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In a game that featured plenty of experienced upperclassmen on both sides, it was a freshman who stole the show in Brandon-Evansville on Saturday. Osakis’ Daniel Savageau hit big shot after big shot for the Silverstreaks boys basketball team all night. Then with 35 seconds left, he stepped to the line in a tie game and sank the second of two free throws in what was the game-winning point of a 57-56 win over the Chargers.
BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville 67, New York Mills 53 (F/OT) Parkers Prairie 81, Undrwood 47 GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria 64, Rocori 32 Brandon-Evansville 67, Browerville-Eagle Valley 48 Minnewaska 62, BOLD 56
The Minnewaska wrestling team went to Benson for a dual on Friday night and came back after a 54-24 loss. The Lakers got an early win from Jackson Stadsvold at 106 pounds with a pin in 39 seconds. Mason Blair added a pin in 3:29 at 120 pounds before the Braves took the next five matches, three by forfeit and two by fall to rack up big points. Tyson Meyer stopped the bleeding at 160 pounds with a pin in 1:10, but Tyler VanLuik was the only other Minnewaska win the rest of the way as he won by forfeit at 195 pounds.
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team won all three of its matches at the KMS Duals on Friday night. The Knights' closest contest came in round two where they won a 33-29 bout with Pipestone Area. They added a 58-17 win over Quad County in their opener and a 39-18 win over KMS to finish off the day.
The Alexandria Blizzard had a four-game winning streak snapped by New Ulm on Friday night as the Steel came to the Runestone Community Center and won 6-2. The Steel scored three goals in the first period and led 3-0 before the Blizzard's Brenden Payne stopped the bleeding at 17:05 of the first. New Ulm answered with three more consecutive goals to run away with the win. David Carey scored for Alexandria at 19:37 of the third with the game already in hand for the Steel.
The Osakis wrestling team had everything working on Friday night as the Silverstreaks went to the 40th annual Terry Teiken Individual Tournament and came home with a team title, edging Fosston-Bagley by half a point.
The Ashby boys basketball team ran into a hot Battle Lake squad on Friday night as the Battlers (11-2) won their ninth straight game in a 65-29 final.
The West Central Area boys basketball team used a double-double from junior post Logan Paulson to secure a 50-39 win over Wheaton-Herman-Norcross on Friday night. Paulson was an efficient 10-of-13 from the field on his way to 23 points and 10 rebounds. It was part of a 49 percent shooting night (20-41) for WCA.
The Osakis girls basketball team didn't look past Upsala with a game against second-ranked Sauk Centre on the horizon. The Silverstreaks (14-0, 6-0 Prairie) were focused from the get-go on Friday night, building a 46-28 lead by the break and cruising to the 82-52 win.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at New Ulm, 7:10 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Osakis, 3 p.m. Minnewaska at New London-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Sebeka, 7:30 p.m. DANCE Alexandria at Totino Grace, TBD BOYS HOCKEY