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Sports roundup from Thursday, December 18

BOYS BASKETBALL ALEXANDRIA 54, SARTELL 60 The Alexandria boys basketball team lost its second straight game on Thursday 60-54 to Sartell-St. Stephen. The loss dropped Alexandria to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Central Lakes Conference. ORTONVILLE 6...

BOYS BASKETBALL

ALEXANDRIA 54, SARTELL 60

The Alexandria boys basketball team lost its second straight game on Thursday 60-54 to Sartell-St. Stephen.

The loss dropped Alexandria to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Central Lakes Conference.

 

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ORTONVILLE 66,  B-E 63

The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team played right with a 4-1 Ortonville team for much of 36 minutes on Thurs-day night before ultimately fall-ing 66-63.

The Trojans held off a de-termined Chargers team be-hind big performances from Britton Conroy and Riley Thompson. Conroy hurt Bran-don-Evansville from the outside with six threes on his way to 20 points. Thompson, a 6’7” senior post, added 19 points to help secure the win.

“If we tried to cover one, we kind of got exposed somewhere else,” Chargers head coach John Holsten said. “That’s a good inside-outside combina-tion.”

The win for the Trojans didn’t come without a fight from Brandon-Evansville. The two teams were tied at the half and played a pretty even game throughout. The Chargers shot 24-of-57 to 26-of-45 shooting for Ortonville. The Trojans outre-bounded the Chargers 34-29. Both teams took care of the ball with Brandon-Evansville having just 13 turnovers to the Trojans’ 11.

“I think they’re a very good club,” Holsten said of Orton-ville. “We played well. One stretch in the middle of the second half, otherwise we played well. Taylor Bitzan is starting to get this; he’s doing a nice job recognizing how to run an offense. It’s fun to watch him grow.”

Bitzan, a freshman point guard, finished with five points, five rebounds, two steals and four assists. Skyler Quinn added 22 points, three rebounds and four assists and freshman forward James Strese had a career night with 13 points and nine rebounds after also playing much of the junior varsity game.

Even in the loss, Holsten was appreciative of the progress this team is making. This is a Brandon-Evansville team that lost 79-28 to this Ortonville team a year ago.

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“That team had us defeated last year at their place before halftime,” Holsten said. “They had us down by 30 at half. We’re making strides.”

 

WCA 58, UPSALA 45

The West Central Area boys basketball team picked up a 58-45 victory over Upsala in its first home game of the season on Thursday.

The Upsala roster featured some taller players, but WCA was still able to pull out the home win. Upsala lead 26-24 at the half and were up 34-33 at one point in the before the Knights went on a 13-5 run to take control.

“Great team effort by our players,” said Coach Kraig Hunter.   “They executed the game plan on the defensive end and they executed our offenses with precision.  Our players also played with tremendous poise.  We didn't get rattled with their fast start and we never got rattled every time they would retake the lead.  The last five minutes of the game, we showed great patience on offense and put the game away.”

Jay Zimmerman led with 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Knights. Isaiah Westby had 12 points, 6 rebounds and five assists. Hunter Pfingsten and Rylee Peterson both added six points.

The win improved WCA to 6-0 this season.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 69, LAKE PARK-AUDUBON 20

The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team traveled to Lake Park-Audubon on Thursday to play an 0-6 Raiders team and caught fire on their way to a school record in a 69-20 win.

The Chargers hit 13 threes in the game, eclipsing the old school record of 12 for threes made in a single game that they set last winter. Leading the way was sophomore guard Carrigan Okerlund, who tied the individual school record with Megan Kokett after nailing six triples.

“She hit four in the first half,” head coach Dick Simpson said. “I think we had nine threes in the first half. We moved the ball well and we had open shots and we hit them.”

Okerlund finished with 18 points with all of those coming from behind the arc. Emily Friedrich added 11 points, while Katie Kokett added eight as 10 of the 13 players scored for the Chargers. Sophomore point guard Kylee Hansen also found her shooters with six assists.

Brandon-Evansville finished the game shooting 24-of-62. The Chargers got almost twice as many field goal attempts as the Raiders finished 9-of-35.

The win moved the Chargers to 4-2 overall.

 

GIRLS HOCKEY

SARTELL 2, ALEXANDRIA 1

The Alexandria girls hockey team lost to Sartell-Sauk Rapids 2-1 in overtime on Thursday.

McKenna Ellingson scored the lone goal for the Cardinals on the power play at the 16:53 mark of the first period, assisted by Hanah Hansen and Lauren Niska.

Olivia Stockinger tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal at 14:07 of the second period.

With neither team scoring in the third, Jackie Pinkerton scored at the 4:19 mark of overtime to give Sartell the 2-1 victory.

Amy Jost was handed the loss in goal as she made 28 saves on 30 shots on goal. Clare Minnerath made 20 saves on 21 shots on goal for Sartell.

 

BOYS HOCKEY

ALEXANDRIA 6, SARTELL 1

The Alexandria boys hockey team picked up a 6-1 victory over Sartell-St. Stephen at the Runestone Community Center on Thursday, improving the Cardinals to 6-0-1 this season.

The win was against Sartell-St. Stephen, who came into the game with a 7-0 record.

Find out more about the game here.

 

BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING

ALEXANDRIA 126,

ROCORI 58

The Alexandria boys swimming and diving team picked up a 126-58 victory in a dual meet on the road against Rocori.

All three relays picked up victories for the Cardinals. Patrick Chromey, Nick Chromey, D’Anthony Moorer and Max Jacobson swam to a tiem of 1 minute 53 seconds in the 200 medley relay.

Jacobson, Moorer, N. Chromey and Brady Wolkow combined to pick up wins in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. The 200 relay won with a time of 1:38 and the 400 finished the race in 3:39.

Wolkow led the Cardinals by picking up two individual wins in the meet. He won the 50 with a time of 24.1 and the 100 freestyle in 52.6.

Other wins came from Jacobson in the 200 freestyle (2:02), Jackson Grove in diving (188), N. Chromey in the 100 butterfly (1:01), P. Chromey in the 100 backstroke (1:06) and Chad Blank in the 100 breaststroke (1:19).

 

WRESTLING

ST. CLOUD TECH 31, ALEXANDRIA 31

Both the Alexandria and St. Cloud Tech wrestling teams ended up scoring 31 team points in a home meet for the Cardinals on Thursday.

With the match tied, St. Cloud Tech ended up winning the meet on tiebreaking criteria. The loss dropped Alexandria to 1-1 against conference opponents this season.

Find out more about the meet here.

OSAKIS 51, NEW YORK MILLS 22

The Osakis wrestling team rolled to a 51-22 victory over New York Mills on the road Thursday.

Seth Johnson (106) and Logan Hartshorn (113) started the match strong with back-to-back pins for Osakis.

Darrin Stoetzel (126), Brendon Coyer (132), Ryan Engfer (138) and Garret Sunder (145) then picked up four straight victories to give the Silverstreaks control of the match.

New York Mills came back to win the next two four matches, including pins at 170 and 182.

Nils Hagen then picked up a 6-4 decision at 195, and the match ended with Osakis forfeit wins at 220 and heavyweight.

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