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The Alexandria girls basketball team will host a military appreciation night tonight, Feb. 9, in the Cardinals' home game against Moorhead at 7:30. Any retired, widowed spouse or active veteran and their spouse will get in for free. They will be asked to sign in when they arrive, so they can be recognized at halftime of the varsity game. Connie Lee will sing the National Anthem and Just for Kix will perform at halftime. Those who come are encouraged to wear red to remember all of the active military who are currently deployed.
The Alexandria boys basketball team won its third straight and sixth game in the last seven contests after going to Sartell and winning 70-52 on Monday night. Jaran Roste had 15 points to help the Cardinals (14-6, 8-5 CLC), while Alec Wensman added 11. Roste hit 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. He flirted with a triple-double after grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out eight assists.
The Alexandria boys hockey team got a win against a team in front of it in the Central Lakes Conference standings as the Cardinals beat St. Cloud Tech 4-1 in St. Cloud on Monday. The Tigers (13-12, 9-6 CLC) were outshot 20-4 in the opening period as Alexandria (10-13-1, 7-6-1 CLC) took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Jack Powell got the goal off a feed from freshman Jack Westlund at 16:56 in the period.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex at Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at Royalton, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. ACGC, 7:30 p.m. WCA at Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS...
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team won its fifth straight last Friday with a 67-38 win over Ashby. Megan Dreger had 21 points and six rebounds to lead the way for the Panthers (12-7, 6-3 Prairie). Caroline Carlson added 16 points, while Kathryn Burquest had eight and Megan Benzinger chipped in seven. Senior center Kerstyn Schroeder had 12 points to lead the Arrows (3-16, 1-7 LEC) and Courtney Koefod chipped in nine.
The Alexandria boys hockey team dominated Prairie Centre (7-16) last Friday night in an 11-2 win that moved the Cardinals to 9-13-1.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team closed its week by splitting two games and sitting all alone atop the Little Eight Conference standings. The Chargers dominated LEC foe Rothsay (1-15, 0-8 LEC) last Friday in a 74-28 game before going to Concordia College in Moorhead and falling in an out-of-conference tilt against Hawley (6-12) by a final score of 42-37. That put B-E at 13-5 overall and 8-1 in the LEC, atop the standings after Underwood fell to 7-2 in the league with a loss to Battle Lake last Friday.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Sartell, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Hillcrest, 7:30 p.m. BOYS HOCKEY Alex at St. Cloud Tech, 7:15 p.m. WRESTLING Alexandria vs. Sartell,...
Alexandria Area High School (AAHS) will host the first-ever Breakdown Sports USA Winter Lakes Classic with a full day of basketball at AAHS on Feb. 13. There will be a total of seven boys and girls varsity games at AAHS that day and eight more younger-level games in the auxiliary gym. The varsity schedule starts with the Mountain Iron-Buhl girls taking on Browerville at 10:30 a.m. The Alexandria girls (13-4) will play Edina (9-9) at 6:30 p.m., and the Alexandria boys (11-6) will host Edina (12-8) at 8.
The Osakis wrestling team finished eighth at the Albany Purple Pride Invite with 59 points this past Friday. Senior Brendon Coyer (29-5) took first at 132 pounds with a 4-3 decision over Dylan Pundsack (22-12) of Hutchinson in the championship match, and Gage Zieske (25-5) finished second at 120 with a fall at 1:32 to Hutchinson's Dasin Mateski (26-7) in the title match to lead the Silverstreaks.