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BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. LPGE, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. WCA at CGB, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. WCA vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Verndale, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. ACGC, 7:30 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Browerville-Eagle Valley, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Litchfield, 6 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Osakis at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Ashby at Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m.
The Minnewaska boys basketball team halted a three-game skid with a 65-55 win at Benson on Friday night. The Lakers (8-9) shot 50 percent from the field (21-42) and hit 20-of-27 free throws. Four players finished in double figures as Dannis VanDyke led the way with 16 to go along with six assists and four rebounds. Matt Gruber had 13 points, while Garrett Jensen and Jake Peters each had 10. MINNEWASKA 32 33 - 65 BENSON 25 30 - 55
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team won the Park Region Conference Tournament on Saturday in relatively dominant fashion with 215 points. Royalton-Upsala was second at 151.5 and Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie was third at 143.5. Osakis had three wrestlers compete in their individual weight class title matches but was last as a team in ninth place with 79 points.
The Alexandria girls hockey team will head into the Section 6A playoffs off of three straight losses despite sticking with Class AA's Wayzata at the Runestone Community Center on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals (12-12-1) fell in a 2-1 game after the Trojans (9-15) scored in the first and third periods to secure the win. Maddie McCollins had the game-winner 2:06 into the third as she broke a 1-1 tie.
The Alexandria Blizzard are all alone in second place in the West Division with the help of another win on Saturday night. Alexandria is now four points up on third-place Breezy Point with 48 points. The Blizzard added two points against Willmar on Saturday after a 3-1 win at the Willmar Civic Center in the only game of the weekend for Alexandria.
Gunnar Sterne didn’t have to sweat out the last championship race of the Winter Spectacular in Alexandria on Saturday afternoon. The 23-year-old from West Chicago, IL left no doubt about who was winning the Champ 440 20-lap final at the Viking Speedway. With the grandstands about three-quarters of the way full, Sterne put on a show by jumping out front on the green flag and never trailing as he won the race and a $2,017 payday in the process.
BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville 65, Rothsay 37 Minnewaska 65, Benson 55 GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria 43, Sartell-St. Stephen 31 Osakis 83, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 31 Wheaton-Herman-Norcross 60, West Central Area 25 Minnewaska 88, Montevideo 72
Brandon-Evansville’s Dick Simpson joined an elite category after the Chargers moved to 14-4 with a 60-36 win at Lake Park-Audubon.
The Parkers Prairie boys basketball team wasn't going to let a losing streak develop. Three days after dropping just their second game of the season in a 77-75 thriller against Battle Lake (14-3), the Panthers (14-2) ran past Ashby (4-13) in a 75-49 game on Friday night. Parkers Prairie led 42-23 at the break and never looked back.