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The Alexandria girls basketball team is one win away from clinching another outright Central Lakes Conference title. The Cardinals (20-3, 13-0 CLC) have a three-game lead over second-place Willmar with three games left in conference play. They dominated their way to another league win on Tuesday by ousting Sauk Rapids-Rice in a 70-51 contest.
Cole Johnson knows how special it can be to spend time ice fishing with loved ones, so seeing a father and daughter together on Lake Darling like Alexandria's Jay Chipman and 6-year-old Ruby made the hours he spent volunteering this past weekend all worth it.
Brandon-Evansville’s James Strese couldn’t find any kind of rhythm in warmups on Tuesday night in Parkers Prairie. Turns out he was just saving all his makes for the game. The junior forward led the Chargers to one of their biggest wins of the season so far by knocking down five threes. He finished with a game-high 22 points to go along with six rebounds as B-E knocked off a now 16-4 Panthers team in a 59-55 contest.
The Alexandria wrestling team got the eighth seed in the Section 8-3A Tournament bracket that was announced on Tuesday. The Cardinals will take on ninth-seeded Rocori this Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. in Sartell. Alexandria beat the Spartans 33-28 in their dual on Jan. 12. The winner of Saturday's match takes on top-seeded Willmar at 12:30 p.m. the same day. Semifinal matches are scheduled for 2:30 and the finals will be at approximately 4:30 on Saturday.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Brandon-Evansville, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. B.O.L.D., 6 p.m. Ashby vs. Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Swanville, 7:30 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL WCA vs. Osakis, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL WCA at CGB, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. LQPV, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Melrose Area, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Henning, 7:30 p.m.
The Minnewaska wrestling team ran into a 13-4 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa squad last Thursday night as the Jaguars made easy work of a 63-10 match. BBE won the first eight matches. Seven of those were good for six points each after six Minnewaska forfeits and a pin by the Jaguars' Mark Jenniges at 138 pounds. Minnewaska's wins came from Tyson Meyer in a 9-0 major decision at 160 pounds and Jakob Swalla in a pin in 59 seconds at 220 pounds. BBE 63, MINNEWASKA 10
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team got an important Section 6A win on Friday night as the Chargers held down Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 57-48. The Chargers (12-8, 6-4) shot just 31 times from the field but hit on 58 percent of those (19-of-31), including five threes against the 12-6 Comets. "Their defense is sound," B-E head coach John Holsten said. "It's hard to find good shots, and the kids were patient in looking for them. We had seven kids play, and the lowest point total for any of them was five. That's pretty good. That means you have to guard them all."
More than 50 shots had been fired on net at the Runestone Community Center on Sunday afternoon with nothing to show for it until Tommy Giller got the puck on his stick late in the third.
The Alexandria boys hockey team will head into the Section 6A playoffs with a 15-7-3 regular season record after losing its finale 4-3 at East Grand Forks on Saturday. The Green Wave (14-7-2) jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one, thanks to goals from Tanner Mack and Nick Lund at even strength and from Coby Stauss on the power play. Ben Doherty added an even-strength goal at 12:41 that was unassisted.