MOORHEAD — Hancock boys basketball players played with heavy hearts on Monday but also with conviction, downing Ortonville 61-54 to advance to the Section 6A championship game. The Owls played just hours after learning several people from Hancock schools were injured in a crash involving a van from the school and a semi at an intersection north of Holloway. Prior to the game, the Owls held a team meeting and, led by their captains, came to the decision to play the game.
The Willmar girls basketball team opens the 2018 Class AAA state tournament against DeLaSalle at noon Wednesday at Williams Arena. Willmar (25-2) drew the No. 5 seed. DeLaSalle (19-8) is the No. 4 seed. Willmar's Central Lakes Conference rival Alexandria (23-5) is unseeded and plays No. 1 seed Robbinsdale Cooper (26-2) at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Williams. The winners of those two games meet in the semifinals at noon Thursday at Target Center.
The Kandiyohi County Historical Society inducted three men as Class of 2018 inductees into the West Central Minnesota Hall of Fame. Randy Haats, Wade Adamson and Mike Johnson were inducted during a ceremony on Tuesday in Willmar.
BIRD ISLAND—A balanced BOLD team took control early and coasted to a 68-44 victory over Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity to open the Section 2A playoffs on Tuesday. The game was delayed a day by bad weather conditions on Monday. Drew Sagedahl led the Warriors with 14 points and Gavin Vosika finished with 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals. Carter Henry also scored in double figures, finishing with 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. BOLD next plays New Ulm Cathedral at 7:45 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter High School.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Willmar 400 Freestyle Relay team placed eighth and earned All-State honors while setting a new school record on Satuday at the Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Meet at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus. Willmar's team of Jacob Meyer, Ayden Schueler, Mateo Marin-Mera and Garrett Shuldes finished in 3:17.82, shaving 0.60 seconds off the previous school mark. The Cards swimming multiple events swam eight races in two days, but a shot at the 400 free relay mark gave them motivation, Willmar head coach Carl Shuldes said.
MINNEAPOLIS - Willmar's 400 Freestyle Relay team earned a spot in the finals during Friday's preliminaries at the Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Meet at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The 400 free relay team of Jacob Meyer, Ayden Schueler, Mateo Marin-Mera and Garrett Shuldes dropped 3.36 seconds off its personal best and finished eighth in 3:18.42. The top eight prelim finishers qualify for finals while places nine through 16 compete in consolation finals.
Class AAA Wrestling Finals Shakopee vs. St. Michael Albertville 7 p.m. Third Place Anoka vs Willmar 5 p.m. Consolation title Hastings vs Albert Lea 5 p.m . Class AAA Semifinals: St. Michael-Albertville 31, Anoka 29 Shakopee 32, Willmar 30 Class AAA quarterfinals: Anoka 35, Hastings 22
Class AA Wrestling Finals Fairmont/Martin County vs. Kasson-Mantorville 7 p .m. Third Place Scott West vs Perham 5 p.m. Consolation title South St. Paul vs Foley 5 p.m. Class AA Semifinals: Fairmont/Martin County 30, Scott West 28 Kasson-Mantorville 48, Perham 10 Class AA quarterfinals: Scott West 56, Grand Rapids 7 Fairmont-Martin County 45, South St. Paul 16
The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City wrestling team lost to Frazee 41-10 in the opening quarterfinal Class A match in the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament in St. Paul. Frazee advances to a semifinal match against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville. The other semifinal pits Zumbrota-Mazeppa against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove, Class A quarterfinal results Frazee 41, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 10 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville 43, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena 13 Zumbrota-Mazeppa 37, Ottertail Central 19
WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers on Wednesday announced the signings of four more players for the 2018 season. The Stingers signed Logan Bottrell (New Mexico State University), Bryant Claunch (University of North Alabama), Davis Elliot (University of North Alabama) and Jaxon Hallmark (University of Nebraska). The signings, coupled with returning players, bring the roster to 10 for the organization's ninth season of play in the Northwoods League.