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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."
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team won its sixth straight game on Tuesday by defeating Rothsay 61-46. The Panthers (13-7, 7-3 Little Eight Conference) put four players in double figures. Sophomore guard Megan Dreger had a game-high 22 points, including five triples and 14 second-half points. Rachel Martinson added 12 points and five offensive rebounds, and Megan Benzinger and Caroline Carlson each scored 10.
The Alexandria girls basketball team had a two-game winning streak snapped as Moorhead came to town and went home with a 59-53 win on Tuesday night. It was Military Night during the game, where Alexandria honored military members for their service. The Spuds (12-9) snapped a three-game losing streak on their end after the two teams were tied at 21 at the break. "The Spuds made a surge out of the half where some defensive miscues and lack of scoring hurt the Cards," Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said.
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team had no problems with Prairie Valley in the opening round of the Section 6A team tournament on Tuesday night. The top-seeded Knights won 72-12 and rattled off 10 straight six-point wins from 113 to 182 pounds. Mason Schroeder got a win by fall in 2:49 at 106 for Prairie Valley, and Josh McKeown added a pin in 2:23 at 195 pounds. That was it for the Nighthawks.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Moorhead 59, Alexandria 53 The Alexandria girls basketball team had a two-game winning streak snapped as Moorhead came to town and went home with a 59-53 win on...
Alexandria girls hockey coach Blair Hovel had a message for his players after the first intermission on Tuesday night with the game tied in the Section 6A semifinals. The Cardinals...
The Alexandria wrestling team got the seventh seed in the Section 8-3A team tournament that starts this Saturday in Willmar. The Cardinals will face second-seeded Little Falls in their quarterfinals match at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The winner of that match will face the winner of third-seeded St. Cloud Tech and sixth-seeded Moorhead. The team championship will be wrestled at 4:30 on Saturday in Willmar.
The Alexandria girls basketball team will host a military appreciation night tonight, Feb. 9, in the Cardinals' home game against Moorhead at 7:30. Any retired, widowed spouse or active veteran and their spouse will get in for free. They will be asked to sign in when they arrive, so they can be recognized at halftime of the varsity game. Connie Lee will sing the National Anthem and Just for Kix will perform at halftime. Those who come are encouraged to wear red to remember all of the active military who are currently deployed.
The Alexandria boys basketball team won its third straight and sixth game in the last seven contests after going to Sartell and winning 70-52 on Monday night. Jaran Roste had 15 points to help the Cardinals (14-6, 8-5 CLC), while Alec Wensman added 11. Roste hit 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. He flirted with a triple-double after grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out eight assists.