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The Osakis girls basketball team won its seventh-consecutive contest with a dominating 74-27 Section 6AA-West road victory in Melrose on Thursday night. Junior Kayla Sorenson led the way with a season-high 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go with five assists and four steals, including a 5-of-6 clip from beyond the arc. Sophomore point guard Lauren Savageau put up 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and added nine assists and four steals.
Two of the top girls basketball teams in the Little Eight Conference were trending in different directions when they met in Evansville last Thursday night. Parkers Prairie had won six...
Alexandria senior Casey Call wrapped up his Nordic ski career at the state meet in Biwabik on Thursday by taking 145th individually out of 159 skiers. Call tackled the course at Giants Ridge with a pursuit time of 36:03. He finished his freestyle portion in 18:08 before a classic time of 17:55.
Alexandria Blizzard forward Caleb Anderson knows where his advantage is at the NA3HL level, and he's not shy about using it to pick up goals. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota, native towers over most of the defenders standing in his way. Listed at 6 feet 4 inches and 225 pounds, he is using his strength to climb the leaderboard among the top goal scorers for Alexandria despite playing almost 10 less games than a lot of his teammates.
Alexandria guard Spencer Hockert continued his big junior season on Tuesday night as he helped the Cardinals sweep the season series against Moorhead with a 74-65 win. Hockert had 27...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Brainerd, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Underwood, 7:15 p.m. WCA vs. Royalton, 7:30 p.m. Ashby vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs...
The Alexandria boys hockey team got the seventh seed in the Section 6A Tournament and will host 10th-seeded Breckenridge-Wahpeton this Saturday at the Runestone Community Center. The Blades are 10-7 and have won five straight games heading into the regular-season finale against Kittson Central on Thursday night. The Cardinals are 10-13-1 heading into a matchup with Sartell. St. Stephen on Thursday. Saturday's game will be played at 3:30 p.m. with the Alexandria Blizzard using the RCC for a 7:10 game against Twin City that night.
The Minnewaska wrestling team had its season ended in the opening round of the 5A team tournament as seventh-seeded Paynesville won a 51-23 match against the 10th-seeded Lakers. Things started well for Minnewaska with Mason Blair getting a five-point technical fall (15-0, 4:44) at 106 pounds. Paynesville rattled off three straight six-point wins from there, including two by forfeit. Tyson Meyer won a 6-4 decision for the Lakers at 132 pounds. Dylan Jergenson pinned his man in 4:35 at 138 pounds, and Spencer Winter added a 6-3 win at 145.
The Osakis wrestling team saw its team season come to an end on Tuesday night as Section 5A's fifth-seeded Benson pulled the slight upset in a 33-32 match. Mitch Koosman secured the win for Benson at 195 pounds with a pin against Zach Rud. That gave the Braves a big enough lead to withstand a Jeran Baker pin (1:56) at 220 and a Jeff Piekarski 2-0 decision win for the Silverstreaks at heavyweight as Osakis' rally came up just short.
The Hillcrest Lutheran Academy has just three wins on the season, but the Comets didn't look like a 3-16 team in the second half of a 67-58 win over Little Eight Conference leading Brandon-Evansville on Tuesday night. "I've been a girls coach for 37 years," Chargers head coach Dick Simpson said. "I can't explain the last 10 minutes of that game. They just didn't miss. I think they scored on almost every possession."