By PATRICK SLACK
Area sports action from 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.
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.
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.
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.