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The Alexandria Blizzard have a four-game win streak heading into the final two regular season games of the year after a 6-2 win over Granite City and a 5-2 win over Twin City. The Blizzard, who have clinched a playoff spot, are now 31-14 and in third place in the West Division. North Iowa has the top spot in the West at 39-4, while Granite City is 34-7 and in second place.
Make it three. Panther Micaela Noga joined a very elite group Tuesday night, scoring her 2,000th career point as the Parkers Prairie girls captured the Section 6A-South championship, defeating Underwood 58-44. Noga, who finished the night with 15 points, scored her 2,000th with two free throws at the end of the game, joining just two other Panther players to ever reach that mark - teammate Madison Dorn, who reached the 2,000-point plateau in January, and Noga's sister, Sari, who became the first to do it in 2008. Her benchmark came as the Panthers showed they were in charge early in the Sec
Osakis battled point-for-point in the first half with West Central Area, trailing by just two at the half, but couldn't keep the Knight offense in check in the second half as the Silverstreak boys fell 60-42. "[We] fought hard the whole way," said Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher.
In a preview of a Section 6AA-South quarterfinal, fifth-seeded Minnewaska handed fourth-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins a 72-65 loss in the regular season finale for both teams. Minnewaska will travel to Eden Valley to face the Eagles tomorrow, Thursday, in the opening round of playoffs. Led by Jake Amundson's 15 points, the Lakers took a 37-33 halftime lead and outscored Eden Valley-Watkins 35-33 in the second half. Austin Ostrander added 13 points, while Jayden Beecher had 12 and Isaiah Adams and Austin Giese had 11 apiece. Adams finished the night with a double-double, pulling down 12 reboun
Freshman Brendon Coyer bounced back from a quarterfinal loss at 106 pounds to work his way through the wrestlebacks for third during the State Class A individual tournament Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center. Coyer, who finished the year with a 39-4 record, was ranked No. 2 in the final state polls behind eventual champion Austin Anderly of LeSueur-Henderson. The Silverstreak freshman opened tournament action with a fall, pinning Aitkin freshman Tyler Bare in 3:48.
It was a fast start for the Knights, who jumped to a 39-16 halftime lead over Hancock Monday night, then cruised to a 64-32 win in the 6A-South opener. "We played well against a team that has been hot lately, and we got contributions from the whole team again," said head coach Kraig Hunter.
The Cardinal girls will get one more chance at top-ranked Fergus Falls on Friday as Alexandria faces the Otters in the Section 8AAA championship at St. John's University at 7:30 p.m. The Cards earned their spot in the finals with a 50-40 win over No. 8 ranked Thief River Falls Saturday behind a 22-point performance from Amanda Christianson. It was just the third loss of the season for the Prowlers, who were the No. 2 seed in the North half of the section. "We had one thing on our minds and that was to play together and advance," said Cardinal head coach Wendy Kohler.
Justin Cumberbatch may be only a sophomore on the Cardinal wrestling team, but he has a veteran presence on the mats. Cumberbatch, who was one of three Alexandria wrestlers advancing to the State Class AAA individual tournament over the weekend at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, worked his way to the championship match at 220 pounds, falling just short of a title. "Justin picked up two wins on Friday to get himself into the semifinals on Saturday morning," said Cardinal head wrestling coach Tom Ellison.
Today's opening two rounds of wrestling action will be critical for all wrestlers at the State Class AAA individual tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
Behind Annalise Savageau's nine first-half points, the Silverstreak girls jumped to a 31-18 halftime lead over Prairie Conference opponent West Central Area Thursday night, rolling to a 66-30 win and the co-championship in the league. Savageau finished the night with 21 points, including four shots from long range. She also had eight rebounds and a blocked shot. "This was a great way to close out our regular season," said head coach Pat Kalpin.