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The Minnewaska boys basketball team had everything working offensively on Friday night. The Lakers (3-0) shot 58 percent overall (25-43) and 20-of-26 from the free throw line to pull away from Montevideo in a 71-55 final. Senior guard Jackson Johnsrud was the catalyst as he finished with 25 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and a 9-of-10 night at the free-throw line. Garrett Jensen added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Shawn Carsten had 10 points and six boards.
The Minnewaska girls basketball team ran into a good Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa program on Friday night as the Jaguars (3-1) knocked off the Lakers 75-51. Minnewaska was held to just 31 percent from the field (17-54) and 2-of-15 from three. Ellie Danielson was the Lakers (2-2) only player in double figure with 13. Maddie Thorfinnson, Emma Thorfinnson and Avery Hoeper each added eight points. Minnewaska will jump right back into action with a 1 p.m. home game today, Saturday, against Lakeview. MINNEWASKA 27 24 - 51 BBE 40 35 - 75
The Osakis girls basketball team is looking for ways to get more offense right now after being held to less than 40 points for the third straight game. The Silverstreaks (0-3) shot 35 percent (13-37) on Thursday night as Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (2-1) got a 48-35 win. The Jaguars shot just 38.5 percent themselves but had 15 more field goal attempts after forcing 27 Osakis turnovers.
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team upped its record to 3-1 this week with wins over Rothsay and Wadena-Deer Creek. The Panthers knocked off W-DC (2-3) 58-40 on Thursday after taking care of the Tigers (0-3) two nights earlier in a 66-20 game. Veronica Schwartz paced the Panthers with 20 points against the Wolverines. Faith Alberts added 16 and Megan Dreger had nine. Schwartz poured in 25 points against Rothsay and added eight rebounds, three assists and six steals. Megan Benzinger had 16 points, while Alberts finished with 12.
The Osakis boys basketball team got tested in a close game on Thursday night and proved to have just enough after edging Battle Lake 48-46.
The Alexandria wrestling team had a Central Lakes Conference battle at Brainerd on Thursday night that was as close as it could get before the Warriors won a 37-36 match. The Cardinals got wins from Ryan Borris (1-0 decision) at 106 pounds and Jeris Lemm (forfeit) at 113 pounds, but Brainerd used three pins, a major decision and a forfeit from 120 to 145 to take a lead that held up in the end. "Our team wrestled with heart and determination, but Brainerd's veteran team was able to get the points they needed and when they needed them," Alexandria head coach Tom Ellison said.
The Alexandria girls basketball team made quick work of Rocori on Thursday night as the Cardinals (3-0, 2-0 Central Lakes Conference) stymied the Spartans (1-5, 0-2 CLC) in a 59-11 final. Alexandria dominated from the get-go, building a 47-9 lead by the half. The Cardinals got stops on 22 of the 23 Rocori possessions after halftime to breeze to the win. They had 18 deflections as they dropped their opponent-points-per-game average to a conference-best 30.3.
The West Central Area boys basketball team is off to a 2-0 start after dominating Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 82-35 on Thursday night. The Knights had 11 players score and held the Wolverines to 14-of-48 shooting. Logan Paulson led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Dawson Staples added 17 points, while Jacob Bright had 11, Brady Sabolik 10 and Logan Nadgwick eight in a balanced effort for WCA. The Knights had 27 assists on their 37 field goals.
The North Dakota State University baseball program has developed quite a pipeline in recruiting to players around the Alexandria area. Former Cardinals lefthander Blake Stockert got things started with his commitment to the Bison before the 2015 season. Osakis' Drew Fearing and Alexandria's Jake Drew and Brock Anderson, a current Alexandria senior, have followed since then. Now junior lefthander Carter Stockert, Blake's brother, will join the fold after he committed to play for NDSU this past week.
The Alexandria Mountaineers mountain biking club was in its second year of existence this fall and recently wrapped up some nice finishes at the state tournament.