Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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BOYS BASKETBALL WCA vs. Henning, 7:30 p.m. Ashby at Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Rocori, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Osakis, 7:30 p.m. WCA at Henning, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Benson, 7:15 p.m.
There are games throughout every coach’s career where the best option during the post-game speech to their kids is to simply credit the opposition. Kraig Hunter found himself in that position on Monday. The West Central Area boys basketball coach watched as his guys shot 52 percent (32-52). The Knights knocked down nine threes.
Another day, another win for the Alexandria girls hockey team. The Cardinals have climbed all the way up to third in the Jan. 23 Class A state rankings by Let's Play Hockey through what is now a nine-game winning streak after a 3-0 win over Grand Rapids-Greenway (14-8-1) on Saturday. Alexandria (17-6, 7-4 Central Lakes Conference) has a balanced lineup with eight different players posting double-digit points so far this season. On Saturday, it was Marki Oberg's turn to carry the torch for the Cardinals.
BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. LPGE, 7:30 p.m. WCA vs. Hancock, 7:30 p.m.
The Osakis wrestling team has had trouble collecting dual victories with an inexperienced lineup this season, which is why a 2-0 record on Senior Night and Parent's Night was so rewarding for this team on Friday.
The Alexandria High School cheer team is in its second season and seeing some early success after taking first place in a competition at Park High School in Cottage Grove on Jan. 13. Cheer teams compete at the junior varsity and varsity levels and tumbling or non-tumbling. Alexandria competes in the varsity non-tumbling division, but assistant coach Cat Stiras said the team will compete in the tumbling division next season.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team still has not lost two straight games this season. The Chargers (8-6) lost to Parkers Prairie on Jan. 19 but bounced back a week later by taking care of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in a 58-33 final on Friday. Brandon-Evansville played what head coach Trent Hintermeister called its best game of the season. The Chargers jumped out to a 13-0 advantage and led 38-14 by halftime.
The Alexandria Blizzard put up big offensive numbers on Friday and Saturday night as Alexandria dominated Rochester for a sweep in a two-game series. The Blizzard (22-13-0-1) poured it on against the Ice Hawks (5-30) on the way to a 15-0 win on Saturday night. Alexandria outshot Rochester 88-12, including 35-2 during a seven-goal third period.
Wrestlers put themselves through a lot throughout the course of a season. The cutting of weight, and gaining weight is enough of a challenge for a lot of these guys. Then the schedule itself can add to the grind, as well.
The Alexandria boys hockey team continued to climb higher above the .500 mark on Tuesday as the Cardinals won their fifth straight game. Alexandria (10-7-1, 7-3 Central Lakes Conference) got its offense going early against River Lakes (9-10, 3-6 CLC) as Derek Dropik and Jack Westlund both scored to take a 2-0 lead after the first intermission. The Cardinals never trailed after that on their way to a 5-3 win. Alexandria had to hold off River Lakes. Westlund made it a 3-0 lead early in the second period, but the Stars responded with two straight goals from Payton Madison.