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The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team grabbed two more dual wins in Kerkhoven on Jan. 19, giving the Knights eight dual wins in a row. The Knights (10-1) took care of the Pipestone Area Arrows in a 51-22 final. The other win came from a 37-25 finish over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. WCA-A-B-E has only one loss in its pocket this season from a 39-27 meet against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle-Browerville.
"It was a different time!" "Those women are just after the money and attention." "No man is safe anymore!" These are some of the comments I've heard in response to the latest slew of headlines surrounding high profile men being accused to past sexual harassment and assault. People immediately jump to a horrifying world in which men are going to be viciously destroyed by vindictive women and their total falsehoods. Let's pause for a minute.
There were two heats left in the final event of the night where nine teams were gathered for the Section 5, Class A True Team boys swim meet in Alexandria on Saturday. The swimmers readied themselves for the buzzer but were asked to step down because a mistake had been made. Multiple heat sheets were confusing the varying teams.
The Panthers girls basketball team recovered from a loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa earlier in the week by handily taking care of fellow Little Eight Conference member Rothsay in Parkers Prairie on Thursday night. The Panthers built up a 26-12 lead at the half and a big second half sealed the deal for a 54-26 final score. Freshman Faith Alberts led the Panthers with a game-leading 27 points. Alberts hit five threes, three of which built up the first half lead. Alberts was the only Parkers Prairie player in the double digits against the Tigers (2-12).
After falling behind early and racking up nine fouls at the top of the game, the West Central Area boys basketball team took home a 64-50 win over Sebeka on Thursday night. The Knights cleaned up the end of the first half with 26-9 run for a 30-23 lead at the half. "They did this without their all-conference center Logan Paulson, who had two fouls in the first two minutes of the game, and two other starters as Brady Sabolik and Dawson Staples also sat with foul trouble much of the first half," WCA coach Kraig Hunter said.
After battling back and forth in Barrett on Thursday night with the Breckenridge Cowgirls, the Knights' six-game winning streak came to an end with a 62-54 loss. "The girls fought to the bitter end," WCA head coach Eric Schoenbauer said. "Breckenridge did a nice job of challenging shots tonight." The Cowgirls took an early lead but the Knight fought back, taking an 11-10 lead in the beginning. Breckenridge (5-10) ended the half two points up on WCA and the Knights never took the lead again.
The River Lakes Stars were the first ones on the board when they skated on the Alexandria girls hockey team's home ice for a Section 6, Class A, Central Lakes Conference matchup. That lead didn't last long. The Cardinals took over the game and scored three times before the end for a 3-1 win on Thursday night. This was the Cardinals eighth win in a row for a 16-6 overall record and 7-4 in the CLC.
The Osakis girls basketball team jumped ahead of Browerville-Eagle Valley in a home matchup on Friday night and carried the game through for an 83-48 Prairie Conference win. The game opened with a seven-point run by senior Lauren Savageau and ended with a similar streak as Osakis controlled things from start to finish.
Some Alexandria Area High School seniors and Brenton Engineering have been giving each other a lift, both literally and figuratively. The students designed and built a piece of equipment to lift heavy items for the company. Meanwhile, the project helped boost their communication and problem-solving skills. The high school started a Center for Advanced Professional Studies program, or CAPS, last year, giving students real-world experience through partnerships with local businesses, such as Brenton Engineering in Carlos.
Seniors from the Alexandria Area High School adjusted their microphones and cued up their Power Point presentations in preparation for the "Shark Tank" competition Tuesday morning. No, it wasn't a local reboot of the popular reality TV show, but there was a panel of judges and a $3,000 academic scholarship on the line.