It was a battle all game long for the ball between Sauk Centre’s Tanner Rieland (11), Isaiah Westby (21) and Cade Neubert (45) and Melrose’s Francisco Cervantes (24), Zac Van Beck (12) and Justin Middendorf. The Dutchmen came out on top of a battle of WCC leaders with a 75-65 win. Melrose, now 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the West Central Conference defeated Sauk Centre (7-2 overall 1-1 WCC) at Melrose. Leading the way for the Dutchmen was Dillon Haider with 21 points. Brady Birch was close behind at 20 points. The score was 29-26 at half-time.
It was a close thing for SCM tonight as it defeated Morris Area-Hancock/Chokio-Alberta 42-28, but fell 39-25 to Ottertail Central in the a second match.
North Star Hockey
Prairie Centre played well, but fell 6-5 to Willmar. Petr Erhart had a hat trick and Hunter Fletcher scored twice. The North Stars fell 8-2 to Alexandria on Tuesday. Goals by Cole Crosby and Noah Fletcher gave Prairie Centre an early 2-0 lead, but the Cardinals came back to win the game.
Melrose Sauk Centre Fusion
The Fusion swimmers scoring a 112-73 win over Fergus Falls in the first meet after the Christmas break Tuesday night. Ken Warzecha took first in four events with as part of two relays and winning two individual races. Dylan Fleischhacker, Isaac Schreiner and Spencer Van Beck all had three first place finishes. The Fusion compete in the Minneapolis Invite Saturday.
The Melrose Rosettes will compete in an invitational at Alexandria on Saturday.
More on the games and meets appears in the Jan. 11 issue of the Melrose Beacon.
Lady Dutchmen Gymnastics
The Lady Dutchmen gymnasts began post-Christmas competition at Morris