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Sports roundup from Friday, February 7


Alexandria 5, Twin City 4

Heading into its game Friday against a team only six points behind in the standings, the Alexandria Blizzard knew a win over Twin City at home would be a big boost in the playoff race.

Mission accomplished. After building a three-goal lead in the third period, the Blizzard held off a charging Twin City to finish with a 5-4 victory. The Blizzard did not do itself any favors late in the game, picking up four two-minute penalties in the third period and giving Twin City plenty of chances on the power play.

“It’s nice to get a W, but we need to work on staying out of the box,” Alexandria forward Joe Anderson said.

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Upsala 88, Osakis 46

The Osakis boys couldn’t keep up with a good Upsala team n Friday night as the Cardinals put up 46 points in the first half on their way to an 88-46 win.

Our goal coming in was to make them beat us from the three point line, and they did,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “They shot 50 percent from three at the half. We wanted to limit them from their transition game and prevent them from getting into the paint and we did for a while. There is a reason they are fifth in state. They are athletic, they shoot well and are quicker than most teams. We handled their pressure better than I thought we would. We just ran into them on a night that they couldn't miss. That's basketball.”

Drew Fearing was the only player in double figures for Osakis with 10. Luke Wolbeck added nine points and Lane Berberich finished with eight.

Ashby 57, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 54 (Final/OT)

The Ashby boys needed overtime, but they got the job done in a 57-54 win over LPGE on Friday night.

Morgan Wing had 23 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Blake Ohren added 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Evan Anderson added eight points for the Arrows.

“This was a good road win for our team tonight,” Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. “Everyone on the court had great contributions and stepped up at different times. We played solid defense most of the night and made a lot of big shots, especially in the second half. Morgan and Blake were hitting from outside with each hitting four threes.”

Melrose 66, Minnewaska 49

The Minnewaska boys fell to 8-12 on the season with a 66-49 loss at Melrose on Friday night.


Osakis 76, Sauk Centre 75 (Final/OT)

The Osakis girls basketball team could have easily folded after 11 minutes had run off the clock against fourth-ranked Sauk Centre on Friday night.

The Silverstreaks were already down two key players coming into the game with the school’s all-time leading scorer Annalise Savageau out with a neck injury and sophomore post Brittney Sadlemyer sidelined with a concussion. When they looked up at the scoreboard with a little more than seven minutes left in the first half, it read Sauk Centre 31, Osakis 14.

It looked like the Mainstreeters might run away with things at that point. Instead, The Silverstreaks went on an 11-0 run to get back into a game that they eventually won 76-75 in overtime.  

“I don’t know in my 17 years coaching if I’ve ever been more proud of a team,” head coach Pat Kalpin said. “Just because when you have two girls out like we had, it creates opportunities for girls and every kid that came in tonight contributed in a positive way. I don’t know how many girls I played, nine or 10. I thought every girl stepped up their game.”

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Brandon-Evansville 48, Underwood 44

The Brandon-Evansville girls held on to beat Underwood 48-44 on Friday to improve to 6-1 in the Little Eight Conference.

Carrigan Okerlund had 17 points for the Chargers and Emma Friedrich finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Jacey Ross and Karlea Thorson each had 16 points to lead Underwood.

Parkers Prairie 54, Battle Lake 42

The Parkers Prairie girls won a battle of first-place teams in the Little Eight Conference on Friday with a 54-42 win over Battle Lake.

Both teams came into the game tied with Brandon-Evansville atop the LEC with just one loss in league play. The Panthers made sure they left that way as the win moved them to 6-1 and into a tie with the Chargers for first in the conference. Battle Lake fell to 7-2 in league play.

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 44, Ashby 41

The Ashby girls trailed by eight at the break and couldn’t quite make that up in a 44-41 loss to CGB on Friday.

“As the game continued we cut the lead to three,” Ashby head coach Troy Mickelson said. “With time winding down, we had a chance to tie the game with a last second chance for a three, but were unsuccessful.  Tonight we played hard but came up short.”

Abbi Ras had 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way for the Arrows. Amber Sundal added eight points.


The Alexandria wrestling team ran into a tough section foe in Little Falls on Friday night at its home quad and fell by a 39-19 score against the Flyers.

Ben Bogart and Adam Johnson got the Cardinals started with decision wins at 106 and 113 pounds. The Flyers responded with a decision win and a pin before Trent Piepenburg pinned his man in just 36 seconds at 132 pounds for Alexandria.

Dustin Neu added a 7-2 decision win at 152 pounds. Little Falls rattled off four straight wins from there to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Justin Cumberbatch wrestled 220 and got a major decision win there before a forfeit win for the Flyers at heavyweight put the finishing touches on the final home match for Alexandria at Jefferson High School.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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