Sports roundup from Saturday, March 1
SWIMMING AND DIVING
The Alexandria swimmers earned their way to the podium in two different events on Saturday during the finals of the Class A state swim meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Elliot set a goal of swimming the 100 breaststroke in less than a minute and he did that twice this weekend to come home with a third-place medal. The senior finished in 59.11 during Saturday's finals after finishing in 59.72 seconds during the prelims.
The 200-medley relay team of Brandon McCormick, Elliot Jacobson, Mark Kallevig and Max Jacobson finished seventh after a finals time of 1:41.22. They guaranteed themselves of a spot in the top eight on Friday with their prelims time of 1:40.20.
Kallevig finished 14th in the 200 IM with a finals time of 2:06.19. Max Jacobson was 11th in the 50 freestyle in 22.58 seconds and 15th in the 100 freestyle in 50.21 seconds.
Alexandria 66, Albany 58
The Alexandria boys will play for a spot in the state tournament this Thursday after beating third-seeded Albany 66-58 in the 8AAA semifinals on Saturday in St. Cloud.
Joe Gorghuber had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for the Cardinals. Travis Krueger added 15 points and seven rebounds and David Krivanek poured in 11 points.
That helped Alexandria overcome a 26-point night from Albany's Nick Raeker. The Cardinals led at the half and held the Huskies off down the stretch.
Their reward is a spot in the section title game this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Alexandria will face off against fourth-seeded Fergus Falls after the Otters beat top-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen 52-46 on Saturday. The Cardinals beat Fergus Falls both times they played in the regular season, winning 78-64 on December 10 and 61-57 on January 24.
Wheaton-Herman-Norcross 59, WCA 52 (F/OT)
The West Central Area boys saw their season end in overtime on Saturday afternoon as the Knights fell 59-52 against second-seeded Wheaton-Herman-Norcross.
The Warriors outscored the Knights 13-6 in the extra session in the 6A South semifinals. West Central Area led 23-20 at the half, and the two teams exchanged leads several times in the second half. The Knights were down 46-43 before Ben Anderson hit a three to tie it with 10 seconds left in regulation.
They grabbed an early two-point lead in the extra session, but the Warriors got a three from Carter Thiele and never trailed again after that.
"The players on both teams made a lot of big plays the whole game long," WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. " We made enough plays to be in a position to win, but they just made one more play in the end. Give credit to them, we did a super job taking away their inside game tonight and had their offense out of balance, but they ended up hitting 8-of-17 three point shots, most of them when they really needed them."
Jay Zimmerman had another double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Austin Redepenning added nine points, while Dakotah Kashmark wrapped up his career with a four-point, eight-rebound, 10-assist performance. The Knights finished the year 18-8 overall.
"It's always tough to lose an overtime game like this, but we had a good season winning 18 games versus some pretty good competition," Hunter said. "Our players always represented us well. They were a close-knit, fun group of guys and they always left everything on the floor. They made it a fun season, and they made it enjoyable for our fans."
Alexandria 10, Breezy Point 0 The Alexandria Blizzard made easy work of Breezy Point on Saturday night with a 10-0 win as Mick Dhein finished with two goals and two assists.
Ian Ecklund, Joe Anderson, Jody Randall, Ryan Carriveau, Nate Metternurg and Draker Hunter each added once goal apiece and Garrett Skinner had two goals to help Alexandria run away with things. The Blizzard outshot Breezy Point 49-23 and scored four goals in the second and third periods.
Tanner Elmore got the win and shutout with 23 saves.