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The Montevideo boys basketball team build a 24-11 lead by the break and held on after both offenses got going in a 61-51 win over Minnewaska on Friday. The Lakers shot just 36 percent (17-46) and 3-of-21 from three. Matt Gruber and Jackson Johnsrud both had 12 points for Minnewaska, while Jake Peters added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Ashby boys basketball team fell behind early against Underwood on Friday night and lost a 60-49 game. The Rockets were up 35-14 at the break during Parents Night in their own gym. They played off that energy on the way to the Little Eight Conference win.
The Osakis boys basketball team proved itself against another good program on Friday. Class A’s Battle Lake came into the night having won 13 of its last 14 games, but the Silverstreaks closed them out in a 62-54 game that was their third straight win. It moved Osakis to 14-4 and gave this group another confidence boost on a night when Zach Weir scored his 1,000th career point.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Buffalo, 8 p.m. WCA vs. Ortonville at UM-Morris, Noon Minnewaska vs. Lakeview, 1 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. Ashby vs. Bertha-Hewitt, 6:45 p.m. GYMNASTICS
BLIZZARD HOCKEY New Ulm at Alexandria, 7:10 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Brainerd, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Battle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Montevideo, 6 p.m.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team struggled to find a rhythm in Underwood on Thursday night as the Rockets won a 63-45 Little Eight Conference game. "It was a tough, frustrating night in Underwood," B-E head coach Dick Simpson said. The Chargers (14-6, 7-4 LEC) shot 35 percent from the field (17-49) as Underwood (17-6, 10-1 LEC) countered with a 43-percent shooting night (20-46). The Rockets also hit 17-of-28 free throws, compared to a 6-of-7 night from the line for B-E.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team pulled away from Ashby in the second half on Thursday night to win a 60-37 game on its home court. The Arrows (4-14, 0-8 Little Eight Conference) were within 28-15 at the half, and the Chargers (11-8, 5-4 LEC) continued to stretch their lead down the stretch.
The Alexandria wrestling team wrapped up its regular season on senior night with a convincing 51-15 win over St. Cloud Apollo in front of the home fans on Thursday. The Cardinals left no doubt in this one, winning the first six matches before a double forfeit at 145 pounds. Jeris Lemm (113, 3:29) and Kyler Miller (120, 12-5) both had contested wins in that stretch, while forfeit wins from Ryan Borris, Wyatt Snitker, Christian Athey and Ben Bogart blew the match open early.
Alexandria boys hockey coach Ian Resch called the matchup with section foe Sartell-St. Stephen the biggest game of the season after a win over Little Falls on Tuesday, and his team went out and won it in a 5-3 final on Thursday. Both teams are vying for the second seed in the Section 6A tournament behind likely top seed St. Cloud Cathedral. The Sabres beat Alexandria 4-3 in overtime on Jan. 5. Alexandria lost a two-goal lead in that one, and the Cardinals returned the favor at Sartell by storming back from a 3-0 deficit after the first period.
The Osakis girls basketball team is well on its way to securing another Prairie Conference title as the Silverstreaks improved to 9-0 in league play after dominating St. John's Prep on Thursday. Osakis (17-3) never let the Johnnies (0-14, 0-10 Prairie) into the game after building a 43-9 lead at the break. The Silverstreaks went on to win 79-30.