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The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team is 2-0 after another double-digit win to start this season, this time in Little Eight Conference play. The Chargers got off to a fast start against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, building a 44-22 lead by the half and never looking back in a 71-39 win Thursday night. "We were able to hit three threes the first half and had pretty balanced scoring," B-E head coach Dick Simpson said. "We also forced a bunch of turnovers on the press that led to some easy buckets."
The Alexandria gymnastics team didn't waste any time challenging itself this season as the Cardinals opened up at Melrose and fell in a 143.975-135.275 match. The Dutchmen finished second at the Class A state meet last season. They took top-two finishes in each of the four events on Thursday.
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team ran past its second straight opponent to start the season after taking care of Bertha-Hewitt 62-29 on Thursday night. Four different players scored in double figures for the Panthers. Hali Moske and Megan Dreger each had 16. Faith Alberts added 12 and Kathryn Burquest chipped in 10.
The Osakis boys basketball team believes it has the pieces to be a much-improved team this season, and the Silverstreaks got off to a good start toward proving that. Osakis ran all over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in a 67-33 road win on Thursday night. The Silverstreaks put up 41 points in the first half to build a 19-point lead. They never looked back from there.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. B-E vs. Swanville, 7:30 p.m. WCA at LQPV, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Paynesville, 7:15 p.m. Ashby at...
The Alexandria and Rocori girls basketball programs are in two very different spots right now. The Spartans went 0-27 a year ago and are just searching for a win to end that streak. The Cardinals are fresh off back-to-back section title game appearances with a senior-laden roster hungry for a state bid.
Alexandria native Matt Hoelscher is entering his fifth season at the helm of an Osakis boys basketball program that has taken incremental steps to getting to where he wants to be on a consistent basis. Last year's 10-win season and 6-8 mark in the Prairie Conference was a nice jump. Now he has the bulk of that roster back and some younger players he feels can help out. It all adds up to where Hoelscher feels this program is ready to take another leap forward this winter.
BOYS BASKETBALL Osakis at BBE, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Rocori, 7:30 p.m. B-E vs. Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Bertha-Hewitt, 7:30 p.m. GYMNASTICS Alexandria at Melrose...
The Osakis girls basketball team had no problems in its season opener at Benson as the Silverstreaks ran all over the Braves in a 64-30 game. The Osakis defense stymied Benson, holding the Braves to six points in the first half on the way to a 35-6 lead. The Silverstreaks held Benson to 10-of-48 shooting (21 percent) on the night, while hitting on 40 percent (22-of-55) of its own field goals. The Braves had 20 turnovers as Osakis turned those into 20 points in transition.
The Alexandria girls basketball team passed its first road test of the season on Tuesday as the Cardinals opened up the season in Big Lake. Alexandria, ranked second in the Class 3-A polls, led by just three at the half against the 15th-ranked Hornets after jumping out to a 10-point lead. Big Lake rallied to make it a 27-24 game at the break, but Alexandria was too much defensively on its way to a 53-42 win. Defense has been this team's identity in years past, and the Cardinals were once again up to the challenge by holding down the Big Lake offense.