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The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team bounced back from a 52-37 loss against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Dec. 14 by beating Little Eight Conference foe Ashby 50-24 on Thursday night. Megan Benzinger had a big game against the Arrows with 21 points, including hitting on four three pointers.
The Alexandria gymnastics team fell on the road against Class 2A's 14th-ranked Brainerd on Thursday night as the Warriors secured a 137.5-122.4 team win. Millie Klefsaas won the all-around title for the Warriors (4-0) with a total score of 35.85. She finished first on the vault, bars and floor, while her teammate, Jaelyn King, won the beam competition. Alexandria's best finish came from junior McKena Thoennes on the beam as she took fourth. Thoennes finished second in the all-around, while Jacy Roste was third and Sydney Quinn took fourth.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria 72, Sartell-St. Stephen 55 The Alexandria boys basketball team snapped a two-game skid in the Central Lakes Conference by beating Sartell-St. Stephen 72-55 on Thursday. The Cardinals...
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball program has grown from a team with no seniors on the roster two years ago to a relatively veteran-laden group this season. The Chargers have two seniors (Sam Anderson, Skyler Quinn), a junior in McKenon Plaster and a third-year player in sophomore Taylor Bitzan at point guard in the starting lineup. At the center position is a first-year starter who is giving Brandon-Evansville solid minutes in eighth grader Tanner Bitzan. Through six contests, Tanner is averaging 7.5 points per game.
BOYS BASKETBALL Osakis at Kimball Area, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Kimball Tourney 6 p.m. Ashby at Hancock, 6 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Big Lake, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Litchfield,...
The Osakis wrestling team held a 36-4 lead after Colton Waldvogel pinned his opponent in the first period at 152 pounds on Thursday night. The Silverstreaks (3-4) still knew that...
The lakes are iced over and the walleye bite is going in full force through much of December during most winter fishing seasons in Minnesota. Drive south on Highway 29 from Alexandria to Glenwood and fish houses are normally scattered all over on Lake Reno. Not this year. Those popular gathering spots on the big-water winter fisheries in the Alexandria area are still waiting for safe ice so anglers can get out on local lakes. "It's really uncommon," Dana Freese of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria said on Tuesday.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Metro, 12:45 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Sartell, 7:30 p.m. WCA at Upsala, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Verndale, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Montevideo, 7:30 p.m...
The Underwood Rockets built a 42-12 lead at the half and coasted to a 72-38 win over Ashby in the Little Eight Conference on Tuesday night. "We struggled at the beginning of the game to get stops on defense and we were stuck offensively for a long time," Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. "We came out of the locker room with a lot better energy on both ends of the floor. Guys were working hard on defense and offense. It was great to see some fight.
The Minnewaska boys basketball team improved to 6-1 on the season after rolling past Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 63-37 on Tuesday night in Long Prairie. The Lakers shot 54 percent from the field (25-of-46), including an efficient 21-of-31 from inside the arc. Austin VerSteeg was the catalyst with a team-leading 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting. He added six assists, three rebounds and three steals.