Sports roundup from Saturday, February 22
Alexandria 3, St. Cloud Apollo 2 (F/2 overtimes)
They needed two overtime periods, but Brady Bast scored a game-winning goal to lift the Alexandria boys’ hockey team to a 3-2 win over St. Cloud Apollo in the Section 6A semifinals.
Bast scored the game-winning goal after he crashed the St. Cloud Apollo net and cashed in on a rebound off a shot from Christian Canavati.
“It ripped off the post and went off the goalie’s back,” Bast said. “I stood there looking at the puck and it was just lying there, so I tapped it in.”
That was the end of a back-and-forth game that was tied 2-2 after three periods of play.
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Proctor-Hermantown 4, Alexandria 1 - Class A state tournament
After tying the game minutes into the third period, the Alexandria girls’ hockey team could not keep pace in a 4-1 loss to Proctor/Hermantown Saturday in the state Class A consolation championship game.
Nicole Bartels evened up the game 1-1 during a power play for the Cardinals early in the third, but from there Proctor picked up its offensive attack.
“They got their feet moving and they didn’t stop moving,” head coach Blair Hovel said. “I told that to the girls, ‘if you look at them they are moving their feet.’”
Proctor got on the board first with a goal by Sophie McGovern at 10:54 in the first period. From there the game remained scoreless until Bartels scored on a slap shot at 1:33 of the third period.
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SWIMMING AND DIVING
The Alexandria swimming and diving team finished second at the Section 5A meet and will be represented in seven events at the state meet next week.
Seniors Mark Kallevig and Elliot Jacobson and junior Max Jacobson had a lot to do with that. Kallevig and M. Jacobson will both be swimming in four events at the state meet and E. Jacobson will compete in three.
All three of them were part of the 200-medley relay team that qualified after a runner-up finish with Brandon McCormick in 1:401.09. They also joined Brady Wolkow in qualifying in the 200-freestyle relay with a second-place time of 1:33.19.
Elliot Jacobson beat his own section record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.86. Kallevig dominated the 200 IM in 2:03.59 and also qualified for state in the 100 butterfly with a second-place finish in 55.47 seconds. Max Jacobson won the 50 freestyle in 22.44 seconds and also qualified in the 100 freestyle with a second-place finish in 49.85 seconds.
All three have swam in a lot of events and been workhorses for this team all season, and nothing changed on Saturday in the biggest meet of the year in their home pool.
“It’s really a huge amount of pride,” Max said of being able to pile up points by swimming multiple events. “Just knowing that we are contributing to this team and helping to get as many points on the board as possible. That’s contributed to wins, and it makes everybody feel better when you win, obviously. So to know that we’ve been a part of that is really great.”
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Upsala 67, Osakis 39
The Osakis boys ran into the top team in the Prairie Conference on Saturday and fell 67-39 at the hands of Upsala.
The Cardinals are 22-2 this season and 12-0 in league play, but the Silverstreaks stuck with them for a little while before falling late. Lane Berberich had 14 points and Hunter Scherr added nine for Osakis, but the Streaks shot just 31 percent from the field.
"We executed our game plan perfectly for 26 minutes but then we ran out of steam," head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "We had a one-point lead with 10 minutes left, but we got tired and took quick shots, had some turnovers and let a good team to get on a run. The score doesn't indicate how close the game was for the majority of the time."
It was a step in the right direction for Osakis as players continue to do the little things that are helping the Silverstreaks improve as the season goes on.
"Drew fearing didn't score but he did so many things defensively that don't show up in the stat book to keep the game close," Hoelscher said. "John Boogaard and Luke Wolbeck played great team post defense and Hunter and Lane made [Christian] Pekarek work for every shot he took. We frustrated a top team in the state, and that's something we can be proud of. It was a great measurement for our program on how much we have grown as a team throughout the year."
Detroit Lakes 52, Alexandria 40
The Alexandria boys lost their regular-season finale and will head into the 8AAA tournament on a two-game skid after falling 52-40 to Detroit Lakes on Saturday.
Christian Hedstrom led the Lakers with 14 points and Trey Lyngas added 10. Joe Gorghuber was the only player in double figures for Alexandria with 10. John Vogeler added eight points, but no other player had more than four.
The Cardinals finished the regular season 12-11 and 9-6 and tied for fourth in the Central Lakes Conference.
ACGC 73, Minnewaska 60
The Minnewaska boys lost 73-60 to ACGC on Saturday despite putting three players in double figures.
Matt McIver had 19 points, five rebounds and five steals. Jayden Beecher added 15 points and Austin VerSteeg had 11 in the losing effort.
Browerville 91, WCA 48
The West Central Area girls fell big to Browerville on Saturday by a 91-48 score.
"Today was a story of Browerville playing very well and things going their way and us not playing well and couldn't get much to go our way," WCA head coach Beth Hill said. "Today was just not our day, but we need to bounce back from this and move on to next week."
Holly Van Kempen led the Knights with 13 points, while Abby Van Kempen added 10.
Alexandria junior Hannah Wendel finished ninth in the all-around at the Class A state meet on Saturday.
Wendel finished with an all-around score of 37.05. She had a 9.65 average score on the vault, a 9.00 on the bars, a 9.05 on the beam and an average score of 9.35 on the floor. Sela Fadness of Austin won the Class A all-around with a total score of 38.70.
Section 8AAA individual tournament
The Alexandria wrestling team advanced six wrestlers to the state meet next week as Dylan Kriese (120), Trent Piepenburg (132), Blake Olhausen (138), Dustin Neu (152), Mike Schluter (182) and Justin Cumberbatch (195) all qualified after the Cardinals put together a strong showing at the Section 8AAA individual meet in Bemidji.
Kriese finished second at 120 pounds, falling 4-3 in the title match. Piepenburg finished second at 132 after a 5-0 loss in the title match. Olhausen won the section title at 138 with a 4-0 win in the championship. Neu did the same at 152 pounds, winning 9-6 in the title match.
Schluter came up just short of the title at 182 pounds, getting pinned in 1:17 in the championship. Cumberbatch then dominated his way through the 195-pound class, winning by pin in three straight matches. The last one came in 3:58 to win the title.
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5A individual tournament
Osakis' Trenton and Brendon Coyer and Ryan Engfer all advanced to the Class A state wrestling meet after winning championships at the 5A individual tournament on Saturday.
Trenton Coyer's title came at 113 pounds as he beat Josey Tensen of BBE 7-3 in the title match. Brendon Coyer was next up as he won the title at 120 with a 2-1 win over Miguel Ambriz of LPGE. Engfer then won his title at 138 pounds with a 4-3 overtime win against Derek Dengerud of ACGC.
Click here for a complete rundown of Saturday's finals.