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Sports roundup from Tuesday, December 3


Alexandria 72, St. Cloud Apollo 71 (Final Overtime)

The Alexandria boys’ basketball team was in a lot of close games last season only to come up short. It didn’t take the Cardinals long to reverse that trend this season.

Alexandria found itself down by six points in overtime to St. Cloud Apollo before John Vogeler hit a three with 36.9 seconds left that made it 71-68. The Cardinals’ defense took over from there, forcing three turnovers in a span of almost 15 seconds that led to a dramatic 72-71 win in the season opener.

“We’re down six like that and it’s tough, but we’re a new team this year,” senior co-captain Brandon Bistodeau said. “We came together, fought through adversity and pulled it out. It’s real fun. We haven’t had it for a long time. It’s going to be a good time in the locker room.”

Bistodeau and Vogeler were dominant after halftime when Apollo held a 33-26 lead. Vogeler finished with a game-high 28 points, with 21 of those coming after the break. Bistodeau added 15 after halftime for a total of 18. It was his tip-in after an Apollo turnover that made it a one-point game and made the comeback feel all the more possible for this team.

Read this for more reaction from the dramatic win.

WCA 89, KMS 28

The West Central Area boys' basketball team put a rough season opener behind it to run over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Tuesday night.

The Knights jumped out to an incredible 62-9 lead by the break. Jay Zimmerman led the way on Tuesday with 23 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Isaiah Westby added 12 points, four assists and three steals and Dakotah Kashmark had 10 points, eight assisits, three rebounds and three steals.

"After a dissappointing effort in Hillcrest last week, we've had a good week of practice where we focused on turning it up on defense," head coach Kraig Hunter said. "Tonight we really set the tone from the start on the defensive end. We need to continue to be committed towards that in the future."

Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 52, Brandon-Evansville 39

Skyler Quinn led Brandon-Evansville with 15 points, but it wasn't enough to keep the Chargers from falling to 0-3 in a 52-39 loss to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Tuesday night. 

James Huisman had seven of Brandon-Evansville's 29 rebounds, while the Chargers shot 16-of-38 from the field. They connected on just 7-of-17 shots from the free throw line. Daniel Nersten had 23 points and five rebounds to lead the Comets to the win.

Battle Lake 83, Ashby 46

The Ashby boys basketball team traveled to Battle Lake Tuesday night and suffered its third loss by the score of 83-46.

The Arrows were down 42-26 at the end of the first half and the Battlers kept rolling in the second half.

"Battle Lake is a very good and balanced team," Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. "Any one of their starting five can have a big night. I was really impressed with how Nick Trosdahl ran the floor for them tonight. He deserved all 30 of his points."

Blake Ohren was a bright spot for the Arrows as he collected his 1,000th career point.

"He has always been a hard worker and a gym rat and he had a nice night with 27 points," Knick said. "He only needed 16 of them to get there. I also want to thank the Battle Lake fans, coaches and players for their display of acknowledgment."

Other leaders for the the Arrows were Morgan Wing with 10 points and 2 steals.

Benson 65, Minnewaska 62

The Minnewaska boys' basketball team fell just short against Benson as the Braves won 65-62 on Tuesday.

The Lakers got a big game from Austin VerSteeg as he poured in 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Jayden Beecher added 10 ponits, but it wasn't quite enough. The Lakers led by five at the break but were outscored 33 to 25 after the break.


Barnesville 68, Brandon-Evansville 39

A second half surge by Barnesville on Tuesday night downed the Brandon-Evansville girls' basketball team in its season opening home game 68-39.

The Chargers were within striking distance at halftime, only trailing Barnesville 31-25. But 37 second half points by Barnesville were too much to overcome.

"I thought we played well," head coach Dick Simpson said. "It's one of those games where it looks lopsided, but I thought it was closer than the score indicated. We played hard, it just kind of got away from us."

Emma Friedrich led the Chargers with 14 points.

Henning 56, Ashby 49

The Arrows kept with Henning on Tuesday night but couldn't overcome the Hornets in the end as they fell 56-49.

Ashby trailed 31-25 at the break. Cassandra Jordan led the way for the Arrows with 14 points, while Madison VanSanten chipped in 10. 

The Arrows were down at half time 31-25 and came back to lead the game in the second half.  Cassandra Jordan lead the way with 14 points  followed by Madison VanSanten with 10.  Abbi Ras, Sara Anderson and Kerstyn Schroeder all had six points. 

"Our ladies played extremely hard tonight," head coach Troy Mickelson said.  "I am proud of how they never quit."

Parkers Prairie at Bertha-Hewitt, Postponed

Melrose 54, Minnewaska 50


Alexandria 4, Brainerd-Pillager-Pierz 3 (Final Overtime)

The Alexandria boys' hockey team improved to 2-0 on the young season with a home win over Central Lakes Conference foe Brainerd-Pillager-Pierz in overtime on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals needed to rally after Brainerd scored three goals in the second period to take a 3-2 lead. Toby Helgeson scored in the first period off an assist from Chris Leary and Matt Resch added a second-period goal from Kevin Finley and Ryan Marciniak. They still needed one in the third and Brady Bast delivered, scoring at 7:12 off assists from Levi McFarlane and Zach Johnson.

That send the game to overtime, where Alexandria needed 3:33 to finish off the win. That's when Parker Revering found the back of the net for the game-winner. Sam Goetsch got the win for the Cardinals after stopping 26 of the 29 shots sent his way.


Alexandria 6, Brainerd-Little Falls 0

The Alexandria girls' hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak by running past Brainerd-Little Falls 6-0 on Tuesday night. 


Alexandria 39, St. Cloud Tech 25

The Alexandria wrestling team wasted no time making a statement in the Central Lakes Conference by collecting a 39-25 win in St. Cloud Tech on Tuesday night.

Ben Bogart started the match with a 5-0 Decision at 106. Dylan Kriese had an impressive showing picking up a win at 126. The Tigers tried to use some matchup strategy and chose to move some of their wrestlers away from Trent Piepenburg and Blake Olhausen so both of them won by Forfeit.  The strategy didn’t work however as Jacob Schiltgen and Dustin Neu were able to get wins at 145 and 152.

Jake Neinaber had a tough bout as he was taking on a talented Tech wrestler. Jake was able to define what it means to be a team wrestler as he was behind the whole match but kept battling into the 3rd period and was able to score 2 important points late in the 3rd period to take away a Major Decision from his opponent.

"Actions like that will help win close duals as we go through our season," head coach Tom Ellison said. "Quinton Kluver-Longfellow had an interesting outcome in his match. Quinton was ahead late in the third period but found himself in a tight spot and possibly going to his back. His opponent put forth such effort to try and get the pin that he placed his back on the mat and Quinton was awarded a defensive pin and the win."

Justin Cumberbatch also got a forfeit win as Tech moved away from our better wrestler and tried to get a favorable matchup. Shawn Nelson won his match with a final score of 6-1 to secure the win for the Cardinals.

Osakis Triangular, postponed  

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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