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The Alexandria Blizzard has been searching for consistency for much of the season and the team thought it might have found it by winning 10 of 12 games after the Christmas break. Since then, Alexandria had dropped four straight before salvaging a split with West-Division leading Granite City this past weekend. It took overtime to get it done in a 5-4 game on Saturday at the RCC. It came after the Lumberjacks jumped on the Blizzard with a six-goal third period in an 8-4 win on Friday night.
Section title games always have a wide range of emotions, and the Alexandria boys basketball team experienced them all in a matter of three and a half minutes on Thursday...
Fans packed the bottom rows of bleachers at St. Cloud State University on Saturday and were ready to go from the tip. Every bucket while the game was still close was met with screams from the supporting fan base. It was the kind of atmosphere one might expect during a matchup of the second and third seeds in the Section 8-3A boys basketball field. Alexandria and Sauk Rapids-Rice players both likely felt they should win the game after splitting their two matchups in the regular season.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Osakis vs. Melrose, 6AA-West Quarterfinals, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Underwood, 6A-South Quarterfinals, 7 p.m. West Central Area vs. Parkers Prairie, 6A-South Quarterfinals, 7 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs...
Alexandria seventh grader Kaisa Bosek made a good impression during her first varsity Nordic ski meet at the Central Lakes Conference championship this winter. Bosek won at the junior high level much of the season for the Cardinals before moving up to varsity to race the skate portion of the CLC meet on Jan. 26. She finished third, earned All-CLC honors and helped her team to a conference title.
Montevideo proved to be a thorn in the side of the Minnewaska basketball programs this winter. The Thunder Hawks ended the boys season in the Section 3AA playoffs and did the same to the Minnewaska girls on Monday night in a 74-56 loss in Granite Falls. It came after the Lakers had beaten Lakeview 70-66 in the opening round of the playoffs last Friday. Minnewaska, seeded third in the North, led Montevideo 29-27 at the half. The second-seeded Thunder Hawks (18-5) outscored the Lakers 47-27 after the break.
Alexandria Area High School is offering the opportunity for fans to take charter buses to Thursday’s Section 8-3A boys basketball championship game in Moorhead. The Cardinals will play top-seeded Fergus...
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team lived to fight another day in the Section 6A-South tournament after taking care of Ashby in the opening round. The Panthers won 64-48 after leading 34-16 at the half. They got a big night from sophomore guard Megan Benzinger as she hit four threes on her way to a game-high 21 points. Benzinger added six rebounds and three assists, while Megan Dreger had nine points, 10 rebounds, four assists and eight steals.
The Alexandria swimming and diving team took second place at the Section 5A meet on Saturday and will send a big group of athletes on to the state meet in...
The first Depot Ice Fishing Tournament hosted anglers on Lake Agnes on Feb. 21 with Ashley Scanton winning the tournament after landing an 8.78-pound northern. Second through fourth place went to Mike Trainor, John Vega and Shawn Solum, respectively, with all four catching perch that weighed 0.50 pound. Perch took eight of the top 10 spots in the tournament, with one crappie weighing 0.48 pound taking fifth for Rick Roetch.