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Sports roundup from Tuesday, December 17

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BOYS' HOCKEY

Moorhead 6, Alexandria 1

The Alexandria boys' hockey team held a 1-0 lead in Moorhead on Tuesday before the Spuds erupted in the third period, scoring six goals and coasting to a 6-1 win that dropped the Cardinals to 5-2.

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After scoring four goals in the third period to beat Minnetonka by one in its previous game, the Spuds netted six third-period goals Tuesday to knock off Alexandria 6-1.

“From start to finish, that was one of the best games we’ve played,” Moorhead coach Jon Ammerman told the Fargo Forum's Chris Murphy after the game. “Obviously, the dividends didn’t pay off until the third, but we thought we were pushing the pace of the game and throwing the pucks on net and their goalie was playing a great game.”

For more on this game, click here.

GYMNASTICS

Alexandria 129.925, Little Falls 121.125

The Alexandria gymnastics team improved to 3-0 on the season with another dominant performance from junior Hannah Wendel.

Wendel has yet to lose this season after taking first place in every event for the third straight time. She won the vault with a 9.425, the bars with a 9.15, the beam with a 9.35 and the floor exercise with a 9.15. Wendel ran away with the all-around title with a total score of 37.075.

Teammate Bria Schueler was a couple spots behind Wendel with a 30.325 to take third in the all-around. Schueler finished sixth on the vault (8.2), second on the bars (8.0), ninth on the beam (6.5) and seventh on the floor (7.625.

Jana Roste also had a couple third place finishes on the vault (8.35) and the beam (7.75), while Anna Spanbauer took third on the floor (8.15).

BOYS' BASKETBALL

LPGE 45, Osakis 34

The Osakis boys couldn't overcome a 33-percent shooting night from the field as the Silverstreaks fell to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 45-34 on Tuesday.

Drew Fearing was the only Osakis player in double figures as the senior guard finished with 10 points. Zach Weir and Hunter Scherr each added five as the Silverstreaks went 12-of-36 from the field. Sixteen turnovers also hurt as Osakis fell to 2-5 overall and to 1-2 in the Prairie Conference.

"We had a good start in the first half," head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "Long Prairie missed some shots that we were able to turn into points, but we didn't play smart with the lead and turned the ball over and got lazy on defense. In the second, we there were five or six times where we got on a run and cut the deficit but then we turned the ball over again and we couldn't  get the stop we needed to on defense to bring us closer."

Ashby 62, Ortonville 61

The Ashby boys won their first home game and their third straight overall by edging Ortonville 62-61 on Tuesday night.

Blake Ohren scored what proved to be the game winner on a layup after the Trojans had taken their only lead of the game at 61-60 on a Britton Conroy three. Ashby led by as many as 12 in the second half, but Ortonville battled back to make it a tight game before ultimately falling in the end.

"This was a great win for our team," said Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick. "We knew coming into tonight that Ortonville was a good team with a lot of weapons. We knew our defense was going to have to come up big, which it did. We created about 17 steals unofficially. I thought we set the tone early."

Morgan Wing had a huge first half with 19 of his 23 points leading the Arrows to a 31-26 lead at the break. Wing also had seven steals. Ohren finished with 16 points, including 12 in the second half. Zach Barry added eight points, while James Nitz led Ortonville with 23 and Riley Thompson added 16.

Little Falls 62, Alexandria 59

The Alexandria boys dropped their third straight game of the season after getting off to a 3-0 start. 

The Cardinals got off to a slow start as they trailed by 10 in a 35-25 game at the break. They tried to rally in the second half, but couldn't quite overcome a now 4-2 Little Falls team as the Flyers dropped Alexandria to 3-3 overall. Alexandria is still 3-1 in the Central Lakes Conference, which is good for third place behind unbeaten Sartell (3-0) and unbeaten St. Cloud Tech (5-0).

Battle Lake 62, Brandon-Evansville 20

The Chargers couldn't keep up with the favorites to win the Little Eight Conference this season as Battle Lake showed why its now 6-0 on the season in a 62-20 win at home. 

The Battlers' closest game has been a 10-point win over Barnesville this season. They are outscoring team by more than 33 points per game on average and they upped that on Tuesday night. Battle Lake forced 25 turnovers and held the Chargers to just 27 percent shooting.

"When those two numbers are that close, you're in for a long night," Brandon-Evansville head coach John Holsten said. "We dind't play very well and Battle Lake is a very good team." 

The loss dropped the Chargers to 0-3 in the LEC and to 1-6 overall.

WCA 67, Swanville 59

The West Central Area boys traveled to Swanville on Tuesday night and used a 43-point second half to secure a 67-59 win over the Bulldogs. 

Swanville led by one at the break but couldn't slow down an athletic WCA team after halftime. The Knights won dspite shooting just 4-of-23 from three and 36 percent overall.

"It was one of those nights where we had to show a lot of resliency because none of the bounces went our way," WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. "We didn't shoot the ball well and had a lot of players in foul trouble, but we kept scrapping it out to find a way to win.  We are used to being a team that shoots the ball well from the three-point line, but it was one of those nights where we had to rely on our defense to keep us in the game." 

The Knights' defense was good enough to do that. They held Swanville to 59 points in 70 possessions and just 34 percent shooting.

Dakotah Kashmark had another big night as the senior guard finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Jay Zimmerman had 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Hunter Pfingsten had 11 points.

Montevideo 58, Minnewaska 44

The Lakers got 20 points and five rebounds from Austin Ostrander but it wasn't quite enough to overcome Montevideo in a 58-44 game on Tuesday night.

Jayden Beecher also had a nice night, finishing with 17 points, but no other Lakers' player had more than six. The loss dropped Minnewaska to 2-5 on the season and to 2-3 in the West Central Conference.  

Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 76, Parkers Prairie 57

The Panthers fell to 2-3 on the season with a 76-57 loss to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Tuesday night. The Comets moved to 5-2 with the win and to 4-0 in the Little Eight Conference. 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Alexandria 76, Sauk Rapids-Rice 29

The Alexandria girls won their third straight game by more than 25 points this season as they rolled over Sauk Rapids-Rice on the road, 76-29. The Cardinals are dominating teams early on, averaging a conference-best 74.3 points per game and giving up a league-best 29.7 points per game.

The Cardinals shot a blistering 69 percent from the field against Sauk Rapids. Amanda Christianson had another big night with 22 points, seven steals and eight defensive deflections. Newcomer Brooke Heggie had her best game in a Cardinal uniform with 20 points and point guard Karly Betterman made it three players in double figures for Alexandria with 16 points.

The Cardinals first home game is this Friday night when they welcome in St. Cloud Tech for Parents' Night. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

Osakis 64, West Central Area 40

The Osakis girls made a bit of a statement about its place in the Prairie Confernece on Tuesday night by cruising to a 64-40 win over previously undefeated West Central Area.

The Silverstreaks shot 40 percent from the field (26-64) and 6-of-12 from three. They also had 15 steals and 18 assists on a night when four girls scored at least seven points. Annalise Savageau led that charge with 21 points. Brittney Sadlemyer had 13 points. Madi Forsell finished with nine points and six rebounds, while Johanna Boogaard had seven points and nine rebounds. Brooke Sorenson also finished with a team-high seven assists.

"This was a nice road win for us tonight," Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. "West Central has some real nice athletes and always play hard. We were able to build a nice early lead in the first half, but let them back into the game the last couple minutes of the half. a couple things we focused on in the 2nd half was defensive positioning and offensive execution. I felt that our second half was played very well."

Brandon-Evansville 54, Hancock 44

The Chargers girls' basketball team led Hancock by one point at halftime, but was able to pull away in the second half for a 54-44 home win on Tuesday.

Emma Friedrich scored 17 as four Chargers were in double digits in points. Carrigan Okerlund scored 11 points, and Elizabeth Vinson and Mariah Hansen both added 10.

After the game, Hansen said it is fun playing a team that the Brandon-Evansville players personally know. The game also counted as two points for the Chargers in the Pheasant Conference standings.

"It's exciting to play a team where some of the girls know each other," Hansen said.

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Isle 55, Parkers Prairie 33

The Parkers Prairie girls' basketball team lost its first game of the season on Tuesday night in a 55-33 game against Isle.

The Panthers' star guard, Micaela Noga, went down with an injury midway through the first half and didn't return. She scored seven points before that, but Noga is a big part of this team's offense and Parkers Prairie struggled to score after she left. Kathryn Burquest was the team's leading scorer with eight points. Anna Guenther and Caroline Carlson each had six and Sarah Bunde finished with five points.

That wasn't enough to stop a balanced attack from Isle. Morgan Voss led four players in double figures with 16, while McKenzie Blood and Andrea Zimpel each had 13. Cassi Walters had 10 points, as well. The loss dropped the Panthers to 3-1 and moved Isle to 5-0.

Bertha-Hewitt 62, Ashby 57 (F/OT)

The Ashby girls almost had their first win of the season on Tuesday night but fell in overtime to Bertha-Hewitt 62-57. 

The loss dropped the Arrows to 0-5 on the season. 

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Melrose-Sauk Centre 99, Alexandria 87

The Alexandria swim team fell to 0-2 on the early season after giving Melrose-Sauk Centre a scare on the road on Tuesday in a 99-87 loss.

Alexandria held a 53-41 lead midway through the event after getting four early wins. The Fusion responded by winning the next four races to close the gap quickly. They never let up after that as they completed the comeback by swimming well down the stretch.

Mark Kallevig earned an individual win in the 200 IM (2:13.91) and 100 butterly (59.55). Elliot Jacobson won the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.35 and Brady Wolkow won the diving competition with 179 points. The 200-medley relay team of Brandon McCormick, Elliot Jacobson, Kallevig and Max Jacobson also took home a first-place finish. 

Alexandria also recorded 12 season bests with Ben Tollefson and Max Jacobson each recording two of those.

Montevideo 62, Minnewaska 60

The Minnewaska girls couldn't quite overcome Montevideo on Tuesday as the Thunderhawks improved to 3-2 with a 63-60 win at Minnewaska. The Lakers fell to 1-5 with the loss. 

DANCE

The Alexandria dance team went to Fergus Falls on Tuesday night and came back with a couple wins in the kick and jazz routines against three other teams.

The Cardinals competed against Fergus Falls, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Melrose. 

"The varsity kick team competed first and had their best performance of the year so far," head coach Christine Reilly said. "They are improving their overall execution of the routine as well as improving their kick height."

The jazz team overcame a few miscues to earn the win as all the judges voted Alexandria first in both the jazz and kick competitions.

"The jazz team is still working to clean their routine," Reilly said. "We had some unexpected errors, but overall the team had good energy and it was enough to pull off a win."

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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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