Thursday sports recap: Swanville’s Marissa Evans scores 1,000th career point, Upsala girls basketball remains undefeated

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor
patrick.slack@mcrecord.com

Area sports action from Thursday:

Upsala sophomore Brooke Westrich looks for an open teammate in the paint during the Cardinals' 45-37 home win over Osakis, Thursday.

Upsala sophomore Brooke Westrich looks for an open teammate in the paint during the Cardinals’ 45-37 home win over Osakis, Thursday.

Boys Basketball: Holdingford 52, Onamia 36

Holdingford topped Onamia 52-36 in the first round of the St. John’s Prep tournament, led by senior Alex Hiltner with 13 points and senior Brent Gerads with 11.

 

Boys Basketball: Albany 65, Pierz 55

Senior Mitch Bednar scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Pierz suffered its first loss of the season at Albany, 65-55.

 

Boys Basketball: West Central Area 66, Royalton 38

Visiting West Central Area topped Royalton 66-38 in Prairie Conference play.

 

Upsala senior Tracy Herzog eyes the basket during the second half of Thursday's 45-37 home win over Osakis.

Upsala senior Tracy Herzog eyes the basket during the second half of Thursday’s 45-37 home win over Osakis.

Girls Basketball: Eden Valley-Watkins 65, Pierz 38

Senior Mickey Rocheleau scored 11 points in a 65-38 loss for Pierz against visiting Eden Valley-Watkins in Central Minnesota Conference action.

 

Girls Basketball: Royalton 59, Swanville 42

Swanville senior Marissa Evans provided the individual highlight with her 1,000th career point, but visiting Royalton came out on top 59-42 in Prairie Conference play.

Sophomore Haley Olson had 18 points and senior Kalee Petron scored 16 to lead Royalton.

 

Girls Basketball: Upsala 45, Osakis 37

An 11-0 run that closed the first half and carried into the start of the second broke open a two-point game and provided enough cushion for Upsala to fend off Osakis 45-37, running the Cardinals’ Prairie Conference winning streak to 46 games.

Senior Aimee Pelzer shouldered the bulk of the scoring load for Upsala, finishing with 29 points.

 

Royalton senior Justin Opatz pushes the ball up the court during the first half of Thursday's home game against West Central Area.

Royalton senior Justin Opatz pushes the ball up the court during the first half of Thursday’s home game against West Central Area.

Wrestling: Milaca 38, Little Falls 28

Class AA’s sixth-ranked Milaca came away with a 38-28 win over host Little Falls in a Granite Ridge Conference dual.

Seniors Connor Scherping  and David Copa, junior Trysten Ross and seventh-grader A.J. Jenks won with falls for the Flyers, while senior Jordan Petrone earned a 14-6 major decision.

 

Wrestling: Holdingford 60, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 6

Holdingford flattened visiting Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 60-6 in a Central Minnesota Conference match-up as the Huskers improved to 11-0.

 

Wrestling: Pierz 54, Mora 15

Seventh-ranked Pierz disposed of host Mora 54-15 in a non-conference dual.

 

Boys Hockey: Little Falls 5, Rogers 2 

After allowing the first goal, Little Falls rattled off four unanswered scores en route to a 5-2 win over visiting Rogers.

Royalton senior Matt Silbernick controls the ball at the top of the key while looking for a teammate during Thursday's game against West Central Area.

Royalton senior Matt Silbernick controls the ball at the top of the key while looking for a teammate during Thursday’s game against West Central Area.

Senior Austin Bjorge tallied a pair of goals for the Flyers, with seniors Matt Stumpf and Ben Newman and junior Jack Schulte each scoring one.

 

Girls Hockey: Moorhead 9, Brainerd-Little Falls 2

A five-goal first led to a 9-2 win for host Moorhead over Brainerd-Little Falls.

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