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The Osakis boys basketball team is still within striking distance of a Prairie Conference title after taking care of another league foe in a 70-54 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Tuesday. The Silverstreaks (13-4, 7-1 Prairie) jumped on the Thunder (5-11, 3-5 Prairie) from the get-go, building a 34-19 lead by the break. They shot 56 percent (28-50) to thwart LPGE's comeback attempts.
The Alexandria Aces youth performance basketball team has fewer numbers than they often do this season, but are still getting scheduled to perform at some major venues. The Aces will be in Alexandria this Saturday, Feb. 11, to perform at the Winter Lakes Classic when the Alexandria girls host Buffalo at 6:30 p.m. and the Cardinal boys face Buffalo at 8.
The Little Falls boys hockey team already had two power play goals and had cut its deficit to 4-2 early in the third period at Alexandria on Tuesday night.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. LPGE, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. WCA at CGB, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. WCA vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Verndale, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. ACGC, 7:30 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Browerville-Eagle Valley, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Litchfield, 6 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Osakis at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Ashby at Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m.
The Minnewaska boys basketball team halted a three-game skid with a 65-55 win at Benson on Friday night. The Lakers (8-9) shot 50 percent from the field (21-42) and hit 20-of-27 free throws. Four players finished in double figures as Dannis VanDyke led the way with 16 to go along with six assists and four rebounds. Matt Gruber had 13 points, while Garrett Jensen and Jake Peters each had 10. MINNEWASKA 32 33 - 65 BENSON 25 30 - 55
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team won the Park Region Conference Tournament on Saturday in relatively dominant fashion with 215 points. Royalton-Upsala was second at 151.5 and Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie was third at 143.5. Osakis had three wrestlers compete in their individual weight class title matches but was last as a team in ninth place with 79 points.
The Alexandria girls hockey team will head into the Section 6A playoffs off of three straight losses despite sticking with Class AA's Wayzata at the Runestone Community Center on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals (12-12-1) fell in a 2-1 game after the Trojans (9-15) scored in the first and third periods to secure the win. Maddie McCollins had the game-winner 2:06 into the third as she broke a 1-1 tie.
The Alexandria Blizzard are all alone in second place in the West Division with the help of another win on Saturday night. Alexandria is now four points up on third-place Breezy Point with 48 points. The Blizzard added two points against Willmar on Saturday after a 3-1 win at the Willmar Civic Center in the only game of the weekend for Alexandria.
Gunnar Sterne didn’t have to sweat out the last championship race of the Winter Spectacular in Alexandria on Saturday afternoon. The 23-year-old from West Chicago, IL left no doubt about who was winning the Champ 440 20-lap final at the Viking Speedway. With the grandstands about three-quarters of the way full, Sterne put on a show by jumping out front on the green flag and never trailing as he won the race and a $2,017 payday in the process.