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BOYS BASKETBALL Browerville-Eagle Valley 73, West Central Area 67 The West Central Area boys basketball team competed with Class A’s third-ranked Browerville-Eagle Valley for the second time in three weeks...
BOYS BASKETBALL WCA vs. Browerville-EV, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Ashby vs. Barnesville, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Browerville, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Staples-Motley, 7:15 p.m.
The win for the Alexandria wrestling team against Paynesville last Friday came at a heavy cost for the Cardinals at their home triangular with the news that senior Ben Johnson is lost for the season after a scary incident. Johnson was leading Shawn Rue 4-1 in the third period at 113 pounds in Alexandria's second match of the evening when he suddenly pulled up and went to the outside of the circle before going down to the mat. Johnson was breathing heavy and trainers and coaches worked with him to get that under control.
The Alexandria dance team had a busy weekend headlined by the Central Lakes Conference championships at Sartell this past Friday. The competition was the final of three conference meets on the season. Points are earned at each one and then totaled to determine the champion. Sartell won this year's CLC title in jazz and kick with their performances over the season.
The Alexandria girls basketball team wrapped up last week with two important Central Lakes Conference wins against St. Cloud Tech and Willmar. Willmar hosted Alexandria on Saturday in a matchup of two undefeated CLC teams. It was mostly Alexandria all night in a 53-39 win after the Cardinals had taken care of St. Cloud Tech in a 65-34 game the night before. Alexandria has held teams to fewer than 40 points in each game of a current five-game winning streak. Alexandria was ready from the get-go against Willmar on its way to a 27-16 lead by the half.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team is the last unbeaten program in the Little Eight Conference after taking care of Underwood 51-44 last Friday night. The Chargers (9-2, 6-0 LEC) took sole possession of the LEC behind a big second half. The two teams were tied at 18 apiece at the break, but Brandon-Evansville went on a 24-8 run to put things away.
The Osakis girls basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season last week with an easy win in Royalton (2-10, 1-5 Prairie) on Friday night. Junior center Alecia Kaelke had a huge night with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Brittney Sadlemyer added 11 points and Morgan Staloch and Lauren Savageau each had seven. Osakis shot 22-of-52 from the field and held the Royals to 31 percent (11-of-35).
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton continues to push for reforms to Minnesota's poaching laws this session. At the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Annual Roundtable last Friday, Gov. Dayton reiterated his push to enact more stringent penalties for those who intentionally violate the state's hunting and fishing laws.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at Parkers Prairie, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Alex...
The Alexandria wrestling team is confident that it can compete with anyone in the Central Lakes Conference and section fields, and the Cardinals did that at its home triangular on...