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Two teams that were unbeaten in Little Eight Conference play met on Friday night, and the Underwood girls made a statement against Brandon-Evansville with a 60-36 win. The Rockets (8-3, 4-0 LEC) led 32-20 at the half and held the Chargers (5-5, 3-1 LEC) to 16 points in the final 18 minutes.
The Osakis boys basketball team was going to be tested right out of the holiday break against two good teams in a span of two days. After falling to Parkers Prairie (8-1) on Friday night, the Silverstreaks (5-4) went to the Target Center in Minneapolis to face Minnewaska (8-3) and fell in a 69-62 final.
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling program has been to three straight state tournaments as a team. Nearing the halfway point of the season, the Knights look like a group capable of making it four straight. West Central Area-A-B-E (5-1) hosted a New York Mills team that was 9-2 coming into the night in front of a big home crowd on Thursday. The Eagles showed why early, building a 21-15 lead after the 152-pound match. The Knights took control from there on their way to a 42-24 win.
The Alexandria Aces performance basketball team is set to put on another local show and bring some friends along with them. The Alex Aces Extravaganza will take place Friday, Jan. 5, during the Cardinal boys basketball game against Little Falls that starts at 7:15 p.m. at Alexandria Area High School. The game itself features a Section 8, Class AAA matchup between a 4-4 Alexandria team and the 2-6 Flyers.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Sartell, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. WCA at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m. GYMNASTICS
The Yellow Medicine East boys basketball team stuck around for about 10 minutes on Tuesday night until Minnewaska had had enough. The Lakers are 7-3 and were facing a one-win Sting team on their home court. On paper, Minnewaska should dispose of YME pretty easily. That’s what eventually happened in a 75-48 final. The Lakers led 41-28 by the half and outscored the Sting (1-6) by 14 in the second half.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team got back into action after the holidays with a 48-39 win at New York Mills on Tuesday. The Chargers (5-3) have won with their defense, and that's what they did against the Eagles (2-6). It marks the fourth time this season that Brandon-Evansville has held a team to 40 points or less in a win.
The Alexandria Nordic ski team is finally finding enough snow to get in some competition as the Cardinals went to Spidahl's Ski Gaard in Otter Tail County near Erhard for a six-team meet on Tuesday. Brainerd, Bemidji, Ottertail, Detroit Lakes and Trek North joined them there as the Alexandria girls finished first as a team, and the boys varsity took second.
Capturing a photo is as much a part of hunting and fishing as catching a fish or harvesting an animal for many. The best of those often reflect the reason so many people love the outdoors in Minnesota. The Echo Press asked readers to send in some of their best photos from the 2017 hunting and fishing seasons for the annual Hunt Down Your Photos contest.
Minnewaska’s Emma Thorfinnson could not have started the game any better against Yellow Medicine East on Tuesday night. She could not have finished it much better, either.