Thursday sports recap: Pierz girls control glass to topple Maple Lake, Upsala girls fend off upset bid

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor

Little Falls junior Sebastian Sowada fires a three-pointer during the second half against Brainerd, Thursday. Sowada scored 10 points, but Little Falls couldn't knock off unbeaten Brainerd, falling 75-59.

Little Falls junior Sebastian Sowada fires a three-pointer during the second half against Brainerd, Thursday. Sowada scored 10 points, but Little Falls couldn’t knock off unbeaten Brainerd, falling 75-59.

Area action from Thursday, Jan. 10:

Boys Basketball: Brainerd 75, Little Falls 59

Little Falls started hot from the field, building an eight-point edge at 21-13 midway through the first half.

But undefeated Brainerd took over from there, topping the host Flyers 75-59.

Senior Collin Eckman had 18 points and six rebounds and senior Jake Scott posted 14 points for Little Falls.

 

Girls Basketball: Pierz 60, Maple Lake 47

Pierz dominated the glass with 41 rebounds, leading to a 60-47 home win over Maple Lake in Central Minnesota Conference play.

Junior Bridget Bednar (17) and seniors Mickey Rocheleau (13) and Alyssa Boser (12) reached double figures for Pierz, with Bednar also grabbing 11 boards for a double-double.

 

Girls Basketball: Upsala 52, West Central Area 50

Visiting West Central Area nearly sprung the upset, but Upsala survived a 29 percent shooting night to maintain its unbeaten record with a narrow 52-50 victory.

Senior Aimee Pelzer had 15 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Brooke Westrich netted 11 points for the Cardinals.

 

Girls Basketball: Holdingford 43, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 40

Little Falls junior Troy Scott cuts through a pair of Brainerd defenders and into the lane for a shot during Thursday's game.

Little Falls junior Troy Scott cuts through a pair of Brainerd defenders and into the lane for a shot during Thursday’s game.

Holdingford held host Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa to 12 first-half points en route to a 43-40 victory in Central Minnesota Conference action.

Sophomore Joelle Ertl had 13 points and senior Jena Volkers added 12 for the Huskers. 

 

Girls Basketball: Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 61, Royalton 52

Visiting Long Prairie-Grey Eagle knocked off Royalton 61-52 in a Prairie Conference match-up.

 

Wrestling: Kimball Area 39, Royalton-Upsala 37

Despite giving up 18 points off of three forfeits, Royalton-Upsala nearly knocked off defending state runner-up Kimball Area, falling 39-37 in the final bout.

Senior Cory Wensmann, junior Mitch Lange, sophomores Joe Jensen and Brady Moulzolf and freshman Kyle Lange earned falls for the Royals, with eighth-grader Michael Petron winning by a 12-4 major decision and freshman Brad Kroll winning with a 6-4 decision.

 

Wrestling: Holdingford 45, St. Cloud Apollo 28

Holdingford topped visiting St. Cloud Apollo 45-28, receiving falls from Clem Gerads, Jason Jarnot, Jake Knettel, Kyle Gerads, Nathan Brinker, Mitch Messman and Bryan Scepaniak.

 

Girls Hockey: Moorhead 6, Brainerd-Little Falls 0

After a scoreless first, visiting Moorhead broke through with three goals in both the second and third periods to defeat Brainerd-Little Falls 6-0.

Natalie Berens made 20 saves for the Flying Warriors.

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