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The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team lost its first game in the Little Eight Conference as Battle Lake built a 7-0 lead right off the bat and carried that to a 49-42 win. The Battlers (11-6, 5-2) lost by 29 points to the Chargers (11-3, 6-1 LEC) on Dec. 8, but B-E head coach Dick Simpson said he knew this would be a much closer game. Battle Lake's senior post Emily Marso missed that first game with an injury but was back on Tuesday and scored 10 points.
The Alexandria wrestling team dropped a couple of close matches at the Little Falls Triangular on Tuesday night, falling to Bemidji 34-27 and Little Falls 45-30. "Even though [we] lost both duals, each dual was exciting and had some great matches," Alexandria head coach Tom Ellison said. "Disappointing to come away with two defeats and the challenge for this team will be to stay the course, keep battling and working to be better."
The Alexandria girls hockey team held off a comeback from conference and section foe Fergus Falls on Tuesday night as the Cardinals came away with a 4-3 overtime win that improved them to 15-6-1. Senior Mari Wosepka started the night by singing the National Anthem before the drop of the puck. She ended it by scoring the game winner in overtime off an assist from McKenzie Revering. Wosepka also assisted on a goal earlier in the night. "It was a huge night for her," Alexandria head coach Blair Hovel said.
The Alexandria boys hockey team lost an overtime game to Fergus Falls on Tuesday night as the Otters got a goal from CJ Ward at 4:35 in the extra session to walk off with the win. Fergus Falls outshot Alexandria 4-0 in overtime and 26-20 in the game. That helped the Otters erase a 2-0 deficit in the third period. Junior Wade Smith gave the Cardinals the lead with two power play goals, the first coming at 13:07 in the second period and the second at 3:59 of the third frame.
GIRLS HOCKEY Alexandria 4, Fergus Falls 3 (F/OT) The Alexandria girls hockey team held off a comeback from conference and section foe Fergus Falls on Tuesday night as the Cardinals...
The Glenwood Area Fisheries Department released the data it found through its gill netting and electrofishing surveys in 2015 earlier this month. Crooked, Devils, Elk, Ida, Indian, Latoka, Miltona, Mountain, Thompson, Turtle, Whiskey and Winona were the lakes that the local DNR looked at.
BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Browerville, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Sartell, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at Staples-Motley, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Battle Lake,...
Ask Alexandria's Ben Doherty and Jack Westlund how long they have been playing on the same line in hockey and they just smile and shake their heads. It's pretty much been from the first time they put on skates. "Ten years?" Westlund says. "I can't even remember." It's been long enough for them to develop quite a connection on the ice. "We have great chemistry," Westlund added. "I always know where he is and he always knows where I am."
The Minnewaska girls basketball team continued its impressive season by winning its fourth straight game in a 63-51 victory over Eden Valley-Watkins (9-6) on Monday night. The Lakers (13-4, 5-2 West Central Conference) shot almost 40 percent from the field (23-of-58), including 8-of-20 from three. They also hit on 9-of-14 foul shots. Minnewaska erased a five-point deficit at the half by outscoring EV-W 37-20 over the final 18 minutes.
The Osakis boys basketball team dropped its fourth straight game but not without giving a 12-5 Holdingford team a scare on Monday night. The Silverstreaks trailed by just one at the break and held a second half lead before the Huskers secured a 65-59 win. "We had a six-point lead in the second half and then they had guys make big shots," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "We need to communicate better defensively. If we stay consistent for a full game we can do some great things."