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UPDATED AT 8 A.M.: Sports roundup from Thursday, September 26

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GIRLS' SOCCER

Alexandria 2, Sauk Rapids-Rice 0

The Cardinals girls' soccer team had its eighth shutout and won its 11th straight game on Thursday night to secure at least a share of the Central Lakes Conference championship in a 2-0 game against Sauk Rapids-Rice.

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Anna Spanbauer broke a scoreless tie with seven minutes left in the game when she put the ball in the back of the net off a header on a ball sent toward the net by Anna Lee on a free kick from 40 yards out. Karsen Granning then put things away with 10 seconds left when she blasted a shot over the Sauk Rapids keeper from 35 yards.

It was Alexandria's ninth win in league play as the Cardinals improved to 9-0 and 11-1 overall. Brainerd is 6-2 Both the Warriors and Cardinals have three conference games remaining on their schedules after last night's games.

BOYS' SOCCER

Sauk Rapids-Rice 3, Alexandria 1

Sauk Rapids-Rice scored three second-half goals on Thursday night to win a game that went to the half in a scoreless tie.

Alexandria (4-8-1, 3-6) trailed 1-0 in the second half when Kevin Roedel scored on a goal that was assisted by Spenser Lucas to tie things at one apiece. The Storm answered from there, scoring in the 65th and 77th minutes to secure the win. The Cardinals had 12 shots on net to Sauk Rapids' nine. Zach Lamb, a senior goaltender, turned away six of those seven shots before suffering an injury and having to be replaced by Quinton Nienaber the rest of the way.

VOLLEYBALL

Alexandria 3, Brainerd 0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-20)

The Alexandria volleyball team remained perfect in Central Lakes Conference action by sweeping through Brainerd on Thursday.

The Cardinals had no problems putting away the Warriors in the first set, winning 25-11 before securing the sweep with 25-18 and 25-20 wins the rest of the way. The depth of the Cardinals wore down Brainerd as Wensia Johnson finished with 12 kills. Liz Shultz added 10 and Amanda Christinson finished with nine. Amanda Haack had another 28 assists after setting them up all night.

Alexandria moved to 8-0 in league play and 13-5 overall with the win and still stands alone atop the CLC with Rocori behind them with one loss entering last night's game against Willmar.

Osakis 3, Eagle Valley 0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-12)

The Osakis volleyball team (15-5, 6-0 Prairie Conference) stayed unbeaten in conference play with an easy win over Eagle Valley on Thursday night.

Brooke Sorenson had 10 kills and 11 digs to help lead the way for the Silverstreaks. Annalise Savageau had a team-high 11 assists, while Mackenzie Staloch had five ace serves.

"The girls did a nice job of staying focused and trying some different offenses," head coach Kirsten Wessel said. "Our passing was great, which allowed us to run some quick offense.  Brooke Sorenson had another great night at the net."

WCA 3, Upsala 2 (25-21, 19-25, 22-25, 25-14, 15-11)

The West Central Area volleyball team overcame a 2-1 deficit after three sets to win a five-set match against Prairie Conference foe Upsala on Thursday night.

The Knights bounced back from the loss in set three to win 25-14 in the fourth before puttings things away in a 15-11 set in the fifth. Tiana Christenson had 16 kills and 36 digs to lead the way for WCA. Holly Van Kempen added 13 kills, six blocks and 18 digs, while Christina Kruize finished with 40 assists.

Brandon-Evansville 3, Ashby 1 (13-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-23)

The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team rebounded from a sluggish start to run past Ashby in four sets on Thursday. 

The Arrows won set one 25-13 before the Chargers took control the rest of the way. Caroline Jansen had a lot to do with that as she finished with a team-high 21 kills. Emma Friedrich added 12 kills to help lead the attack from the front row. Kinsley Randt had 30 assists and Mariah Hansen and Megan Kokett each had a team-high 15 digs.  

TENNIS

St. Cloud Tech 7, Alexandria 0

The Alexandria tennis team saw a 10-match winning streak snapped against Central Lakes Conference power St. Cloud Tech on Thursday night.

The Tigers came in on top of the CLC standings and showed why in a dominant 7-0 win. Every match was decided in straight sets with Hannah Vickstrom at fourth singles and Elllie Bergstrand and Rachel Sjostrand at first doubles coming the closest for Alexandria by taking just five games before falling 6-1, 6-4.

Osakis 6, Melrose 1

The second-ranked Osakis tennis team stayed undefeated on the season with another easy win on Thursday, this time taking down Melrose 6-1.

The Silverstreaks swept through the singles lineup with Taylor Kraemer, Hannah Baker, Alexa Hoffarth and Hannah Szech all taking care of business. Szech won her match in three sets, while all three others took care of things in two. 

Peyton Garcia and Elyse Wiener won 7-5, 6-3 at second doubles and Morgan Silbernick and Ashley Kraemer won 6-1, 7-5 at the third doubles spot. The win moved the Silverstreaks to 15-0 on the season. 

CROSS COUNTRY

The Alexandria boys' cross country team finished first with 41 points behind a fifth-place finish from Aaron Runge at the Fergus Falls Invite on Thursday. Runge finished in 17:16.1, while Trent Piepenburg (sixth), Colton Sailor (seventh) and Austin Thom (10th) were not far behind with top-10 finishes. Brandon Jerde took 13th, Jimmy Pfeffer was 18th and Eric Branch was 23rd for the Cardinals, as well. 

The Cardinal girls' cross country team took second behind only Sartell-St. Stephen. Megan Hasz was first overall in 14:23.9, while sister Bethany Hasz was right behind her in second place in a time of 14:24.4. Ellie Hurlen took 12th individually. Kiyana Miller was 17th, Karly Betterman 21st, Megan Shulstad 29th and JeAnna Miller 65th to round out the varsity runners. 

The West Central Area girls finished fourth at the Fergus Falls Invite behind sophomore Abby Van Kempen's 9thplace finish. Kylee Fernholz came in 19th and eighth grader  Demara Bumgardner and seventhgrader Ella Van Kempen finished 23rdand 27th, respectively. 

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Willmar 98, Alexandria 88

The Alexandria swimmers posted seven wins in 12 events but couldn't overcome the other Cardinals team from the Central Lakes Conference as Willmar edged Alexandria 98-88.

Megan Bristow (200 freestyle 2:11.35, 500 freestyle 5:54.45) and Kate LeBrasseur (100 butterfly 1:04.74, 100 backstroke 1:07.32) each had two wins for Alexandria. Madalyn Winger added a win in the 100 freestyle in 58.70 and Jenna Kremer took the diving competition with 177.60 points. The 400-freestyle relay team of LeBrasseur, Macy Hatlestad, Bristow and Winger also won the final event of the night. It wasn't quite enough as Willmar used a point edge of 22-6 in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays to help lead them to the win.

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
(320) 763-1229
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