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The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team won all three of its matches at the KMS Duals on Friday night. The Knights' closest contest came in round two where they won a 33-29 bout with Pipestone Area. They added a 58-17 win over Quad County in their opener and a 39-18 win over KMS to finish off the day.
The Alexandria Blizzard had a four-game winning streak snapped by New Ulm on Friday night as the Steel came to the Runestone Community Center and won 6-2. The Steel scored three goals in the first period and led 3-0 before the Blizzard's Brenden Payne stopped the bleeding at 17:05 of the first. New Ulm answered with three more consecutive goals to run away with the win. David Carey scored for Alexandria at 19:37 of the third with the game already in hand for the Steel.
The Osakis wrestling team had everything working on Friday night as the Silverstreaks went to the 40th annual Terry Teiken Individual Tournament and came home with a team title, edging Fosston-Bagley by half a point.
The Ashby boys basketball team ran into a hot Battle Lake squad on Friday night as the Battlers (11-2) won their ninth straight game in a 65-29 final.
The West Central Area boys basketball team used a double-double from junior post Logan Paulson to secure a 50-39 win over Wheaton-Herman-Norcross on Friday night. Paulson was an efficient 10-of-13 from the field on his way to 23 points and 10 rebounds. It was part of a 49 percent shooting night (20-41) for WCA.
The Osakis girls basketball team didn't look past Upsala with a game against second-ranked Sauk Centre on the horizon. The Silverstreaks (14-0, 6-0 Prairie) were focused from the get-go on Friday night, building a 46-28 lead by the break and cruising to the 82-52 win.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at New Ulm, 7:10 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Osakis, 3 p.m. Minnewaska at New London-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Sebeka, 7:30 p.m. DANCE Alexandria at Totino Grace, TBD BOYS HOCKEY
Alexandria girls track and field coach Meghan Orgeman-Crumb was already named the coach of the year in Minnesota from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association this past summer. Now she'll be honored as the Class AA girls coach of the year by the Minnesota State Track and Field Coaches Association at their clinic in January. The latest award is voted on by her coaching colleagues in the MSTFCA.
The Alexandria boys basketball team stumbled in a Central Lakes Conference matchup against Sartell-St. Stephen at home on Thursday, falling 55-52. The Sabres are 5-8 and now 4-3 in the CLC after getting a three from Trent Meyer with four seconds left to secure the three-point win. Chris Belling led Sartell with 19 points, while Eric Markman had 14. "Collectively, we didn't play with enough discipline or sense of urgency with our offensive and defensive possessions," Alexandria head coach Forrest Witt said.
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team stayed perfect atop the Little Eight Conference on Thursday with a dominant win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. The Panthers (10-2) led 36-19 at the half and never looked back on a night they hit 13 threes and won 67-32. That led to four players in double figures as Megan Dreger led the way with 17. Megan Benzinger had 14, Kathryn Burquest 13 and Faith Alberts had 11 points and six blocks. Ruthanne Erickson was Hillcrest's only player in double figures with 13. PARKERS PRAIRIE 36 31 - 67