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Parkers Prairie girls basketball coach John Noga joined an elite coaching fraternity last Friday night, but it wasn't the fact that he won the 500th game of his career that had him excited. Noga and this year's Panthers squad have had their ups and downs. Their longest winning streak is now three games after beating Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Tuesday night. They also haven't lost more than two in a row.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. St. Cloud Apollo, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at Melrose, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Ashby at Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Osakis vs. LPGE,...
The Alexandria girls hockey team is in a familiar position as the top seed in the Section 6A girls hockey tournament. The Cardinals (16-6-1) will host the winner of fourth-seeded Willmar (4-20-1) and fifth-seeded Northern Lakes (3-20-3). One of Willmar's four wins this season came against Alexandria in a 3-2 overtime game on Dec. 22. Alexandria avenged that loss with a 6-1 win over Willmar on Jan. 12. Fergus Falls (10-14-1) is the second seed in 6A, while Prairie Centre (12-11) is third and Morris-Benson Area (3-14) is seeded sixth.
Alexandria’s Casey Call has one more Nordic ski meet left in him at the high school level after qualifying for state at the Section 8 meet at Maplelag on Tuesday...
Seven-year-old Tristan Angen set the hook and had a fish halfway up to the hole before it got loose on Sunday morning. Not to be deterred, he got his line right back in the water. Seconds passed when another bite pulled down his bobber. Angen wasn't going to let this one get away as he landed his third sunfish, this one a keeper after a couple smaller ones were released to start the day. "I might get to help scale him with a spoon," Angen said of his role in preparing the fish for supper.
A slow start against Henning proved costly for the Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team on Tuesday night. The Chargers trailed 21-4 near the midway point of the first half and made...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex at Sartell, 7:30 p.m. PPD DUE TO WEATHER Osakis at Swanville, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m. WCA vs. Henning, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Rothsay,...
The Ashby boys basketball team is still searching for its first win after Underwood came in and won a 65-39 Little Eight Conference game on Monday night. The Arrows (0-20) trailed 39-14 at the half against a Rockets team that is now 10-8 and 5-5 in the LEC. "Underwood is a tough match-up for anyone," Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. "Especially us with our lack of size. Matt Biegler and Adam Thormodson make it difficult for us on the defensive end and on top of that they have shooters."
The Minnewaska boys basketball team halted a two-game losing streak on Monday night as the Lakers (15-4) beat Eden Valley-Watkins 60-48. It was a battle of two good Class AA programs as the Eagles came in with a 17-1 record and ranked seventh in the Jan. 27 polls after their only loss came to Annandale by three points in overtime on Dec. 10. The Lakers held them to just 32 percent shooting (17-53).
Cardell Potter dominated the track at the Alexandria Viking Speedway during the 2015 Winter Spectacular ice oval snowmobile races, and he was on his way to doing it again on Friday night before settling for second in the Champ 440 shootout. The 23-year-old from Camp Douglas, Wisconsin won two championship finals during last year's races. He had to wait a day to avenge that close loss on Friday night, but he did it and took home $2,016 and a 2016 Sea-Doo Spark after winning the Champ 440 TLR Final on Saturday.