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HOCKEY Alexandria Blizzard at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Brainerd, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m. Osakis at LPGE, 7 p.m. WCA vs. Norman County East, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Melrose, 7 p.m.
The Northstar Knights hockey team has played just four home games during its first 47 contests in the team's inaugural season this winter. On Sunday and Monday, the Knights will be back in Alexandria and using the home games as an opportunity to raise some money for a victim of domestic violence. The Knights are teaming up with Someplace Safe of West Central Minnesota for an online mobile jersey auction. The games are against the Pacific Hockey Academy and take place on Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. and Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Northstar Sports Complex in Alexandria.
The Osakis wrestling team got a tournament win under its belt on Wednesday night before running into a buzz saw in second-seeded Minnewaska. The Silverstreaks were seeded seventh in the 5A field and took care of 10th-seeded Ortonville in a 54-24 final. That sent them into a match-up with the Lakers, where Minnewaska won 76-6 to secure its spot in the section semifinals that will be wrestled in Benson on Friday night.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Sartell-St. Stephen, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. Osakis vs. Melrose Area, 7 p.m. WCA vs. WHN, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Fergus Falls, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m.
The Alexandria wrestling team wrapped up its regular season with a rare Wednesday showdown at Sartell-St. Stephen after earlier weather postponements forced the teams to juggle the schedule. The Sabres are the fourth seed in the Section 8AAA field and showed off some depth in the lineup as they won 10 of the 14 weight classes.
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team breezed past Browerville-Eagle Valley on Tuesday night in a 61-32 win that moved the Panthers to 18-2. Faith Alberts dominated in the paint with 26 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. Hali Moske added 13 points, while Megan Benning led Browerville with 13, as well. PARKERS PRAIRIE 61, BROWERVILLE-EAGLE VALLEY 32
The Osakis girls basketball team (4-16) got its second win in the last three games after taking care of Staples-Motley (6-14) in a 47-40 final on Tuesday. The Silverstreaks held the Cardinals to 33 percent shooting (14-44), including 1-of-10 from three to grab the victory.
The Alexandria wrestling team split its home triangular on Tuesday night by beating Moorhead in a 37-30 match and falling to Little Falls, 48-21. The Cardinals had to get creative with this one by hosting the tri at Discovery Middle School after it originally got postponed due to weather. In facing Moorhead, Alexandria got a chance to see the same team it will see in the opening round of the team section tournament on Saturday. The Cardinals got a win in that one, thanks to a fast start.
The Alexandria boys hockey team will head into the Section 6A Tournament as the third seed after coaches voted on the seeding on Wednesday. Sartell-St. Stephen (17-7), which won a head-to-head game with the Cardinals, was seeded second and St. Cloud Cathedral (20-4) was first.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team had no problem handling a 3-16 Underwood team on Tuesday night as the Chargers (9-10) snapped a two-game skid with a 54-29 win. “We played a great first half and led 41-11 going into halftime,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “We came out really slow in the second half, but it was nice to get everyone in the game and see nine different players get in the scoring column.”