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High school roundup: Falcons clinch Red Rock Conference

BOYS BASKETBALLRRC 56, W-WG 53WESTBROOK -- Red Rock Central clinched the outright Red Rock Conference regular season championship on Tuesday with its victory over Westbrook-Walnut Grove.

BOYS BASKETBALL
RRC 56, W-WG 53
WESTBROOK -- Red Rock Central clinched the outright Red Rock Conference regular season championship on Tuesday with its victory over Westbrook-Walnut Grove.

The Falcons (21-2, 15-0), trailed at halftime but outscored the Chargers (19-4, 11-3) by five in the second half to seal the victory.

Trevor Pederson scored 20 points, while Luke Engen scored 15.

Tyson Elzenga scored 17 points for W-WG in the first half before leaving with an injury. Nathan Ross scored 11 points, while Cole Bunting scored eight with 13 rebounds.

Red Rock Central 30 56
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 32 53
Fulda 65, MCC 53
SLAYTON -- Three players scored at least 14 points to lead Fulda past Murray County Central in a Red Rock Conference game.

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Leighton Gehl scored 15 points to lead the Raiders, while Matthias Kunerth and Jarred Jans (four rebounds) each had 14 points. Dalton Slinger and Brandon Everett each had nine points for Fulda. Ben White had six rebounds.

Tyler Groves scored 16 points and five rebounds to lead MCC. Cole Bassett scored 14 points and had nine rebounds, while Mason Woldt scored 10 points and had five rebounds.

Fulda 33 65
Murray County Central 28 53
Windom Area 72, St. James 68
WINDOM -- Windom Area jumped out to a big lead in the first half against St. James.

But behind seven first-half 3-pointers, St. James rallied and trailed by one at halftime.

However, the Eagles were able come away with the four-point victory.

Luke Gilbertson scored 24 points to lead Windom Area, while Wyatt Minion had 15 points. Eric Pfeffer had 11 points and Kaden Elder finished with 10 for WA.

St. James was led by Sandin Skow’s 19 points. Brady Stevens scored 18.

The Eagles (8-16) are at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton on Thursday.

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St. James 33 68
Windom Area 34 72
SWC 82, Edgerton 65
EDGERTON -- A pair of freshmen led Southwest Christian to a cross-town victory over Edgerton.

Freshman Jacob Van Dam scored 22 points and had three steals for the Eagles, while classmate Avery Pater had 16 points and four steals. Jared Vis and Hunter Dilly each scored eight points. Logan Walhof collected eight rebounds to lead the Eagles, while Jeremy Vander Woude dished out 10 assists.

Edgerton’s Dayne Niemeyer had 24 points and three steals, while Mason Sluis scored 22 points and had five steals. Matt Mouw had nine points, and Trey Gilbertson had eight rebounds.

SWC (13-9) is at Hills-Beaver Creek on Friday, while Edgerton (5-14) is at Westbrook-Walnut Grove the same night.

Southwest Christian 39 82
Edgerton 32 65
MLA 83, HL-O 59
OKABENA -- Levi Stoesz led Mountain Lake Area with 29 points as the Wolverines defeated Heron Lake-Okabena.

Marcus Boyd scored 12, while Kris Menken scored 10 points with seven rebounds for MLA (16-7, 10-4). Aaron Fast scored nine points with six rebounds.

Kurt Obermoller scored 14 points with four assists for the Wildcats (2-21, 0-14), Logan Knutson scored 13 points with four assists, and Lee Gunther scored 11 points with eight rebounds.

Mountain Lake Area 46 83
Heron Lake-Okabena 38 59
Iowa District: G-LR 75, H-LP 63
HULL, Iowa -- Harris-Lake Park got off to a good start in its Class 1A, District 2 semifinal against George-Little Rock, leading 15-8. But senior Jordan Kyle picked up his second foul with about three minutes remaining in the first quarter, was set down, and the Wolves were never the same again.

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George-Little Rock went on a run with Kyle out of the game. The Mustangs kept their momentum, used a half-court trap to good advantage, and advanced to the tournament finals, which will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday in Sheldon against Boyden-Hull.

Josh Haken scored 19 points to lead George-Little Rock on Tuesday. Austin Jensen added 13 points and Caleb Terhark scored 11.

Kyle finished strong, with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Teammates Trevor Gunderson and Cale Hellenga scored 14 and 10 points, respectively.

The setback finished H-LP’s season at 10-12.

George-Little Rock 23 46 60 75
Harris-Lake Park 19 33 49 63
BOYS HOCKEY
Willmar 8, Worthington 1
WILLMAR -- The first period in Tuesday’s Section 3A boys hockey tournament was scoreless.

But seventh-seeded Willmar scored five second-period goals en route to a victory over 10th-seeded Worthington.

The Cardinals will travel to second-seeded Marshall on Thursday.

After a scoreless first period in which Willmar outshot Worthington 10-6, the Cardinals had 37 shots on goal in the second, compared to four second-period shots for Worthington.

In that period, the Cardinals scored five times with five different players scoring.

Avery Smith scored with assists from Grant Duininck and Collin Larabee at the 2:39 mark. Austin Bredesen scored with Smith assisting less than three minutes later. Andrew DeJong scored with Ian Carruthers and Jonathan Broman with the assists. Ryan Ackerman scored with DeJong and Devin Turrubiates assisting. Broman then scored the fifth goal of the period with DeJong and Braden Bauman assisting.

Willmar added three more in the third. Broman scored with Bredesen and Ryan Ackerman on the assists. Carruthers then scored with an assist from Ty Christensen and Larabee scored the Cardinals’ final goal of the game unassisted.

The Trojans got on the board midway through the third period as Eric Heidebrink scored an unassisted goal.

Willmar finished with 63 shots on goal in the game, while Worthington had 12. Trojan goalie Carter Ponto made 55 saves.

Worthington 0 0 1 -- 1
Willmar 0 5 3 -- 8
Windom Area 6, Fairmont 1
WINDOM AREA -- Kyle Espenson had two goals and an assist to lead Windom Area past Fairmont in the opening round of the Section 3A tournament.

The eighth-seeded Eagles will travel to face top-seeded Luverne on Thursday.

Windom Area started out quick against the ninth-seeded Cardinals as Tylan Porath scored four minutes into the game on a power play. Jesse Pigman added another first-period power-play goal with Porath and Espenson assisting.

After a scoreless second period, the Eagles picked up the offense quick in the third period. Wyatt Schumacher scored 37 seconds into the period before Espensen scored two goals. One was assisted by David Volk and the other by Porath.

Jacob Cory scored the Eagles’ sixth goal of the game with Volk and Porath assisting.

Fairmont scored in the final 10 seconds of the game as Kylan Legred scored an even-strength goal.

Peter Ignaszewski made 20 saves in goal for Windom Area.

Fairmont 0 0 1 -- 1
Windom Area 2 0 4 -- 6

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