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The Alexandria boys basketball team is cruising through the early season as the Cardinals moved to 3-0 with a 73-42 win at St. Cloud Apollo. Junior forward Justin Balcome has made the most of his extended role on varsity so far and nothing changed on Thursday. He had a team-high 25 points as Alexandria once again put four players in double figures. Sophomore guard Trey Hoepner and senior Spencer Hockert each had 14 points, while senior point guard Jaran Roste finished with 10.
BOYS BASKETBALL B-E at Kimball Tourney, TBD GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Sartell, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. LPGE, 7:30 p.m. B-E vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Ashby, 7:15 p.m. DANCE Alexandria at St. Cloud Apollo, 6:30 p.m. PPD DUE TO WEATHER WRESTLING Alexandria at Redwood Valley, 4 p.m. CANCELLED WCA, Parkers Prairie, Osakis at Cass Lake-Bena, TBD
The Osakis boys basketball team keeps winning, even when a member of the opposition hits eight threes. Royalton's junior guard Adam Olson was the individual story on Thursday night, but Osakis' depth was too much for the Royals (1-3) in a 69-53 win that moved the Silverstreaks to 5-0. Olson knocked down eight triples, but didn't score from anywhere else as he totaled 24 points. Four players in double figures trumped that as Osakis shot 54 percent from the field (27-50).
The Alexandria gymnastics team dominated a meet against Central Lakes Conference opponent St. Cloud Apollo on Thursday night, winning 135.150-74.450. The Cardinals took all of the top three all-around scores after finishing top five in every event. Sophomore Sydney Gray led the way. She was first in the all around after taking first on the floor (8.80), bars (8.40) and vault (9.10) and second on the beam (8.25).
The Alexandria boys hockey team dropped its first game of the season and it came against a section and conference foe in Fergus Falls. The Otters (5-3) stormed back from a 2-0 and 3-1 deficit by putting up four goals in the third period. The winner came with less than a minute left to play as Logan Wentworth found the back of the net at 16:09 to complete the comeback.
Alexandria's Chad Meyer has been coaching in the Minnesota High School Bowling League for 18 seasons and never had a team finish as high as his team did this fall. Alexandria took second out of 24 programs at the state tournament at Memory Lanes in Minneapolis on Dec. 3. That's after qualifying among the 120 varsity teams. There are 134 total junior varsity teams, from all over Minnesota.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria at St. Cloud Apollo, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Royalton, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Detroit Lakes, 7:30 p.m. WCA...
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The Minnewaska boys basketball team fell to 2-2 this season after losing a 69-52 game at Melrose on Tuesday night. The Lakers put three players in double figures in Matt Gruber (15), Garrett Jensen (13) and Dennis VanDyke (11). They still trailed 33-26 at the break and couldn't get any closer as Melrose had 10 players score in all. Francisco Cervantes and Justin Middendorf each had 13 to lead the way for the Dutchmen (3-0). MINNEWASKA 26 26 - 52 MELROSE 33 36 - 69
The Alexandria swimming and diving team opened up its season with a decisive win against Melrose-Sauk Centre at Discovery Middle School pool on Tuesday night.