Weekend sports recap

Boys Basketball: Little Falls 75, Thief River Falls 71; Detroit Lakes 92, Little Falls 81

Little Falls split a pair of road games against Section 8AAA foes over the weekend, edging Thief River Falls 75-71, Friday, before dropping a 92-81 shootout at Detroit Lakes, Saturday.

Junior Troy Scott scored 24 points and senior Collin Eckman had 18 in the win over the Prowlers.

Seniors Jake Scott and Spencer Lubbers each scored 16 points against Detroit Lakes, with Eckman scoring 13 and sophomore Bryce Zawatzke scoring 12.


Boys Basketball: Upsala 78, Royalton 44

Upsala’s depth proved too much to handle as the visiting Cardinals took down Royalton 78-44, Friday. Senior Avery Smieja scored 17 points and junior Christian Pekarek netted 15 to lead Upsala.


Boys Basketball: Swanville 67, St. John’s Prep 59

Four players reached double figures to guide Swanville to a 67-59 win over visiting St. John’s Prep in Prairie Conference play, Friday, including sophomore Jordan Sales (18), junior Cody Mollner (16) and seniors Austin Mollner (14) and Colten Kruzel (10).


Boys Basketball: Pierz 57, Eden Valley-Watkins 46; BBE 65, Holdingford

Pierz tripped up host Eden Valley-Watkins 57-46 while Holdingford fell 65-32 at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) in Central Minnesota Conference action, Friday.


Girls Basketball: Upsala 66, Onamia 23; Maranatha Christian 70, Upsala 68 (OT)

Upsala easily disposed of visiting Onamia 66-23, Thursday, before falling 70-68 in overtime on a last-second shot to third-ranked Marantha Christian Academy at home, Saturday.

Senior Aimee Pelzer finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists against Marantha, with senior Tracy Herzog posting 12 points and eight rebounds.


Girls Basketball: Pierz 67, Kimball Area 62 (OT); Maple Lake 63, Holdingford 53; Paynesville Area 53, Holdingford 41

Pierz knocked off host Kimball Area 67-62 in overtime while Holdingford fell 63-53 in Central Minnesota Conference play, Thursday. Holdingford also fell 53-41 to visiting Paynesville Area, Saturday.


Girls Basketball: Princeton 57, Little Falls 43

Little Falls dropped a 57-43 match-up to host Princeton in Granite Ridge Conference play, Friday.


Girls Basketball: Sebeka 62, Swanville 52

Senior Marissa Evans nearly single-handedly carried Swanville over perennial Section 5A power Sebeka, but the visiting Trojans withstood her 38-point, 15-rebound performance to pull out a 62-52 road win, Thursday.


Girls Basketball: Osakis 48, Royalton 24

Osakis doubled up host Royalton 48-24 to complete a season sweep in Prairie Conference play, Thursday.


Wrestling: Little Falls sweeps Big Lake quad, places fifth at Fergus Falls Invite

Little Falls swept through three foes at Thursday’s Big Lake quad, defeating Big Lake (38-29), Zimmerman (59-15) and Buffalo (78-6), before taking fifth at Saturday’s Fergus Falls Invite. The Flyers lost their first-round match to Moorhead (45-27) before defeating Wahpeton (57-18) and Fergus Falls (48-26).


Wrestling: Pierz 70, Mille Lacs Area 12

Pierz breezed past visiting Mille Lacs Area 70-12, Thursday, receiving falls from Brandon Ortman, Cole Brausen, Brandon Sullivan, Chris Ortman, Evan Woitalla, Travis Johnson and Ryley Smude and a technical fall from Josh Lanners.

Wrestling: Holdingford wins four

Holdingford defeated visiting Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 39-27 in a Central Minnesota Conference dual, Thursday, then won three matches at Friday’s Browerville quad over Border West (46-25), Browerville (57-17) and West Central Area (57-20).



Boys Hockey: Little Falls 4, Fergus Falls 0; Princeton 3, Little Falls 0

Little Falls shut out host Fergus Falls 4-0 to remain unbeaten against Section 6A foes, Saturday.

The Flyers struck quickly, tallying three goals in the first.

Junior Mark Anez netted the first two goals, with senior Austin Bjorge making it 3-0 with 38 seconds remaining in the first.

Senior Ben Newman added a goal 2:31 into the second to extend the lead to 4-0, which was more than enough for senior Michael Stumpf, who stopped all 24 shots he faced in net for the shutout win.

Princeton shut out host Little Falls 3-0 to complete a season sweep, Thursday.


Nordic Skiing: Little Falls girls first, boys third at Bemidji

                Junior Maria Hauer and senior Mattia Hendrickson turned in a one-two finish to lead the Little Falls girls Nordic ski team to a first-place finish at Saturday’s Bemidji Invite.

Juniors John Gottwalt and Mathew Massmann and senior Brian McNamara all finished in the top eight to lead the Flyers boys to third overall.


Gymnastics: Little Falls 129.125, Maple Lake 128.4

                Junior Rachelle LeBlanc took first place in the all-around with a total of 37.25 as the Flyers edged host Maple Lake 129.125-128.4, Friday. Senior Amanda Hanson took fourth in the all-around with a score of 31.15.