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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.
The Osakis boys basketball team fell to 4-7 in the Prairie Conference with a 66-40 loss to first-place Browerville-Eagle Valley at home on Friday night. "We played a great first half of basketball, but they had a six-point swing the last 35 seconds that changed the momentum early in the second half," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "We tried to take away [Bryce] Irsfeld and we did a pretty good job on him, but he is so good at finding other guys on his team and they made shots."
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team went to the Morris Tournament on Saturday and came home with plenty of top finishes. Kaleb Getz got the Knights going with a fourth-place finish at 106 pounds. He won by fall in 1:04 in his first match before dropping a second round match 5-3 and falling 8-4 in the third-place match.
The Alexandria gymnastics team went to the Central Lakes Conference championship on Saturday and came home from Sartell with a sixth-place finish as a team. The Cardinals scored a 128.9 as Joslyn Kent led the way with a 10-place finish in the all-round. Kent was All-CLC on the vault, bars and floor, while Jacy Roste earned all-conference honors on the beam.