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BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. St. Cloud Tech, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Upsala, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. WCA at LPGE, 7:30 p.m. Ashby at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m...
The Osakis girls basketball team lost its first game of the season as the two best teams in the Prairie Conference met in Browerville with the Tigers coming away with a 62-51 win. Browerville-Eagle Valley is ranked ninth in the latest Minnesota Basketball News polls released on Jan. 6. The Tigers led 34-23 at the break and shot 52 percent (24-of-46) from the floor and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Both Crystal Pearson and Quinn Kircher had 22 points to lead the way.
The Minnewaska wrestling team couldn't keep up with Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in a 56-15 loss to the Falcons on Tuesday night. Mason Blaire got the Lakers going with a win by fall in 5:38 at 106 pounds. That was one of just three wins for Minnewaska in the match. Weston Lardy added a 6-3 win at 160 pounds, while Tyler Vanluik won by fall in 3:41 at 220 pounds. MATCH SUMMARY ACGC 56, Minnewaska 15
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team improved to 17-0 on the season with another dominant performance in a home triangular on Tuesday. The Knights beat Border West 54-10 and took care of New York Mills 45-27. They used three forfeit wins against NYM to help pad their lead. Jake Nohre got them going with his team's first contested win at 126 pounds when he pinned Carter Keskitalo in 1:59. That came in a stretch where WCA-A-B-E rattled off seven straight wins in the match.
The Alexandria girls hockey team avenged an earlier loss to Willmar on Tuesday night by blowing things open midway through the second period in a 6-1 win at the RCC. Alexandria's Allison O'Kane scored at 6:01 in the first, but it was a 1-1 game after Willmar's Natasha Turrubiates scored at 3:36 in the second. The home Cardinals responded with a Lauren Niska goal at 6:20 to retake the lead. That opened the floodgates for Alexandria. Alexis Heckert scored at 6:52 before McKenna Ellingson scored twice in the second period to make it a 5-1 game at the break.
The Alexandria girls basketball team ran all over Sauk Rapids-Rice on Tuesday night to stay unbeaten in the Central Lakes Conference. The Cardinals are 8-3 overall and 6-0 in league play after a 59-17 win over the Storm (5-6, 2-4 CLC). Alexandria led 32-13 at the break. "We came out of the half determined to crank up the pressure even more and get out in transition as we ran the court and exerted even more defensive pride and energy," Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said.
The Alexandria boys hockey team finished with its most dominant win of the season on Tuesday as Willmar came to town and left with an 11-0 loss. Alexandria controlled things from the get-go, scoring three goals apiece in the first and third periods around a five-goal second period. Willmar actually outshot Alexandria 36-27, but senior Jack Nettleton earned the shutout win in net with the 36 saves.
The Alexandria boys basketball team dropped a 51-46 game against a now 11-3 Albany program on Tuesday night as the Huskies built a 22-17 lead by the break and held off the Cardinals behind 22 points and five steals from Kyle Birr. Jaran Roste led Alexandria with 21 points, making 7-of-11 shots from inside the arc and 7-of-11 free throws. He was one of just five players who scored for the Cardinals as they shot 36 percent (18-of-50) as a team and 3-of-20 from three.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria 59, Sauk Rapids-Rice 17 The Alexandria girls basketball team ran all over Sauk Rapids-Rice on Tuesday night to stay unbeaten in the Central Lakes Conference. The Cardinals...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex at Albany, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. WCA at Ashby, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at Browerville-EV, 7:30 p.m...