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WORTHINGTON -- In a closely-contested, defensive-oriented game, fourth-seeded Murray County Central held on to claim a hard-fought, 41-38, victory over fifth-seeded Westbrook-Walnut Grove Saturday afternoon in the second game of "Super Saturday's" Section 3A South sub-section high school boys' basketball tournament quarterfinals. The victory by the Rebels (15-11) advances MCC to Tuesday night's semifinal round, while the loss ends a fine season for the Chargers (16-9), who will return their entire starting line-up next winter. "We did have a good season and we did play hard today," W-WG head
WORTHINGTON -- Behind a combined 60 points from the trio of Brett Oertli, Danny Parsley and Brian Tjepkes Saturday night, the third-seeded Adrian Dragons hit 11 three-pointers and constructed a 22-point, second-half lead before holding off a late charge from sixth-seeded Red Rock Central to capture an 83-70 victory over the Falcons in a Section 3A South boys' basketball tournament quarterfinal game. Adrian (16-8, 12-2 since Jan. 18) will play second-seeded Southwest Christian in the South semifinals Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Getting another triple double from all-around sensation Cody Schilling, along with double figure scoring from three other players, defending Class A state champion Ellsworth rolled to an impressive 88-47 victory over Hills-Beaver Creek Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the Section 3A South sub-section boys' basketball tournament quarterfinals. The victory vaults the Panthers (25-2) into Tuesday night's semifinals where they will tangle with Murray County Central in a 6 p.m.
MARSHALL -- Scoring 14 of the last 17 points in the final five minutes Friday night, the South-champion Southwest Star Concept Quasars stretched a 45-44 lead into a 59-47 victory over the North-champion Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights to capture the Section 3A girls' basketball championship for the first time in the 11-year history of the school. SSC (Heron Lake-Okabena) will play in next week's Class A state tournament Thursday at 3 p.m.
SLAYTON -- Utilizing the sizzling long-range shooting talents of senior guard Travis Vollmer, the sixth-seeded Red Rock Central Falcons prevailed Thursday night, claiming a hard-fought, 59-54, victory over Edgerton in an opening round game of the Section 3A South sub-section high school boys' basketball tournament. Vollmer, who sank a 3-pointer from the left corner on the game's first possession, netted three straight treys early in the second half to help the Falcons hold off several gallant charges by the 11th-seeded Flying Dutchmen. Vollmer, in fact, scored RRC's f
ELLSWORTH -- In one of the area's most anticipated boys' basketball games of the year, the small-school Ellsworth Panthers built a 14-point lead in the first half and later broke open a one-point game with a 10-0 run in the second half to earn a 67-54 victory over the big-school Worthington Trojans in a Nobles County non-conference showdown Thursday night. Six-foot-eight sophomore Trevor Gruis (15 rebounds, six assists) scored 15 of his team-high 24 points and had a trio of two-handed dunks in the second half, while 6-5 senior Cody Schilling charted a triple-double (23 points, 13 rebounds, 10
WORTHINGTON -- I don't know just how many of you have ever heard of the Topeka Shiner before, but this little minnow has been the topic of more than a few heated conversations over the last 10 years or so. The Topeka Shiner is a small, stout minnow that lives in the Missouri River watershed in Minnesota. The range of the Topeka shiner used to be very large and included SW Minnesota, Iowa, and other states like Kansas and Missouri. The population of this minnow has declined seriously over the last 20 years and they now exist in only 10 percent of their original range.
OKABENA -- Currently riding a 12-game winning streak -- including three straight tournament victories over teams they lost to during a four-game stretch in the regular season -- the Southwest Star Concept Quasars appear to be peaking at the right time of the season. SSC (21-6) will look to continue its improvement and extend that winning streak Friday night, as the Quasars will take on the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights (24-5) in the Section 3A girls' basketball championship game at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
WORTHINGTON -- Adou Omot and Matt King each scored over 20 points Saturday night, and three other Trojans scored in double figures in Worthington's 78-71 victory over the Fairmont Cardinals in a non-conference boys' basketball game. Worthington (15-7) has gone 12-3 since Jan. 5 and finishes a five-game home stand at 4-1. The Trojans travel to Ellsworth Thursday for the regular-season finale. "This is a great bunch of guys, as they just keep fighting and stepping up during each practice and game," Worthington head coach Ron Vorwald said following the game.
MARSHALL -- After the top-seeded Adrian Dragons went ahead for the fifth time in a back-and-forth second half at the eight-minute mark Friday night, the third-seeded Southwest Star Concept Quasars went on a 7-0 run to grab a five-point lead before sinking 10-of-15 free throws down the stretch to claim a 61-53 victory in the Section 3A South girls' basketball championship game at the R/A Facility at SMSU. SSC (21-6) will play for the section championship for the first time since 1995 (as Heron Lake-Okabena-Lakefield), taking its 12-game winning streak into the Section 3A title game next Friday