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The Alexandria girls basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday morning against a big and talented Centennial team in the Breakdown Sports Tip Off Classic in Hopkins. The Cougars, 2-0 and ranked third in the Class 4A polls, showed why they are one of the top big-school teams in the state on their way to the 64-44 win. The Cardinals hung close early before Centennial got out on the break and built their lead to 30-17 at the half. Centennial held Alexandria's backcourt of Macy Hatlestad and Kendall Kohler to five first-half points.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY The Alexandria Blizzard got a big West-Division win on Saturday night after shutting out Granite City on the road in a 2-0 game. The Lumberjacks outshot the Blizzard...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria 86, Moorhead 59 The Alexandria boys basketball team ran away from Moorhead in its season opener on Friday as the Cardinals secured an 86-59 win on the...
GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Centennial, 9:30 a.m. WCA at Benson Tournament, 6 p.m. Minnewaska vs. NL-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. DANCE Alexandria at Detroit Lakes, 11 a.m. GYMNASTICS Alexandria at Jack Mann...
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team is 2-0 after another double-digit win to start this season, this time in Little Eight Conference play. The Chargers got off to a fast start against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, building a 44-22 lead by the half and never looking back in a 71-39 win Thursday night. "We were able to hit three threes the first half and had pretty balanced scoring," B-E head coach Dick Simpson said. "We also forced a bunch of turnovers on the press that led to some easy buckets."
The Alexandria gymnastics team didn't waste any time challenging itself this season as the Cardinals opened up at Melrose and fell in a 143.975-135.275 match. The Dutchmen finished second at the Class A state meet last season. They took top-two finishes in each of the four events on Thursday.
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team ran past its second straight opponent to start the season after taking care of Bertha-Hewitt 62-29 on Thursday night. Four different players scored in double figures for the Panthers. Hali Moske and Megan Dreger each had 16. Faith Alberts added 12 and Kathryn Burquest chipped in 10.
The Osakis boys basketball team believes it has the pieces to be a much-improved team this season, and the Silverstreaks got off to a good start toward proving that. Osakis ran all over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in a 67-33 road win on Thursday night. The Silverstreaks put up 41 points in the first half to build a 19-point lead. They never looked back from there.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. B-E vs. Swanville, 7:30 p.m. WCA at LQPV, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Paynesville, 7:15 p.m. Ashby at...
The Alexandria and Rocori girls basketball programs are in two very different spots right now. The Spartans went 0-27 a year ago and are just searching for a win to...