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The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team has four returning starters from a subsection championship team, but the one starter they have to replace left some big shoes to fill. Emma Friedrich was the Chargers' leading scorer and rebounder a year ago. Her absence will be tough to fill, but it's another Brandon-Evansville team that hopes to be competitive in the Little Eight Conference after winning the league title last winter. "We think we can be competitive in both the conference and section races," 37-year head coach Dick Simpson said.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team was defeated 51-42 on a cold shooting night on the road in the season-opener against Swanville on Tuesday. The Chargers opened up the regular season...
It wasn’t the start Alexandria was looking for, but it was the way the Cardinals finished that mattered in the season opener on Tuesday night. The Moorhead boys basketball team...
The Alexandria boys hockey team got the shots it wanted in the season opener at Little Falls on Tuesday night, but the Cardinals didn’t get the final result they were...
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. Breezy Point, 7:10 p.m.
The Alexandria Blizzard needed a weekend like it got in sweeping Rochester and scoring a combined 13 goals in two games. The Blizzard (6-10-1) had lost seven straight games but wrapped up the sweep by securing a 7-4 win on Saturday after taking care of things in a 6-2 game on Friday. "Our intensity was there, our effort was there," head coach Jeff Crouse said. "That's the thing I've been preaching is when we play with effort and intensity, our skill just kind of takes over. Rochester is a big, strong, tough team. They really like mucking it up and are really hard to play against.
A team based out of Alexandria placed first in a Midwest three-on-three fall basketball tournament in Champlin Park on October 24. The trio of Carter Stockert, Travis Yohnke and Isaac Peterson, self-named Team Phi Swatta Lotta, played in a round-robin qualifier with teams comprised of freshmen and sophomores from Centennial, Cretin-Derham Hall and East Ridge. The local team beat Centennial 33-32 and Cretin-Derham Hall 40-18 before taking care of East Ridge 45-16. They then took care of Centennial again in a championship game by a 38-34 score.
Alexandria's Macy Hatlestad was making cuts, shooting jumpers and getting up and down the court in a fast-paced practice like everyone else on the girls basketball team this past Tuesday evening. One would be hard-pressed to notice anything different about her if it was not for the brace she has to wear on her right knee after recovering from ACL surgery in the off-season. "Macy has looked tough," Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said of her leading scorer from a year ago.
BOYS HOCKEY Alex at Little Falls, 7:15 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Eden Valley-Watkins, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Swanville, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Bertha-Hewitt,...
The Alexandria Blizzard snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating Rochester 6-2 on the road on Friday night. Alexandria scored two goals in each period to secure the win. Logan...