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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.
The Alexandria dance team opened up its season with a home Central Lakes Conference meet that saw eight league teams compete. The Cardinals finished sixth in the kick portion of the meet and seventh in jazz after losing a double tiebreaker scenario after tying St. Cloud Apollo for sixth.
Alexandria's Sarah Finley knew her role the last couple seasons as a goaltender for the girls hockey team would be as a backup. The Cardinals had a fixture in net in Amy Jost, the team's MVP-award winner from a year ago and an All-Central Lakes Conference goalie. Jost posted a .936 save percentage and a 1.66 goals-against average in 28 games last winter.
It wasn’t always pretty, but in a season opener, getting a win is all that matters. The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team accomplished that at home as the Chargers beat Park Christian 51-38 in Brandon on Tuesday night. “Eight practices, two stormed out, and we didn’t have a scrimmage - I think that kind of hurt,” B-E head coach Dick Simpson said. “Luckily, we’re all seniors. I think they know they can play better, but give Park Christian credit. They were putting so much pressure on us.”
The Alexandria boys hockey team is coming off a season that saw the Cardinals go 11-15-1. Competing for the Central Lakes Conference and Section 6A titles are where Alexandria wants to get back to. The Cardinals were forced to play almost entirely with guys who were new to the varsity level last winter. Many of them are back with a chip on their shoulder, hoping to prove last year's losing record was an anomaly. Head coach Ian Resch talked to the Echo Press on the state of this year's team leading up to the Cardinals' season opener last night, Tuesday, at Little Falls.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Big Lake, 7:15 p.m. Osakis at Benson, 7:30 p.m. B-E vs. Park Christian, 7:30 p.m. WCA vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:30 p.m. DANCE CLC Invite at AAHS,...
The Alexandria girls hockey team got its first twin on Saturday evening as the Cardinals (1-1) traveled to Mound Westonka and came home with a 2-1 victory. Eighth-grader Anna Doherty got her first varsity goal in the first period to give Alexandria a 1-0 lead early. That held up until late in the second period, when Mound Westonka's Liz Schepers scored on the power play to make it 1-1.
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Every season is welcomed with a lot of anticipation, but maybe even more so for the Alexandria boys basketball team this winter. The Cardinals haven't forgotten how their season ended this past March. They were up 10 with less than four minutes left when Fergus Falls stormed back. Sophomore guard Nathan Rund took over, scoring 13 of his 34 points in the final three minutes, 30 seconds.