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LITCHFIELD—Litchfield featured four double digit scorers in a win against Watertown-Mayer Tuesday night. Owen Boerema led the way for the Dragons, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds and eight assists. Joe Pennertz (12 points), Alex Gruenke (10) and Avery Liestman (10) each hit double figures as well. Meanwhile, Watertown-Mayer's Will McBee led all scorers with 16 points. Litchfield 62, W-M 48 W-M (8-12) 18 30 — 48 Litchfield (17-3) 30 32 — 62
PAYNESVILLE — Leading by as many as 23 points in the second half, Paynesville managed to hold off a cagey Pierz squad in a high-scoring second half to win Friday's Central Minnesota Conference game 90-85. Corbin Froelich came up with a game-high 25 points to go along with nine rebounds for the Bulldogs. Teammate Levi Bast followed with 22 points, followed by 13 from Carter Wessel and 11 by Brendan Uhlenkamp. Uhlenkamp also grabbed six rebounds. Jonah Prokott aided the Pioneers' efforts with 22 points. Paynesville 90, Pierz 85
WILLMAR—Minnesota State-Fergus Falls had five players score in double figures in a 74-68 win over Ridgewater on Wednesday at Ridgewater College. Austin Miller led the Spartans with 17 points. Ridgewater's Daviante Ostrander had 20 points and seven rebounds, Faizon Stephens scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Travis Visser had eight points and 15 rebounds. MS-FF 74, Ridgewater 68 MS-FF 30 44 — 74 Ridgewater 30 38 — 68
KERKHOVEN — Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg celebrated a banner night for senior Weston Gjerde, but Dawson-Boyd left the gym with the win. Fueled by a 26-point night from Romell Horton, the Blackjacks won their fifth straight game, including four straight in the Camden Conference, with a 73-61 victory over the Fighting Saints on Tuesday. Horton's big night came in large part from his outside shooting where he hit five 3-pointers. Bentley Boike wasn't far behind with 19 points while Colton Husby came up with 10 points for D-B.
WILLMAR—Brainerd/Little Falls snapped Willmar's five-game winning streak, scoring three third-period goal on the way to a 5-2 victory on Tuesday at the Willmar Civic Center. The Cardinals wrapped up their regular-season schedule with a 12-11 mark and they play Northern Lakes to open the Section 6A playoffs at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.
WILLMAR—Willmar gots its offense going in the final two periods but it wasn't enough to overcome a three-goal deficit as the Rochester Grizzlies defeated the WarHawks 4-0 on Friday night at the Willmar Civic Center. The Grizzlies scored three first-period goals and outshot the WarHawks 26-6 in the period. The WarHawks rebounded with 33 shots in the final two periods but couldn't find the back of the net. WarHawks goalie Lucas Ehrlich faced 59 Rochester shots and made 55 saves. Rochester 4, Willmar 0
NEW LONDON — Ashlyn Olson won the floor exercise and placed second all-around but New London-Spicer dropped a match against Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka on Thursday at New London-Spicer High School. Olson scored a 9.525 on the floor and she also posted an 8.825 on the beam and an 8.850 on the vault. She scored 35.050 all-around. WM/MW's Anna Mielke won the bars and placed first all-around. NLS' Emily Novak scored an 8.70 on the bars, good for third place. Novak placed third all-around at 34.750. WM/MW 144.725,
WILLMAR — Down 35-29 at halftime, Willmar managed to come back against Bemidji with a lead in the final 90 seconds. But thanks to the efforts of Quincy Wilson, the Lumberjacks were able to storm back and take a 59-56 come-from-behind win from the Cardinals Tuesday at Willmar High School. Down 53-51, Wilson hit a 3-pointer in the final minute that gave Bemidji a 54-53 lead. Then in the final 10 seconds, Wilson hit a pair of free throws that gave the Lumberjacks the winning score.
KERKHOVEN — Despite three losses in the final three weights, KMS held on to defeat West Central Area in one of the Saints' duals at the KMS Invitational on Friday. The Saints picked up 28 points with wins in five of the first six matches. Coy Gunderson (106), Chase Magaard (113), Ely Johnson (120) and Jared Carlson (138) all won by fall and Will Magaard won by major decision at 126. The Saints picked up six points by forfeit at 170 pounds and Ethan Peters locked up the match with a pin at 182 pounds. KMS 40, WCA 33
WILLMAR — Bailey Olson scored a natural hat trick and Mya Monson and Madison Garberding both scored two goals as Willmar overwhelmed Prairie Centre 9-1 on Thursday at the Willmar Civic Center. Garberding opened and closed the scoring, and Bailey Olson scored a goal to end the first and two more to open the second. Serena Monson and Ashley Larson also scored Cardinals goals. Serena Monson also had four assists, and Bailey Olson and Mya Monson both had three assists. Sydney Olson had two assists, and Larson, Ava Swart and Nina Dawson also had assists.