WILLMAR — Jadaunte Sutton finished with 23 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two steals in Ridgewater's 98-79 victory over Western Tech on Wednesday at Ridgewater College. The Warriors worked a big rebounding advantage in their favor. They won the boards 51-23 and held a 21-3 edge on the offensive glass. Ridgewater's Daviante Ostrander hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points, Sam Olson scored 11 points and Travis Visser had nine points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Ridgewater 98, Western Tech 79
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Heritage Bank WildCard girls basketball tournament at New London-Spicer High School is on as scheduled tonight, and the Thursday games have been changed to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Bremer Bank Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Willmar also is on as scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The WildCard games tonight are Willmar vs. Minnehaha Academy at 6 p.m. with New London-Spicer playing Albany in the second game following the first game at about 7:30 p.m.
REDWOOD FALLS — Litchfield had two champions crowned in their weight classes at the Redwood River Riot over the weekend. Logan Nelson at 170 pounds was 5-0 and won the championship. His Dragon teammate Chase Liestman also won all five of his matches to win the 285-pound title. ACGC, with a sixth-place finish, and the Dragons (eighth place) registered top-10 finishes. Fairmont-Martin County West won the team championship with 249 points. Sartell was second with 148.5 and Marshall placed third at 140.
Willmar, New London-Spicer and Litchfield were among the 17 varsity and junior varsity teams competing at the 6th annual Willmar Dance Invitational on Thursday at Willmar High School's Big Red Gym. The teams competed in Jazz and High Kick, with Senior Recognition and an Awards Ceremony at the end of the competition. The Willmar Cardettes and NLS Blackcats varsity teams are shown in photographs.
The West Central Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Robert Donner, Ellsworth Klemmetson, C. Howard Peterson and Brad Skoglund are the Class of 2019 inductees, The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in early 2019. This year's inductees are:
PAYNESVILLE—Paynesville won all three of its matches and BOLD won a match at the Paynesville Quadrangular on Tuesday. Paynesville's Shawn Rue (138), Riley Messner (145) and Spencer Eisenbraun (195) won three matches. BOLD's Austin Kiecker (106), Anthony Maher (160), Tim Peppel (220) and Brady Ridler (285) all won three matches, and Quad County's Luke Kluver (120), Gunner Stier (126), Sam Ohliger (152) and Ayden Friese (170) also were 3-0 at the tournament. Paynesville Quad Team scoring Osakis 48, BOLD 28 Paynesville 47, BOLD 22
HOPKINS—Three New London-Spicer boys scored in double figures and the Wildcats defeated Minneapolis Roosevelt 65-34 on Saturday in the 14th annual Breakdown Boys' Tip Off Classic. NLS' Brandon Adelman scored 20 points, Ander Arnold scored 16 and Jake Poole finished with 11 points. The Wildcats had control of the game from the start, taking a 41-17 lead into halftime. The Wildcats improved to 3-1 and take to the court next against Minnewaska at 7 p.m. Tuesday at New London-Spicer High School. See this web site and the Tribune's Monday E-edition for more on the game.
BECKER—Lydia Morrell won two events and placed first all-around to lead the Willmar gymnastics team to a first-place finish at the Becker Invitational on Saturday. Morrell scored 35.35 points and took first on the bars and the beam. The Cardinals' Kirah Kessler-Gross won on the floor and tied for second on the vault. She placed third all-around. Willmar's Abby Coquyt placed second on the floor and Erica Schramm was third on the bars.
WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers have added four players to their 2019 Northwood League roster. The Stingers will bring in University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Chase Stanke and Noah Berghammer, along with California State University-Northridge Matadors Brandon Bohning and Andrew Lucas. The 2019 season, the organization's tenth season of play in the Northwoods League, will open play on May 28 on the road against the Mankato MoonDogs. The Stingers home opener is May 29 against the MoonDogs at Bill Taunton Stadium.
WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers announced Friday that seven players from last summer's team and one from the 2017 Stingers will be back with the squad for the 2019 season.