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The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team earned the top seed in the Section 6A team tournament after a 20-6 dual record this regular season. The Knights will host the winner of eighth-seeded Prairie Valley and ninth-seeded Breckenridge on Tuesday at 7:30 in Barrett. Staples-Motley earned the second seed in the bracket, while New York Mills is third and Barnesville is fourth. The tournament semifinals and finals will be wrestled in Barnesville on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. and 8, respectively. SECTION 6A WRESTLING
The Lakes Area Alpine ski team competed in the Section 5 meet on Thursday at Afton Alps in Hastings as Alexandria's Antonia Trautmann qualified for the state meet. The Lakes Area girls team finished eighth at the section meet, while the boys took 11th overall. The team is comprised of athletes from Underwood, Chokio-Alberta, Wheaton-Herman-Norcross, West Central Area and Alexandria schools.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Breezy Point, 7:30 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Osakis vs. Browerville-EV, 7:30 p.m. WCA vs. Upsala, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Montevideo, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Detroit...
The Osakis boys basketball team put a scare into Class 2A's 10th ranked Melrose on Thursday night as the Silverstreaks fell just short in a 55-52 road contest. The Silverstreaks found themselves down 33-19 at the break but outscored the Dutchmen 33-22 over the final 18 minutes. They couldn't quite complete the comeback despite shooting 50 percent from the field (18-of-36).
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team won its fourth straight game on Thursday night after taking care of Menahga 64-43. The Panthers (11-7) had eight girls score with Megan Dreger leading the way with 18. Megan Benzinger had 14, Veronica Schwartz had 11 and Rachel Martinson had 10. Menahga countered with just one player in double figures as Alyssa Peterson finished with 14. Megan Hendrickson added eight points. GAME SUMMARY PARKERS PRAIRIE 36 28 — 64 MENAHGA 24 19 — 43
The Osakis girls basketball team used its defense to stymie Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in the Prairie Conference on Thursday night as the Silverstreaks beat the Thunder 55-23. Osakis limited LPGE to 21.7 percent shooting (10-of-46) and a 1-of-10 night from the three-point line. The Thunder also got to the free throw line just twice as a stingy Silverstreaks defense continued to force teams into tough spots.
The Hillcrest Lutheran Academy boys basketball team remained unbeaten on Thursday night as the Comets went to Ashby and left with an 83-45 win. Hillcrest led 40-27 at the break and held the Arrows to 27 percent shooting (13-of-48) on the night.
The Alexandria boys basketball team broke open a four-point game at the break against St. Cloud Apollo to win 71-54 in the Central Lakes Conference on Thursday night. The Cardinals led 33-29 at the half, but created some distance over the final 18 minutes after shooting 56 percent from the field all night. The Cardinals hit 27-of-48 shots, including 22-of-36 from inside the arc. They also went 12-of-16 from the free throw line and 5-of-12 from three.
An Alexandria Youth Basketball Club seventh grade team is having an impressive season after winning four straight tournament championships recently. The team, consisting of Brady Anderson, Andrew Wegner, Caleb Wendel, Treyton Thompson, Colton Roderick, Wyatt Windhorst and Brady McCoy, took first at tournaments in Princeton, Buffalo, Alexandria and Osseo. The team is coached by Gerry Hoelscher and assistant coaches Mark Anderson, Shannon Wendel and Jeff McCoy.
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.