Sports roundup from Saturday, January 25
SWIMMING AND DIVING
STATE TRUE TEAM
The Alexandria boys’ swimming and diving team traveled to the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Saturday and finished 11th out of 12 teams in the Class A state true team meet with 1,089 team points.
St. Thomas Academy won the team title with 2,436 points. Northfield was second at 1,814 and Breck-Blake rounded out the top three with 1,813 total points.
Elliot Jacobson had the best finish as he took sixth in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:03.94. Brady Wolkow had an eighth-place finish in diving with 308.50 points. Alexandria’s Mark Kallevig got a ninth-place finish in the 100 butterfly in 58.08 seconds and a 10th-place finish in the 200 IM in a time of 2:10.99.
Max Jacobson was 12th in the 50 freestyle in 23.54 and 13th in the 100 freestyle in a time of 52.57. Brandon McCormick also had a top-16 finish in the 100 backstroke by taking 13th place in a time of 1:00.75.
Alexandria 4, Breezy Point 2
Bo Gronseth had two goals and Alexandria had three total goals in the third period to earn a 4-2 win at Breezy Point on Saturday afternoon.
Aaron Ryback got the Blizzard on the board with a goal at 17:59 in the first period. Breezy Point tied it after two on a Nick Johnson goal, but Gronseth and Mick Dhein responded with big third period. Gronseth broke the tie at 9:35. Russel Barone scored to tie things at two apiece at 12:58, but Dhein scored less than two minutes later and Gronseth added an empty-netter in the final minute.
Evan Bisek got the win in net with 19 saves.
Alexandria will be back on the road today to wrap up a three-game weekend at North Iowa with a 5 p.m. drop of the puck against the West Division leaders.
Alexandria 60, Sauk Centre 44
After only leading by one at halftime, the Alexandria girls’ basketball team outscored Sauk Centre by 15 points in the second half for a 60-44 victory at home Saturday night.
Amanda Christianson led Alexandria offensively with 20 points, and Karly Betterman also had a strong game in scoring 15. Amanda Weir led the Mainstreeters’ scoring with 12 points.
The Cardinals defense played a big role in the strong second half as they were able to score multiple points off Sauk Centre’s turnovers.
“We always try to get the other team to turn over the ball, so it was good that we got a lot of those,” Betterman said.
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Ortonville 60, Brandon-Evansville 52
The Brandon-Evansville girls trailed by eight at the break and that’s how things ended at Ortonville won 60-52 at the University of Minnesota-Morris on Saturday afternoon.
Emma Friedrich had 19 points for the Chargers and Megan Kokett added 13, while Mariah Hansen finished with 10. That wasn’t quite enough as Brenna Giese scored 22 for Ortonville and Rachel Hoernemann added 21. The Chargers shot just 33 percent from the field a night after hitting 12 threes in a win over Ashby.
Litchfield 48, Minnewaska 44
The Minnewaska girls fell to 6-9 overall with a non-conference loss to Litchfield in a 48-44 game on Saturday.
Alexandria 1, Bemidji 1
The Alexandria boys’ hockey team saw its unbeaten streak reach seven games on Saturday as the Cardinals tied Bemidji 1-1 with another comeback late.
Parker Revering scored Alexandria’s only goal and it came in the final minute of the third period. Neither team could find the net in the extra session as the Cardinals moved to 12-3-3 with the tie.
Sam Goetsch had another nice game in net with 27 saves on 28 shots faced. The Lumberjacks outshot the Cardinals 28-19, but the Lumberjacks couldn’t turn those into a lot of goals as they moved to 8-9-1 on the year.
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Bemidji 3, Alexandria 1
The Alexandria girls’ hockey team fell to 11-9-1 on the season with a 3-1 loss at Bemidji on Saturday afternoon.
Hannah Hansen scored the Cardinals only goal of the night. Bemidji grabbed an early lead of 2-0 and held on to win the non-conference tilt.
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The Minnewaska wrestling team finished fourth at the West Central Conference tournament on Saturday behind two first-place finishes that helped the Lakers to 78 team points.
Dawson-Boyd-LQPV-Montevideo won the title with 171 points. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City was second at 164 and Paynesville rounded out the top three with 85 points.
Joseph Weaver and Ryan Stottler each won individual titles to lead the way for Minnewaska. Kashawn Brown was close with a second-place finish. Weston Lardy took third, Brad Jacobs was fourth, Spencer Winter and Caleb Blaisdell fifth and Marcelo Arrendondo had a sixth-place finish.