Owls Claim Pheasant Conference Title, Knights Fall In 6A Title Match 17 Feb 18

Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director

BOYS BASKETBALL
Sauk Centre 52, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 50
SAUK CENTRE – Despite shooting just 32 percent, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta narrowly lost to Sauk Centre 52-50 on Friday night.
Jaret Johnson led the Tigers with 19 points, Tate Nelson filled up the stat sheet with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. The Tigers are now 10-12. The Mainstreeters improve to 11-11.

Hancock 87, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 52
HANCOCK – Noah Kannegiesser and Bennett Nienhaus combined for 56 points and Hancock clinched their first Pheasant Conference title in 15 years with a 87-52 win over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross.
The Owls shot 51 percent from the field including 15-31 from three point range, continuing a trend we’ve seen all season from the Owls. Kannegiesser had 29 points with eight assists and eight steals, Nienhaus added 27 points with six rebounds and the Owls improve to 19-2 on the season.
Matt Thielen led the Warriors with 20 points, Nelson Schmidt added 12 as they fall to 3-17.

West Central Area 71, Park Christian 63
MOORHEAD – West Central Area built up a 21-point halftime lead and held off Park Christian for a 71-63 win on Friday.
The Knights used a 16-11 run late to secure the win. Logan Paulson had 25 points with 11 rebounds to lead the Knights. Ross Anderson tallied 10 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals. Brady Sabolik added nine points with seven assists, Jack Van Kempen and Dawson Staples each had nine points.
The Knights have now won nine of ten games and are 14-7. Steele Stenske led the Falcons with 19 points, Tanner Brunsburg added 17 as they fall to 10-15.

Brandon-Evansville 62, Ashby 34
BRANDON – Taylor Bitzan scored 18 points to lead Brandon-Evansville past Ashby 62-34 on Friday.
The Chargers shot 52 percent from the floor, getting 13 points from Darrin Wibstad, and another 10 from Marshall Riedel as they improve to 13-8. The Arrows are now 3-16. 

Montevideo 50, Benson 43
BOLD 92, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 74
Melrose 71, Minnewaska Area 67
Ortonville 73, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 38
Parkers Prairie 80, Underwood 59
Battle Lake 51, Rothsay 41
Hillcrest 79, Mahnomen/Waubun 68

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 49, Melrose 47
MORRIS – Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta used a balanced attack to edge Melrose 49-47 at the Tiger Center on Friday.
Riley Decker led the Tigers with 15 points while Liz Dietz added 11 and Malory Anderson added 10 with eight rebounds. The Tigers turned a one-point halftime deficit into a win with strong play down the stretch, improving to 15-9 on the season. The Dutchmen are now 13-11.
Liz Dietz led the Tigers with 11 points while Malory Anderson added 10 with eight rebounds. 

Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 52, Pelican Rapids 47
PELICAN RAPIDS – Wheaton/Herman-Norcross won a late season marquee matchup with Pelican Rapids 52-47.
The Warriors held the Vikings to just 35 percent shooting, and got 19 points with 13 rebounds from Emma Schmidt, Anna Rinke added 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Warriors improve to 20-4 on the season. Kaylie Isman had 13 for the Vikings, Greta Tollifson scored 11 as they fall to 13-9.

Sauk Centre 71, Holdingford 51
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 67, Kimball Area 63 / 2OT
Benson 62, Montevideo 46
Brandon-Evansville 63, Browerville/Eagle Valley 46

WRESTLING
Section 6A 
Semifinals
West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville 66, Barnesville 9
Ottertail Central 45, NY Mills 17
Championship
Ottertail Central 30, West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville 27

Section 5A
Semifinals 
Long Praire/Grey Eagle 50, Minnewaska Area 17
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 30, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 30
Championship
Long Prairie/Grey Eagle 42, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 15