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Alexandria Area High School (AAHS) will host the first-ever Breakdown Sports USA Winter Lakes Classic with a full day of basketball at AAHS on Feb. 13. There will be a total of seven boys and girls varsity games at AAHS that day and eight more younger-level games in the auxiliary gym. The varsity schedule starts with the Mountain Iron-Buhl girls taking on Browerville at 10:30 a.m. The Alexandria girls (13-4) will play Edina (9-9) at 6:30 p.m., and the Alexandria boys (11-6) will host Edina (12-8) at 8.
The Osakis wrestling team finished eighth at the Albany Purple Pride Invite with 59 points this past Friday. Senior Brendon Coyer (29-5) took first at 132 pounds with a 4-3 decision over Dylan Pundsack (22-12) of Hutchinson in the championship match, and Gage Zieske (25-5) finished second at 120 with a fall at 1:32 to Hutchinson's Dasin Mateski (26-7) in the title match to lead the Silverstreaks.
The Osakis boys basketball team fell to 4-7 in the Prairie Conference with a 66-40 loss to first-place Browerville-Eagle Valley at home on Friday night. "We played a great first half of basketball, but they had a six-point swing the last 35 seconds that changed the momentum early in the second half," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "We tried to take away [Bryce] Irsfeld and we did a pretty good job on him, but he is so good at finding other guys on his team and they made shots."
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team went to the Morris Tournament on Saturday and came home with plenty of top finishes. Kaleb Getz got the Knights going with a fourth-place...
The Alexandria gymnastics team went to the Central Lakes Conference championship on Saturday and came home from Sartell with a sixth-place finish as a team. The Cardinals scored a 128.9...
The Alexandria Blizzard dominated Breezy Point for the second straight night, and the end result is a spot in third place in the West Division standings. The Blizzard won 5-2...
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Breezy Point at Alexandria, 7:10 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alex at Bemidji, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex at Bemidji, 4 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Hawley at Concordia College-Moorhead, 7:30 p.m...
The Alexandria girls basketball team avenged an early-season loss to Detroit Lakes in a battle of two of the best teams in the 8-3A field on Friday night. The Lakers...
Minnewaska's Carley Stewart scored the 1,000th point of her career on Thursday night as she helped the Lakers dominate Benson in a 69-32 game. Stewart needed nine points to reach the milestone, and she got there with 10 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and a steal. The junior forward has battled through two knee injuries to reach the 1,000-point mark with another year still to go. After tearing her ACL two summers ago, Stewart returned in January of last year — only to re-tear the same ACL at season's end.
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