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MANKATO -- After seeing their 18-point first-half lead vanish and losing the lead for the first time all game thanks to a gallant comeback effort by the fifth-seeded Worthington Trojans Tuesday night, the fourth-seeded and host Mankato East Cougars answered with a few more big plays down the stretch to earn a thrilling 67-60 victory over the visitors in the quarterfinal round of the Section 2AAA boys' basketball tournament. East improves its record to 13-14 and will face cross-town rival Mankato West (60-32 victory over St. Peter) in Thursday's semifinal round at 6 p.m. in St.
WINDOM -- Switching at halftime from man-to-man defense to an aggressive, trapping 1-2-2 zone, the Pipestone Arrows rallied throughout the game's last 18 minutes and claimed a thrilling 51-49 victory over Martin County West Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Section 3AA South Sub-section boys' basketball tournament. With the victory, the Arrows (13-11) advance to Saturday's championship game against the Fairmont Cardinals, who defeated top-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in the second semifinal, 60-46. MCW, the second-seeded team in the South, ends a fine season with an 18-8 mark.
WINDOM -- Riding a fast start and the double-figure scoring of the tall, lanky tandem of Brennan Holm and Jeff Janssen, the Fairmont Cardinals soared to a 60-46 victory over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Section 3AA South sub-section boys' basketball tournament. The victory by Fairmont (17-10) sends the Cardinals into Saturday's sub-section championship game against Pipestone Area, which edged Martin County West, 51-49, in the evening's first game. T-M-B, which went 12-14 last winter, won 19 of 27 games this season and won the Camden Conference South championshi
WORTHINGTON -- Southwest Christian scored 18 straight points in the first half Saturday afternoon, as the second-seeded Eagles claimed a huge 44-19 halftime lead and earned an 85-63 victory over the seventh-seeded Fulda Raiders in the Section 3A South boys' basketball tournament quarterfinals. SWC (18-5) advances to the South semifinals Tuesday against third-seeded Adrian 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.
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 -- 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
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.
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.
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