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The Alexandria boys hockey team will head into the Section 6A playoffs with a 15-7-3 regular season record after losing its finale 4-3 at East Grand Forks on Saturday. The Green Wave (14-7-2) jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one, thanks to goals from Tanner Mack and Nick Lund at even strength and from Coby Stauss on the power play. Ben Doherty added an even-strength goal at 12:41 that was unassisted.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria (13-5) 60, Buffalo (5-16) 44 Minnewaska (9-11) 54, Lakeview (9-11) 49 GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria (19-3) 67, Buffalo (12-9) 51 Ashby (2-17) 56, Bertha-Hewitt (3-17) 44
The West Central Area boys basketball team took one of the top teams in the 6A South down to the wire at the University of Minnesota-Morris on Saturday, but Ortonville held on for a 42-40 win over the Knights. The Trojans (16-3) led 23-22 at the half before WCA scored the first eight points of the second half. The Knights still led 39-36 with less than three minutes left, but Ortonville created some turnovers and secured the two-point win in the end.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Granite City at Alexandria, 3 p.m.
The New Ulm Steel came to Alexandria and handed the Blizzard a 3-0 shutout on Friday night. New Ulm outshot Alexandria 29-26 and scored once in each period to secure the win.
The Osakis wrestling team finished seventh at the Albany Purple Pride Invite on Friday night with 76.5 points out of the eight-team field. Hutchinson won the tournament with 228 points. Becker was second at 187.5 and Albany had 177 to finish third.
BOYS BASKETBALL Brainerd 76, Alexandria 53 Brandon-Evansville 57, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 48 Parkers Prairie 73, Rothsay 49 GIRLS BASKETBALL West Central Area 58, Battle Lake 40
The Montevideo boys basketball team build a 24-11 lead by the break and held on after both offenses got going in a 61-51 win over Minnewaska on Friday. The Lakers shot just 36 percent (17-46) and 3-of-21 from three. Matt Gruber and Jackson Johnsrud both had 12 points for Minnewaska, while Jake Peters added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Ashby boys basketball team fell behind early against Underwood on Friday night and lost a 60-49 game. The Rockets were up 35-14 at the break during Parents Night in their own gym. They played off that energy on the way to the Little Eight Conference win.
The Osakis boys basketball team proved itself against another good program on Friday. Class A’s Battle Lake came into the night having won 13 of its last 14 games, but the Silverstreaks closed them out in a 62-54 game that was their third straight win. It moved Osakis to 14-4 and gave this group another confidence boost on a night when Zach Weir scored his 1,000th career point.