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Sports roundup from Friday, January 31


Alexandria 4, Granite City 2

The Alexandria Blizzard overcame an early 1-0 deficit behind a three-goal second period on Friday night against Granite City.

That led to a 4-2 win over the second-place team in the West Division. Jody Randall, Drake Hunter and Mick Dhein all scored in that second frame to give Alexandria a 3-1 lead after two periods. Aidan Verbeke cut it to a one-goal lead before Joe Anderson added an empty net goal in the final seconds to secure the win for the Blizzard.

Kyle Miller got the win in net for Alexandria with 26 saves on a night when the Blizzard outshot the Lumberjacks 30-28.


LPGE 56, Osakis 43

The Osakis boys hung with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Friday night despite missing starters due to injury in Drew Fearing, Haden Hendricks and John Boogaard.  It ultimately wasn’t quite enough as LPGE won 56-43 in a Prairie Conference matchup.

Hunter Scherr had 16 points to lead Osakis, while Lane Berberich finished with 12 and Luke Wolbeck had nine. The Silverstreaks got outscored 27-17 in the first half and couldn’t quite recover from that.

“We played well with missing three starters,” head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We hung in with a good team…Hunter and Lane played great for us. They became our only scoring options for a while. We got them open on offense and they hit shots when they had to. Very happy with how our role payers played. They did what was asked and they did it with passion and consistency.”

WCA 74, Swanville 70

The West Central Area boys had three players in double figures on Friday night as the Knights held on to beat Swanville 74-70.

The Bulldogs held a 60-59 lead in the second half, but Austin Redepenning hit a three on a pass out of the post by Jay Zimmerman. That gave the Knights the lead for good. They executed down the stretch and built a lead of 70-63. Swanville added a couple buckets late, but couldn’t get all the way back.

"Swanville is a scary team to play,” head coach Kraig Hunter said. “They have talented players at each position so it was a good win. I think our depth is a little deeper, and we wore them down in the second half a little bit. We had a number of guys that hit big shots for us. Austin Redepenning, Hunter Pfingsten and Brady Combs all hit some timely three-point shots. Dakotah Kashmark showed his presence all over the floor tonight as he had 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, as well as good defense.  Jay Zimmerman was really a big key in us building our second half lead as he scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half."

Pfingsten finished with 14 points for WCA and Redepenning added nine. Jordan Sales had 23, Tyler Evans 16 and Cody Moellner finished with 14 for the Bulldogs.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 84, Ashby 34

The Ashby boys had no answer for the top-ranked team in Class A on Friday night as BBE ran past the Arrows 84-34.

"When you head into a game like this and face this kind of talent you just hope you can come out with more energy and try to compete," said Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick. "They came out strong and fast and we just couldn't match up. They are just plain good all the way around. It would have been fun to put up a better fight, but it wasn't in us tonight."

Ashby was led by Blake Ohren with 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.


Alexandria 71, Sauk Rapids-Rice 31

The Alexandria girls had no problems coasting to their 11th win of the season on Friday night as they beat Sauk Rapids-Rice 71-31. The win moved the Cardinals to 8-1 in Central Lakes Conference play.

Henning 44, Brandon-Evansville 39

The Brandon-Evansville girls shot just 25 percent from the field (12-48) in a 44-39 loss to Henning on Friday night.

Emily Friedrich had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Chargers. Melissa Haseman added nine rebounds, but it wasn’t quite enough to overcome those shooting woes. Sydney Haugdahl led the Hornets with 10 points and Courtney Dague had nine.

The Chargers fell to 7-7 overall with the loss.

Sauk Centre 71, Minnewaska 31

The Minnewaska girls couldn’t keep up with state-ranked Sauk Centre on Friday night as the Mainstreeters  moved to 11-2 overall and dropped the Lakers to 6-10.

Ashby 46, Hillcrest 25

The Ashby girls ended a four-game losing streak with a 46-25 win over Hillcrest on Friday.

“Abbi Ras stepped up huge for us,” head coach Troy Mickelson said. “She led the team in scoring with 13 points and made good decisions on offense. Cassandra Jordan did a great job on the glass tonight with nine boards.  She also dished out six assists and had eight points. Cassandra's shots weren't dropping in the first half and she started to distribute the ball to her teammates very well in the second half.”

The win moved Ashby to 3-12 overall and to 2-6 in the Little Eight Conference. Hillcrest dropped to 2-9 overall and 2-5 in league play.

Parkers Prairie 70, Underwood 37

The Parkers Prairie girls coasted to a 5-1 record in the Little Eight Conference with a 70-37 win over Underwood on Friday night.

WCA 52, Swanville 38

The West Central Area girls rebounded from a loss to Osakis the night before by beating Prairie Conference foe Swanville 52-38 on Friday night.

Tonight was a rather slow game for us but a win is a win and we will take it,” WCA head coach Beth Hill said. “Swanville played well and worked really hard. We need to learn how to not let teams play with us, but rather take control of the game. At half we were up 24-21 and they kept getting back into the game.  At the end, we lengthened our lead a little.”

Abby Van Kempen had another nice night for WCA with 20 points. She also had 11 rebounds and four steals.  Jordan Anderson added 11 points and Tiana Christenson finished with 10.

The Knights moved to 9-3 with the win and improved to 6-2 in the Prairie Conference.


Alexandria 6, Fargo South 0

Mari Wosepka had three points on two goals and one assist to lead Alexandria to a 6-0 win over Fargo South on Friday night.

Melissa Drown also had two goals and Lauren Niska and Taylor Ellingson each added one to help the Cardinals cruise. Alexandria scored one in the first, three in the second and two more in the third period as they controlled things from start to finish.

Bailey Serum got the win in net with 16 saves.


WCA 32, Osakis 30

The West Central Area wrestling team needed every win it got tonight in a tight match with Osakis that ended with the Knights winning at heavyweight to complete the 32-30 win.

Osakis led by one going into that final match after Peter Hagen rallied in the third period to win 3-1 over Hunter Fick at 220 pounds. That set the stage for a winner-takes-all heavyweight match between Mitch Sunder and Buzz Miller. Sunder tried to rally with a three-point third period, but it wasn’t quite enough as Miller secured the Park Region Conference victory for his team.

The Knights’ biggest lead came after a couple forfeits by Osakis at the 152 and 160 pound weight classes and a win at 170 by Blake Amundson that gave WCA a 29-15 advantage. Osakis rallied from there, getting a pin by Nils Hagen in 1:28 at 182 pounds. The Knights then elected to give Osakis’ Tyler Spanswick the forfeit win at 195 and have Fick wrestle Hagen at 220.

“Yeah, I was pretty disappointed,” Spanswick, who is 10-0 with eight pins and two forfeit wins since returning a few weeks ago from a broken leg he suffered in football, said. “I was waiting for him. Coaches talked to me and told me I was going to wrestle him so I was waiting for it.”

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Minnewaska 39, Eden Valley-Watkins 27

The Minnewaska wrestling team beat Eden Valley-Watkins 39-27 on Friday night.

The Lakers got pins from Joseph Weaver, Spencer Winter and Weston Lardy. Ryan Stottler also earned a decision win in the e match.

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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