MADISON — For a half the Lac qui Parle Valley girls basketball team played right with Minnesota in the Camden Conference championship game on Monday. The Eagles, the Camden North winner, scored 24 points and trailed the North camp Vikings by five. Then the whole thing came apart. LQPV scored just 12 second-half points and the hot-shooting Vikings cruised to a 62-36 victory at LQPV High School. Minneota's Lydia Sussner scored 22 points and Morgan Hennen hit four 3-point shots and finished with 19 points.
WILLMAR — With the postseason quickly approaching, the Willmar girls' hockey team is cruising. In a matinee Friday at the Willmar Civic Center, the Cardinals won their fourth straight game, beating Marshall 5-0. At the 6-minute, 54-second mark of the first period, Madison Garberding got her first goal of the game on an assist from Serena Monson. Over two minutes later, Bailey Olson netted an unassisted goal to put Willmar up 2-0 after 17 minutes.
PAYNESVILLE—With nine wrestlers in finals, including four champions, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa took top honors at the Paynesville invitational on Friday. The Jaguars finished the day with a team score of 221, holding off Sartell (192.5) and Grand Rapids (167.5). Paynesville and Milaca finished tied for fourth with 105. BBE's champions were Canon Swanson (126 pounds), Tyler Bents (145), Mark Jenniges (182) and Michael Doubek (195). The Bulldogs' top finish came from Shawn Rue, who was the runner-up at 138 pounds. Paynesville Invite Team scoring
WILLMAR — Capitalizing on 31 Ridgewater turnovers, Western Tech pulled away with an 82-57 win over the Warriors on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers got 18 points from Kerrigan Lyga while Caitlin Young came off the bench and scored 21 points in 16 minutes, thanks to five 3-pointers. Taylor Rose was Ridgewater's top scorer with a game-high 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting to go with five rebounds. Morgan Gronli added 14 points and six rebounds while Kendra Miller tallied eight points, three steals, two blocks and two blocks in the loss.
GLENWOOD — Taking the mat on Dec. 21 for a home quad meet, Minnewaska's Dylan Jergenson was one of the more dominant figures on the mat. The seventh-ranked 220-pounder in Class A, the Lakers junior secured a pair of first-period pins, bumping his 2018-19 record to 17-2 through 2018. His only losses thus far are to a former state champion and a fourth-place finisher at last year's state tournament.
WILLMAR — Tied 34-all at halftime, Willmar took the lead for good midway through the second half on a Hamza Mohamed bucket and never looked back, beating Southwest Christian 77-70 Friday in the Bremer Bank Holiday Classic at Willmar High School.
NEW LONDON — Blustery conditions outside didn't keep Mia Curtis from heating up inside the New London-Spicer High School gym. Curtis his five of her team's 10 3-point shots and Minnehaha Academy won the Heritage Bank WildCard Tournament championships game 51-44 over NLS on Thursday. Curtis finished with a game-high 24 points. The Redhawks' Neveah Galloway scored all nine of her points from the 3-point line, and Tanna Gallo hit two 3s and finished with eight points.
NEW LONDON — Putting the ball through the hoop proved to be a challenge again for Willmar on Wednesday night. In the opening game of the Heritage Bank WildCard Tournament at New London-Spicer High School, the Cardinals shot 27.3 percent from the field, including 3 of 16 from 3-point range. Combined with 22 turnovers, fourth-ranked (Class AAA) Willmar took a 61-55 loss to sixth-ranked (AA) Minnehaha Academy.
GLENWOOD — Host Minnewaska, which entered the Class A state rankings on Friday at 12th place, went a perfect 3-0 in its quad meet, with wins over MAHACA, Border West and West Central Area. Results for Minnewaska's match against Border West were not available at press time. The Lakers got a pair of wins from Jacob Blair (106 pounds), Easton McCrory (113), Caden Koziol (120), Mason Blair (145), Tyson Meyer (182), Tyler VanLuik (195), Dylan Jergenson (220) and Jakob Swalla (285). Mason Blair, Meyer, VanLuik, Jergenson and Swalla are all ranked for Minnewaska.
WILLMAR — Down 3-0 after a Fergus Falls goal from Isaac Young to start the second period, Willmar could have given up. Instead, they got fired up and scored three in the second to tie the game. The Cardinals tacked on a goal in the third to take a one-goal lead before the Otters tied the game in the final seconds of regulation. Both teams played to a standstill in overtime as Willmar and Fergus Falls played to a 4-4 Central Lakes Conference tie Thursday at the Willmar Civic Center.