Sports roundup from Thursday, December 19
Osakis 48, Henning 46
The Osakis boys’ basketball team has already matched its win total from last season as the Silverstreaks moved to 3-5 with a 48-46 win over Henning on Thursday night.
Senior Drew Fearing and freshman Zach Weir each had a team-high 12 points for Osakis. It was the Osakis defense that really made the difference as the Silverstreaks overcome an early 6-0 deficit to edge the Hornets.
“We made some adjustments on defense that got Henning out of their rhythm,” head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We also had a great team effort. Some starters had foul trouble early and our bench picked up the slack and kept us in the game the first half. Weir had a great game both offensively and defensively. Fearing did what he always does for us and that's be the leader on the floor. Our posts came up big and got us the rebounds we needed on defense and not give them second opportunities to score.”
Ortonville 79, Brandon-Evansville 28
Turnovers continued to plague the Brandon-Evansville boys on Thursday night as the Chargers fell to Ortonville 79-28.
Ortonville jumped out to a 50-14 lead by the break behind 21 points from point guard James Nitz. He finished the night with a game-high 23. The Chargers were led in scoring by Skyler Quinn with 11, but 30 turnovers gave them no chance to stay close. Brandon-Evansville also shot just 37 percent from the field.
“We just keep turning the ball over way too much and don’t give ourselves much of a chance to run our offense,” Chargers head coach John Holsten said.
The loss dropped Brandon-Evansville to 1-7 overall.
Verndale 59, Parkers Prairie 41
The Panthers fell to 2-4 overall with a 59-41 loss to Verndale on Thursday night.
Sauk Centre 80, Minnewaska 70
Minnewaska couldn’t overcome a 7-1 Sauk Centre team on Thursday night as the Mainstreeters dropped the Lakers to 2-6 with an 80-70 loss.
Four Minnewaska players finished in double figures to keep things within striking distance. Riley Thompson had a big night with 22 points and seven rebounds. Austin Ostrander added 14 points and five rebounds. Jayden Beecher had 16 points and Matt McIver added 12.
Osakis 67, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 31
The Osakis girls’ basketball team rolled to a 67-31 victory against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Thursday in Osakis.
Annalise Savageau scored Osakis’ first 13 points of the game on her way to a 19-point night. Madi Forsell scored 10 and Brooke Sorenson added nine points to push the Silverstreaks to the nonconference win.
Head coach Pat Kalpin was happy to see some balanced scoring by the Silverstreaks against BBE, which came into the game with a 4-1 record.
“They went in there and worked their tails off and did some good things, and that’s what we want to do,” Kalpin said. “It was a good, fun, solid win for our kids against a good, quality opponent.”
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Brandon-Evansville 52, Underwood 46
The Brandon-Evansville girls earned their four win of the season to move to 4-2 overall and stayed unbeaten in the Little Eight Conference with a 52-46 win over Underwood.
The Chargers and Battle Lake are the only two teams still unbeaten in the LEC. The Chargers are 2-0 after the win and the Battlers moved to 3-0 with a win over Parkers Prairie on Thursday night.
Battle Lake 39, Parkers Prairie 28
The Parkers Prairie girls finished with their lowest point total of the season as they played without star guard Micaela Noga, who was injured during the first half of a loss to Isle on Tuesday.
The Panthers (3-2, 1-1 LEC) are finding life difficult without her as no player finished in double figures against the Battlers. Sarah Bunde led the way with eight, while also grabbing five rebounds. Darianne Saxton added eight points, including two threes and Anna Guenther finished with seven points.
Alexandria 37, Brainerd 28
The Alexandria wrestling team improved to 4-0 in the Central Lakes Conference with a 37-28 win over Brainerd on Thursday night.
“It is always good when you can beat Brainerd – a common statement among the coaching ranks in Alexandria as Brainerd consistently produces athletic teams that are very competitive and well coached,” Alexandria head coach Tom Ellison said. “Tuesday night was no different as the wrestlers lost the first three matches to find themselves behind by nine points.”
Dylan Kriese started the comeback with a major decision. That was just the start as Trent Piepenburg, Blake Olhausen, Jacob Schiltgen and Dustin Neu all earned six-point wins to take a 28-9 lead. Jake Nienaber added an overtime takedown that led to a win. Justin Cumberbatch then put an exclamation point on the team win with a pin at 195 pounds.
Brainerd 142.775, Alexandria 137.125
The Alexandria gymnastics team dropped its first match of the season on Thursday despite a season-best score of 137.125.
Hannah Wendel had another big night, but didn’t take first in the all-around for the first time this season. She finished second with a 37.25. Bria Schueler was fifth with a 32.6 and Jana Roste took sixth at 31.9.
Wendel finished second on the vault (9.4) and bars (9.0). She was third on the beam at 9.2 and first on the floor with a 9.6. Tahlia Bowden was third on the vault (9.275) and bars (8.75) and fifth on the beam with an 8.85.
Alexandria 5, Sauk Rapids-Rice 1
The Alexandria boys’ hockey team got back to its winning ways on Thursday as the Cardinals ran away from Sauk Rapids-Rice 5-1.
Three second-period goals blew things open after Zach Johnson had given Alexandria a 1-0 lead with a first-period goal. Chris Leary, Toby Helgeson and Matt Resch then made it all Alexandria with goals in the second period. Helgeson added his second of the night in the third frame to put the finishing touches on the win.
Sam Goetsch had another nice night in net for Alexandria. He got the win with 17 saves as the Cardinals (6-2, 5-0 CLC) dominated the pace of play, outshooting the Storm 48-18.
The Alexandria Nordic ski teams went to Maplelag near Detroit Lakes to compete against seven other opponents.
The Cardinal boys finished third, one point behind Little Falls for second. The girls also finished third as a team.
Pat Flynn led the Alexandria boys with a fourth-place finish. He came across in 29:04. Carl Branch was not far behind in sixth place at 29:33.05. Eric Branch took 13th (30:13), Dalton Struck was 24th (33:14), Casey Call was 27th (34:10) and Sitka Corage was 36th in 38:19.
Julia Sieling paced the girls with a seventh-place finish in 34:15. Ellie Hurlen took 13th in 36:25 and Becca Mateer was 14th in 36:35.
Lauren Hagstrom was right behind them in 16th place in 37:43. Britt Hurlen took 18th place (38:13), JeAnna Miller was 29th (40:56 and Camille Johnson was 35th (43:40).
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Alexandria 112, Rocori 74
The Alexandria boys’ swimming and diving team got its first win of the season in a 112-74 victory over Rocori in the home opener.
The Cardinals won eight of the 12 events on the night. Mark Kallevig was a big part of that with two wins coming in the 50 freestyle (24.14) and the 100 butterfly (58.50). Brady Wolkow won the diving event with 202.55 points. Ben Tollefson won the 500 freestyle in 5:41.96.
Brandon McCormick took the 100 backstroke in 1:02.82 and Elliot Jacobson won the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.25.
Alexandria also took two relays with McCormick, E. Jacobson, Kallevig and Wolkow winning the 200-medley relay. Kallevig, Wolkow, McCormick and Max Jacobson then took the 400-freestyle relay to put the finishing touches on the team win.