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BARRETT — The WCA Knights came out on top of a battle with the Hancock Owls in Barrett on Thursday night 53-43. The Knights outscored the Owls 35-24 in the second half after the Owls led 19-18 at the half.

LAKE PARK — The West Central Area girls’ basketball team saw the hosting Lake Park-Audubon Raiders use a second-half surge to top the Knights 71-62 Saturday.

BARRETT — The West Central Area boys’ basketball team used strong defensive play and an opportunistic offense to cruise to a 87-47 victory over the Battle Lake Battlers Thursday.

Teams from Staples-Motley, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Pequot Lakes, West Central Area, Underwood, Verndale, Detroit Lakes, Ortonville and Minnewaska will be playing for the Minnesota state championship at the Pacesetter Volleyball State Tournament at the Monticello High School Field House on Sunday, Nov. 3. The seventh grade 10-team state tournament bracket features Paynesville, Stewartville, Staples-Motley, Sleepy Eye-St. Mary’s, […]

PIERZ —The West Central Area boys’ cross country team captured the Section 6A team title Friday, Oct. 25 at Pierz Golf Course. The Knights would finish the race with a 35-point team score, ahead of runner-up Staples-Motley (55). Jacob Bright led the Knights with a time of 16:01.5, finishing second behind Staples-Motley’s Emmet Anderson (15:48.4). […]

BARRETT — The West Central Area/Ashby Knights cruised to a 42-6 victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in the Section 6AA playoffs Tuesday. The Knights got on the board midway through the first quarter as quarterback Jaden Norby ran the ball in from 4 yards out. Norby would convert the 2-point play to take an 8-0 […]

The Minnesota High School football playoffs will get underway Tuesday with several area teams looking to extend their season. The Fergus Falls Otters received the No. 4 seed and will host East Grand Forks (No. 5) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. In Section 6A, the Underwood Rockets received the No. 1 seed and will receive a […]

ROTHSAY — The hosting Rothsay volleyball team used their speed on offense to upend the visiting West Central Area Knights in four sets (28-26, 25-20, 17-25, 25-12) Tuesday. Kenadi Carlsrud led the attack for the Tigers with 18 kills, while teammate Jenna Fabre chipped in 14. Fabre would lead the team in digs with 22 […]



BARRETT — The Staples-Motley Cardinals traveled to Barrett on an unusual Thursday homecoming game for the West Central Area/Ashby football team. Despite an early lead, the hosting Knights could not prevent a late score from their visitor as the Cardinals won a 16-12 showdown. While the Friday forecast was not good, Thursday wasn’t much better. […]

BARRETT — Momentum switched back and forth Tuesday night, but the visiting Hancock Owls turned the tide late to top the West Central Area volleyball (22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 17-15). “This was a heartbreaker of a match,” Knights head coach Melissa Foslien said. “With each game score within two or three points of each other, […]

ORTONVILLE — The West Central Area volleyball closed out Thursday’s game on a high note as the Knights defeated Ortonville 25-17, 17-25, 25-19, 26-24. “Tonight’s game was a battle of long rallies, incredible net play and a test of our mental toughness,” Knights head coach Melissa Foslien said. “Tuesday’s game against CGB taught us that […]

BARRETT — The visiting Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Wolverines swept through the West Central Area volleyball team Tuesday winning a three-set match 26-24, 25-15, 25-18. “The girls have really progressed since the last time we faced this team,” Knights head coach Melissa Foslien said. “Our mental game has improved, the chemistry on the floor is 10 times better, […]

The West Central Area volleyball team competed at the Bertha-Hewitt Tournament Saturday finishing with a 1-2-1 record. The Knights defeated Pillager 2-1 (25-17, 21-25, 15-10), split with Rothsay (25-15, 20-25), and lost to Bertha-Hewitt twice (25-21, 25-12), (25-17, 25-14). “We are starting to get into a grove of playing steady volleyball, trusting our teammates and […]

HENNING — In its homecoming game Friday, the Otter Tail Central football team used a late scoring drive to defeat the previously undefeated West Central Area/Ashby Knights 22-14. The Bulldogs were the first to get on the scoreboard in the game. After trading drives, OTC found its rhythm as they moved the ball down the […]

EVANSVILLE — The West Central Area volleyball team could not short-circuit the hosting Brandon-Evansville Chargers as the Knights fell 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 Thursday. “We finally stepped on the court and played volleyball without drama and fear,” Knights head coach Melissa Foslien said. “It’s been a tough last couple of weeks, and despite the loss tonight, […]

With overcasts and some spotty rain, the Fergus Falls cross country teams hosted the 2019 John Hermes Invite at Pebble Lake Golf Course Thursday. The West Central Area boys’ team picked up the victory finishing with 30 points. Fargo North (50) and Alexandria (54) rounded out the top three, while Fergus Falls (181) placed sixth. […]

BARRETT — The West Central Area volleyball team struggled to communicate as the visiting Wheaton Warriors won in three sets 25-14, 25-12, 25-14 Tuesday. Ellie Herman (7-for-7, ace) and Brooke Anderson (6-for-6, ace) were perfect from service, while teammate Kaleigh Anderson recorded 11 digs. The Knights will look to get back to their winning ways […]

MILACA — The Fergus Falls and West Central Area cross country teams competed at the Milaca Mega Meet Saturday. Rain was an issue on the day as Otter girls’ head coach Niki Welde stated that the races were combined after a delay and “b y the time the high school teams ran, the route was […]

BARRETT — The West Central Area/Ashby football team put points on the board early and held off the charging Pillager Huskies late to claim at 28-22 victory Friday. The Knights jumped out to an early lead as Jaden Norby called his own number twice in the first quarter. Norby would take the ball in from […]

West Central Area volleyball traveled to Hancock Thursday (Sept. 19) only to see the Owls screech to victory sweeping the Knights in three straight sets: 25-14, 27-25, 25-20. “It’s difficult to find words for this week’s results. We are struggling to find a consistent lineup.  We’ve played well in spurts but just cannot get the […]

CROOKSTON — The West Central Area/Ashby football team used a fourth quarter touchdown to edge the hosting Crookston Pirates 14-6 Friday. The Pirates Leyton Salentine put Crookston on the board with a 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The point after attempt was no good, leaving the score at 6-0. The Knights would tie […]

GRACEVILLE — The West Central Area volleyball team struggled to get their offense going Thursday as the hosting Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Wolverines swept the Knights 25-8, 25-14, 25-14. “CGB dominated tonight,” Knights head coach Melissa Foslien said. “We were not the same team we were on Tuesday.  We had a tough time getting touches on their hits […]

BARRETT — The Pelican Rapids volleyball team fought tooth and nail with the hosting West Central Area Knights Tuesday. At the end of the evening, the visiting Vikings left the court with a five-set victory 24-26, 25-15, 20-25, 25-22, 15-9. Defensively, the Vikings were led by Anna Stephenson with 26 digs, while teammates Ryley Paulson […]

BARRETT — In the season kickoff, the West Central Area/Ashby football team picked up a 62-0 victory over the Thief River Falls Prowlers Friday. Jaden Norby led the Knights on the ground as he rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries and was 5-for-14 for 66 yards and a touchdown through the […]

FRAZEE — The West Central Area volleyball team claimed a victory in the first set of Thursday’s matchup against Frazee, but the Hornets would overcome the deficit to win in a four-set match 22-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-21. Emma Swenson led the Knights in serving going 20-for-21 with an ace and recorded 14 digs. Hailey Bennett […]

BRECKENRIDGE — The West Central Area cross country teams traveled to compete in the Don Haugen/Deb Christopher Memorial Run with Randy Cross Country Meet. In the boys’ meet, the Knights took the top spot with 24 points, 12 points ahead of runner-up Fargo North (36). Jacob Bright would finish first for the second time this […]

BARRETT — The West Central Area volleyball team took to its home court Tuesday to take on the Ashby Arrows in the 2019 season opener. The Knights showed no rust as they swept through the Arrows 25-14, 25-20, 25-13. “The Knights came out strong with a serving run right out of the gate by Kaleigh […]

MORRIS — The West Central Area cross country teams got a good look at what they need to work on and their plans for success this season as they competed in Morris for the Knights season opener. In the boys’ race, Jacob Bright (16:22) took top honors, while teammate Jack Van Kempen (17:19) followed behind […]

The West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville wrestling team participated in the Malecek team wrestling camp in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin June 24-27. “We walked away from the Malecek team camp placing in the top 14 out of 70 teams and going 5-3 in the duals,” WCA coach Brandon Gruchow said. “More importantly, our wrestlers found a new level […]

BECKER — The Class A boys’ and girls’ state golf meet wrapped up Wednesday at Pebble Creek. In the girls’ meet, West Central Area’s Jessica St. Martin finished in 31st with a 191 two-day total, posting a 96 in the second day of the meet. Pelican Rapids’ Ellie Johnson (196) finished in 40th overall as […]

BECKER — The 2019 Minnesota State High School League Class A Boys’ and Girls’ Golf tournaments got underway Tuesday at Pebble Creek. Otter Tail Central’s Noah Chase got off to a solid start at the meet as he shot a Day 1 81 to put him tied for 14th. Teammate Jackson Nyhus (88) finished the […]

GLENWOOD — The West Central Area softball team saw its season come to an end Thursday as it played two games in the Section 6A tournament. In the first game, the Knights survived an elimination game by upending Frazee 15-11. West Central Area ripped 19 hits in their win over the Hornets as Lexi Bright […]

The West Central Area girls’ golf team closed out its 2019 season as it finished fourth at the section meet. The Knights advanced to Day 2 of the tournament, but ended the day with a two-day team score of 890. Lac qui Parle Valley (720) won the meet, followed by Benson (849) and Lakeview (888). […]

WILLMAR The West Central Area girls’ golf team made the cut for the second day of the Section 5A meet at Eagle Creek Golf Course. The Knights shot a team score of 447, putting them in fourth. Leading the way at the meet was Lac qui Parle Valley (363), followed by Benson (424) and Lakeview […]

WILLMAR — The West Central Area boys’ golf team finished out their season at Wednesday’s subsection meet at Eagle Creek Golf Club. The Knights finished ninth out of 13 teams with a team score of 440. Tate Christenson and Mitch Dewey led the way with 105 and 108 followed by Peyton Hanson (113), Jacob Warde […]

ELBOW LAKE — Described as a picture-perfect day by West Central Area girls’ golf coach Kari Kreft, the teams of the Quad County Conference took the course at Tipsinah Mounds in search of team and individual success Monday. The Otters Tail Central girls team would win the meet shooting a team score of 385. West […]

West Central Area girls’ golfer Kate Wrolson plans to go from reading putting greens on the links to engineering lush, vegetative greens on a farm field, as she pursues an ag career while attending college. I met with Wrolson and talked to her about the golf season, how she feels about her looming graduation and […]

West Central Area golfer Emily Courrier has plans to continue golfing well after she’s done competing for the Knights. Drawn to the sport by its ease of accessibility throughout one’s lifetime Courrier also has a passion for theatre which she plans to carry into post-high-school life as well. I met with Courrier and talked to […]

ELBOW LAKE — The West Central Area girls’ golf team welcomed in its Quad County Conference competition Monday for a meet at Tipsinah Mounds Golf Course. The Otter Tail Central girls’ golf team won the meet with a 391 team score. Ortonville (409), West Central Area (413) and Hillcrest (430) rounded out the teams. Otter […]

The Knights golfed at Pebble Lake in Fergus Falls on Thursday as part of Rothsay’s Quad County Conference meet. West Central Area only had three golfers as several players had scheduling conflicts. The Knights lead golfer for the day was Jessica St. Martin with an eighteen hole score of 96 for fourth place. “She has […]

The West Central Area girls’ golf team competed on their home golf course on a sunny, but windy Tuesday, placing second as a team in the Quad County Conference meet. The girls were quite pleased with their golfing for the most part, noting that the wind did come into play. Jessica St. Martin shot a […]

ELBOW LAKE — The Hillcrest boys’ golf team claimed a victory at a Quad County Conference meet at Tipsinah Mounds Tuesday. The Comets shot a team score of 322 followed by Otter Tail Central (322), Underwood (352), Ortonville (367), Border West (367), Rothsay (387), West Central Area (393), Ashby (411), Pillager (418) and LPGE/Browerville (428). […]

WADENA — The West Central Area Knights track teams competed in Wadena Thursday, May 2. The Knight girls had a well-balanced meet scoring in multiple events.  Their second place overall finish was the best of the season to date. The Knights were led in scoring by Taylah Schroeder contributing 13 points with a fourth place […]

BATTLE LAKE — The WCA Knights had a successful evening as they golfed in their first Quad County Conference meet on Thursday, April 25 at Balmoral. Jessica St. Martin placed third in the meet with a score of 100.  St. Martin managed to stay out of any real trouble, avoiding penalty strokes.  She was a […]

BATTLE LAKE —Hillcrest boy’s golf team picked up a Quad County Conference win Thursday as the Comets competed at Balmoral Golf Course. The Comets won with a team score of 353, followed by Ortonville (360) and Underwood (363).  Otter Tail Central (373), Rothsay (404), LPGE/Browerville (416), Border West (434), Pillager (439), West Central Area (450) […]

ORTONVILLE — The “gang is all back” or at least on the way as the West Central Area girls’ golf team had their first golf meet of the season on Tuesday, April 23 in Ortonville. It was a picture perfect day – 65 degrees, gentle breeze and lots of sunshine.  Just what we all needed […]

The West Central Area boys’ varsity basketball team held their awards banquet on Thursday, April 4.  The Knights completed the 2018-19 season with a 15-10 overall record against a tough schedule and a tough subsection.  They finished third in the Pheasant Conference behind Ortonville and Hancock. Coach Kraig Hunter said, “It was a fun season […]

MORRIS — In a game that was moved to Monday after Saturday’s snowstorm was expected, the Parkers Prairie Panthers came on like a storm on the court as they defeated the West Central Area boys’ basketball team 61-41 in the Section 6A playoffs. The Knights played a great first half leading 16-15 midway through the […]

MORRIS — With a very close Section 6A playoff game, the Underwood girls’ basketball team recorded a 57-52 victory over the West Central Area Knights Saturday at the University of Minnesota Morris. The Knights grabbed and early lead and pushed it to 17-10 midway through the first half. The Rockets rebounded with a 15-6 run […]

ST. PAUL — At the conclusion of the state individual wrestling tournament Saturday, Fergus Falls, Otter Tail Central and West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville each had a member finish in the top four of the tourney at the Xcel Energy Center. Fergus Falls wrestler Dustin Portales would finish fourth in the 285-pound division at the Class AA […]

The West Central Area Knights traveled to Parkers Prairie on Friday night and ran into a tough well-balanced team on their Senior Night falling 52-70. “We got beat by a good team.  We hit a dry spell midway through the first half where we didn’t score for several minutes.  We cut back into their lead […]

ST. PAUL — After a whirlwind of wrestling matches Friday at the Xcel Energy Center, Fergus Falls’ Dustin Portales and West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville’s Wyatt Olson advanced to the semifinals at the Minnesota State High School League’s Individual State Wrestling Tournament Friday. Portales had a tough draw in the opening match in the Class AA tournament […]

The 2019 Minnesota State High School League Individual Wrestling Tournament kicks off today with 12 local wrestlers hitting the mat in search of championship glory. In Class AA, Fergus Falls’ Dustin Portales (32-2) will make his second consecutive appearance in the state tournament. “It’s really an awesome accomplishment for Dustin being a two-time section champ […]

UNDERWOOD — With shots dropping in the first half, the West Central Area boys’ basketball team spoiled Senior Night for the hosting Underwood Rockets on the way to a 67-53 victory. The Knights built a double-digit lead in the first half as their outside shooting kept the Rockets on tilt.  West Central would go in […]

WADENA — The Otter Tail Central wrestling team had a historic day at the Section 6A individual tournament as they sent seven wrestlers to the Class A state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center Friday and Saturday. After falling short in the Section 6A team tournament, the Bulldogs saw three wrestlers win weight classes and […]

BARRETT — Holding a slim lead at the break, the West Central Area boys’ basketball team found its rhythm in the second half as the Knights defeated the Brandon-Evansville Chargers 63-47 Thursday. “Neither team shot the ball real well, which is due to both teams playing good defense,” Knights head coach Kraig Hunter said. “The […]

BARRETT — After a tough overtime loss on Friday night, the West Central Area Knights came back with a vengeance scoring 95 points in a 95-39 win over the Wheaton Warriors.  The Knights set two school records in the game.  They broke the record for the best 3-point percentage in one game hitting 13-18 threes […]

BARRETT — The West Central Area boys’ basketball lost a heartbreaking 60-58 defeat to the Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Titans on Friday night in Barrett.  Knight “We haven’t played in 10 days due to weather and when we finally played, we played one of our better games of the year,” Knights head coach Kraig Hunter said. “We […]