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Sports roundup from Tuesday, December 10


Alexandria 78, Fergus Falls 64

The Alexandria boys’ basketball team improved to 3-0 on the young season with its third straight Central Lakes Conference win on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals showed off its depth with five players finishing in double figures. John Vogeler led the way with 20 points to go along with three rebounds and six steals. Joe Gorghuber added 15 points. Brandon Bistodeau had 13, David Krivanek 12 and Chase Kohler finished with 10.

Swanville 54, Osakis 51

The Osakis boys were right there with Swanville in the final minutes, but couldn’t quite close things out in a 54-51 loss on the road.

The Silverstreaks shot 44 percent (19-43) but a few turnovers late led to some easy transition buckets for Swanville. That proved to be the difference in a close game the whole way.

Haden Hendricks led Osakis with 10 points, while Zach Weir, Luke Wolbeck and Drew Fearing each added eight points.

Brandon-Evansville 73, Bertha-Hewitt 56

The Brandon-Evansville boys got rewarded with their first win on Tuesday night as the Chargers used 17 points and 13 rebounds from Skyler Quinn to grab a 73-56 win over Bertha-Hewitt.

Tom Bosek added 13 points and nine rebounds.  Eighth-grader Taylor Bitzan also showed the potential that this team sees in him with nine points and 14 rebounds from the point-guard position.

The Chargers shot a season-best 55 percent from the field. They also made it to the free throw line 43 times, making 26, which was also a season-high.

The win moves Brandon-Evansville to 1-4 on the season.

“It was a victory that we needed,” head coach John Holsten said. “We worked hard for it. We deserved this one.”


Alexandria 78, Little Falls 16

The Alexandria girls’ basketball team upped its record to 2-0 with a dominant 75-16 win over Little Falls on Tuesday night.

Osakis 56, Royalton 19

The Osakis girls’ basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season by dominating Royalton 56-19 on Tuesday night.

The Silverstreaks shot 44 percent from the field and had 10 different players score. Annalise Savageau finished with 16, including a 4-for-5 night from three. She added three assists and three steals, while Madi Forsell added 12 points and five rebounds.

Osakis dominated from the get-go, jumping out to a 35-7 lead by the break and never looking back.

"A solid performance for our team last night,” head coach Pat Kalpin said. “The girls played with great energy all night. From start to finish, the girls were energetic. It was fun to see all the girls play and contribute.”

Brandon-Evansville 55, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 33

The Brandon-Evansville girls won its second straight game with a 55-33 win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Tuesday night.

The Chargers had three players finish in double figures with Elizabeth Vinson and Emma Friedrich leading the way with 15 points. Kristine Betterman also added 10 points.

Brandon-Evansville got out to a 27-12 lead by the break and never looked back. The Chargers shot 20-of-49 from the field and 10-of-15 from the free throw line.

The win moved the Chargers to 2-1 and was the first win in the Little Eight Conference.

Battle Lake 60, Ashby 48

The Ashby girls led by as many as 11 points in the first half but couldn’t hold off a second-half run by Battle Lake as the Arrows fell 60-48 on Tuesday night.

Madison Van Santen led Ashby with 24 points. Cassandra Jordan added eight points, while Kerstyn Schroeder finished with six.


Alexandria 130.05, Morris 112.5

The Alexandria gymnastics team used another stellar performance from Hannah Wendel to help the Cardinals improve to 2-0 on the young season with a 130-05-112.5 win over Morris on Tuesday night.

Wendel won the all-around for the second time this season, posting a score of 36.1. She took every event, winning the vault with a 9.25, the bars with a 9.2, the beam with an 8.85 and the floor exercise with a score of 8.8. McKena Thoennes was second in the vault with an 8.45, while Rachel Sjostrand was third (8.4), Anna Spanbauer fourth (8.35) and Jana Roste fifth (8.3).

Bria Schueler took second on the bars with a 7.6, while Roste and Jenna Kremer finished third and fourth, respectively. Roste was also third on the beam and Kremer was fourth, while Schueler took second on the floor and Thoennes was third.


Alexandria 3, Fergus Falls 1

The Alexandria girls’ hockey team won its second game of the season against Fergus Falls on Tuesday night.

Head coach Blair Hovel said the bounced back and showed some physical play in its Central Lakes Conference victory on Tuesday.

“A really tough game, a physical game, which we expect among most of the Central Lakes Conference teams,” Hovel said.

Taylor Ellingson opened scoring for the Cardinals halfway through the first period after she intercepted a neutral zone pass and headed out on a breakaway.

The Cardinals then made it 2-0 eight seconds into the second period when Melissa Drown took a Mari Wosepka pass and skated around the Fergus Falls defense before scoring. The Otters’ Annie Magnusson also scored in the second period on a 5-on-3 power play to make it 2-1.

In the third period, Lauren Niska scored to give Alexandria a two-goal advantage. Hovel said the Cardinals faced a lot of shots in the third, but they were able to turn those away and kill another Fergus Falls five-on-three power play for a 3-1 win.

Goaltender Bailey Serum turned away 39 of the Otters’ 40 shots on Tuesday.


Alexandria 5, Fergus Falls 0

The Cardinals boys' hockey team made it look easy on Tuesday night in a 5-0 victory over conference opponent Fergus Falls at the Runestone Community Center.

The Cardinals jumped out early with Ryan Marciniak scoring just a minute into the game. Marciniak scored again at 13:20 and Matt Resch also netted a goal at the end of the first to give Alexandria a 3-0 lead.

Brady Bast scored in the second period as did Jack Steffl with 10 seconds left in the game to give the Cardinals' a 5-0 conference victory over Fergus Falls.

Alexandria held the offensive zone for most of the game, outshooting Fergus Falls 42-10. After the game, head coach Ian Resch said he was happy with the Cardinals' offensive pressure, especially in the first period.

Click here for player and coach reaction from the 4-0 start to the season. 

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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