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The Alexandria boys hockey team finished with its most dominant win of the season on Tuesday as Willmar came to town and left with an 11-0 loss. Alexandria controlled things from the get-go, scoring three goals apiece in the first and third periods around a five-goal second period. Willmar actually outshot Alexandria 36-27, but senior Jack Nettleton earned the shutout win in net with the 36 saves.
The Alexandria boys basketball team dropped a 51-46 game against a now 11-3 Albany program on Tuesday night as the Huskies built a 22-17 lead by the break and held off the Cardinals behind 22 points and five steals from Kyle Birr. Jaran Roste led Alexandria with 21 points, making 7-of-11 shots from inside the arc and 7-of-11 free throws. He was one of just five players who scored for the Cardinals as they shot 36 percent (18-of-50) as a team and 3-of-20 from three.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria 59, Sauk Rapids-Rice 17 The Alexandria girls basketball team ran all over Sauk Rapids-Rice on Tuesday night to stay unbeaten in the Central Lakes Conference. The Cardinals...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex at Albany, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. WCA at Ashby, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at Browerville-EV, 7:30 p.m...
Two boys basketball teams that hope to be in the mix for a 6A-South title squared off on Monday night and provided fans with a one-possession contest for almost the...
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The Alexandria boys basketball team improved to 8-4 overall and 3-4 in the Central Lakes Conference with a 61-45 win at Sauk Rapids-Rice on Friday night. The Storm are 8-5 and 4-3 in the CLC but had no answer for a Cardinals' defense that held them to their second lowest point total of the season. Jaran Roste and Spencer Hockert each had 19 points to help Alexandria overcome a 25-point night from Sauk Rapids' Kobe Boraas. The Cardinals play in Albany on Tuesday night at 7:30.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team was in the midst of its first losing streak of the season after falling in Hancock in a 43-38 game last Friday. The Chargers struggled shooting the ball for the second straight contest after hitting on just 15-of-54 shots. The Owls were not much better at 15-of-49, but an 11-of-15 game at the free throw line proved to be enough to separate the two teams. Kennedy Lund led B-E with nine points and eight rebounds, while Lizzy Friedrich had two points but a team-high 10 boards. Hancock's Kassandra Algarate led all scorers with 21.
The West Central Area boys basketball team built a 25-16 lead by the break and held on in the second half for a 57-48 win over Swanville. Senior forward Ben Anderson had a big game with 26 points and eight rebounds for WCA. Senior guard Rylee Peterson added 12 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists, while senior guard Nathan Wrolson chipped in 10 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Rothsay and Ashby boys basketball teams were both searching for their first wins on Friday night, and it's the Tigers who came away with it in a 50-39 game. The Arrows scored just 11 points in the first half and found themselves down 10 at the break. They couldn't overcome that as Rothsay held them off to move to 1-9 and drop Ashby to 0-13.