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The Alexandria swimming and diving team bookended its meet with Sauk Rapids-Rice with relays wins as the Cardinals secured a 105-81 win on Thursday night. The 200-medley relay team of Brady Wolkow, Nic Chromey, Zack Serie and Patrick Chromey got things going with a win in 1:46.39. Jordon Baas, Nicolas Welle, Wolkow and P. Chromey then ended it with a 400 freestyle relay win in 3:35.67.
The Osakis boys basketball team continues pushing forward on a breakthrough season for the program. The Silverstreaks improved to 9-2 on Thursday night, easily ousting Swanville 70-42 by torching the nets at a 60 percent shooting clip (31-51). That guided them to a 44-20 lead by the break that they never looked back from. "We had another great night in our full court defense," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "We were able to turn steals into points, and we rushed them into shots and were able to rebound and get out in transition."
The Alexandria gymnastics team edged Fergus Falls in a Central Lakes Conference meet on Thursday in a 134.60-133.80 final. Eighth grader Rachel Boyden led the charge as she took second in the all around. Boyden's top finish came on the beam as she took first with 8.85 points. She added an 8.6 on the vault, a 7.60 on the bars and a third-place 8.7 on her floor routine.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY New Ulm at Alexandria, 7:10 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. New York Mills, 7:30 p.m. WCA vs. WHN, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Underwood, 7:15 Ashby vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Rocori, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Upsala, 7:30 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Sartell, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Swanville, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Sebeka, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 6 p.m. Ashby vs. Hancock, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m.
The Alexandria boys hockey team won its seventh game in the last eight contests by shutting out River Lakes 2-0 on the road on Tuesday night. Freshman Joe Bigger got the Cardinals going with his first varsity goal in the first period off assists from Derek Dropik and Micah Christenson. Dropik added a goal later in the period with Ben Doherty and Cam Birkeland helping out. That was plenty for junior Jackson Boline in goal. He turned aside 17 shots to secure the shutout and the win.
The condition of the deer herd tends to be one of the hottest outdoor topics among hunters in every state, and Minnesota is no different. Hunters in Alexandria will have a chance to voice their opinions to the DNR as it goes through the process of creating a deer management plan it hopes to have ready by spring of 2018.
Alexandria’s Richard and Sandy Erickson recently left drilling holes through the ice on area lakes to other anglers as they made a trip to South Padre Island in Texas to catch some bull redfish.
The West Central Area boys basketball team relied on its defense to secure a 67-41 win over Sebeka on Tuesday night. The Knights held the Trojans to just 35 percent shooting (15-43) and locked up 1,000-point scorer James Clark by holding him to just nine points. "I was really happy with our team defense tonight," WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. "We only had nine players available for the game, and they all came together and really put forth a great defensive performance."
The Osakis boys basketball team held off Bertha-Hewitt on Tuesday night as senior forward John Boogaard got back to his old form after missing a little time with a knee injury. Boogaard shot 8-of-10 from the field and added three free throws as he finished with 19 points and six rebounds. Osakis built a 41-30 lead by the break on the way to its eighth win of the season.