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The number eight seeded Alexandria wrestling team ended its Section 8, Class AAA competition in the first round when ninth-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen served the Cardinals a 44-31 loss in Moorhead on Saturday. Cardinal points came from Adam Kremer in the 113-pound weight class with a 14-1 major decision win, Trappier Botz's tech fall over Dylan Joyce in the 145 and Joe Brezina's major decision win in the 182 class. Jack Roth won the heavyweight class by forfeit.
The Alexandria Blizzard completed a two game weekend on the road undefeated with two 5-4 victories. The first to fall were the New Ulm Steel followed by the Willmar Warhawks. The Blizzard fell behind the Warhawks on Sunday, 4-2, after Willmar nabbed two power play goals in the second period. Josiah Roen hit a short handed goal with just over a minute left in the second to shrink the Willmar lead.
Things came down to the wire when the Osakis boys basketball team hosted Staples-Motley for a Section 8, Class AA competition on Friday night. A quick basket by sophomore Luke Imdieke gave the Silverstreaks a one point lead and the Osakis defense forced a bad shot by the Cardinals (7-13) to hold onto that 56-55 lead.
The Alexandria girls basketball team won its 15th game in a row on Friday night. The Cardinals traveled to Sauk Rapids for a Section 8, Class AAA, Central Lakes Conference game and came home with a 73-32 victory. Senior Country Gould led with double figures in scoring and rebounding, getting 20 on the board and grabbing 12 rebounds. Senior Emma Schmidt grabbed 16 points and junior Kaye Paschka had nine points and junior Emily Jones added eight.
The West Central Area girls basketball team wrapped up its final regular season home game with a close overtime Section 6, Class A, Pheasant Conference win over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Thursday night. The Knights held a 22-10 half time lead over the Wolverines (11-10) but CGB pushed the game to a two point game with 2.4 seconds left on the clock. The Wolverines inbounded the ball and hit a 12 foot jump shot on the buzzer to force the overtime.
The West Central Area boys basketball team ended its Section 6, Class A competition with the Park Christian Falcons on a 16-11 streak, securing a 71-63 victory for the Knights on Friday night. "This was a big win for us,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “We came out focused and intense again and got a good start. It was an excellent first half on both ends.”
It all came down to the heavyweight match in the Section 6, Class A matchup between West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville and Ottertail Central. WCA had grabbed three pins, two decision wins, and one sudden victory before the 285 weight class match but Ottertail chipped away with three decision wins, one pin, one tech fall and a major decision win making it anyone’s game before the last matchup.
Everything clicked for the Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team when the Ashby Arrows came to town for a Little Eight Conference, Section 6, Class A competition on Friday night. “I told our guys in the huddle, ‘That was the best game that we’ve played as a team.’” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “I saw everybody play together as a unit.” The Chargers held Ashby to just 17 points each half for a 62-34 finish.
The first time the Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team took on Parkers Prairie on Jan. 11, the Panthers dominated with 59-27 finish. Things looked a little different for the Changers when they hosted the Panthers on Feb. 15. B-E held an 18-15 lead at the half. Junior Sara Jacobson had 12 of those first half points for the Chargers. "We did a great job executing our game plan," B-E head coach Sam Lange said. "We controlled the game."
The Minnewaska girls basketball team started the game off in Osakis with an early 12-point run on Thursday night, but fouls gave Osakis ample opportunity at the free throw line. Sixteen of the Silverstreaks’ 27 points in the first half came from the line.