Thursday sports recap: Lange notches career win 150; Upsala girls win on late Pelzer free throws; Maciej lifts Little Falls hockey over Tech

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

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.

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