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Sports roundup from Thursday, December 12

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Osakis 48, Royalton 31

The Osakis boys’ basketball team got its second win of the season on Thursday night as the Silverstreaks ran away with a 48-31 win over Royalton in the second half.

Osakis trailed by two at the break but outscored the Royals 32-13 after halftime. John Boogaard was the catalyst with 15 points, three rebounds and seven steals in the game. Lane Berberich added 10 points and six steals, while Hunter Scherr finished with eight points, three assists and three steals. It was that defense that proved to be the difference as the Silverstreaks came away with 24 steals on the night.

“The second half we turned up the defensive pressure and got some turnovers that led to transition points,” head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “A few guys got hot from outside and that opened up our inside and for our posts.”

WCA 67, Browerville 58

The West Central Area Knights won their third straight game after dropping the season opener as they took care of Browerville 67-58 on Thursday night.

The two teams were tied at 32 apiece at the break and at 37 apiece a little ways into the second half. That’s when WCA started to pull away after a Hunter Pfingsten three gave the Knights a 40-37 lead that they never did relinquish.

“Browerville started out really hot, which we know they can do,” head coach Kraig Hunter said. “But our kids stayed poised and followed our game plan perfectly. We have a good mix of players that can all play different roles and they did their role tonight, whether it was on offense or defense. Hunter Pfingsten played a great game off the bench tonight.”

Pfingsten ended up with 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals. He was one of four players in double figures for the Knights. Dakotah Kashmark led the way with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Jay Zimmerman added 11 points, six rebounds and two steals and Brady Combs finished with 10 points, three rebounds and two steals.

Minnewaska 63, Melrose 55

The Lakers got their second win of the season to move to 2-3 overall with a 63-55 win over Melrose on Thursday night.

Jayden Beecher was the catalyst with 17 points. Austin VerSteeg added 12 points, while Matt McIver had 14. Riley Thompson added nine points and a team-high nine rebounds.

GIRLS’  BASKETBALL

Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 51, Ashby 48

The Arrows fell to 0-4 on the season with a 51-48 loss to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.

Parkers Prairie 71, Underwood 44

The Panthers moved to 2-0 with their second lopsided win, this one coming against Underwood in a 71-44 game.

WRESTLING

Alexandria 52, Sauk Rapids 18

The Alexandria wrestling team got a welcomed run-away victory on Thursday night after getting tested early this season by St. Cloud Tech and Sartell in a couple close wins.

There was no drama against Sauk Rapids-Rice on Thursday as the Cardinals moved to 3-0 in CLC matches with a 52-18 win over the Storm.

“We were expecting a good score,” head coach Tom Ellison said. “Not to put down Sauk Rapids. They’ve got a young team and they really work hard, but we knew if we just be aggressive, that was our message right away. We wanted to be the guys who scored first every time. We carried it from there.”

For more on Alexandria’s fast start to the season click here.

Osakis 50, LPGE 27

The Osakis wrestling team won in its first dual match of the season on Thursday night as the Silverstreaks ran past Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 50-27 on the road.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Alexandria 3, Willmar 2

The fast start for the Alexandria boys’ hockey team continued on Thursday night as the Cardinals continued to find ways to win in a 3-2 victory over Willmar.

Brady Bast got what proved to be the game winner off an assist from Matt Resch and Christian Canavati 12:40 into the third period. Bast also assisted on Alexandria’s first goal of the night when Levi McFarlane tied the game at one apiece in the first period.

Resch then got his chance to light the lamp just 20 seconds into the second frame. Alec Wosepka assisted on that goal as the Cardinals took a 2-1 lead that would last less than two minutes before Isaac Kobienia scored unassisted to tie the game at two. That’s how they went into the third period before Bast moved his team to 5-0 on the year.

Sam Goetsch got another win in net, turning aside 22 of the 24 shots he faced.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Alexandria 6, Willmar 2

The Alexandria girls’ hockey team grabbed a 3-1 lead after the first period on Thursday night and never looked back in a 6-2 win over Willmar.

Alex outshot Willmar 53-13 on a night where the home Cardinals dominated the pace of play. Willmar led 1-0 after a goal 6:38 into the game. That’s when Alexandria responded with a flurry, getting goals from Taylor Ellingson, Nicole Bartels and Melissa Drown before the end of the first frame.

Willmar scored again in the second only to be followed by another Alexandria run. Micaela Swenson got on the board with a goal 12:45 into the second before Sam Klimek made it 5-2 at 16:19. The only goal of the third period went to Drown off an assist from Mari Wosepka as the Cardinals put the finishing touches on their seventh win to move to 7-4 overall and to 4-2 in the Central Lakes Conference.

NORDIC SKIING

Alexandria at St. Cloud Apollo Invite

The Alexandria Nordic ski team took part in its second meet of the season on Thursday as the girls took fourth out of eight teams and the boys took second behind only St. Cloud Tech.

Carl Branch led the way for the Alexandria boys with a fifth-place finish. Pat Flynn was not far behind in eighth, while Eric Branch added a ninth-place finish. Dalton Struck took 17th, Casey Call 22nd and Sitka Corage was 32nd to round out the Alexandria skiers.

Julia Sieling paced the Alexandria girls with a seventh-place finish, while Ellie Hurlen took 17th. Becca Mateer was 19th and Lauren Hagstrom was 24th to round out the Cardinal skiers.

“All in all, assistant coach Taylor Ellison and I are proud of the bunch once again,” head coach Jeremy Rapp said. “We’re looking forward to see how the group is going to progress as the season goes along.”

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Brainerd 133, Alexandria 53

The Alexandria boys’ swimming and diving team opened the season on the road on Thursday night and could not keep up with a dominant Brainerd team in a 133-53 loss.

"We lost 12 seniors to graduation last year, which included seven of our top 10 scorers,” head coach Mark Storhaug said. “We have a lot of holes and big shoes to fill. Many from last year's JV team are seeing varsity action this season.  We are going to have to work hard to get in better condition and to polish the rough edges in a hurry to compete with the teams in the area."

Elliot Jacobson posted the lone victory in the 100 Breaststroke. Second-place finishes went to Max Jacobson in the 50 freestyle, Brady Wolkow in diving and Mark Kallevig in the 100 butterfly.

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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