Sports roundup from Friday, December 20
Alexandria 8, Twin City 7 (F/OT)
A wild game ended with an 8-7 win in overtime for the Alexandria Blizzard against Twin City on Friday night.
The Steel led 6-3 after a five-goal second period before the Blizzard scored four times in the third to tie it. Joe Anderson had a lot to do with that as Alexandria's star forward scored twice, including once on a penalty shot at 16:10 to tie the game at seven apiece. That wrapped up the hat trick for Anderson before teammate Aammir Freese scored four minutes into the extra session off an assist from Ian Ecklund and Anderson to secure the win.
Tyler Sworsky added two goals for Alexandria, while Garrett Skinner and Mick Dhein also added goals. Sworsky had three points and Ecklund finished with three points on three assists. Tanner Elmore got the win in net for Alexandria with 41 saves.
The win sends the Blizzard into the Christmas break with an 18-9 record and in third place in the West Division.
Alexandria 64, Detroit Lakes 53
The Alexandria boys snapped a three-game losing streak with a 64-53 win at Detroit Lakes on Friday night.
The Cardinals moved to 4-3 overall and will welcome in New Prague tonight at 6 p.m.
WCA 72, Royalton 41
West Central Area's Dakotah Kashmark scored his 1,000th career point on Friday night as the Knights stormed past Royalton in a Prairie Conference game.
Kashmark came into the game needing 12 points to reach the milestone and he got there early as he nailed a three from the top of the key midway through the first half to go over 1,000 points. He scored 18 before halftime and finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and two assists.
"It was a fun night," head coach Kraig Hunter said. "We set the tone early and played well in the first half. The fans from both schools were great in celebrating Dakotah's well-deserved accomplishment. Jay Zimmerman had a dunk and we got a lot of playing time for the whole team in the second half. Everyone on our team played with energy and contributed again tonight."
Zimmerman added 18 points, eight rebounds and two steals, while Austin Redepenning was also in double figures with 12 points.
The Knights hit 52 percent of their shots, going 25-of-48. They had just nine turnovers and went 15-of-19 from the free throw line to move to 5-1 with their fifth straight win.
Ashby 68, Hancock 61
The Ashby boys won their fourth straight game to even their record at .500 with a 68-61 win in Hancock on Friday night.
The Arrows led 35-25 at the half and held the Owls off in the second half as Blake Ohren finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Morgan Wing added 18 points and five steals, while Jeff Berglund finished with nine and Zach Barry and Evan Anderson had seven points apiece.
"It was good to come away with a win tonight," Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. "We struggled defensively a little tonight, especially rebounding the ball. We have to do a much better job of that going forward. We also had a little difficulty finishing some easy shots. I think we let our guard down a little tonight. We did enough right at the end of the game to come away with the win, and overall I have been very happy with the way we have been playing lately."
Hancock was led by Taylor Holleman with 24 points and Logan Kisgen with 19 points.
Alexandria 62, St. Cloud Tech 51
The Alexandria girls’ basketball team passed its first big test of the season on Friday night in beating St. Cloud Tech 62-51 in the home opener.
The Cardinals' first three opponents this season have a combined 4-15 record. Alexandria had no trouble with them, winning by a combined 134 points.
They knew a 4-1 Tigers team would prove to be a better challenge. Tech led by nine in the first half before eight straight points from Alexandria’s Brooke Heggie got the Cardinals back in the game. Senior guard Amanda Christianson came alive about that time as she scored nine quick points and helped Alexandria take a 30-24 lead into the break that it never relinquished.
“At first we were just panicking, I guess,” Christianson said. “We settled down and played our game. We just dug into our defense and tried to do whatever we could to keep them from scoring. We were both undefeated in the conference, and we knew it was going to be a tough game so we came out with whatever we could.”
Click here for more reaction from a nice win for Alexandria.
Osakis 87, Swanville 17
The Osakis girls ran their winning streak to five games on Friday night as the Silverstreaks had no problems with Swanville in an 87-17 game.
Osakis moved to 6-1 overall and to 4-0 in the Prairie Conference. Swanville fell to 0-7 overall and to 0-4 in league play.
Minnewaska 71, Benson 32
The Minnewaska girls ran past Benson 71-32 on Friday night.
The Lakers had four players in double figures with Carley Stewart leading the way with 21 points. Madi Phillips had 19 and Bayley Pooler finished with 13 points to move the Lakers to 2-5 and 1-4 in the West Central Conference.
Hancock 51, Ashby 48
The Ashby girls fell to 0-6 with a 51-48 loss to Hancock.
The Alexandria wrestling team is in sixth place after day one of the Redwood Valley Tournament with a total of 45.5 team points. Dawson Boyd leads the tournament with 68 points. A total of 29 teams are competing at the tournament.
Click here for results from each weight class on day one of the two-day tournament.
Results from the Osakis wrestling team's performance at the Eden Valley-Watkins quadrangular were not available.
Hopkins 5, Alexandria 0
The Hopkins girls' hockey team scored in every period on Friday night and methodically pulled away from Alexandria in a 5-0 game.
The Royals' five goals came from five different players as Corbin Boyd, Nina Rodgers, Grace Bizal, Laura Clemens and Ali Freie all scored.
Amy Jost took the loss for Alexandria after giving up five goals on 37 shots faced. Hopkins outshot the Cardinals (7-5-1) 37-19 on the night.