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The Alexandria boys basketball team swept the season series with Detroit Lakes on Thursday night as the Cardinals beat the Lakers 54-48. Both teams are right next to each other in the QRF rankings in Section 8-3A, with the Cardinals (17-8) set to get the second seed and the Lakers (19-7) well positioned to get the third with Sauk Rapids-Rice (14-11) not far behind.
The Osakis girls basketball team got the taste of a playoff atmosphere on Thursday and rose to the challenge through pressure situations all night. The Silverstreaks hosted Class A’s eighth-ranked...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria 54, Detroit Lakes 48 The Alexandria boys basketball team swept the season series with Detroit Lakes on Thursday night as the Cardinals beat the Lakers 54-48. Both...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Detroit Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Henning, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Sebeka, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska at Melrose Area, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex at Sauk...
The Alexandria boys basketball team fell to 9-6 in the Central Lakes Conference after dropping a 52-49 game against Sauk Rapids-Rice (14-11, 7-8 CLC) on Tuesday. The Cardinals (16-8) shot 34 percent (17-of-49) with Jaran Roste scoring a team-high 14 points. Spencer Hockert had 10 and Jared Lind and Alec Wensman each added eight. The Cardinals welcomed in Detroit Lakes Thursday before wrapping up the regular season at St. Cloud Tech Friday. GAME SUMMARY Sauk Rapids-Rice 52, Alexandria 49
The Osakis boys basketball team lost to St. John's Prep for the second time this season as the Silverstreaks fell in love with the three-point shot in a 58-48 loss on Tuesday night. Osakis shot 42 threes, hitting just eight of them for a 19-percent shooting night from beyond the arc. The Silverstreaks went 10-of-27 from two and 4-of-11 from the free-throw line.
The Swanville boys basketball team persevered over West Central Area as the Bulldogs outscored the Knights 13-6 in overtime to win 57-50 in Prairie-Conference play. Swanville's 6-foot-10 center Bennett Primus scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. He was one of four Swanville players in double figures as Charlie Kurowski had 13, Lawrence Mettler 12 and Sam Mettler 11.
The Minnewaska girls basketball team got a West Central Conference win on Tuesday night as the Lakers held off BOLD in a 59-48 win. The Warriors are 10-13 and couldn't keep up with the Lakers (17-7, 8-5 WCC), with Minnewaska shooting 47 percent (22-of-47) from the field and 8-of-21 from three. Carley Stewart had 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including a 4-of-7 night from three. She added five rebounds and two steals, while Abby VerSteeg almost had a triple-double with 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. GAME SUMMARY MINNEWASKA 36 23 — 59
The Alexandria gymnastics team had its season come to an end this past Saturday at the Section 8A meet as the Cardinals finished fourth with a season-best 130.8 team points. The 8A field is loaded with talented teams, including last year's state champion, Detroit Lakes. The Lakers are first in the Class A rankings with a high of 149.485 as of Feb. 14, while Perham (ranked third, 146.7) is also in the 8A field.
The Wheaton-Herman-Norcross girls basketball team left Evansville on Tuesday night looking like a resounding favorite in the Section 6A South after beating Brandon-Evansville 71-29. The Warriors (21-2) are ranked 10th in the Feb. 10 Minnesota Basketball News polls and showed why on the way to building a 48-13 lead by the break. They shot 50 percent (29-of-58) and put three players in double figures with senior center Samantha Lupkes leading the way with 19. Briona Edwards added 18 and Hannah Gail finished with 11.