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The Alexandria Nordic ski teams raced at St. John's Arboretum on Thursday on a 6K course against section teams like St. Cloud Cathedral, St. Cloud Tech, Apollo, Willmar and St. John's Prep. The Cardinal girls were paced by JeAnna Miller, who finished sixth individually in 20:30. Britt Hurlen was 11th, Camille Johnson 19th and Olivia Hagstrom rounded out the lineup in 26th place to help Alexandria finish third as a team. St. Cloud Tech won and Cathedral came in second.
The Osakis wrestling team split two matches at the Pierz Triangular on Thursday night as the Silverstreaks beat Eden Valley-Watkins 51-27 and fell 61-6 against Class A's fourth-ranked Pierz. Osakis' only wins against Pierz came from Seth Johnson at 113 and Gage Zieske at 120. Johnson won on a 6-4 decision, while Zieske won 3-0.
The Minnewaska wrestling team went 2-1 at BOLD on Thursday night as the Lakers beat the Warriors 42-36 and Ortonville 40-36, while falling to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton-Westbrook-Walnut Grove 48-26. Max Reichmann got things going against Ortonville for the Lakers with a 6-5 win at 106 pounds. Mason Blair won by fall in 2:58 at 113 and Tyson Meyer (132, 8-3) and Dylan Jergenson (138, fall, 1:26) also added wins.
It didn't take Aaron Steidl long to exceed expectations with the best FCS Division I football team in the country after graduating in 2014 from Jefferson High School in Alexandria. Walk-ons don't arrive with much fanfare to Division I programs. They have to fight for everything they get, and Steidl was fine with that from the very beginning. He had scholarship offers to Division II schools like Bemidji State and the University of Minnesota-Duluth, but NDSU provided a chance to be a part of something special in football.
GIRLS HOCKEY Alexandria 7, Prairie Centre 1 The Alexandria girls hockey team used seven goals over the final two periods to coast to a 7-1 win over Prairie Centre on...
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Rochester at Alexandria, 7:10 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex at St. Cloud Tech, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Royalton, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Underwood, 7:15 p.m. WCA at Browerville-EV in...
West Central Area boys basketball coach Kraig Hunter admits he didn't know what to expect from this team at the end of a 20-7 season a year ago. Hunter has been a coach for 20 years now. A lot of good WCA players have come and gone during that time, but the Knights faced the challenge of replacing perhaps the best one in program history with the graduation of Jay Zimmerman.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. St. Cloud Tech, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Upsala, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. WCA at LPGE, 7:30 p.m. Ashby at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m...
The Osakis girls basketball team lost its first game of the season as the two best teams in the Prairie Conference met in Browerville with the Tigers coming away with a 62-51 win. Browerville-Eagle Valley is ranked ninth in the latest Minnesota Basketball News polls released on Jan. 6. The Tigers led 34-23 at the break and shot 52 percent (24-of-46) from the floor and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Both Crystal Pearson and Quinn Kircher had 22 points to lead the way.
The Minnewaska wrestling team couldn't keep up with Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in a 56-15 loss to the Falcons on Tuesday night. Mason Blaire got the Lakers going with a win by fall in 5:38 at 106 pounds. That was one of just three wins for Minnewaska in the match. Weston Lardy added a 6-3 win at 160 pounds, while Tyler Vanluik won by fall in 3:41 at 220 pounds. MATCH SUMMARY ACGC 56, Minnewaska 15