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The Minnewaska boys basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak after taking down the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters (4-8) on the road 59-40 Thursday night. Senior center Shawn Carsten led the Lakers in scoring with 17 points. Carsten also grabbed five rebounds and swatted five blocks. Senior forward Jack Blevins had a strong game with 14 points, two assists and 1 steal.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team got one of its easiest wins of the season on Thursday night. The Chargers defeated the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Comets (2-9) 52-12, the fewest amount of points Brandon-Evansville has given up in a single game this season.
The Alexandria wrestling team came out of the locker room to an electric crowd for its home-opening meet of the season on Thursday night. The Cardinals had been waiting for the chance to perform in front of their home fans for more than a month. They gave them a good match as Alexandria squared off against the St. Cloud Tech/Apollo Tigers, but the Cardinals ultimately fell in a 43-27 final.
The West Central Area girls basketball team won its seventh game in its last eight tries on Thursday night with an 82-48 trouncing over Ortonville (5-5) on Thursday night. The Knights built an early double-digit lead in the first half. Ortonville was never able to make up the early deficit, falling behind 43-21 at half.
The Alexandria Blizzard took down the North Iowa Bulls (23-7-1-0) in miraculous fashion Friday night. The Blizzard won 3-2 in overtime off the stick of defenseman Val Popowski. While overtime wins are impressive alone, this one has a come-from-behind narrative to it. Trailing late in the third period defenseman Joe Dokken scored a power play goal with 2:46 remaining in the game.
The Alexandria boys swimming and diving team kept rolling in its meet against Fergus Falls Thursday night. The Cardinals took down the Otters 115-69 to remain undefeated in dual and conference matchups. Eighth-grader Logan Tung had a career-best time of 1:06:14 in the 100 yard breaststroke. Tung’s performance was good enough to add six points to the Cardinal’s totals as he won that event.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team traveled to Ashby and took down the Arrows Tuesday night in a 50-30 game. The Chargers are currently 9-1 and haven't lost a game since Nov. 27. Sophomore center Mikenna Pattrin and junior guard Haddey Zastrow led Brandon-Evansville with 10 points each. The Chargers got points from nine players overall.
The Osakis boys basketball team moved to 9-0 with its 62-41 win over Holdingford Tuesday night. “It was a tough win against a team that plays aggressive the entire game,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “They were relentless on defense, which caused some hurried shots that we missed. We allowed them to hang around the first half.” Osakis shot 38 percent from the field and made 4-of-19 three-point attempts.
The West Central Area girls basketball team dominated the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Comets (1-7) 68-24 Tuesday night. The Knights trailed 4-0 early in the first half. However, they were able to pick themselves up and answer with a 15-0 run of their own. The Knights surrendered only seven more points to end the half and took a 42-11 lead into the locker room.
The Alexandria girls basketball team stayed undefeated after its 71-41 win Tuesday night. The Cardinals are now 12-0 and are looking more impressive by the week. Alexandria shut down the Lakers with a balanced scoring attack. Five Cardinals reached double figures in points. Senior forward Emily Jones and junior guard Ella Grove led the team with 13 points each. Grove also had 10 rebounds to complete her double-double.