Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director
Section 3AA-North Semifinals
(3) Redwood Valley 66, (2) Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 65
WILLMAR – Thomas Tiernan’s three at the buzzer went off the front iron and Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta’s season came to an end on Thursday with a 66-65 loss to Redwood Valley from Willmar.
In a game that featured nine lead changes and 10 ties, Tiernan hit a three in the corner, putting Tigers ahead 65-64 with 19 seconds left. The Cardinals then missed a shot under the basket but Carson Woodford’s putback was good and gave the Cardinals a one-point advantage with four seconds to go. Tiernan would take the inbound, dribbled across midcourt and launched a deep three that just missed in another classic between the two teams.The Tigers had beaten the Cardinals on a Tiernan three at the buzzer back on February 8th in Morris.
The game was tied 29-29 at halftime, and neither team held a lead bigger than five points in the second half as they went back-and-forth for 36 minutes.
Jackson Loge battled foul trouble to finish with 15 points and eight rebounds, Durgin Decker and Jaden Maanum each scored 11 points, Cam Koebernick added nine and Cade Fehr chipped in eight for the Tigers who’s season ends with a mark of 16-11.
Bryant Haas had a game-high 17 points, Carson Woodford had 14 with eight rebounds, and Carter Guetter added 11 points with eight boards for the Cardinals who are 19-9 and will face Minnewaska on Saturday night in Marshall for the sub-section championship.
(1) Minnewaska 52, (5) Paynesville Area 46
WILLMAR – Minnewaska locked in defensively while making just enough plays in crunch time to survive a scare from Paynesville for a 52-46 victory in the other semifinal.
The Lakers erased an 11-point first half deficit and took a 23-21 lead into the break, the lead would change hands 10 times in the second half.
Grant Jensen led Minnewaska with 16 points, Peyton Johnsrud had 10 including the go-ahead three with four minutes left that put Minnewaska in front to stay. Aaron VerSteeg had eight points with 11 rebounds and two blocks.
Corbin Froelich had a game-high 26 points for the Bulldogs who end the year with a 16-12 record. The Lakers have won eight straight and are 20-6.
Section 3AA-South Semifinals
(1) Jackson County Central 70, (5) Pipestone Area 54
(2) Fairmont 61, (3) Luverne 59
Section 6A-South Quarterfinals
(3) Hancock 61, (6) Battle Lake 44
HANCOCK – Hancock overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to avoid an upset at the hands of Battle Lake with a dominant second half and a 61-44 victory.
The Owls trailed 33-24 at halftime, but held the Battlers to just 11 second half points, led by a 21 point, 19 rebound performance from Matt Thompson.
Brandon Kellenberger had 16 points with eight rebounds and five steals, Preston Rohloff scored 11 points, and Daniel Milander chipped in eight points and seven steals.
Hancock is 19-8 and will face no. 2 Parkers Prairie in the subsection semifinals Saturday from the Cougar Sports Center in Morris.
Riley Leabo had 12 points for the Battlers who finish the season 12-13.
(1) West Central Area 89, (8) Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 53
BARRETT – West Central Area shot 53 percent from the floor including going 14-33 from three-point range in a 89-53 rout of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.
The Knights outrebounded the Saints 39-22, getting 23 points from Grant Beuckens, Gage Staples had 21 points and Jack Van Kempen posted a double/double with 13 points and 10 boards. Tate Christenson would chip in 11 with seven boards and 10 assists as the Knights won their 15th straight and are 25-2 on the season. They will face Ashby in the subsection semifinals.
Isaac Call had 14 points, Titan Nortan added 12 for the Saints who end the year with a record of 9-17.
(2) Parkers Prairie 74, (7) Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 54
(4) Ashby 49, (5) Brandon-Evansville 45
Section 6A-North Quarterfinals
(1) Henning 82, (8) Rothsay 32
(2) NCE/UH 70, (7) Park Christian 51
(3) Mahnomen/Waubun 64, (6) Hillcrest Lutheran 47
(4) New York Mills 55, (5) Lake Park-Audubon 54
BOYS STATE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
Class 2A Quarterfinals
(8) St. Thomas Academy 3, (1) Andover 2
(2) Blake 7, (7) Maple Grove 5
(3) Eden Prairie 4, (6) Lakeville South 0
(5) Hill-Murray 5, (4) Moorhead 1