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The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team is 7-0 after hanging on for a 48-46 win at Ortonville on Tuesday night. The Chargers got 10 points from Carrigan Okerlund, while Rachel Hoernemann led all scorers with 21 points in the losing effort. Kylee Hansen added a nice all-around game for the Chargers with eight points, seven assists and six steals.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team lost a 61-60 contest to Ortonville in the final seconds on Tuesday night as Tyson Powell made a layup with 17 seconds left to propel the Trojans (4-2) to the win. The Chargers' James Strese had given B-E a one-point lead before that on a three with 25 seconds left. Brandon-Evansville wasn't able to get a shot off before the buzzer on its final possession. Sam Anderson paced the Chargers with his fourth double-double of the year by pouring in 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Skyler Quinn added 16 points and 12 boards.
The Alexandria boys swimming and diving team took its first loss of the season as Brainerd defended its home pool in a 105-79 meet. The Cardinals' first win came from Nic Chromey in the 200 IM in a time of 2:09. He was a two-time winner after also taking the 100 breaststroke in 1:03. Henri Santelman won the diving portion of the meet with 213 points, while Patrick Chromey added Alexandria's final win by taking the 500 freestyle in 5:17. MEET SUMMARY Brainerd 105, Alexandria 79
The Alexandria Nordic ski teams traveled to Grand Rapids on Tuesday in search of enough snow to compete at Mt. Itasca and took on a field of 500 skiers. "Teams came from the mighty Arrowhead region and they proved why they have the skiing reputations that they do, as well as a handful of teams from Greater Minnesota," Alexandria head coach Jeremy Rapp said. "With the close holiday, the whole team didn't compete, but we brought with whoever we could. Junior varsity and varsity were tasked with racing a 6.3-K skate race."
The Alexandria boys hockey team dominated the final period in Willmar on Tuesday night to win 4-2 after outshooting the host Cardinals 46-8 overall. Mack Strong had two goals for Alexandria and Nate Folsom added two assists. Jack Westlund and Aarin Willander each added a goal apiece, while Jack Steffl, Ben Doherty, Zac Nelson and Wade Smith added assists. Alexandria put up 13 shots in the first, 16 in the second and 17 more in the third.
The fifth-ranked West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team continued its torrid pace this season by beating Osakis 53-13 and Minnewaska 45-27 at the Osakis Triangular on Tuesday. Nathan Kulzer (106, MD, 11-0), Brendon Coyer (138, fall, 1:03) and Colton Waldvogel (152, 10-5) had the Silverstreaks' only wins against WCA-A-B-E.
The Ashby boys basketball team dropped its second game of the Henning Tournament on Tuesday as the Arrows fell 59-55 to Laporte. Ashby led most of the night, including by as many as 17 in the second half. Laporte rallied back and took a lead around the two-minute mark before holding on for the win.
The Minnewaska boys basketball team is 8-1 heading into Christmas after edging Pequot Lakes 59-57 on Monday night. The Patriots (6-3) couldn't contain a hot-shooting Lakers team that finished 57 percent from the field (24-42). Austin VerSteeg was 7-of-11 from the field and finished with 17 points, five rebounds and four steals. Matt McIver added 13 points for the Lakers as one of four players in double figures. Greg Helander had 11 points and six rebounds, while Jake Peters chipped in 10 points and five boards. GAME SUMMARY PEQUOT LAKES 30 27 - 57
The Alexandria girls hockey team dropped its second straight game and first in the Central Lakes Conference in a 3-2 overtime game at Willmar on Tuesday night. Willmar (4-8, 1-5 CLC) came into the night winless in the CLC but took down the conference front-runner despite getting outshot 50-17. Hannah Kobienia had a huge night with the hat trick as her goal 3:10 into the overtime session sent her team home a winner.
The Alexandria girls basketball team couldn't get its offense going in a 44-31 loss to 5-2 Albany on Tuesday night. The Cardinals led 17-16 at the half, but the Huskies responded by holding Alexandria to 15 points the rest of the way. Macy Hatlestad led the Cardinals with 10 points, while Sidney Schiffler and Erin Navratil had 14 and 10 points, respectively, to lead Albany to the win. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Cardinals and dropped them to 4-2 overall heading into their holiday tournament Dec. 29-30.