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BLIZZARD HOCKEY Breezy Point at Alexandria, 7:10 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Fergus Falls, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Upsala, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Melrose Area, 6 p.m. Ashby vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m.
Alexandria's Macy Hatlestad reached the 1,000-point career scoring milestone earlier this season, and on Tuesday her longtime partner in the backcourt joined her. Senior guard Kendall Kohler reached her 1,000th point by scoring a team-high 16 in helping the Cardinals dominate St. Cloud Tech 76-41. The two are the first tandem to reach the scoring milestone in the same season for the girls basketball program.
The St. Cloud Tech boys basketball team has the best defense in the Central Lakes Conference statistically, and it showed up in a battle of two good teams on Tuesday. The Tigers (13-2, 7-1 CLC) allow just 44.9 points per game, and they held Alexandria (8-4, 4-3 CLC) to its season low in points during a 48-32 final. The Cardinals shot just 24 percent overall (11-45), including 3-of-17 from three. They had 19 total turnovers.
The Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie wrestling team was a 48-32 dual with Wadena-Deer Creek on Tuesday night as all eight of the Raiders' wins earned them six points. Brock Peterson, Derik Kimber and Craig Orlando all won by forfeit, with five other wins coming by fall. Trever Arceneau pinned his man in 2:48 at 120 pounds before Devin Dean did the same in 1:03 at 138 pounds. Zack Waln dominated Jericho Baker in 23 seconds at 182 pounds, while Holton Truax (195, 1:53) and Joseph Baker (220, 2:29) also won by fall. BHVP 48, WDC 32
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team is 6-0 in the Little Eight Conference and 12-2 overall after breezing past Battle Lake 51-20 on Tuesday night. The Panthers held the Battlers (2-13, 1-6 LEC) to just six field goals. It was a 16-9 Parkers Prairie lead at the break, but the Panthers came on in the second half to run away with the game. Megan Dreger and Faith Alberts each had 11 points to help carry the Panthers. Veronica Schwartz added 10 points and Kathryn Burquest had nine. Stacy Christensen had six points and Lauren Minten added five to lead the Battlers.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team jumped out to a 52-28 lead by the break and never looked back in a 72-35 win against Ashby on Tuesday night. The Chargers (10-3, 5-2 LEC) shot 49 percent (28-57) and held the Arrows (1-10, 1-4 LEC) to 14-of-42 shooting. "We came ready to play," B-E head coach Dick Simpson said. "That was good."
The Ashby boys basketball team got its third win of the season on Tuesday night as the Arrows coasted past Frazee (0-13) in a 72-46 game. Ashby (3-10) led 34-24 at the half and hit the gas over the final 18 minutes to snap a three-game losing streak. "It was great to get a win at home during Snow Week," Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. "We did a lot of things well tonight. Our team defense was solid all night, getting stops at key points in the game. We did a good job crashing the boards on both ends of the floor."
The Alexandria gymnastics team went to Moorhead on Tuesday night and came home with a 133.625-130.900 win against the Class AA Spuds. The Cardinals were paced by junior Joslyn Kent as she took second in the all around. Kent's best finishes came on the bars with a third-place 8.35 and on the floor with a fourth-place 8.60.
The Alexandria girls basketball team ran away with a Section 8AAA matchup against Little Falls on Tuesday night as the Cardinals coasted to 14-2 with a 74-21 win. The Flyers (1-16) had no answer for Alexandria from the get-go. It was a 51-5 game at the break as the Cardinals used their typical defensive effort to stymie Little Falls.
Alexandria's Rick Banke couldn't believe his eyes when he flipped to page 74 of the January/February Ducks Unlimited magazine that had just arrived in the mail. A two-page spread was displayed of an art piece depicting bluebills and canvasbacks setting their wings into the decoys on a cloudy day in the marsh. Banke had seen this print before. In fact, it was hanging on his wall. He is the original owner of the piece that Freeport artist Scot Storm painted, a piece that won him DU's 2017 Artist of the Year Award contest.