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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Albany girls' basketball nears Top-10 in state rankings

In the Jan. 30 poll released by Minnesota Basketball News, the Albany Huskies girls' basketball team (15-3) was ranked 11th in Class 2A.

Sauk Centre (16-1) climbed one spot to number six. Annandale, a member of Section 5AA with a 15-3 record, is ranked fifth and is one of the three teams to beat the Huskies this year.

Albany hosts St. Cloud Cathedral (12-7 overall) tonight in a Granite Ridge Conference game. Next Tuesday they're at Mora.

Jan. 30 Granite Ridge Conference girls' basketball standings:
1st) Albany (8-0)
2nd) Cathedral (8-2)
3rd tie) Foley, Princeton (7-3)
5th) Becker (4-6)
6th) Little Falls (3-6)
7th) Mora (2-7)
8th tie) Zimmerman and Milaca (2-8)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Section 4AA dance meet is Saturday

The Albany Pawettes dance team competes for a berth in the Class AA state dance meet this Saturday at Sartell, the site of the Section 4AA dance team championships. Action begins after the National Anthem, which takes place at 11:55 a.m.

A total of 14 schools are in Section 4AA, including Alexandria, Annandale, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Melrose Area, New London-Spicer, Pequot Lakes, Rocori, St. Cloud Apollo, St. Cloud Cathedral, Sartell-St. Stephen, Sauk Rapids-Rice and Fergus Falls/Underwood.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Albany Pawettes place second in Granite Ridge Conference

The Albany Pawettes dance team tied for second place with Becker and Zimmerman in the Granite Ridge Conference championships tonight. Becker hosted the meet. St. Cloud Cathedral won the overall conference championship. Up next: a tough meet at Prior Lake on Saturday. That is the last tune-up before the Section 4AA championships coming on Feb. 2 at Sartell-St.Stephen High School.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Huskies girls' basketball remains atop Granite Ridge Conference

At Becker tonight, the Albany Huskies girls' basketball team won 64-38 over the Bulldogs to improve to 7-0 in the Granite Ridge Conference standings and 13-3 overall. Up next: a home game against Melrose Area this Friday.

The Albany Huskies boys' basketball team's five-game winning streak came to an end tonight against Little Falls, but not without a fight. The conference-leading Flyers won 63-61 in overtime to improve to 6-1 in the league. Up next: a trip to Becker next Tuesday.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Albany basketball teams both win on the hardwood tonight

A girls' basketball final score on Friday night: Albany Area 72, LP-GE 57; Huskies junior Amazih Eickhoff had a banner night to pace her team with 30 points. In the process, she went over 1,000 career points in the big sub-section win for her team.

In a Granite Ridge Conference boys' basketball game, Albany Area defeated Milaca 52-45.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Huskies girls' basketball drubs Foley

The Albany Huskies girls' basketball team won 78-54 in a Granite Ridge Conference game over Foley (9-6, 5-3 GRC) tonight on the road. Up next: a trip to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle tomorrow night.

In a Granite Ridge Conference wrestling dual, Becker defeated Albany 63-9 on Thursday night.

The Albany Pawettes dance team competes at the Pelican Rapids Invitational on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Huskies boys' basketball defeats Mora

On the home court tonight, the Albany Huskies boys' basketball team defeated Mora 71-66 in a Granite Ridge Conference game. The Mustangs fall to 9-3 overall, while the Huskies climb above the .500 mark at 7-6 overall and 3-2 (3rd place tie with Zimmermann) in the GRC. Up next: a trip to Milaca this Friday for another conference game. The Wolves are 1-3 in the GRC and 5-6 overall.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Huskies boys' basketball roughs up Princeton

In a Granite Ridge Conference boys' basketball game, the Albany Huskies beat Princeton 88-51 on the road Thursday night to improve to 5-6 overall and square up their conference mark at 2-2.

Up next: a trip to Holdingford next Monday night for a border battle with the 3-6 Huskers. They host a very solid Mora squad in a GRC contest the following night. The Mustangs are 9-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference; they lost to St. Cloud Cathedral 69-60 on Thursday night.

Schedule for the Rocori Dance Team invitational this Saturday

7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.: registration.

10:20 a.m.: doors open to the public.

10:55 a.m.: National Anthem.

11 a.m.: Kick competition begins with the JV division and then varsity (Albany JV performs 6th out of 7 teams; Albany varsity performs 9th out of 9 teams)

1:15 p.m.: Jazz competition begins (Albany varsity performs 6th out of 8 teams).

An awards ceremony will begin immediately after the Jazz competition ends, approximately 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Granite Ridge Conference basketball results from Tuesday night

In boys' basketball action: St. Cloud Cathedral 75, Albany 68

In girls' basketball action: Albany 67, Milaca 33.

The Albany wrestling team travels to the Osakis Dual Tournament this Friday with a 4 p.m. start time. Other teams included in the round-robin style tournament include Browerville, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Ottertail Central and Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

(Video link) Pawettes high kick at Alexandria

Click to view at the Albany Enterprise website:

Don't miss out on the Granite Ridge Conference Jazz Prelims meet this Thursday, Jan. 10 hosted by the Albany Area high school and the Pawettes dance team. Action begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening to the public at 6 p.m.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Pawettes dance team performs at 17th annual Alexandria dance meet; boys' basketball loses by one to Sartell

The Albany Pawettes high kick shown at Alexandria. PHOTO BY RANDY OLSON

The Albany Pawettes dance team performed in high kick and jazz funk at the 17th annual Alexandria Cardinals dance meet on Saturday at Jefferson High School. Further information on their day in Alexandria will be in next week's Albany Enterprise issue.

Here's a video clip of the Pawettes varsity team captains talking on Saturday night in Alexandria:

Below, a link to the photo gallery from the high kick performance:

At Sartell in an afternoon game on Saturday, the Albany Huskies boys' basketball team was stung at the buzzer when their one-point lead evaporated in a 63-62 loss to Sartell-St. Stephen (4-5). The Huskies slip to 4-5 overall and host #4-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral next Tuesday in a Granite Ridge Conference game.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Albany and Sauk Centre are duking it out in girls' basketball action

With three minutes left in the game, the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters hold a 45-42 lead. Albany was up 38-28 earlier in the game.

With 2:15 left, the score remained 45-42.

At stake is the inside track on the top seed in Sub-Section 6AA-North.

Final: Sauk Centre 48, Albany 45. The Huskies (9-3) led by eight points at halftime but could only muster nine total points in the second half. Up next: a trip to Milaca, losers of seven straight, next Tuesday to face the 1-8 Wolves in a Granite Ridge Conference game.

At Zimmerman, the Albany Huskies boys' basketball team won 88-67. Scott Litchy led the Huskies with a career-high 35 points. They are now 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the Granite Ridge Conference. Up next: a trip to Sartell-St. Stephen tomorrow (Saturday) at 2:30 p.m. The Sabres are 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the Central Lakes Conference. Albany hosts #4-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral next Tuesday.

Good luck tomorrow to the Albany Pawettes dance team at the 17th annual Alexandria Cardinals Invitational.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Huskies girls' basketball drubs Mora

The Albany girls' basketball team defeated Mora 64-40 in a Granite Ridge Conference contest tonight.

They travel to Sauk Centre High School for a match up against the state-ranked Mainstreeters tomorrow night. Mora is 1-3 in the GRC and 4-5 overall; the Huskies improved to 9-2 overall and 4-0 in the GRC.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Albany Pawettes dance team schedule heats up

The Albany Pawettes dance team gets back into competition this weekend when they participate in the Alexandria Cardinal Dance Invite on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Doors open at 8:45 a.m., although the Class 2A division does not begin until 4:15 p.m. (high kick).

The Albany Pawettes scheduled time is shortly after 5 p.m. in high kick. The Class 2A Jazz Funk competition begins at 6:55 p.m., and the Pawettes should be performing at approx. 7:30 p.m.

Fans are reminded to get there early and get a seat well before the scheduled time, since the doors are locked during all performances and open briefly inbetween. The high kick team is scheduled third-to-last in their group, and the break is scheduled at 12:10 p.m. after the conclusion of the Class A high kick competition.

Also, save this date! The Pawettes team and coaches are excited to host the Granite Ridge Conference Jazz Prelims on Thursday, Jan. 10 at Albany Area High School. The meet begins at 7 p.m. with the National Anthem and announcements, and doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. After the JV and varsity teams have competed, awards will follow at approx. 8 p.m. Teams included are Albany, St. Cloud Cathedral, Becker and Zimmerman.

The Pawettes compete at Rocori two days later on Jan. 12.