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The Osakis girls basketball team cruised to 13-0 on Tuesday night as Browerville-Eagle Valley had no answers for the Silverstreaks in an 83-41 game. Senior post Alecia Kaelke also reached a career milestone as she scored her 1,000th point in an Osakis uniform. Kaelke dominated the Tigers with 25 points on 12-of-17 shooting in addition to her 11 rebounds, one assist and two steals. "Congratulations to Alecia Kaelke on scoring her 1000th-career point early in the second half last night," Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. "A great accomplishment for her!"
It wasn’t that long ago that the Ashby boys basketball team was one of the best in the Little Eight Conference and section fields. The Arrows had size and athleticism at a lot of positions shortly after head coach Jeremy Knick joined the program almost seven years ago.
The Alexandria girls hockey team scored two goals in each period on Monday night to run away with a 6-1 road win over Willmar in Central Lakes Conference play. Alexandria spread out the scoring as six different players tallied goals. McKenna Ellingson and Josie Minnerath got them going in the first. Kristin Trosvig and Mayson Toft added on in the second and Alexis Heckert and Calley Richardson put things away in the third.
The Alexandria dance team had two meets in as many days this past weekend as the Cardinals took part in the Rocori Invite on Saturday after going to Willmar for a Central Lakes Conference meet on Friday. Alexandria faced off in a field of 13 teams at Rocori as the kick team finished fifth and the jazz team came in ninth.
The Alexandria boys hockey team dominated the final two periods on Monday night in Willmar to win a 7-2 game that it trailed 1-0 after the first period. Willmar's Ian Carruthers gave his team an early advantage with a goal at 11:51 in the first. That only stoked the fire of Alexandria as Ben Doherty scored twice and Mack Strong added another in the second to make it 3-1. The two assisted on each other's goals to tally three points apiece in the period.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Big Lake, 7:15 p.m. Osakis vs. Bertha-Hewitt, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Underwood, 7:15 p.m. WCA vs. Sebeka, 7:15 p.m. Parker Prairie at LPGE, 7:30 p.m. Ashby vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Tech, 7:30 p.m.
The Alexandria swimming and diving team ran away with another Central Lakes Conference meet last Thursday night, beating St. Cloud Tech 107-78. The usual 200-medley relay team of Brady Wolkow, Nic Chromey, D'Anthony Moorer and Gavin Hvezda got Alexandria going with a win in 1:47.09. Tech followed with wins in the 200 freestyle, 200 IM and 50 freestyle before Alexandria senior AJ Bollman won the diving competition with 156.80 points.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team met Hawley at Concordia College on Saturday in Moorhead and came home with a 44-34 win. The Chargers (7-2) led 19-14 at the half and withstood a 13-3 run from the Nuggets (3-7) out of the break. Brandon-Evansville responded by outscoring its Class AA counterpart 22-7 the rest of the way to secure the win. "It's good to beat Hawley," B-E Dick Simpson said of a perennially good Nuggets program. "We made free throws at the end. That was a good deal, and I think we had like 23 points off of turnovers."
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Granite City at Alexandria, 7:10 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Willmar, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Hawley, 4:30 p.m. WCA at Breckenridge Tournament, 9 a.m. DANCE Alexandria at Rocori, Noon
The Osakis wrestling team is getting its lineup back intact and trying to get moving in the right direction as the final month of the regular season approaches. The Silverstreaks hosted their home tournament on Friday and wrestled three matches, beating Kimball Area and falling 44-24 to Albany and 47-21 to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.