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Boys Basketball Preview 2022-23 Section

Willmar returns six seniors, including all-conference forward Blake Schoolmeister, for Jeff Holtkamp's second season as coach
With eight of 15 players in the Prep Bowl, New London-Spicer hasn't had more than half its varsity team taking part in early season practices
Goerish, Rouser, Pickle counted on to produce for the Falcons this season
Jaguars return Kaden Pieper, Luke Dingmann from a state Class A runner-up team and are aiming for a state title
Juan Espinoza and Blake Brehmer return for Benson, which tries to improve upon last season's 4-24 record
Two key starters return from a team that went 20-9 last season, Ryan King and jack Gross
With three key seniors gone, CMCS will be led by Ethan Bulthuis and Brayden Marcus
With five seniors, Eagles aim for Christian Athletic League championship
Dawson-Boyd plans to improve on last season's 18-9 record with three seniors and sophomore Brayson Boike
Despite losing four starters, Saints plan to improve upon last season's 17-10 record
Robyn Rademacher returns to coach an Eagles squad with no returning starters
Two starters are back and the Dragons also have some good size inside as they prepare for the rigors of the Wright County Conference
Junior guard averaged 18.7 points per game for Wolverines last season
Lakers see a large senior class as an opportunity for improvement
Montevideo returns inexperienced talent from 11-12 season, including sixth-man Mason Jerve and defensive stopper Cooper Dack
Paynesville returns three starters from a 16-11 team that hopes to improve defensively
With smaller lineup than past seasons, the Jaguars will adjust with returning starters Adam Schrupp and Jaise Miller
Sting will be led by seniors Bryce Sneller, Cody Dahlager and Archie LaRose
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Prep boys basketball report for Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in west central Minnesota. Jaguars edge Mainstreeters 59-57 in a matchup of state-ranked teams
Top teams: Class AAAA - Park Center, Class AAA - Totino-Grace, Class AA - Lake City, Class A - New Life Academy
Prep boys basketball report for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, in west central Minnesota. Sauk Rapids gets up by 17 by halftime to beat Willmar 76-57 at the Big Red Gym
Prep boys basketball report for Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in west central Minnesota. Sartell knocks down 3-pointers to rally to beat Willmar, 54-50
Top teams: Class AAAA - Park Center, Class AAA - Totino-Grace, Class AA - Lake City, Class A - New Life Academy
Prep boys basketball report for Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in west central Minnesota. Fighting Saints use a strong second half, and a big game from DeAndre Holloway, to beat the Sting 62-52
Prep basketball report for Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in west central Minnesota. Lakers get 12 points from Sydney Dahl in non-conference win over the Dragons
Prep boys basketball report for Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, in west central Minnesota. Otters come back from an 8-point deficit to hand Cardinals a 56-47 defeat in CLC play
Despite some key injuries, the Fighting Saints remain in the hunt in the ultra-competitive Camden Conference with a 12-3 record
Prep boys basketball report for Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in west central Minnesota. Warriors put it together late after a close first half with Benson, 76-52
The West Central Tribune sports staff — editor Tom Elliott and reporters Joe Brown and Michael Lyne — dig into area basketball, including Central Minnesota Christian boys and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, New London-Spicer and Montevideo girls.
Rocori dominates Willmar in 70-38 victory at the Big Red Gym
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Prep wrestling report for Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in west central Minnesota. BBE beats Minneota and HLWW, falls to Canby
Girls basketball report for Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in west central Minnesota. Jaguars hold off Sauk Centre 46-41 before a packed house in Belgrade
Cullen Gregory, Jordan Gorans each score 2 goals in Willmar’s road win
Teams compete at the Willmar Invitational on Friday, including Litchfield

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The teams meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and the winner likely will be the favorite in the Section 3AA-North playoffs
Top teams: Class AAAA - Hopkins, Class AAA - Benilde-St. Margaret's, Class AA - Providence Academy, Class A - Mountain Iron-Buhl
Junior center has emerged as Willmar's leading scorer as the Cardinals make a push for a section championship
Top teams: Class AAA - St. Michael-Albertville, Class AA - Simley, Class A - Jackson County Central, Girls - Bemidji
Prep wrestling report for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, in west central Minnesota. Cardinals pick up a pair of CLC wins, beating Brainerd and Sartell
Cards fall to the Crush, 9-1

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Girls basketball report for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, in west central Minnesota. Huskers prevail over Jaguars in matchup of state-ranked teams
Brainerd sweeps competition at Camp Ripley
Cardinals lose CLC dual with Sauk Rapids, 110-71

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