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After each team picked up home wins by scores of 3-2, the New Ulm Steel got the better of the Alexandria Blizzard in game three at the Runestone Community Center, taking the game 5-0 to advance to the West Division championship series against Granite City. The Blizzard came out flying and outplayed New Ulm for most of the first two periods.
The Alexandria girls basketball team fell to the Academy of Holy Angels 74-66 on Saturday at Concordia University in St. Paul to finish fourth in the Class-3A State Tournament.
The Alexandria girls basketball team’s hopes for a state title came to an end Thursday with a 50-34 loss to Orono in the Class-3A State Tournament semifinals. The Cardinals (26-5) held their own in the first half and went into the intermission losing by only a 24-20 deficit, but the Spartans came out strong after the break and outscored Alexandria 16-5 in the opening nine minutes of the second half and didn’t look back.
The Alexandria girls basketball team wore warmup T-shirts on Tuesday night that have "The Journey" printed on the back. Fittingly, the Cardinals took a key step on their journey to a potential state title. They pulled off the upset Tuesday night at the Target Center by beating fourth-seeded Grand Rapids as the No. 5-seed in the opening round, but need to quickly reset their focus for the upcoming, more difficult challenge.
The Alexandria girls basketball team pulled off a buzzer-beater upset over fourth-seeded Grand Rapids on Tuesday in the Class-3A quarterfinals, winning the game 46-44 and advancing to a noon semifinal matchup against top-seeded Orono on Thursday at Williams Arena. With 24 seconds left in the game, Hannah DeMars made two free throws to tie the game at 44-44 with one last Cardinals chance to take the lead before overtime.
Alexandria Blizzard goalie Michael Hughes stopped all 33 of the shots he faced on Saturday to shut out the La Cross Freeze and finish the weekend sweep. The Blizzard power play heated up, as three of its four goals came with on the man-advantage.
One point separated the Osakis boys basketball team from forcing overtime in the 6AA South Subsection Semifinals against first-seeded and undefeated Melrose on Saturday night at St. John’s University. The Dutchmen (28-0) led 38-28 with just less than 11 minutes left in the game, but Osakis got right back in it and eventually took a 42-41 lead with 2:10 to go.
The Alexandria girls basketball team earned the fifth seed heading into next week's Class-3A State Tournament in the Twin Cities. The Cardinals (25-4) will face fourth-seeded Grand Rapids (23-5) at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Target Center. Willmar also advanced out of the Central Lakes Conference after winning the Section 5 Tournament. They go into state unseeded and will play No. 1 Orono. The Academy of Holy Angels earned the second seed and plays Waseca in the first round, while Winona was seeded third and faces DeLaSalle.
The Alexandria American National Bank Bantam A hockey team advanced to the state tournament after taking home second place in the West Regional Tournament March 3-5. The team beat Anoka 5-2 in the quarterfinals before shutting out Osseo-Maple Grove in the semis. In the championship game, Alex faced No. 1 Orono and lost 6-2.
The Osakis boys basketball team came alive in the second half Thursday night, outscoring Albany 41-32 on the way to a 69-58 win in the quarterfinal round of the Section 6AA West Subsection Tournament. Senior Jacob Jones had 14 of his 18 total points in the second half, and his classmate, Zach Weir, put up 18 on the night, as well.