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The Alexandria girls basketball team dominated a now 6-4 Brainerd squad from the very beginning at home on Thursday night as the Cardinals improved to 7-3 and 5-0 in the Central Lakes Conference with a 75-38 win. It was 53-19 at the half. Junior guard Kendall Kohler had a lot to do with that as she had 19 of her game-high 23 points by the break. She added six assists, while junior guards Emma Ziegler and Macy Hatlestad each had five assists as the first-place Cardinals finished with 22 as a team.
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team dominated Rothsay in an 80-30 game in the Little Eight Conference on Thursday night in Rothsay. Four different players finished in double figures for the Panthers with sophomore guard Megan Benzinger having a huge game with 27 points to go along with five rebounds and four steals. Fellow sophomore guard Megan Dreger added 16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals, while freshman forward Veronica Schwartz and junior guard Rachel Martinson finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The fourth-ranked West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team was at it again on Thursday night as the Knights dominated two matches in their home triangular. Morris Area-Hancock-Chokio-Alberta was a 64-12 victim, while Royalton/Upsala fell by a 55-12 final score. The Knights used five forfeit wins against MAHACA to help pad the score and took care of business at all but two of the other weight classes. Chris Onstad started things with a 3-0 win at 113 before Hunter Hanson won by fall in 47 seconds at 120 pounds.
Two of the best goaltenders in the Central Lakes Conference had a lot to say about the outcome of a 2-1 game between the Alexandria and Sartell-Sauk Rapids girls hockey teams on Nov. 13.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex at Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at St. John’s Prep, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Underwood, 7:15 p.m. WCA vs. Swanville, 7:30 p.m. Ashby at Rothsay, 7:15 p.m...
The Minnesota State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will hold its award banquet this Friday and Saturday at the Arrowwood Resort and Convention Center in Alexandria. The banquet is held to recognize how volunteers, businesses, NWTF members and others have made an impact on the accomplishments of the NWTF in the past year. It's the fourth year in a row that Arrowwood has hosted the event.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Twin City, 7 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Ashby at Henning, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. LPGE, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Morris Area, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex...
The third annual Winter Spectacular ice oval snowmobile races are set for Jan. 29-30 with Alexandria's Earl and Sonya Anderson ready to serve as this year's honorary grand marshals for the event. Earl and Sonya, owners of the local Ski-Doo dealership, Ollie's Service in Alexandria, have more than 45 years of experience in riding, racing and selling snowmobiles.
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team ran into a dominant effort by Wheaton-Herman-Norcross on Tuesday night as the Warriors (9-1) won a 74-31 game on their home court. Jordan Stafford led three WHN players in double figures with 15. Briona Edwards added 14 and Anna Rinke finished with 12 points. Megan Dreger was the only player in double figures for the Panthers (5-3). She finished with 11, while Darianne Saxton added seven points. Parkers Prairie had 23 turnovers in the game and scored just 12 points in the second half. GAME SUMMARY
The sun faded from the sky on Sunday evening with hunting season officially going with it for many people. Some will shift their focus to hunting predators such as coyotes and fox through the winter, but those in search of deer and pheasants are now looking ahead to next fall. Bow season officially ended on New Year's Eve, and by all accounts it was a good deer season for many. Harvest numbers were up almost everywhere in the state, according to numbers released during and after firearms season by the Department of Natural Resources.