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Sports roundup from Tuesday, January 14

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NORDIC SKIING

The Alexandria boys’ and girls’ Nordic ski teams hosted their home invite at Andres Tower Hills on Tuesday afternoon with Julia Sieling finished first overall for the girls and Pat Flynn taking top honors overall in the boys’ race.

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Sieling finished in a time of 20:35 to lead the pack. Teammate Ellie Hurlen was right behind her in third place in a time of 21:56. Becca Mateer was fourth in 22:20 and Lauren Hagstrom rounded out the Cardinal skiers in fifth in a time of 22:44.

Flynn tackled the course in a time of 16:40 to pace the boys field. Eric Branch was second in 17:20. Carl Branch was third in 17:29. Dalton Struck took fifth in 18:53 and Casey Call was 10th with a time of 19:48.

See Friday’s issue of the Echo Press for more reaction on both the boys’ and girls’ Alexandria Nordic teams.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

St. Cloud Apollo 60, Alexandria 52

St. Cloud Apollo got 24 points from Ethan Novacinski on Tuesday night as the Eagles improved to 10-5 overall and dropped the Cardinals to 4-7 with a 60-52 loss.

John Vogeler had 23 to lead Alexandria. Brandon Bistodeau added 13 and Joe Gorghuber finished with seven points.

Upsala 84, WCA 53

The Upsala boys’ basketball team showed why it’s still the class of the Prairie Conference with an 84-53 win over a now 8-3 West Central Area team on Tuesday night.

 The Cardinals were up 13 at the break and blew things open by scoring 46 points in the second half. Dylan Zimmerman had a huge night for Upsala with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Christian Pekarek added 20 points and Jeff and Jeremy Halverson added 13 and 10, respectively.

“Once they get a lead, they play with a lot of confidence as they hit five straight threes in the middle of the second half to put us away,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “They played really, really well.”

Jay Zimmerman had 15 points for the Knights and was the only player in double figures for his team. Hunter Pfingsten added nine points and Dakotah Kashmark also finished with nine.

“We must get better at having the desire to finish plays and go get the basketball,” Hunter said. “It is not a boxing out problem. It is simply wanting the ball more than they do.”

The Knights got outrebounded by Upsala (10-2, 4-0 Prairie) 39-16 on the night.

Browerville 61, Osakis 52

The Osakis boys trailed by just three at the break and scored 33 points in the second half before falling just short in a 61-52 game against Browerville.

Haden Hendricks had a team-leading 14 points to go along with five rebounds for Osakis. Drew Fearing added 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals and Lane Berberich and Hunter Scherr each added eight points apiece.

“It was a good game for us to play a team of their caliber and keep it close to the end of the game,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We were able to shut down their better player in the first half but we lost him a bit in transition and through screen in the second half. We had our chances down 5 with 2 minutes left but we couldn't get that crunch time basket.”

The Tigers improved to 7-3 overall with the win and 3-2 in the Prairie Conference. Osakis fell to 3-10 overall and 1-5 in league play.

Brandon-Evansville 45, Hancock 42

The Brandon-Evansville boys’ basketball team closed out Hancock in a close game to snap a six-game losing streak with a 45-42 win over Hancock.

James Huisman had three points in the game, but two of those were big ones as he got a steal with less than a minute to play and went in for a layup that gave the Chargers a one-point lead. Skyler Quinn added two free throws and a couple defensive stops sealed the win for Brandon-Evansville (2-10). Hancock dropped to 0-9 with the loss.

“We’re trying to learn how to win and this was a step towards the education,” Brandon-Evansville head coach John Holsten said.

Will Schroeder led the Chargers with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Quinn added 11 points. Tom Bosek finished with six points and 10 rebounds. That helped overcome 18 points from the Owls’ Taylor Holleman and 16 points from Collin Brown.

Ashby 76, Parkers Prairie 68

The Ashby boys led by six at the break and hung on in the second half to beat Parkers Prairie 76-68 on the road on Tuesday night.

Jeff Berglund set the tone with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Morgan Wing added 18 points, six rebounds and six steals. Gage Olson had 11 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Evan Anderson added 14 points on a night when leading scorer Blake Ohren was home with the flu.

“I was proud of the guys for bouncing back and playing a solid game without our leading scorer and rebounder,” head coach Jeremy Knick said. “Our goal tonight wasn't to prove we can play or win without him because we would never want that. Our goal was to stick to what we are good at and have everyone step up just a little to fill his void. All the guys did just that.”

The Arrows improved to 7-5 overall and to 3-3 in the Little Eight Conference. Parkers Prairie fell to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the LEC.

Montevideo 77, Minnewaska 64

The Minnewaska boys had four players score in double figures but it wasn’t quite enough to overcome Montevideo in a 77-64 loss on Tuesday night.

Riley Thompson had 23 points to pace the Lakers on 8-of-13 shooting. Austin Ostrander, Austin VerSteeg and Jayden Beecher each added 12 points apiece.

The Lakers fell to 5-9 overall and to 3-6 in the West Central Conference. Montevideo improved to 9-4 and 6-1 as the Thunderhawks sit atop the WCC-North standings.  

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Alexandria 62, Rocori 38

The Alexandria girls got their fourth straight win and a little bit of history along with it as Amanda Christianson scored her 1,000th-career point in a 62-38 win at Rocori on Tuesday night.

Christianson passed the milestone on a three-point shot from the left wing at about the 9:00 mark in the second half. Her teammates and fans congratulated her before she was presented with the game ball. The senior guard finished with a team-high 20 points to go along with seven rebounds.

Karly Betterman had 10 points and Kendall Kohler added eight. Macy Hatlestad hit the boards for 12 rebounds.

The Cardinals improved to 8-2 overall and 6-0 in the CLC. Alexandria’s next game is a big one with the Cardinals traveling to Fergus Falls on Friday to take on the top-ranked and undefeated Otters (11-0, 6-0 CLC).

Brandon-Evansville 54, Rothsay 43

The Brandon-Evansville girls stayed unbeaten in the Little Eight Conference with a 54-43 win over Rothsay on Tuesday night.

The Chargers got 21 points and eight rebounds from Emily Friedrich and 14 points from Carrigan Okerlund. The biggest difference in the game came at the free throw line, where the Chargers hit 21-of-27 shots and Rothsay went 6-of-10.

“We played a pretty solid game,” head coach Dick Simpson said. “We played well defensively and three free throws were the key.”

The Chargers improved to 6-3 overall and to 4-0 in the LEC. Rothsay fell to 0-10 and 0-4 in league play.

Osakis 54, Minnewaska 32

The Osakis girls’ basketball team ran away from another opponent in a 54-32 home victory over Minnewaska on Tuesday as senior guard Annalise Savageau set the new Osakis scoring record with a game-high 19 points.

At halftime the Silverstreaks were up 29-8, but Minnewaska battle back in the second half to make things interesting. Head coach Pat Kalpin liked what he saw in the first half but wanted to see it continue through the second half of play.

“I thought we played a good first half, I didn't think we played very well in the second half,” Kalpin said. “I thought we struggled against their pressure, we didn't defend the way we defended the first half, we kind of just let them pass the ball around.”

Savageau surpassed Stephanie Roggenbuck’s 1,664 career points with a two point shot midway through the second half. She now sits at 1,668 career points.

Savageau had no idea she had broken the scoring mark until the announcement was made in front of the crowd.

“It feels good," she said. “I was really surprised, I wasn't expecting it at all. My coach called a timeout and then stopped the game, and I just thought he called a timeout to give us a break.”

Henning 60, West Central Area 53

The Henning girls’ basketball team outlasted West Central Area in a close 60-53 game on Tuesday night.

“They have a solid team and played well but we had chances to take this game,” WCA head coach Beth Hill said. “Our first half was plagued with missing far too many inside shots.  They had height and were fairly physical, but we missed 20 inside opportunities.”

Tiana Christenson led the Knights with 17 points, seven assists, four rebounds and a steal. Holly Van Kempen added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Kylee Fernholz finished with eight points and Abby Van Kempen grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with six points.

GYMNASTICS

Alexandria 136.675, Fergus Falls 126.075

The Alexandria gymnastics team got a Central Lakes Conference win on Tuesday night by beating Fergus Falls.

Hannah Wendel had another big night with a first-place all-around score of 37.15. Bria Schueler also finished third in the all-around (32.4) and Jana Roste was fourth (31.95).

Wendel took first in the vault (9.5), bars (9.3) and floor (9.45). Tahlia Bowden was first on the beam with her score of 9.35. Wendel was second on the beam with an 8.9 score.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

River Lakes 6, Alexandria 1

The Alexandria girls’ hockey team couldn’t keep up with River Lakes on Tuesday night in a 6-1 loss.

Taylor Ellingson had the Cardinals’ only goal as she tied the game at one apiece in the first period off an assist from Melissa Drown. The Stars responded with five straight goals from there.

Two of those came in the first period as they took a 3-1 lead at the intermission. River Lakes added three more to knock Alexandria to 8-7-1 overall and to 4-4 in the CLC. River Lakes moved to 10-6 with the win and to 4-2 in the CLC.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Alexandria 4, River Lakes 1

The Alexandria boys’ hockey team improved to 8-0 in the Central Lakes Conference and to 11-3-1 overall with a 4-1 win at River Lakes on Tuesday night.

Andy Rentschler gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the first period. Zach Johnson and Alec Wosepka made it a 3-0 game in the second before Ryan Marciniak scored in the final minute of the game to put the finishing touches on the win.

Christian Reimers got the win in net for Alexandria with 13 saves.

WRESTLING

The Osakis wrestling team beat Border West 42-34 and New York Mills 37-31 at the New York Mills triangular on Tuesday night.

Devyn Johnson and Trenton Coyer got forfeit wins against New York Mills and Brendon Coyer added a 7-3 win at 120 pounds to get Osakis off to an early lead.

Ryan Engfer got a pin in 1:31 at 138 pounds. Nils Hagen added an 11-0 win at 182 pounds before Tyler Spanswick pinned his opponent at 195 pounds in 2:50. Mitchell Sunder then wrapped things up with a pin in the heavyweight division in 3:21.

Trenton Coyer got his team’s first win against Border West in a tech fall (15-0) at 113. Darrin Stoetzel added a win by fall in 3:22 at 120. Brendon Coyer won 10-1 at 226. Garret Sunder won 8-4 at 138 before Engfer pinned his man in 2:45 at 145. Spanswick added a pin in 1:17 at 195. Peter Hagen did the same in 1:19 at 220 and Sunder won by forfeit at heavyweight to wrap up the 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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