WarHawks drop game but earn playoff spot


The Willmar WarHawks didn't get long to celebrate their first-ever playoff berth.

The Alexandria Blizzard visited their familial club to congratulate the WarHawks in their own way, by delivering the WarHawks a 5-4 loss on Sunday afternoon.

The WarHawks have four games left in the regular season, with one more against the Blizzard Friday in Alexandria.

On Sunday, Alexandria struck first and scored two goals in the third period to fend off the WarHawks in Willmar's first game since clinching a playoff berth following Friday's game against New Ulm.

Peyton Bolstad scored in the first period to tie the game at one and it was the WarHawks who held a lead through two periods thanks to goals from Braden Shea, Keegan Bauman, and Bolstad.

Alexandria's Josiah Roen, however, scored his second goal of the game to match Bolstad's two-goal effort and tie things early in the third period. Brenden Payne delivered the game winning midway through the final period to secure the 5-4 victory.

Despite dropping their last two games, the WarHawks clinched a spot in the playoffs with Breezy Point's 4-3 loss to Wausau Friday night. The WarHawks sit in the fourth spot in the West Division with 44 points, 12 points back of Granite City and Alexandria.

Alexandria 5, Willmar 4

Alexandria 1 2 2 — 5

Willmar 1 3 0 — 4

FIRST PERIOD — A: Brett Meister (Josiah Roen, Jason Miner) 9:16 ... W: Peyton Bolstad (Kevin Swope, Riley Dixon) 10:58

SECOND PERIOD — A: Marshall Tschida (Tanner Frerichs, Meister) 0:59 ... W: Braden Shea (Wyatt Toll) 7:53 pp ... W: Keegan Bauman (Jacob Berkowitz) 11:24 ... W: Bolstad (Bauman, Berkowitz) 12:59 pp ... A: Roen (Meister, Gavin Andres) 18:24 sh

THIRD PERIOD — A: Roen (Tschida, Frerichs) 3:35 ... A: Brenden Payne (Peter Johnson, Dylan Giorgio) 9:08

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Alexandria: Brady Meyers 29/33 ... Willmar: Luke Fry 26/31


LQPV/DB second in

state High Kick, Jazz

The Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd Dance team placed second in both Class A High Kick and Jazz and 10 area athletes earned All-Tournament Team honors at the 2018 State Dance Team Tournament over the weekend at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Sartell-St. Stephen (Class AA) and Eastview of Apple Valley (Class AAA) were the only teams to successfully defend their Hick Kick titles this year. Frazee took top honors in Class A.

The Frazee Fly Girls earned their first High Kick title with their performance of "Hamilton." Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd was second and the four-time defending champions from Aitkin were third. Yellow Medicine East of Granite Falls placed fourth, Cannon Falls was fifth, and BOLD of Olivia placed sixth.

The Class A High Kick All-Tournament Team included Brittany Whitmore, Ashtyn Oie, Hailey Cobb and Lilly Irvine from LQPV/DB, and Katie Buchtel and Shelby Stovern from BOLD.

In Jazz, Benilde-St. Margaret's of St. Louis Park was the only team to defend its title at the state dance tournament.

It was the ninth title for the Knightettes (Class AA) and the seventh for Wayzata (Class AAA). The Frazee Fly Girls claimed their second championship in Class A.

Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd was second and Zumbrota-Mazeppa placed third. Yellow Medicine East of Granite Falls was fourth, Aitkin placed fifth, and Marshall School of Duluth was sixth.

The Class A Jazz All-Tournament Team included Grace Johnson and Aaliyah Schommer from LQPV/DB, and Skyler Corner and Cassie Weir of Yellow Medicine East.

Girls Basketball

Litchfield 59, Minnewaska 54

Litchfield evened up the tallies with a close win against Minnewaska Saturday afternoon.

Kamri Driver knocked down a trio of triples on the way to a game-high 14 points to help the Dragons. Teammates Laney Huhner and Sydney McCann also each added 11 points.

Minnewaska played to a halftime tie but the Dragons roared to a five-point lead in the second half to take the win.

Litchfield (13-12) 28 31 — 59

Minnewaska (13-12) 28 26 — 54

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Janessa Olson 7, Laney Huhner 11, Kamri Driver 14, Maddy Shoultz 7, Sydney McCann 11, Tessa Goerish 3, Neriah Lara 3, Katelyn Cruze 3 ... 3-point shots: Olson 1, Huhner 1, Driver 3, Shoultz 1, Goerish 1, Lara 1 ... Rebound leader: Huhner 11, Natalie Hansen 8 ... Assist leader: Huhner 3, McCann 3 ... Steal leader: Huhner 2, Shoultz 2

MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Maddie Thorfinnson 9, Kendra Kucek 8, Hannah Hoffman 2, Alexis Piekarski 9, Emma Thorfinnson 8, Rachel Erickson 8, Avery Hoeper 2, Ellie Danielson 8 ... 3-point shots: M Thorfinnson 1, E Thorfinnson 2, Erickson 2 ... Rebound leader: xxx ... Assist leader: xxx ... Steal leader: xxx

Men's Basketball

Riverland 93, Ridgewater 89 OT

Ridgewater rallied to force an overtime period but Riverland staved off the effort to get the win.

Niko Oliver led all scorers with 29 points for the Warriors, who featured a short bench due to injury. Xavier Towne added 24 points, mostly from the paint, but Jace Klinkner paced Riverland with 28 points to help his team to victory.

Riverland (17-8) 41 36 16 — 93

Ridgewater (5-17) 32 45 12 — 89

RIVERLAND - Scoring: Jace Klinkner 28, Octavein Johnson 10, Deandre Raggs 6, Kwantez Simmons 9, Robert Parker 18, James Landherr 15, DeAndre Smith 7 ... 3-point shots: Klinkner 3, Landherr 5 ... Rebound leader: Parker 11, Raggs 8 ... Assist leader: Johnson 3 ... Steal leader: Raggs 3

RIDGEWATER - Scoring: Niko Oliver 29, Avery Palma 17, Justin Dierks 1, Thomas Meyers 14, Xavier Towne 24, Rashawn Gant 4 ... 3-point shots: Oliver 3, Palma 2, Meyers 4 ... Rebound leader: Towne 13 ... Assist leader: Palma 5, Oliver 4, Dierks 4 ... Steal leader: Dierks 2