Jake Schultz and Joe Brown
SAUK RAPIDS — Willmar didn't take long to get back on a winning track. One night after having an 11-game winning streak snapped, the Cardinals embarked on what could be another with a 69-30 Central Lakes Conference win over Sauk Rapids on Friday. Willmar's Mackenzie Jones scored 13 points and had five rebounds, and Carly Wedel and Abby Berskow both scored 12 points. Wedel also had three assists and four steals, Berskow had four steals, and Katelyn Murphy finished with eight points and four steals. Willmar 69, Sauk Rapids 30
PRINSBURG — Case Mulder scored 20 points and Austin TeBrake racked up a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds as Central Minnesota Christian School defeated Lac qui Parle Valley 65-61 in a Camden Conference game on Friday. TeBrake also had three assists and six steals. Peter Martin scored 15 points and had four assists. Maverick Conn paced the Eagles with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Austin Bonn left his mark all over the game, scoring 14 points with nine assists. CMCS 65, LQPV 61
WILLMAR—Daymin Dodge scored six points, including one goal, as Sauk Rapids won big against Willmar Friday night. The Storm jumped out to a 2-0 lead through one period and both netminders kept clean sheets in the second but Sauk Rapids sent six pucks into the twine in the final period for the win. Dominic Amon and Ryan Ackerman each scored goals for the Cardinals. Sauk Rapids 8, Willmar 2 Sauk Rapids 2 0 6 — 8 Willmar 0 0 2 — 2
WILLMAR — Drey Dirksen played a solid all-around game to help lead Willmar to a 41-37 Central Lakes Conference victory over Fergus Falls on Thursday at Willmar High School. Dirksen hit three 3-point shots and scored 15 points. He also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Neither the Cardinals (26.8 percent) nor the Otters (29.4 percent) shot well from the field and Willmar hit just 14 of 26 free throws. But they sent Fergus to the foul line just three times and outscored the Otters by 11 points from the stripe. The Otters managed just 12 first-half points.
ALEXANDRIA — Willmar rallied after a slow start but two Alexandria goals in a 51-second span of the second period proved the back-breaker as second-seeded Alex defeated the third-seeded Cardinals 6-4 in a Section 6A semifinals game on Tuesday at the Runestone Community Center. Willmar wrapped up its season 13-12. Alexandria (15-12) plays No. 1 Fergus Falls for the 6A championship at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Willmar Civic Center. The Otters defeated River Lakes 5-1 in the other 6A semifinal.
PRINSBURG—Thanks in large part to a big night from Alex Sather, Dawson-Boyd was able to overcome a 23-16 halftime deficit to secure a 53-48 Camden Conference win on the road Monday against Central Minnesota Christian. After a five-game losing streak, the Blackjacks have won three of their last four games. Sather finished with a team-high 22 points on 7 of 16 shooting to go with nine rebounds and five steals. Morgan Johnson added 13 points, going 3-for-3 from 3-point range, and Avery Bartunek chimed in with eight points.
WILLMAR — Willmar surrendered the first two goals of the game but rallied back to make their matchup with North Iowa a fairly tight game. Then the third period started. The Bulls scored four unanswered goals in the first 11 minutes of the period and thumped the WarHawks 7-2 at the Willmar Civic Center. North Iowa's Jimmy McDermott scored twice and five other Bulls scored goals.
GLENWOOD — New London-Spicer continued to roll through the second half of its season, downing Minnewaska 58-44 in a non-conference game on Thursday at Minnewaska High School. The Wildcats have won 10 of 11 games since the holiday break, the lone loss coming against Annandale in overtime on Jan. 15. NLS has won six straight since that setback. On Tuesday, NLS' balance was on display. Emma Hanson scored 13 points, and Erin Knisley and Ava Kraemer both finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Mackenzie Rich had nine points and six assists.
WILLMAR—Willmar dug into Sartell's lead with two-straight goals in the second period, but the Sabres, ranked No. 9 in Class A, put the game on ice in the third, winning 6-2 on Monday at the Willmar Civic Center. Sartell scored the game's first four goals, but Willmar's Ashton Gregory and Adam DeJong both scored unassisted late in the second period to cut the margin in half. Sartell put the game out of reach with a goal midway through the third and capped the scoring with its sixth goal later in the third.
WILLMAR — The Willmar girls basketball team inched closer to Central Lakes Conference perfection Friday with a 69-50 victory against Sartell. Willmar led by just three points at halftime but outscored their visitors by 13 points in the second half to run away with a victory, stretching their lead to as much as 22 points before settling at 19.