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The Alexandria dance team had two meets in as many days this past weekend as the Cardinals took part in the Rocori Invite on Saturday after going to Willmar for a Central Lakes Conference meet on Friday. Alexandria faced off in a field of 13 teams at Rocori as the kick team finished fifth and the jazz team came in ninth.
The Alexandria boys hockey team dominated the final two periods on Monday night in Willmar to win a 7-2 game that it trailed 1-0 after the first period. Willmar's Ian Carruthers gave his team an early advantage with a goal at 11:51 in the first. That only stoked the fire of Alexandria as Ben Doherty scored twice and Mack Strong added another in the second to make it 3-1. The two assisted on each other's goals to tally three points apiece in the period.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Big Lake, 7:15 p.m. Osakis vs. Bertha-Hewitt, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Underwood, 7:15 p.m. WCA vs. Sebeka, 7:15 p.m. Parker Prairie at LPGE, 7:30 p.m. Ashby vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Tech, 7:30 p.m.
The Alexandria swimming and diving team ran away with another Central Lakes Conference meet last Thursday night, beating St. Cloud Tech 107-78. The usual 200-medley relay team of Brady Wolkow, Nic Chromey, D'Anthony Moorer and Gavin Hvezda got Alexandria going with a win in 1:47.09. Tech followed with wins in the 200 freestyle, 200 IM and 50 freestyle before Alexandria senior AJ Bollman won the diving competition with 156.80 points.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team met Hawley at Concordia College on Saturday in Moorhead and came home with a 44-34 win. The Chargers (7-2) led 19-14 at the half and withstood a 13-3 run from the Nuggets (3-7) out of the break. Brandon-Evansville responded by outscoring its Class AA counterpart 22-7 the rest of the way to secure the win. "It's good to beat Hawley," B-E Dick Simpson said of a perennially good Nuggets program. "We made free throws at the end. That was a good deal, and I think we had like 23 points off of turnovers."
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Granite City at Alexandria, 7:10 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Willmar, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Hawley, 4:30 p.m. WCA at Breckenridge Tournament, 9 a.m. DANCE Alexandria at Rocori, Noon
The Osakis wrestling team is getting its lineup back intact and trying to get moving in the right direction as the final month of the regular season approaches. The Silverstreaks hosted their home tournament on Friday and wrestled three matches, beating Kimball Area and falling 44-24 to Albany and 47-21 to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.
The Osakis wrestling team split two matches at its home triangular on Thursday night ahead of its home tournament on Friday. The Silverstreaks controlled its match against Border West 49-24 after falling in a 50-13 bout to Royalton-Upsala. Nathan Kulzer and Isaac Mattson got Osakis going against Border West with a pin from Kulzer in 50 seconds and a major decision (21-9) from Mattson to give them the early lead.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team battled back to within one possession of Parkers Prairie on Thursday night but fell in a 62-57 final. The two Section 6A and Little Eight Conference teams were tied at 27 at the break. "Early in the second half, (Travis) Yahnke got going around the basket and they hit a few threes," B-E head coach John Holsten said. "We got within one possession in the end, but they knocked down their free throws."
The Osakis girls basketball team was tested by Swanville on Thursday night, but outscored the Bulldogs by 12 in the second half to secure a 52-37 win. The victory improved the Silverstreaks to 11-0 and to 4-0 in the Prairie Conference. "This was a tough, hard-fought win tonight for the girls," head coach Pat Kalpin said. "We struggled shooting the ball all night, but defensively I thought we played well. Overall, I thought we played well. We just didn't shoot well and we understand that this happens."