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Sports roundup from Thursday, January 23


Alexandria 125, Willmar 60

The Alexandria swimming and diving team had no problems taking care of Willmar on Thursday night in a 125-60 Central Lakes Conference win.

Alexandria won 10 of the 12 events on the night. Ben Tollefson won the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle and Max Jacobson also won two events by taking the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.

Mark Kallevig won the 200 IM in 2:12.78. Brady Wolkow won the diving with 227.40 points. Brandon McCormick won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.96 and Elliot Jacobson took the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.53.

The 400-freestyle relay team of Kallevig, Wolkow, McCormick and M. Jacobson took home that event in 3:38.13, while McCormick, E. Jacobson, Kallevig and Wolkow won the 200-medley relay in 1:48.59.


Moorhead 34, Alexandria 25

The Moorhead wrestling team came to Alexandria and handed the Cardinals a 34-25 loss on Thursday night.

Wins for the Cardinals came early as Adam Johnson won 7-4 at 113 pounds. Dylan Kriese followed with a major decision (12-3) win at 120. Tryg Burgau won 3-2 at 126. Blake Olhausen won b major decision (14-1) at 138. Dustin Neu won by tech fall at 152 (17-0) and Justin Cumberbatch pinned his man at 220 pounds in just 42 seconds. That’s all Alexandria could muster as the defending champion Spuds took care of business to secure the win.

The Cardinals and Moorhead also raised $348.21 with free-will donations being taken to go to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research Foundation.


Swanville 67, Osakis 51

The Osakis boys lost to Swanville 67-51 on Thursday night in a Prairie Conference matchup.

Hunter Scherr had 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including a 4-for-7 night from three for Osakis. Luke Wolbeck added 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting, but it wasn’t enough to keep up as no other played scored more than five for the Silverstreaks.

“We got stagnant against their zone,” head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We were attacking the basket in their man defenses and getting great shots, but once they switched defenses we went into a drought. We have to be more aggressive in those situations and be a threat to create something. We got great play out Luke tonight and Hunter.”

Osakis fell to 4-12 overall and to 1-7 in league play. Swanville improved to 9-6 and 3-5 in the Prairie Conference.

Underwood 60, Brandon-Evansville 50

The Brandon-Evansville boys struggled from the free throw line and it cost them in a 60-50 loss at Underwood on Thursday night.

The Chargers went just 10-of-29 from the stripe. Underwood’s Matt Biegler had a game-high 20 points. A lot of those came on offensive putbacks in the paint. That was enough to move the Rockets to 4-8 and drop the Chargers to 2-13.

“Our undoing came at the free throw line,” head coach John Holsten said. “We played hard the entire time. We just didn’t get it done at the line and on the offensive glass.”

Skyler Quinn had a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds for Brandon-Evansville. Tom Bosek also added 11 points.

Browerville 51, Ashby 37

The Ashby boys couldn’t get their offense going in a 51-37 loss to Browerville on Thursday night.

Ashby led 23-19 at the half but got outscored 32-14 the rest of the way. The Arrows shot just 21 percent from the field in the second half.

“We did a really nice job of contesting shots on defense the first half,” head coach Jeremy Knick said. “Offensively, we looked really hesitant to do the things we can do. We were very passive. Not aggressive to get to the rim at all.”

Morgan Wing led the Arrows with nine points and 10 rebounds.

“The second half we let them dictate to us what we were going to do on both sides of the ball,” Knick said. “I also gave our guys a rebounding challenge and Morgan Wing was the only one who accepted the challenge and got 10 boards for our team. This has got to start becoming a priority for all five on the floor.”

It was the fourth loss in the last five games for Ashby to drop the Arrows to 7-8 overall.


Alexandria 72, Sartell 29

The Alexandria girls had no trouble on the road against Sartell on Thursday night as the Cardinals beat the Sabres 72-29 in Central Lakes Conference play.

Alexandria put things on cruise control in the first half as the Cardinals scored 45 points to take a 45-13 lead into the break. They finished the night shooting 60 percent from the field and 53 percent from three.

“We played beautiful team basketball moving the ball to the open players and knocking down our shots that we created for each other,” head coach Wendy Kohler said. 

Amanda Christianson had a game-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Brooke Heggie had a big game with 14 points, seven rebounds and seven blocked shots. Kendall Kohler added 11 points and Macy Hatlestad finished with 10.

The win moved Alexandria to 9-3 overall as the Cardinals get ready to welcome in state-ranked Sauk Centre on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Minnewaska 54, Melrose 30

The Minnewaska girls put three players in double figures as the Lakers ran past Melrose 54-30 on Thursday night.

Madison Phillips finished with 18 points and four steals. Bayley Pooler added 16 points and Carley Stewart finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists.


Willmar 142.375, Alexandria 136.475

The Class A’s seventh-ranked Willmar Cardinals handed the ninth-ranked Alexandria gymnastics team a 142.375-136.475 loss on Thursday night.

Hannah Wendel took first in the all-around with a score of 37.05. She was first on the vault (9.525) and bars (9.15), second on the floor with a 9.45 and third on the beam at 8.925.Tahlia Bowden was right behind her in fourth place on the beam with an 8.9. Bowden also took third on the vault (9.35) and bars (8.6).

Bria Schueler was fourth in the all-around with a 32.1.


Alexandria 3, Detroit Lakes 1

The Alexandria girls’ hockey team got a section win by beating Detroit Lakes 3-1 on Thursday night.

The two teams were in a scoreless tie after two periods. Four minutes into the third period, Kaila Dewanz scored on a rebound on a scrum in front of the net to make it 1-0 in favor of Alexandria. The Lakers tied the game later that period, but three minutes later it was Melissa Drown’s turn as she got a pass from Taylor Ellingson and skated the length of the ice before finding the back of the net. Rachel Drew then put the finishing touches on things with an empty-net goal for the Cardinals.

The win further solidified Alexandria’s hold on the top spot in the section field. The Cardinals improved to 11-8-1 overall and to 5-0 against Section 6A opponents this season.

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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