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WILLMAR — Ayden Schueler placed first in the 200 Freestyle and the 500 Freestyle and led off Willmar's 400 Freestyle Relay winner in the Cardinals' Central Lakes Conference meet against Brainerd on Tuesday. Brainerd won 98-80. Willmar's Mateo Marin-Mera won the 100 Butterfly and joined Schueler on the victorious 400 Freestyle Relay team. The Cardinals' Logan McGillivray won the 100 Breaststroke. Brainerd 98, Willmar 80
WILLMAR — Tuesday night was the kind of night where everything could have gone wrong for the Willmar girls basketball team. Alexandria, Class AAA's top-ranked team, was in town sporting a mighty 12-0 record and sights set on a Central Lakes Conference championship. And, to make matters worse, Willmar was playing just its second game without starting guard Hannah Johnson. And yet, they fought back.
ALEXANDRIA—Five players scored as Alexandria defeated Willmar 5-0 on Thursday at the Runestone Community Center. Micah Summer, Erin O'Kane, Anna Doherty, McKenna Ellingson and Hadlee Hansen scored Alexandria's goals. Marki Oberg had two assists and goalie Jordan O'Kane stopped all 12 Willmar shots. Alexandria 5, Willmar 0 Willmar 0 0 0 — 0 Alexandria 2 1 2 — 5 FIRST PERIOD — A: Micah Summer (Mayson Toft, Hadlee Hansen) 9:16 ... A: Erin O'Kane (Marki Oberg) 16:15
WILLMAR — Willmar thumped Sauk Rapids 64-29 on Thursday to improve to 6-0 in the Central Lakes Conference and in a virtual tie with Alexandria atop the league standings. The Cardinals, now 9-2 overall, got 16 points and seven rebounds from Carly Wedel, and Katelyn Murphy had 11 points, five rebounds and three steals. Ashley Prahl had 10 points and Hannah Johnson had eight points, five rebounds, a pair of assists and five steals. The Cardinals opened the game on a 21-0 run, holding the Storm without a field goal for the first 7 minutes, 13 seconds.
BENSON — Shawn Carsten scored 11-straight points midway through the first half to kick-start Minnewaska's offense and the Lakers cruised to a 67-50 West Central Conference win over Benson on Tuesday. Grant Jensen led the Lakers with 19 points and Carsten finished with 14. Luke Barkeim had eight points and six rebounds, Jack Blevins had nine points and Ryan Amundson 10 finished with 10 points, five rebounds, a pair of assists and four steals. Will Enderson scored a game-high 23 points and he had four rebounds. Minnewaska 67,
PAYNESVILLE — New London-Spicer seemingly couldn't miss from distance in Friday night's 72-41 win against Paynesville. The Wildcats hit 14 3-pointers, including five by Mackenzie Rich, who led the team with 15 points. Emma Hanson also shot well, knocking down four 3-pointers for a 14-point night. Rich also facilitated, racking up eight assists. Paynesville trailed 40-27 at halftime and the Wildcat defense stymied any comeback effort but Harley Kunstleben led all scorers with 16 points for the Bulldogs.
FERGUS FALLS — Willmar's boys basketball team couldn't overcome a 31-point performance by Fergus Falls guard Matthew Johnson, who powered his Otters to a 63-52 win Friday night. Johnson was a bright spot in a tough shooting night for both teams, going 10-for-16 from the field including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc and a perfect 8-for-8 at the charity stripe. Aside from Johnson's three triples, Willmar held Fergus Falls to 1-for-15 3-point shooting.
WILLMAR—A three-goal second period propelled Willmar to a 4-2 win over Prairie Centre on Thursday at the Willmar Civic Center. Prairie Centre took a two-goal lead early in the second, but Ashton Gregory and Eldridge DeKraai scored goals in a four-minute span to tie the game. The Cardinals' Jordan Freiberg scored his first career varsity goal at 11:45 of the second for the lead, and Sankey scored his second goal of the game at 8:31 of the third period to seal things up.
HANCOCK — Visiting Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa needed an extra period, but the Jaguars managed to hand Hancock its first loss of the year on Thursday, 61-60. Ashton Dingmann led BBE in the upset, scoring 24 points, including four 3-pointers. Dylan Meyer got all nine of his points on 3-pointers, and Evan Wiener chipped in 15 points in the Jaguars win.
KERKHOVEN — A long-running, well-executed defensive press turned a close game into a convincing 62-37 Lac qui Parle Valley victory Thursday night over KMS. The Saints led until late in the first half when the Eagles took over for a 29-25 halftime score and the second half proved to be all in favor of the visitors. LQPV outscored their hosts 33-12 to remain undefeated and hand KMS their first loss of the season.