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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
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
WORTHINGTON -- Despite allowing Martin County West to score 45 points in the first half Thursday night, the Worthington Trojans had a seven-point lead (52-45) at halftime before turning up the defensive pressure in the second half to build a 77-56 lead in their 80-69, Parent's Night victory over the Mavericks in a non-conference boys' basketball game. "We played with more defensive effort and intensity in the second half, as we really got after it and started taking things away," Worthington head coach Ron Vorwald said after the game.
WORTHINGTON -- Where is the location of the largest or close to the largest archery club in the state of Minnesota? I asked this question to several individuals that are quite well versed in the outdoor world, and not one said Worthington, Minnesota. Worthington is home to the Southwest Bow Benders Archery Club. They run neck-and-neck with a group from the Anoka for the largest archery club in the state. It all started back in 1981 when six avid archers got together and created the Southwest Bow Benders organization.
LUVERNE -- Adrian and Southwest Star Concept each won its semifinal round games of the Sub-Section 3A South girls' basketball tournament Tuesday night, setting up Friday night's championship game at SMSU in Marshall. The top-seeded Dragons won a high-scoring thriller over fifth-seeded Southwest Christian, 75-72, in the night's opening game, while third-seeded SSC put together a second-half surge to knock off No. 2 Fulda, 63-48, in the nightcap. Adrian (22-6) and SSC (20-6) will play at 8 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Fulda's Courtney Hulstein and Sam Raddle buried back-to-back three-pointers in the final 32 seconds of the first half Saturday afternoon, lifting the Raiders to a 25-16 halftime lead in their 66-42 victory over Hills-Beaver Creek in a Section 3A South girls' basketball quarterfinal round matchup. Second-seeded Fulda (17-9) advances to the semifinals Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Luverne, where the Raiders will play third-seeded Southwest Star Concept.
WORTHINGTON -- Southwest Star Concept's Breanna Rients hit a 12-foot pull-up jumper in the lane with 27 seconds left Saturday night to lift the Quasars to a 45-44 lead, and Brooke DeWall later grabbed an offensive rebound and made two free throws to seal a 47-44 victory over Murray County Central in the Section 3A South girls' basketball quarterfinals. Third-seeded SSC (19-6, 10th straight victory) advances to Tuesday's semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. in Luverne against second-seeded Fulda.
WORTHINGTON -- It was Southwest Conference boys' basketball at its finest Friday night, as Worthington had a lead of no more than nine points for the first 32 minutes, and after the league-champion Marshall Tigers went ahead for the first time all night at the four-minute mark, the Trojans responded at crunch time and earned a huge 71-66 victory to finish second in the conference standings. Worthington (13-7 overall) finishes with an 8-4 conference mark, while Redwood Valley ended at 7-5 after Jackson County Central defeated the Cardinals 88-78 Friday night. "We were a different team tonight