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The Alexandria dance team had a busy weekend headlined by the Central Lakes Conference championships at Sartell this past Friday. The competition was the final of three conference meets on the season. Points are earned at each one and then totaled to determine the champion. Sartell won this year's CLC title in jazz and kick with their performances over the season.
The Alexandria girls basketball team wrapped up last week with two important Central Lakes Conference wins against St. Cloud Tech and Willmar. Willmar hosted Alexandria on Saturday in a matchup of two undefeated CLC teams. It was mostly Alexandria all night in a 53-39 win after the Cardinals had taken care of St. Cloud Tech in a 65-34 game the night before. Alexandria has held teams to fewer than 40 points in each game of a current five-game winning streak. Alexandria was ready from the get-go against Willmar on its way to a 27-16 lead by the half.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team is the last unbeaten program in the Little Eight Conference after taking care of Underwood 51-44 last Friday night. The Chargers (9-2, 6-0 LEC) took sole possession of the LEC behind a big second half. The two teams were tied at 18 apiece at the break, but Brandon-Evansville went on a 24-8 run to put things away.
The Osakis girls basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season last week with an easy win in Royalton (2-10, 1-5 Prairie) on Friday night. Junior center Alecia Kaelke had a huge night with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Brittney Sadlemyer added 11 points and Morgan Staloch and Lauren Savageau each had seven. Osakis shot 22-of-52 from the field and held the Royals to 31 percent (11-of-35).
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton continues to push for reforms to Minnesota's poaching laws this session. At the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Annual Roundtable last Friday, Gov. Dayton reiterated his push to enact more stringent penalties for those who intentionally violate the state's hunting and fishing laws.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at Parkers Prairie, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Alex...
The Alexandria wrestling team is confident that it can compete with anyone in the Central Lakes Conference and section fields, and the Cardinals did that at its home triangular on...
The Alexandria boys hockey team won its second straight shutout on Thursday night as the Cardinals handled Sauk Rapids-Rice 4-0 to improve to 5-3-1 in the Central Lakes Conference and 6-8-1 overall. Alexandria outshot the Storm (2-14, 0-8 CLC) 45-13 and scored one each in the first and second periods before putting things away with two in the third. Nate Folsom scored his goal shorthanded off an assist from Ben Doherty at 3:20 in the third. Folsom then returned the favor as he assisted Doherty's goal at 16:07 to end the scoring.
The Alexandria girls hockey team used seven goals over the final two periods to coast to a 7-1 win over Prairie Centre on the road on Thursday night. The Cardinals found themselves down 1-0 after the first when Mikayla Olson scored shorthanded at 2:38 in the period against Sarah Finley. The Alexandria junior settled in after that, turning aside 17 total shots to earn her second straight win in net.
The Alexandria gymnastics team ran past St. Cloud Apollo on Thursday night to secure a 128.55-97.725 win over the Eagles. Joslyn Kent led the way with three first-place finishes. She took the bars with 7.85 points, the vault with 8.9 points and the floor routine with 8.35 points. The Cardinals had the top-five finishes on the bars as Jacy Roste (7.8), Mattie Bogart (7.375), McKena Thoennes (7.3) and Sydney Quinn (7.2) helped their team rack up points.