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The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team gave third-seeded Hancock a scare on Thursday but couldn't overcome the Owls in a 62-55 loss in the 6A-South opener. The Chargers were leading 17-13 before foul trouble started to catch up to them. Three B-E regulars were on the bench with two fouls when Hancock (17-6) went on a 12-0 run. The Chargers cut it to within 29-24 at the break. They remained within striking distance the whole way, but the Owls made their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
The Osakis boys basketball team had its season come to an end on Thursday night in the 6AA-West opener as second-seeded Albany won a 62-27 game. The Silverstreaks (10-17) were held to just seven points in the second half. That allowed the Huskies (20-7) to create a big gap after leading 35-20 at the break.
West Central Area's Abby Van Kempen has pretty simple reasoning for why she's been able to grab so many rebounds over the course of her career. "I'm tall," she says with a laugh. "Then I usually just try to not let people box me out. I try to spin around them and box them out." It's true. At 6 feet tall, she holds a height advantage over a lot of opponents at the Class A level, but ask her head coach and he'll tell you there's much more to her success.
The Department of Natural Resources issued a news release on Wednesday stating that a bighead carp was caught by a commercial angler last week on the Minnesota River near New...
The Osakis girls basketball team was seeded third in the Section 6AA-West tournament bracket that was released on Thursday morning. The Silverstreaks (22-2) will host sixth-seeded Melrose (7-19) on March...
WRESTLING Team state tournament BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville at Hancock, Section 6A, 7 p.m. WCA at Ortonville, Section 6A, 7 p.m. Osakis at Albany, Section 6AA playoffs, 7 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL...
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday night after beating Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 54-39. The Chargers (15-9, 9-3 Little Eight Conference) started with a 10-0 run to get going. That led to a 29-26 lead at the break, and a 13-2 run out of halftime helped secure the win. "We came out and hit six threes in the first half," B-E head coach Dick Simpson said. "That's all we got for threes, but it got us a lead there. We played pretty good defense, especially in the second half."
The Underwood girls basketball team handed Parkers Prairie its fourth straight loss in a 42-40 game that secured the Little Eight Conference title outright for the Rockets. Underwood is now 15-8 overall and finished the LEC schedule at 10-2. Battle Lake and Brandon-Evansville both tied for second in the league with 9-3 records. The Rockets got a big 19 points from Taylor Leitch, including a 7-of-8 clip from the free throw line that helped her team hold on. Brenna Tinjum added nine points and Sydney Hovland finished with six.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) marked its 30-year anniversary in December of 2015. The federally-funded program, which was re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, pays a yearly rental payment in exchange for landowners removing environmentally sensitive land from agriculture production and planting species that will improve environmental quality.
The West Central Area girls basketball team almost dropped Browerville-Eagle Valley out of a first place tie with Osakis for the Prairie Conference lead on Tuesday night. The Knights (14-9,...