Sports roundup from Friday, January 24
Twin City 4, Alexandria 2
The Twin City Steel moved within four points of the Blizzard for third place in the West Division on Friday night with a 4-2 win at the Runestone Community Center.
Ian Ecklund scored on a power play 1:17 into the first period, but Twin City responded with four straight goals by the time 5:23 had run off the clock in the second period. Joonas Huovinen and Calvin Miska each had one and Sam Basich scored twice. Tom Schmidt got Alexandria back within two goals at 18:33 in the second, but the Blizzard couldn’t find the net in the third.
Kyle Miller took the loss for Alexandria after giving up all four goals. He had 27 saves, while Jackson Germaine stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced to get the win for the Steel.
Alexandria will turn right around and play at Breezy Point this afternoon at 1.
Alexandria 61, Fergus Falls 57
The Alexandria boys won their fourth straight game on Friday night as the Cardinals beat Fergus Falls 61-57. That gives the Cardinals the season sweep of the Otters after they won 78-64 on December 10.
Alexandria is now 8-8 overall and 6-5 in the Central Lakes Conference. The Otters fell to 9-7 overall and 3-6 in league play. Alexandria is alone in fourth place in the conference.
West Central Area 81, Underwood 79 F/OT
The West Central Area boys outscored Underwood 12-10 in overtime on Friday night to edge the Rockets 81-79 in a non-conference battle.
Jay Zimmerman proved to be the hero for WCA as he got a pass from Brady Combs and made a layup at the buzzer to give his team the win. The Knights had led 35-22 with 2:30 left in the first half, but Underwood battled back to tie it at 37 apiece before the two teams exchanged numerous leads the rest of the way.
Underwood’s Adam Creek forced overtime when he was fouled on a triple with six seconds left and his team down by three. Creek calmly drained all three free throws. He finished the night with 25 points to lead Underwood.
Dakotah Kashmark was equally as good with 25 points for WCA and Zimmerman had a game-high 30 points.
"First off, I have to complement the Underwood team,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “They played very inspired basketball tonight. It was their senior night and they played with much emotion, fire, and were not going to be denied. Fortunately for us, our kids were able to play through their loud gym and emotion and continued to respond the last six minutes of regulation and the four minutes of overtime again and again. We had to show tremendous poise and resolve."
Ashby 62, Bertha-Hewitt 43
The Ashby boys led by six at the break and extended that lead in the second half on their way to a 62-43 win over Bertha-Hewitt on Friday.
That snapped a three-game losing streak for the Arrows. Blake Ohren did a little bit of everything as he finished with eight points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and five blocks. Morgan Wing had a big night with 26 points and Evan Anderson also had double figures with 10 points. Preston Riewer had 14 points to lead the Bears.
“"It was good to get a win tonight," Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. "The guys needed this one. They needed to start believing again. Our defense was pretty solid all night. We limited them to one shot most possessions, and we got a lot of deflections. I was extremely happy with our chemistry and communication. There were guys doing different things tonight that made everyone better.”
Minnewaska 74, Paynesville Area 66
The Minnewaska boys beat Paynesville Area on Friday night to improve to 7-10 on the season.
Osakis 58, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 22
The Osakis girls won their 12th straight game on Friday night as they ran past LPGE 58-22 in a Prairie Conference matchup.
The Silverstreaks are now 13-1 overall and 9-0 against league opponents.
Brandon-Evansville 72, Ashby 61
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team had its best shooting performance of the season and one of the best in school history in a 72-61 win over Little Eight Conference rival Ashby on Friday night.
The Chargers hit 12 total threes in the game. Head coach Dick Simpson said he believes that is a school record on a night when Brandon-Evansville also went 20-of-26 from the free throw line. Making it even more noteworthy is it came just one game after the Chargers shot 28 percent in a 68-51 loss to New York Mills this past Tuesday night.
“If you can figure that out, you let me know,” Simpson said with a laugh after his team moved to 7-5 overall and 5-1 in the LEC on Friday.
Senior guard Megan Kokett was the catalyst for a Chargers team that had four players finish in double figures. Kokett had half of her team’s threes, hitting six of them on her way to a team-high 24 points.
“It felt perfect,” she said of the rhythm she got in. “I didn’t even look sometimes. I just felt it. It’s fun, especially my senior year.”
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Osakis 59, Ottertail Central 19
The Osakis wrestling team continues to roll as the Silverstreaks dominated Ottertail Central 59-19 on Friday night.
Devyn Johnson gave Osakis a nice start as she beat Nate Hart at 106 pounds in a 12-4 match. That set the tone as Darrin Stoetzel pinned his man in 5:00 at 113. Trenton Coyer did the same in 1:51 at 120 pounds.
Osakis lost the next two before Colton Waldvogel won 8-0 at 138 pounds. Garret Sunder got a pin in 1:59 at 145 pounds, Ryan Engfer won 3-2 at 152 pounds. Nils Hagen then won by tech fall (18-2) at 182, Tyler Spanswick pinned his man in 1:06 at 195 pounds, Mitchell Sunder got a pin in just 16 seconds at 220 and Peter Hagen won by fall in just 49 seconds at heavyweight.
It was the seventh straight win of the season for Osakis.