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The Osakis girls basketball team showed how far this group has come over the course of this season on Friday night as the Silverstreaks knocked off Royalton 56-55. The Royals had defeated the Silverstreaks 68-43 earlier in the season, but things started to look a little different when Osakis built up a 38-23 lead in the first half.
The Alexandria boys hockey team has had some battles with section foe Little Falls over the years, and nothing changed on Friday night. The Cardinals (13-8-1) tied the Flyers (10-9-3) in the season opener on Nov. 28. The two teams were headed that way again on Friday before Alexandria junior Jack Westlund connected with a game-winning goal 3 minute, 28 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 win.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Henry Sibley, 11 a.m. Minnewaska vs. Eden Valley-Watkins, 6:30 p.m. DANCE Alexandria at section tournament, AAHS, 11 a.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Alexandria vs. Breck, 11:30 a.m. WRESTLING Osakis, WCA-Ashby-B-E at Royalton, 9 a.m.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team snapped a two-game skid on Thursday by using some depth to take down Battle Lake 50-39. The Chargers (9-10, 7-2 Little Eight Conference) built up a 29-25 lead over the Battlers (6-13, 5-6 LEC) by the half and didn't look back from there. "Great team win for us as we had 10 girls scoring," B-E head coach Sam Lange said. "We struggled from the free-throw line in the first half, which kept the game close, but we got great play from our bench in the second half and hit the key free throws at the end."
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. Rochester, 7:10 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville at Henning, 7:30 p.m. WCA vs. Wheaton, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Morris, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Ashby vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team split two matches at the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Tri on Thursday night as the Knights dropped their second match of the last three contests. Both of those losses came against top-10 teams in the state. The Knights (15-3) are ranked fifth themselves in the Jan. 26 Class A Guillotine polls. Frazee is second and beat WCA-A-B-E on Jan. 30. Two days later, eighth-ranked BBE won a close 36-31 final after the Knights rolled over Royalton-Upsala 46-20.
Perhaps the best way to understand the kind of impression Hancock's Noah Kannegiesser has made among small-school programs in west-central Minnesota is to ask coaches who have to game-plan to stop him. Monday night, that task fell into the lap of West Central Area's Kraig Hunter. On Jan. 4, the Knights held Kannegiesser to 28 points in a 65-52 win for the Owls. That's a good night's work defensively against arguably the state's best scorer this winter. At the time, it was 15 points below Kannegiesser's season average.
The Viking Speedway at the Douglas County Fairgrounds is ready to welcome in fans and some of the fastest ice-oval snowmobile racers around this weekend. The return of the Alexandria Winter Spectacular is in its fifth year now as the local group of organizers known as 10 GDP will host more than 35 race classes over the course of two days. Racing starts at noon Friday with heat races, with Saturday's finals beginning at 10 a.m.
The Alexandria wrestling team was fresh off a successful weekend where the Cardinals swept a tri and took second in the Big Ole Tournament, but Alexandria ran into two powers on Tuesday. The Cardinals hosted Class AAA's fifth-ranked Willmar and a 14-win Little Falls program. Willmar dominated in a 70-6 final over Alexandria, while Little Falls beat the Cardinals 47-29.
Christmas is usually a memorable day for any 7-year-old, and Alexandria's Dillon Larson capped his Christmas off this past year by catching his first walleye. The Larsons had opened presents and decided to spend their evening in the ice house on a local lake. Dillon was using a perch-colored Rapala Slab Rap in 21 feet of water when he latched into a 22-inch walleye at a little before 5 p.m. that day.