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The Osakis boys basketball team survived its first game without two regular starters in the lineup as the Silverstreaks (6-2, 2-0 Prairie) beat Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 63-42 last Friday night. Reid DeWenter and John Boogaard were both out with injuries, but freshman guard Dan Savageau stepped up in their absence. He had 16 points against the Thunder, while Jacob Jones added 13 points, six rebounds and four steals.
The Mesabi East Invite at Giants Ridge in Biwabik was postponed from Saturday to Jan. 14 because of the sub-zero temperatures that the state dealt with this weekend. Alexandria was one of the many participating schools scheduled to be at the meet on Saturday in what is the biggest high school Nordic ski meet in the country. Racing will begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 14.
The Alexandria Blizzard had a little easier time on Saturday night by beating Willmar 4-0 and sweeping the weekend series between the two teams. The Blizzard won a 3-2 game Friday and coasted on Saturday with a 54-20 shot advantage. Riley Meyer had two of the goals as he scored midway through the second period and again in the third. Tosten Mann opened the scoring at 16:27 in the first, and Riley Scanlon put the game away with a goal at 9:17 in the third.
The Alexandria gymnastics program went to a four-team invite at Park Rapids on Saturday and came home with a first-place finish. The Cardinals took the title from a field of Park Rapids, Long Prairie and Bemidji. Eighth grader Rachel Boyden helped pace the team with a second-place finish in the all around, while sophomore Nicole Brittin was third.
GIRLS HOCKEY Sartell-Sauk Rapids 3, Alexandria 2 The Alexandria girls hockey team fell to 6-6-1 on the season after a 3-2 loss at Sartell-Sauk Rapids on Friday night.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Willmar at Alexandria, 7:10 p.m. BOYS HOCKEY Alexandria at Rocori, 7:15 p.m DANCE Alexandria AAHS Invite, 9:30 a.m. NORDIC SKI Alexandria at Giants Ridge, Biwabik, 11 a.m. BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING Alexandria at Minneapolis Southwest, 4 p.m. WRESTLING
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team is proving its dominance again this season with every win. The Knights (6-0) had no problems with New York Mills on Thursday night on the road. They won their first five matches before NYM's Matt Frost won a 6-1 decision at 138. Jordan Lohse got the Knights going with a pin in 1:55 at 106. Kaleb Getz (113, 7-1), Kade Olson (120, forfeit), Jake Nohre (126, TF, 3:05) and Hunter Hanson (132, forfeit) all followed with wins to give their team a commanding lead.
The Alexandria gymnastics team had three athletes finish in the top five of the all-around scores on Thursday night but couldn't quite catch Willmar in a 137-134.20 loss to its Central Lakes Conference rivals.
The Ashby boys basketball team were edged by Little Eight Conference foe Underwood on Thursday night in a 56-43 final. The two teams went back and forth through the opening stages before the Rockets took a 30-21 lead into the break.
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team has used its defense to swarm teams all season and the Panthers held Brandon-Evansville to just 27 percent shooting on Thursday night. They needed that as Parkers Prairie shot just 12-of-40 itself in a 47-36 win for the Panthers. "Neither team shot very well," Brandon-Evansville head coach Dick Simpson said. "They made their free throws, and we didn't take very many. It was a pretty good game really. Parkers and Brandon-Evansville is always a good rivalry."