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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.
The Alexandria Blizzard hockey team won a 7-4 game on Saturday night against Twin City as the Blizzard scored the final three goals of the night. Twin City trailed 4-2 after the first period before Luc Kreuser scored twice in the first eight minutes of the second to tie things up. AJ Gullickson answered with his third goal of the night for the game winner at 15:07. Caleb Anderson and Logan Norman each added insurance goals to secure the win.
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team took second place at the Park Region Conference championship meet on Saturday behind eight top-two finishes. Ottertail Central won the conference title with 183 team points, two in front of the Knights' 181. Osakis was eighth at the meet with 63 points. WCA-A-B-E coach Brandon Gruchow was also named the conference coach of the year, while the Knights' Kaden Spindler earned the Pin Award.
The Alexandria swimming and diving team finished 10th at the state true team meet at the University of Minnesota aquatic center on Saturday. The Cardinals got a ninth-place finish from Brady Wolkow, Nic Chromey, D'Anthony Moorer and Luke Houska in the 200-medley relay with a season-low time of 1:44. Chromey added a seventh-place finish in the 200 IM in 2:09 and had a team-best second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:00).
Parkers Prairie head girls basketball coach John Noga became a member of the 500-win club last Friday night as the longtime coach guided the Panthers to a 59-57 win over Battle Lake. It was a big win for Noga and for Parkers Prairie as a team in the Little Eight Conference. It moved the Panthers to 5-3 in the LEC, now tied for third place with the Battlers. Brandon-Evansville and Underwood were both 7-1 as of Monday.
SWIMMING AND DIVING The Alexandria swimming and diving team finished 10th at the state true team meet at the University of Minnesota aquatic center on Saturday. The Cardinals got a...
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Twin City at Alexandria, 7:10 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Osakis vs. Barnesville, 3:30 p.m. DANCE Sections in Rocori, Noon WRESTLING Alex at Big Ole Tourney, 11:30 a.m. Park Region/Prairie...
GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex at Fergus Falls, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at Upsala, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Ashby, 7:15 p.m. WCA vs LPGE, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Fergus Falls, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. WCA, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. Ashby at Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Sauk Centre, 7:30 p.m...