BLAINE — The Willmar WarHawks capped off an undefeated weekend on Sunday at the North American Tier III Hockey League Showcase with a 4-0 win over Skyland at the National Sports Center in Blaine. It was the second line that stole the show as Kyle Wendorf, Dylan Gast and Jordan Cooper scored points in each of the four goals against Skyland. Wendorf got on the board first with a goal 4:24 into the first period and he was assisted by Gast.
WILLMAR — Willmar's boys swimming and diving team got its season underway on Thursday with a familiar Central Lakes Conference foe in the St. Cloud Tech Tigers, who defeated the Cardinals in a nail biting 98-88 finish.
WILLMAR — Willmar boy's basketball are off to a strong start this year but didn't have the home opener it expected, losing to St. Cloud Tech 76-48 Thursday night. The Cardinals started the game on an 8-2 run but that was the largest lead they would hold for the night as the Tigers bounced back to take a 37-28 halftime lead. One of the hallmarks of St. Cloud Tech this season is strong post play and that was evident on Thursday night as the Tigers outrebounded the Cardinals 43-13.
NEW LONDON — New London-Spicer's huge first half made a battle of undefeateds a bit lopsided as the Wildcats defeated Morris/Chokio-Alberta 67-29 in a non-conference game on Tuesday. NLS improved to 5-0 while the Tigers fell to 4-1. The Wildcats started the game with a swarming defense and strong passing that led to a string of easy buckets in the first half. Junior point guard Shea Oman was at her best early on, grabbing six steals and six assists in the opening frame alone.
WILLMAR — Seven Willmar wrestlers captured individual titles while the Cardinals won the team title at the Cardinal Classic on Friday at Willmar High School. Jack Roehl, Israel Navarro, Clay and Cael Carlson, Lincoln Shinn and Andrew and Brady Reigstad were the individual winners for the Cardinals. Willmar scored 240.5 points to take the team title, finishing well ahead of St. Cloud Tech who took second with 206.5 points. Quad County was the third-best team with 134 points while Austin Friese was the champion at 182 pounds.
WILLMAR — Granite City scored three goals in the first period and the Willmar WarHawks could never completely recover as the Lumberjacks won 5-1 on Friday night at the Willmar Civic Center. The first goal came just over a minute in as Andrej Jamnicky scored on the second shot of the game, beating Willmar goaltender Alexander Cathcart. The WarHawks kept the pace, though, racing down two minutes later to score on a cross-crease pass from Alec Skar to Dylan Gast who slipped the puck past Granite City's Mac Berglove.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City West Central Conference Coach: Terry Miller (25th year, 303-295) 2015-2016 Records: 11-13 overall, 5-9 conference Returnign Starters: Gabe Eisenbacher (6-5, senior, wing, 12 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2 apg); Adam Johnson (6-4, senior, post, 11.1 ppg, 8 rpg, 1.1 apg); Erik Belgum (6-5, senior, post, 10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg); Jaren Kaddatz (6-2, junior, guard, 5.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.7 apg)
WILLMAR — Willmar's girls basketball team came out with an aggressive defense and Dassel-Cokato never could quite figure it out as the Cardinals won 56-37 in their home opener at Willmar High School. The Cardinals took the lead right away and never gave it up thanks to a strong full-court press that kept Dassel-Cokato from scoring for the first four-plus minutes. The two teams went into the locker rooms with Willmar on top 24-15.
NEW LONDON — New London-Spicer's girls basketball team had to battle for a win in its first game of the season, defeating Eden Valley-Watkins 47-42 Thursday night. The Wildcats held a one-point advantage in the first half but saw that lead squandered throughout the second half. Down 42-35 with 2:45 remaining, NLS kicked it into a new gear and closed the game on a 12-0 run to win the game.
ACGC West Central Conference Coach: Misty Langseth (1st year) 2015-2016 Records: 5-21 overall, 2-12 conference Returning Starters: Kendra Miller (5-10, senior, forward, 9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2 apg); Maree Lee (5-7, senior, guard, 10.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.8 apg); Madison Denton (5-10, junior, forward, 9.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg) Keys to Season: The Falcons have two returning senior starters but it's the junior class that makes up most of the squad. Five juniors will need to play big minutes and they'll be led by Denton who is poised to amp up her numbers from last year.