to the area as serious contenders in what head coach Dustin Carlson called a "program-defining win" with a 40-33 upset of fourth-ranked Alexandria.
KERKHOVEN - ACGC's Gabe Eisenbacher surpassed 1,000 career points, finishing with 29 points and 13 rebounds in the Falcons' 79-67 victory over the KMS on Tuesday. The Falcons' Erik Belgum had 16 points and six rebounds and Jaren Kaddatz also scored 16 points and had five boards and four assists. Payton Kinzler finished with 14 points. Josh Peterson led the Saints with 25 points and Weston Gjerde had 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Ethan Hauge scored 10 points. ACGC 79, KMS 67 ACGC (13-9) 35 32 — 67
WILLMAR — Noah Slagter scored a game-high 34 points and he also had six rebounds, two assists and three steals, but he couldn't get Willmar over the top in a 79-70 Central Lakes Conference loss to Alexandria on Tuesday. Alexandria's Spencer Hockert almost matched Slagter, finishing with 32 points. Teammate Robert Anderson had 14 points and four steals and Justin Balcome had 10 points and eight rebounds. Alexandria has won eight of nine and take a 16-5 record into Thursday's game at Detroit Lakes.
MORRIS — The Morris/Chokio-Alberta team kept its roll going in the penultimate game of the regular season with a 69-49 win at home against West Central. Ashley Solvie scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Tigers, who won their sixth consecutive game. Correy Hickman added 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Malory Anderson had seven points and six boards and Nicole Solvie had six points and five steals. Riley Decker finished with four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
MADISON — It required an overtime thriller, but the Lac qui Parle Valley girls basketball team won the Camden Conference championship game on Monday night, taking down Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, 52-50, in overtime. Kelsea Lund scored 17 points for the Eagles, who led by 10 points before the Panthers stormed back to force overtime.