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Sports roundup from Thursday, January 30

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Sports roundup from Thursday, January 30
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BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Alexandria 59, Sartell-St. Stephen 52

The Alexandria boys are in the midst of a five-game winning streak after beating Sartell-St. Stephen 59-52 on Thursday night.

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Joe Gorghuber had 18 points. John Vogeler added 17 and Brandon Bistodeau finished with 12. The Cardinals had a two-point lead at the break and executed down the stretch to move to 9-8 overall and to 7-5 in the Central Lakes Conference.

The Sabres fell to 8-8 overall and 4-5 in the CLC. They were led by a game-high 19 points from Tom Bearson.

Osakis 49, Sebeka 46

The Osakis boys got 24 points from Zach Weir and 12 more from Hunter Scherr to edge Sebeka 49-46 on Thursday night.

The Silverstreaks (5-12, 1-7 Prairie) were trailing by four at the break, but outscored the Trojans (2-14, 0-8 Park Region) 30-23 after halftime. Osakis won despite shooting just 28 percent from the field (17-of-59).

“We got great play out of Zach and Hunter tonight,” head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “They locked on to Lane [Berberich], which allowed other guys to step up and they did. We got great minutes from our bench, especially when our guys are out with injuries or foul trouble. [Joseph] Garcia did his job when he got in and kept rebounds alive for us. It was fun to play in a close game. It keeps the coaches and play-ers on their toes and it reiterates the fact every possession and rebound are crucial.”

Battle Lake 67, Brandon-Evansville 25

The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team became an-other victim of a deep and talented Battle Lake squad on Thursday night as the Battlers improved to 17-0 with a 67-25 win in Brandon.

The fourth-ranked team in Class A took care of the Chargers with a business-like approach. The Battlers used their defense to create some good looks in transition and build an early lead. They quickly pulled away from there, taking a 37-12 lead into the break.

There was no letdown or lack of energy against a Brandon-Evansville team that is now 2-14 on the season. For the Battlers, it was their sixth straight win by at least 30 points.

“We just got to treat every-body the same,” senior guard Dan Marso said after scoring a game-high 15 points. “Come out and play our “A” game every night and work for the win. We like to run with teams we know we can run against, but we know when we have to slow it down, too. This was one team we knew we could get out and run against, steal a couple baskets, and it worked.”

Ashby 70, Underwood 62

The Ashby boys used a big second half to beat Little Eight Conference foe Underwood on Thursday night in a 70-62 game.

The Arrows trailed by two at the break but outscored the Rockets 43-33 the rest of the way. Morgan Wing had 21 points and seven rebounds, while Blake Ohren added 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Gage Olson also had a big night with 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Evan Anderson also finished in double figures with 10 points.

“Gage Olson did a really nice job getting in the lane and kicking it out and he also had some nice finishes at the basket,” head coach Jeremy Knick said. “He did a little of everything tonight. Morgan Wing continues his consistency. Morgan, Zach Barry, and Evan Anderson knocked down some key shots and free throws toward the end of the game to help secure the win.”

Albany 75, Minnewaska 67

The Minnewaska boys couldn’t keep up with Albany on Thursday night as the Lakers fell 75-67.

Austin Ostrander had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Austin VerSteeg added 14 points, Riley Thompson had 15 and Jayden Beecher had 11. It still wasn’t quite enough to overcome an Albany team that moved to 13-3 overall and 7-1 in the West Central Conference.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Osakis 68, West Central Area 55

After West Central Area hung around for most of the contest, the Osakis girls’ basketball team used big games from Annalise Savageau and Brooke Sorenson to pull away for a 68-55 victory at home on Thursday.

Savageau led Osakis with 24 points and Sorenson also scored 17 as the Silverstreaks picked up its 13th consecutive victory. Abby Van Kempen scored 20 points to lead the Knights’ offense while Holly Van Kempen finished with 15

Heading into the game, WCA and Osakis were the top two teams in the Prairie Conference standings. WCA held a 5-1 record in the conference and Osakis was 9-0.

Osakis led 41-28 at halftime, and after building nearly a 20 point lead in the second half the Knights cut the deficit back to only eight with four minutes remaining. But from there foul trouble started to take over and the Silverstreaks’ offense proved to be the difference.

“They had one loss coming in, to us the first time, so you knew it was going to be a battle,” head coach Pat Kalpin said. “They’ve been improving and playing well.”

Verndale 55, Ashby 34

The Ashby girls shot just 16 percent (8-of-51) from the field in a 55-34 loss to Verndale on Thursday night.

“It is very difficult to win games when we don't put the ball in the net,” head coach Troy Mickelson said. “Even with our shooting difficulties tonight our ladies played hard, and stuck with them in steals, rebounds, and turnovers. This game really comes down to execution on the offensive end. The Lady Pirates played extremely hard on the defensive end and we had trouble handling their pressure.”

Cassandra Jordan had 18 points and four rebounds to lead the Arrows.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Sauk Rapids 2, Alexandria 1

The unbeaten streak in Central Lakes Conference play for the Alexandria boys hockey team came to an end after 10 games on Thursday night as Sauk Rapids-Rice defended its home ice with a 2-1 win.

The Storm (12-7, 7-5 CLC) is the third-place team in the league. Sauk Rapids was up to the challenge against a Cardinals team that is now 12-4-3 and 9-1-1 in league play.

The Storm outshot Alexandria 35-31 and scored in the second and third periods to secure the win. The Cardinals led 1-0 on a Zach Johnson goal at 11:59 in the second period, but Ryan Rutar answered less than two minutes later to tie the game at one apiece. The game-winner came at 12:39 in the third as Travis Kothenbeutel scored.

William Mortenson had a good game in net for Sauk Rap-ids with 30 saves. Sam Goetsch took the tough-luck loss after posting 33 saves.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Moorhead 3, Alexandria 2

The Moorhead Spuds came to Alexandria on Thursday night and handed the Cardinals a 3-2 loss after scoring two goals in the third period.

Tori Davis took advantage of a power play to tie the game at two apiece less than three minutes into the final frame. Haley Ludwig then got the game winner at 16:55. Melissa Drown had both goals for Alexandria as she gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the second period.

Amy Jost took the loss in net after stopping 30 of the 33 shots she faced. Brianna Storms got the win on 14 saves. The loss dropped Alexandria to 11-10-1 overall and moved Moorhead to 7-12-1.

WRESTLING

Alexandria 62, St. Cloud Apollo 15

The Cardinals wrestling team dominated Central Lakes Conference foe St. Cloud Apollo on Thursday night in a 62-15 match.

Adam Johnson, Dylan Kriese, Trent Piepenburg, Blake Olhausen, Dustin Neu and Justin Cumberbatch all had pins for the Cardinals. Ben Bogart won by forfeit, Jacob Schiltgen won by major decision (12-0). Jake Nienaber and Quinton Kluver-Longfellow added forfeit wins and Mike Schluter won by major decision (15-1).

It was the final tune-up for Alexandria before the Cardinals host their Big Ole Tournament at JHS tomorrow, Saturday. Wrestling starts at 11:30 a.m.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Alexandria 134, St. Cloud Apollo 49

The Alexandria swimming and diving team dominated St. Cloud Apollo to finish with a Central Lakes Conference mark of 3-4 this season.

The Cardinals ended their dual-meet season by taking 11 of the 12 events. Max Jacobson (200 freestyle, 1:57.26; 100 butterfly, 1:01.42) and Brady Wolkow (diving, 207.70; 100 freestyle, 52.12) each won two individual events.

Ben Tollefson took the 50 freestyle in 25.52 seconds. Mark Kallevig won the 500 freestyle in 5:32.40. Josh Flatau won the 100 backstroke (1:10.25) and Nick Chromey won the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.34. The Cardinals also won all three relays.

Alexandria will now turn its attention to the CLC championship in Willmar next Thurs-day and Saturday.

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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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