By PATRICK SLACK
Area action from Thursday:
Boys Basketball: Pierz 66, Holdingford 36
Senior Mitch Bednar delivered a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds and blocked five shots while senior T.J. Hoheisel added 14 points to lead Pierz past visiting Holdingford 66-36.
Boys Basketball: Upsala 90, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 66
Upsala’s high-octane offense returned to form with a 90-66 demolition of host Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, led by a 30-point night from junior Christian Pekarek.
Boys Basketball: Swanville 53, Osakis 34
Swanville’s defense flustered host Osakis throughout the night, leading the Bulldogs to a 53-34 victory in Prairie Conference play.
Boys Basketball: St. John’s Prep 51, Royalton 44
Host St. John’s Prep tripped up Royalton for the second time this season in Prairie Conference play, winning 51-44.
Girls Basketball: Upsala 53, Pine River-Backus 51
In a showdown of two of the top teams in Section 5A, Upsala senior Aimee Pelzer hit two free throws with five seconds to go to break a 51-51 tie and give the Cardinals a 53-51 road win.
Girls Basketball: Holdingford 57, Royalton 46
Senior Jena Volkers and sophomore Joelle Ertl combined for 42 points to lift Holdingford to a 57-46 win at Holdingford.
Senior Kalee Petron tallied 15 points to lead the Royals.
Girls Basketball: Foley 55, Little Falls 29
The height of Foley proved to be too much to handle for Little Falls in a 55-29 home defeat.
Senior Jamie Jenks scored 16 points and collected six rebounds for the Flyers.
Wrestling: Becker 32, Little Falls 29
Little Falls earned pins in the final three bouts, but was battling out of too large of a hole against host Becker, falling 32-29.
Seniors David Copa and Conor Swanson and junior Trysten Ross picked up pins for the Flyers.
Wrestling: Holdingford 47, Royalton-Upsala 26
Royalton-Upsala junior Mitch Lange won his 150th career match, but Holdingford came away with the team win 47-26 in the first wrestling match held in Upsala in 10 years.
Boys Hockey: Little Falls 2, St. Cloud Tech 1
Senior Auggie Maciej scored both of the Flyers’ goals as Little Falls edged visiting St. Cloud Tech 2-1.
Gymnastics: Brainerd 134.175, Little Falls 127.0
Junior Rachelle LeBlanc took first in all four events and senior Amanda Hanson and freshman Sarah Stout added fourth-place routines in a 134.175-127.0 defeat for Little Falls against visiting Brainerd.