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Sports roundup from Tuesday, December 2

BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria 68, Willmar 43 The Alexandria boys basketball team won its second straight game on Tuesday night as it won the battle of the Cardinals in defeating Willmar 68-43. Senior point guard Kris Setterstrom had 14 points as Ale...

BOYS BASKETBALL

Alexandria 68, Willmar 43

The Alexandria boys basketball team won its second straight game on Tuesday night as it won the battle of the Cardinals in defeating Willmar 68-43.

Senior point guard Kris Setterstrom had 14 points as Alexandria shot 57 percent from the field. Jaran Roste added 12 points, Ben Corson and Tyler Owen each had eight, while Joe Gorghuber and Travis Krueger chipped in with six apiece.

Willmar was led by Jay Coquyt’s seven points on a night when Alexandria held Willmar to just 14 first-half points. That helped the home Cardinals build a 15-point lead by the break and never look back.

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Bertha-Hewitt 61, Osakis 48

It was a tale of two halves in the Osakis basketball team’s home opener against Bertha-Hewitt on Tuesday.

The Silverstreaks were able to slow down the Bears’ offense over the first half of the game and only trailed 24-23 at halftime. But Bertha-Hewitt came out firing in the second half, starting with an 11-5 run to take an early 35-28 lead. From there, the Silverstreaks were unable to recover in a 61-48 loss.

Head coach Matt Hoelscher said the Silverstreaks’ plan was to use a four person zone with one man-to-man defensive player on top to stop Bertha-Hewitt scorer Preston Riewer. The plan worked in the first half as he only managed to grab four points.

“Our plan coming in was to stop Riewer,” Hoelscher said. “We did a box-one on them, and we just wanted other guys to beat us on the team. And unfortunately, they did.”

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Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 75, Brandon-Evansville 51

The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team fell to 1-1 on the season with a 75-51 loss at Hillcrest on Tuesday night.

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The Comets shot 48 percent from the field, both overall and from three. They hit 13 triples to carry themselves to the win.

Chris Tungseth led all scorers with 16 points. Tommy Thompson, Jake Isaac and Micah Jones added 15 apiece.

Skyler Quinn led the Chargers offensively with 16 points and James Huisman added 15. The Chargers shot 16-of-46 overall from the field.

Battle Lake 100, Ashby 39

A dominant Battle Lake team hit the century mark on Tuesday night as the Battlers beat Ashby 100-39 as the Arrows fell to 0-3 this season.

Petric VanErp led all scorers with 27 points for Battle Lake. Tony Ukkelberg had 20 and Nick Trosdahl finished with 18 points. Miles Wing led Ashby on offense with 23 points and Zach Barry chipped in with 11.

“Being a very young and inexperienced team, we have a lot of obvious things to work on,” Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. “But I was proud of how hard the guys played until the end. Battle Lake has a lot of talent and a lot of experience. They played a very good game.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL

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Brandon-Evansville 74, Park Christian 53

The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team has the freedom to shoot from deep almost every time they get an open look, and they got quite a few of them on Tuesday night.

The Chargers connected on nine threes and held Park Christian to just two triples on their way to a 74-53 win in the season opener in Brandon. Seven of those makes from beyond the arc came in the first half as Brandon-Evansville took a 40-28 lead into the break and didn't look back.

"Good shooting can cover up a multitude of sins," head coach Dick Simpson said. "We've got some kids who can shoot threes. We shoot a lot of them in practice. If we could just count on nine every night, but first game out we can always find something to complain about and work on. We shot the ball well and went to the basket pretty well. Defensively, we have a ways to go yet, but when you score 74 points; we'll take it."

Junior guard Elizabeth Vinson was a big part of the long-range barrage. She drained four triples and finished with a game-high 18 points. Sophomore Carrigan Okerlund came off the bench for nine points, including two threes, while Kylee Hansen, Katie Kokett and Mariah Hansen all hit from deep, as well.

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West Central Area 54, Ashby 52

The West Central Area girls edged Ashby in a two-point game on Tuesday night as Cassandra Jordan’s 21 points for the Arrows was not quite enough.

Abbi Ras added 19 for Ashby as the Arrows got some contributions that head coach Troy Mickelson was happy about.

“Tonight we played hard and worked as a team on both ends of the court,” Mickelson said. “We did many things very well tonight and didn't ever let down. So much of basketball is being willing to compete every play. That is exactly what our girls did tonight. We competed on both ends of the floor.”

GIRLS HOCKEY

River Lakes 6, Alexandria 1

The River Lakes (5-1-1) girls hockey team jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period on Tuesday night and never looked back in a 6-1 win over Alexandria (5-4-1).

Emily Kuhlman, Samantha Mugge and Allie Stanger all scored in the opening frame before Elle Anderson and Stanger made it 5-0 after two. Lauren Niska scored the Cardinals’ only goal at 4:08 in the third period on a power play. Hanah Hansen assisted on the play. Stanger then finished off her hat trick with her third goal of the night at 8:11 in the final frame to make for the 6-1 finish.

Amy Jost and Bailey Serum split duties in net for Alexandria. Jost gave us three goals on 22 shots faced and Serum allowed three goals on 12 shots faced. Jordyn Tomaszewski got the win for River Lakes with 30 saves on 31 shots faced.

BOYS HOCKEY

Alexandria 6, River Lakes 1

The Alexandria boys hockey team ran all over River Lakes to improve to 2-0 on the season.

The Cardinals led 2-1 after the first period as Parker Revering and Jack Steffl both scored before Cody Pulsifer got River Lakes’ only goal before the break. Zach Johnson Alec Wosepka and Christian Canavati blew it open in the second period as each scored to make it 5-1. Revering then put the finishing touches on things with his second goal of the night in the third period.

Revering finished with four points after adding two assists. Ryan Marciniak and Wosepka each finished with two points apiece.

Austin Ressemann got the win in net with 11 saves and the one goal allowed on a night when his defense played well in front of him. The Cardinals dominated the pace of play, outshooting River Lakes 49-12.

WRESTLING

WCA-Brandon-Evansville 66, Wadena-Deer Creek 9

The West Central Area-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team dominated its first match of the season by beating Wadena-Deer Creek 66-9 on Tuesday night.

“We were very pleased with our wrestler’s performances on the mat tonight,” head coach Brandon Gruchow said. “The first match of the year is usually one of the hardest due to many reasons. Conditioning usually seems to be one of the major factors that hinder a wrestler. However, I feel that this team is in very good shape due to the fact that they work extremely hard in practice and have also done a great job preparing for the start of the season by practicing and competing in the spring and summer. It was a great feeling as a coach to see these boys come in to a match focused, determined and confident.”

Chris Onstad got things going for his team with a 4-1 win at 106 pounds. Jake Nohre (1:22) and Drake Swanson (1:01) followed that up with pins at 113 and 120 pounds, respectively. Levi Larkin, Tyler Onstad, Jake Larkin (fall, 2:21), Kyle Mickelsen (fall, 1:40), Royal Crow (fall, 2:43), Blake Amundson, Hunter Fick (fall, 2:44), Buzz Miller (1:29) and TJ Waskosky all added wins for WCA-B-E, as well.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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