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The Alexandria Aces performance basketball team is set to put on another local show and bring some friends along with them. The Alex Aces Extravaganza will take place Friday, Jan. 5, during the Cardinal boys basketball game against Little Falls that starts at 7:15 p.m. at Alexandria Area High School. The game itself features a Section 8, Class AAA matchup between a 4-4 Alexandria team and the 2-6 Flyers.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Sartell, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. WCA at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m. GYMNASTICS
The Yellow Medicine East boys basketball team stuck around for about 10 minutes on Tuesday night until Minnewaska had had enough. The Lakers are 7-3 and were facing a one-win Sting team on their home court. On paper, Minnewaska should dispose of YME pretty easily. That’s what eventually happened in a 75-48 final. The Lakers led 41-28 by the half and outscored the Sting (1-6) by 14 in the second half.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team got back into action after the holidays with a 48-39 win at New York Mills on Tuesday. The Chargers (5-3) have won with their defense, and that's what they did against the Eagles (2-6). It marks the fourth time this season that Brandon-Evansville has held a team to 40 points or less in a win.
The Alexandria Nordic ski team is finally finding enough snow to get in some competition as the Cardinals went to Spidahl's Ski Gaard in Otter Tail County near Erhard for a six-team meet on Tuesday. Brainerd, Bemidji, Ottertail, Detroit Lakes and Trek North joined them there as the Alexandria girls finished first as a team, and the boys varsity took second.
Capturing a photo is as much a part of hunting and fishing as catching a fish or harvesting an animal for many. The best of those often reflect the reason so many people love the outdoors in Minnesota. The Echo Press asked readers to send in some of their best photos from the 2017 hunting and fishing seasons for the annual Hunt Down Your Photos contest.
Minnewaska’s Emma Thorfinnson could not have started the game any better against Yellow Medicine East on Tuesday night. She could not have finished it much better, either.
The Minnewaska boys basketball team gave Class A's second-ranked team the biggest scare of its season so far before Springfield won an 87-85 game on Dec. 29. The two teams met up at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, where the Tigers (8-0) used their potent offense to secure another win. Springfield averages 93.1 points per game and needed almost every point against the Lakers.
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team dominated its way to its sixth straight win on Dec. 29 as the Panthers breezed past Verndale 50-15. Parkers Prairie (6-1) lost its season opener to West Central Area (7-3) on Nov. 28 but has beaten teams by an average of 35 points since then. The Panthers have stymied teams defensively, holding opponents to a Little-Eight Conference best 31.7 points per game. They held the Pirates to just one field goal in the second half. Not one Verndale (2-7) player had more than four points.
The Alexandria Blizzard wrapped up a perfect month of December on New Year's Eve as the Blizzard swept Willmar in a home-and-home series, this time by a 7-2 final. Alexandria was 10-0 during December and capped that run off with a dominant showing against the Warhawks that started with the Blizzard leading 5-0 after two periods. Brett Meister and Brenden Payne each had two goals to lead the way, while Tanner Frerichs, Austyn Renn and Ryan Worley all scored, as well. Logan Nelson had four assists and Tristen Poliseno added three helpers.