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Roundup: Kristen Hoskins passes 1,000 career points as Alexandria rolls over another CLC opponent

The Osakis boys basketball team wins a sixth straight behind 7 threes from Bauer Klimek, while Melrose uses a big second half to get past the Brandon-Evansville girls.

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Alexandria senior guard Kristen Hoskins floats to the basket for a layup against Sauk Rapids-Rice on Dec. 9, 2021. Hoskins passed the 1,000-point milestone in his career on Thursday night as he scored 15 points in leading the Cardinals (9-1) to a 69-40 win over Fergus Falls. Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

The Alexandria boys basketball team is back to its winning ways as the Cardinals dominated another Central Lakes Conference opponent on Thursday night and got a milestone night from senior guard Kristen Hoskins in the process.

Alexandria has beaten Robbinsdale Cooper, St. Cloud Apollo and now Fergus Falls by a combined 80 points since its lone loss of the season to state-ranked Princeton on Dec. 29. Thursday’s win over Fergus Falls came in a 69-40 final as Hoskins passed the 1,000-point mark for his career. Hoskins has played on the varsity team since his freshman year, and has shined as a point guard who can get his own points and set up teammates.

Hoskins had a team-high 15 points in leading the Cardinals (9-1, 6-0 CLC) over Fergus Falls (5-5, 1-4 CLC). Fellow senior guard Carter Steffensmeier and sophomore forward Grayson Grove each had 13 points on a night when 10 different Alexandria players scored.

The Cardinals have a game scheduled at Hutchinson (8-4) on Saturday with a 1 p.m. tip.

ALEXANDRIA 69, FERGUS FALLS 40

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ALEXANDRIA - Carter Steffensmeier - 13; Jaxon Schoenrock - 5; Myles Sansted - 7; Peter Sansted - 2; Wyatt Odland - 1; Kristen Hoskins - 15; Erik Hedstrom - 9; Zach Gundberg - 2; Grayson Grove - 13; Elijah Vanderveer - 2

Osakis wins sixth straight

The Osakis boys basketball team cruised to a sixth straight win on Thursday in an 84-51 final against Swanville (5-4).

The Silverstreaks (10-2) shot 60% from the field and put up 44 second-half points after leading 40-28 at the break. The 84 points is a season-high for Osakis.

“Very scrappy and physical game, which it usually is against Swanville,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We started out fouling too much with reaching, pushing, and working hard causing us to get out of control on closeouts. We cleaned it up the last four minutes and did a great job causing turnovers and getting easy shots at the rim in transition.”

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Bauer Klimek

Senior guard Bauer Klimek had 24 points after knocking down 7-of-14 threes. Junior Stewart Jones added 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting from inside the arch.

“Bauer shot really well both halves, which kept us in the game and eventually gave us a comfortable lead,” Hoelscher said. “Stewart was really active, which gave him a chance to use his athleticism and slash to the basket and crash the offensive glass, giving him open looks at the rim. Kyle (Mages) and Grant (Mages) really disrupted Swanville’s offense at the top of our zone…We got great minutes from Drew (Imdieke), Chayce (Meyer), and Isaac (Maddock) as we got a great team win.”

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SWANVILLE 28 23 - 51

OSAKIS 40 44 - 84

OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 34-56; Three-point FG - 10-23; FT - 4-6; Assists - 15; Blocks - 2; Rebounds - 26; Steals - 9; Deflections - 9; Turnovers - 10

OSAKIS - Stewart Jones - 19 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 5 deflections; Grant Mages - 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Tyler Hagen - 4 points, 1 block, 1 rebound; Ben Berger - 2 points, 1 steal; Isaac Maddock - 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 deflection; Kyle Mages - 10 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 deflection; Bauer Klimek - 23 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds; Drew Imdieke - 6 points; Jacob Johanson - 1 rebound; Marcus Wolf - 1 deflection; Chayce Meyer - 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 deflection; Mekai Hoelscher - 2 points; Carter Watnaas - 2 points, 3 assists, 1 block, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Brady Mages - 5 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds

Melrose gets past B-E girls in second half

The Melrose girls basketball team (2-11) outscored Brandon-Evansville 34-18 in the second half on Thursday night to secure a 61-44 win over the Chargers (5-6).

“Melrose deserves a lot of credit on playing a good basketball game,” B-E head coach Zach Traphagen said. “I thought we competed and played hard. We had some really good looks at the basket that rimmed out, and Melrose had some shots go in at key points in the second half. That's what basketball ultimately comes down to is making shots, and tonight Melrose did a better job of that than us. It wasn't for a lack of effort on our part. We did some really good things that we can build off of moving forward, and that's what's most important to me.”

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 26 18 - 44

MELROSE 27 34 - 61

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BRANDON-EVANSVILLE TOTALS - FG - 17-45; Three-point FG - 1-13; FT - 9-18; Assists - 7; Blocks - 1; Rebounds - 21; Steals - 7; Deflections - 11; Turnovers - 19

B-E - Grace Otto - 6 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 2 deflections; Sophie Koep - 1 point, 1 assist, 1 deflection; Olivia Otto - 16 points, 4 rebounds; Sydney Schaefer - 3 rebounds, 1 deflection; Kaytlyn Pattrin - 4 points, 1 block, 3 rebounds, 2 deflections; EmmaLee Brethorst - 1 assist, 1 rebound, 2 deflections; Skylar Bitzan - 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Haddy Baune - 1 assist; Kylee Dingwall - 10 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 deflection; Kiley Lund - 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 deflections

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