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Hunters will have more opportunities to spend time in the turkey woods this spring after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced some changes for the 2016 season this week. Turkey hunting time periods will be longer; all will include weekends and more time periods will be available to each hunter. Five one-week time periods will be followed by one longer time period ending on Tuesday, May 31. Previously, there were eight time periods, and not all included weekends.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Henning, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Minnewaska at NL-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. WRESTLING Alex at WCA Tourney, 9:30 a.m. WCA-A-B-E...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex at Fergus Falls, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Swanville, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. WCA at Royalton, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Sauk Centre, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS...
The Alexandria boys hockey team came into a game with Fergus Falls on Thursday looking to move back to .500 against a team that has given up more than five...
GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex at St. Cloud Apollo, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Upsala, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Morris Area,...
The Alexandria boys basketball team couldn't keep up with a 6-1 Rocori team on Tuesday night as the Spartans made an early statement in the Central Lakes Conference with a 57-32 win. Jaran Roste led Alexandria with seven points, but John Olson scored 19 and Derek Thompson added 14 for the Spartans. Rocori improved to 2-0 in the CLC after the win and knocked the Cardinals to 1-2 in league play.
The West Central Area boys basketball team put up 32 points in each half on its way to a 4-0 record and a 64-47 win against Osakis on Tuesday night. Ethan Chalmers was the only Osakis (1-3) player in double figures as he finished with 11. Haden Hendricks, John Boogaard and Preston Graham each had nine as the Silverstreaks shot 39 percent from the field (18-46). "We got beat on the boards tonight as we struggled to match their physicality," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said.
The Alexandria boys hockey team traveled to St. Cloud to face defending section champion Apollo on Tuesday night and came home after a 4-2 loss. The Cardinals held an early lead at 1-0 after freshman Ben Doherty scored off a Mack Strong assist at 9:46 in the first. Apollo answered with two goals from Tanner Breidenbach before the end of the period to take a lead it never did relinquish. The Eagles scored first in the second when Brandon Bissett put one in unassisted at 5:59. Senior Noah Hittle answered for Alexandria less than three minutes later to make it 3-2.
Another triangular, another sweep for the West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team on Tuesday night. The Knights (6-0) traveled to Pelican Rapids and came home with a 57-16 win over Ottertail Central and a 49-12 win over Pelican Rapids. "We came into tonight's dual with two goals in mind," head coach Brandon Gruchow said. "Goal one, leave it all out on the mat and wrestle to our full ability. Goal two, have fun while wrestling. These goals were set knowing that we had some individual matches that were not in our favor, but we set them anyway.
The Alexandria wrestling team traveled to Moorhead to face the defending section champions and battled with the Spuds through much of the night before falling in a 46-31 match. The Cardinals held a lead before Moorhead used the strength of its lineup to secure the win. The Spuds rattled off six straight wins to close out the night once they reached the 160-pound weight class.