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The Minnewaska girls basketball team got a West Central Conference win on Tuesday night as the Lakers held off BOLD in a 59-48 win. The Warriors are 10-13 and couldn't keep up with the Lakers (17-7, 8-5 WCC), with Minnewaska shooting 47 percent (22-of-47) from the field and 8-of-21 from three. Carley Stewart had 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including a 4-of-7 night from three. She added five rebounds and two steals, while Abby VerSteeg almost had a triple-double with 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. GAME SUMMARY MINNEWASKA 36 23 — 59
The Alexandria gymnastics team had its season come to an end this past Saturday at the Section 8A meet as the Cardinals finished fourth with a season-best 130.8 team points. The 8A field is loaded with talented teams, including last year's state champion, Detroit Lakes. The Lakers are first in the Class A rankings with a high of 149.485 as of Feb. 14, while Perham (ranked third, 146.7) is also in the 8A field.
The Wheaton-Herman-Norcross girls basketball team left Evansville on Tuesday night looking like a resounding favorite in the Section 6A South after beating Brandon-Evansville 71-29. The Warriors (21-2) are ranked 10th in the Feb. 10 Minnesota Basketball News polls and showed why on the way to building a 48-13 lead by the break. They shot 50 percent (29-of-58) and put three players in double figures with senior center Samantha Lupkes leading the way with 19. Briona Edwards added 18 and Hannah Gail finished with 11.
BOYS BASKETBALL Sauk Rapids-Rice 52, Alexandria 49 The Alexandria boys basketball team fell to 9-6 in the Central Lakes Conference at 16-8 overall after a 52-49 loss to Sauk Rapids-Rice...
The offseason can be a tediously long wait for bow hunting enthusiasts. The months of January and February drag on before March comes with some warmer weather, and we start getting into the backyard to shoot at the target. If you're like me, your mind never completely shifts away from sitting in the stand. I find myself scouring the Internet at this time of year for information about new products each season. Every time I read about the "best bows of ..." or "the greatest bow-hunting accessories," I tend to take it with a grain of salt.
Hunter Turner had just three points through the first 34 minutes of game time but matched that with one big shot late on Tuesday night. The junior forward from Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. St. John’s Prep, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. CGB, 7:30 p.m. WCA at Swanville, 7:30 p.m. Ashby vs. Battle Lake, 7:15...
There will be community fan buses going to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul for the opening round game of the Class A girls hockey tournament on Wednesday. The...
BOYS BASKETBALL Minnewaska vs. Benson, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Minnewaska at LQPV, 7:30 p.m.
The Alexandria girls basketball team had a couple big tests late last week as the Cardinals tested themselves against Class 4A's Edina after playing Brainerd on Friday night. Alexandria (16-6, 12-1 Central Lakes Conference) stuck with the Hornets (12-10) on Saturday in a 43-35 loss that was part of the Breakdown Winter Lakes Classic at AAHS. That came after they handled Brainerd for the second time this season in a 75-63 game.