Sports roundup from Thursday, January 9
St. John's Prep 55, Osakis 35
The Osakis boys couldn't keep up with St. John's Prep on Thursday night as the Johnnies came into Osakis and left with a 55-35 win.
Grant Franke had 20 points to lead the Johnnies to a 5-6 record and drop the Silverstreaks to 3-9.
"We got outworked by SJP and when that happens we won't win games," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "Their defensive pressure caused us to turn it over. Give them credit for coming into our place and wanting the win more than we did. We had opportunities to get it close but shots didn't fall. We gave up too many points in the paint off penetration and rebounds."
Wheaton 48, WCA 42
The West Central Area boys had a seven-game winning streak snapped on Thursday night as a now 8-1 Wheaton-Herman-Norcross team handed the Knights a 48-42 loss.
West Central Area struggled from the field, hitting just 13-of-50 shots for a 26 percent clip. Nine of those 13 makes were threes, which helped keep the Knights close. They held a 41-40 lead with less than two minutes to go before the Warriors hit four straight free throws down the stretch to win it.
"We played well other than shooting," WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. "We played hard. We defended well most of the game and we executed our offense to get many open looks, but we just couldn't knock them down."
Dakotah Kashmark led the scoring for the Knights with 15 points to go along with five steals and four assists. Hunter Pfingsten added 14 points, six steals and four rebounds. Austin Redepenning added nine points and three assists and Jay Zimmerman had four points and six rebounds. Wheaton's Carter Thiele led all scorers with 23, while Cameron Maudal added 11 points.
Minnewaska 68, ACGC 66
The Minnewaska boys won a close game against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 68-66 on Thursday night.
The Lakers got outrebounded 45-33 but three players in double figures helped overcome that. Austin Ostrander had 19 points and five rebounds to lead Minnewaska. Riley Thompson added 18 points and nine rebounds, while Austin VerSteeg poured in 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
The Lakers moved to 5-7 overall and to 3-5 in the West Central Conference with the win. ACGC fell to 9-3 overall and to 3-2 in league play.
Alexandria 73, Willmar 42
The Alexandria girls' basketball team dominated Willmar on Thursday night to improve to 6-2 with its second straight win.
Alexandria also improved to 4-0 in the Central Lakes Conference, while Willmar dropped to 4-5 overall and to 2-2 in league play.
Brandon-Evansville 55, Battle Lake 46
The Brandon-Evansville girls led by 10 at the break and went on to beat Battle Lake 55-46 on Thursday night.
Megan Kokett had 13 points to lead the Chargers. Carrigan Okerlund added 11 points and Melissa Haseman finished with nine. The Chargers moved to 5-2 with the win and to 3-0 in the Little Eight Conference. Battle Lake fell to 4-4 overall and to 3-1 in league play.
Minnewaska 76, ACGC 50
The Minnewaska girls took care of ACGC with ease on Thursday night, winning 76-50 against their WCC rivals.
Carley Stewart had 24 points and five assists to lead the way for the Lakers. Madison Phillips added 18 points, four assists and six steals, while Ashley Blom chipped in 10 points to help her team run away with things. The win moved the Lakers to 5-5 overall and to 3-4 in league play.
Parkers Prairie 63, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 38
The Parkers Prairie girls snapped a four-game losing streak on Thursday night with a 63-38 win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.
The Panthers moved to .500 at 4-4 with the win and upped their Little Eight Conference record to 2-1.
Underwood 45, Ashby 41
The Ashby girls couldn't hold off Underwood in a Little Eight Conference battle that went to the Rockets 45-41. Ashby fell to 1-7 with the loss and to 0-3 in the LEC. The Rocketes moved to 2-6 and 2-2 in league play.
Alexandria 30, Rocori 27
The Alexandria wrestling team remained unbeaten in the Central Lakes Conference with a close 30-27 win over a Rocori team that was 9-1 entering the night.
Ben Bogart started the night for Alexandia with a hard-fought 4-3 win at 106 pounds. Dylan Kriese got a forfeit win at 120 pounds as the Spartans moved Gunnar Feildhege up to 126 pounds to try to earn six team points. Feildhege won that match, but Tryd Burgau battled him and stayed away from the pin in an 8-2 match. Those three points for Rocori left the match in a 9-9 tie.
That's when Alexandria put together a stretch of four straight wins. Trent Piepenburg got a pin in 1:55 before Blake Olhausen, Jacob Schiltgen and Dustin Neu all won by decision.
"I mentioned swing matches earlier and these three wrestlers definitely swung the momentum in our favor," head coach Tom Ellison said.
Those four straight wins helped the Cardinals build a 24-9 lead. The Spartans would battle back and make it 24-18 before a forfeit win for Justin Cumberbatch made it 30-18. That meant senior captain Shawn Nelson could assure the team of a win if he could just avoid being pinned at 220 pounds. Nelson lost the match 7-5 against Ryan Vigil, but his ability to avoid the pin ultimately gave his team the win after Tyler Hoffman of Rocori got a pin in the heavyweight division to make the final score 30-27.
"It was up to Shawn to enter the mat knowing that regardless of any outcome he could not give up a pin," Ellison said. "Shawn was able to carry out the task. He lost the match but by understanding his role, he actually won."
The Cardinals moved to 5-0 in CLC matches with the win and kept pace with fellow undefeated Willmar.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
The Alexandria boys' swimming and diving team fell to St. Cloud Tech on Thursday night by a 109-76 score.
The Cardinals trailed by just five points after the diving competition, but the Tigers outscored them in five the last seven events to pull away. Mark Kallevig had two wins for Alexandria in the 200 IM (2:11.73) and the 100 butterfly (57.46). Max Jacobson added a win in the 50 freestyle (23.56). Brady Wolkow won the diving with 231.90 points and Elliot Jacobson took the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.18.
The Alexandria Nordic ski teams traveled to Fergus Falls on Thursday as Pat Flynn led the boys with a second-place finish and Julia Sieling took fourth to pace the girls' team.
Flynn crossed the finish line in a time of 15:28, while Sieling finished in 19:03. Carl Branch was right behind Flynn in third place in a time of 15:44. Eric Branch was fifth in 16:14. Dalton Struck was seventh in 17:41 and Casey Call finished 10th in a time of 18:26.
The Cardinal ski team competed at the Spidahl's Ski Gaard venue near Fergus Falls, where we thought we were going to experience warmer temperatures, however, we faced a strong wind throughout the day. The cold wind was not enough to dampen the Nordic spirit in our team, as great places were accomplished throughout every race.
Ellie Hurlen finished sixth to help lead the Cardinals girls with a time of 19:34. Becca Mateer was eighth at 20:02 and Lauren Hagstrom finished 11th in a time of 21:11.
St. Cloud Tech 146.025, Alexandria 138.525
The Alexandria gymnastics team had its best team score of the season on Thursday night but it wasn't quite enough against Class AA's fourth-ranked St. Cloud Tech in a 146.025-138.525 loss for the Cardinals.
Hannah Wendel finished second in the all-around with a score of 37.2 and Bria Schueler was fourth at 31.825. Wendel finished second on the vault (9.45) and floor (9.3), while taking third on the bars (9.3) and fourth on the beam (9.15). Tahlia Bowden finished first on the beam, third on the vault (9.425) and sixth on the bars (8.825).
Schueler's best finish came on the floor where she finished with a 8.65 for fifth place. She was 10th on the vault (7.2), eighth on the bars (8.125) and ninth on the beam (7.85). Jana Roste also had a personal-best 9.1 score on the vault for a sixth-place finish.
Alexandria 6, St. Cloud Tech 1
The Alexandria boys hockey team continued its success against Central Lakes Conference teams this season with a 6-1 win over St. Cloud Tech at home Thursday night.
Levi McFarlane and Ryan Marciniak both scored two goals each as the Cardinals led 4-0 after two periods. St. Cloud Tech’s Andrew Setrum scored at 14:45 in the third period, but Alec Wosepka and Cammeran Brown both netted late goals to bring the final score to 6-1.
The win helped the Cardinals to a 5-0 record against CLC opponents this season.
Alexandria’s Sam Goetsch picked up the win in goal, stopping 12 of St. Cloud Tech’s 13 shots on goal. He felt good about the way the Cardinals performed against a team that came into the game 3-3 in the CLC.
“The guys were doing their job,” Goetsch said. “We had a couple penalties but we killed them off and played well, played as a team.”
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Alexandria 4, North Wright County 2
The Alexandria girls' hockey team used a late rally to win its first game back from the holiday break 4-2 against North Wright County on Thursday night.
The Cardinals had to overcome an early 1-0 deficit but did so with a first-period goal from McKenzie Revering on an assist from Hanah Hansen.
Alexandria had to battle back again after that as North Wright County added a goal and took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. That's how things went into the third period before the Cardinals eruped for three goals in a span of almost a minute. Kaila DeWanz scored at 15:52 in the third to tie the game before Melissa Drown added the go-ahead goal just 32 seconds later. Taylor Ellingson then put the finishing touches on the win with a goal at 16:21.
Hansen finished the night with two assists. Rachel Drew, Lauren Niska and Ellingson all added assists, as well. Bailey Serum got the win in net with 16 saves on 18 shots faced.
"It was an all around good effort," head coach Blair Hovel said. "It was good to see our girls respond and play at the level that they can play at again."