Weekend sports roundup
Bemidji 35, Alexandria 34
The Alexandria football team put a big scare into fifth-ranked Bemidji last Friday night before the Lumberjacks escaped in the final minute with a 35-34 win.
The Cardinals (1-6) had a great chance to win it with 30 seconds left and the ball on the Bemidji 12-yard line. Head coach Mike Empting called one of his two timeouts he had left and set up a play to have his team center the ball to set up a game-winning field goal attempt by Jake Nienaber.
Unfortunately for Alexandria, the junior kicker never got the opportunity. Senior quarterback John Vogeler lined up under center for the play but the ball never got into his hands as a fumbled exchange was recovered by Bemidji to seal a one-point win for the Lumberjacks.
Verndale 44, Brandon-Evansville 6
The Brandon-Evansville football team dropped its fourth straight game in a 44-6 loss to Verndale Friday in the final home game of the regular season.
Verndale headed into the game against the Chargers with a 5-1 overall record this season. The Chargers picked up 112 total rushing yards compared to Verndale’s 190. James Huisman led the Chargers on the ground with 55 yards on 19 attempts.
Tom Bosek completed four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers. Skyler Quinn caught two of those passes for 25 yards and a touchdown.
LPGE 18, Osakis 12
The Osakis football team hadn't seen Long Prairie-Grey Eagle's Cody Kilfoyle-Steward on tape at all this season because he hadn't played.
They didn't know he was going to play last Friday, either, but it didn't take long for the tailback and linebacker to make it known he was on the field. Kilfoyle-Steward ran his way to three touchdowns and came up with some key defensive stops on his way to leading LPGE to an 18-12 win in Osakis.
"He was a surprise because he hasn't played all year," Osakis head coach Bill Infanger said. "I don't know if he's been out because of injury or suspension or what, but he played last year and we haven't seen him on film all year. We had no idea he was going to play. He's a very good football player. To me, it looked like they got their best player back tonight."
Junior fullback Wyatt Olson scored each of Osakis' two touchdowns as he punched one in from a yard out with 19 seconds left in the first half and again in the third quarter.
GIRLS' SOCCER (8A Tournament)
Alexandria 2, Fergus Falls 1 (Final shootout)
The season nearly ended for the Cardinals girls’ soccer team against Fergus Falls on Saturday, but a late goal by Anna Spanbauer evened a 1-1 game and eventually led to a win in an extended shootout.
Fergus Falls scored the first goal by a visiting team at Lincoln Field this season in the first half of the section soccer game to go up 1-0. That lead lasted until there was almost seven minutes remaining when Anna Spanbauer headed in a corner kick by Emily Korkowski to finally tie the score.
Regulation ended with a 1-1 tie between the teams, as did the two 10-minute sudden-death overtime periods. This set up a shootout with five shooters for each team.
Fergus Falls built an early 2-0 lead in the shootout, but Kayla Vanderveur and Anna Lee scored for the Cardinals. Three key stops by goalkeeper Sarah Bruzek tied the shootout after five.
Next was a one-versus-one shootout to decide the section game. Korkowski scored for the Cardinals, which ended up being the game winner as the next Fergus Falls shooter hit the crossbar on her attempt.
“We’ve been practicing them a lot and we’ve been through it in section finals, but all of our hearts were beating pretty fast there,” Spanbauer said. “We were all pretty nervous for that.”
Alexandria will host Sartell-St. Stephen in the section semifinals at Lincoln Field Tuesday at 7 p.m.
BOYS' SOCCER (8A Tournament)
Hillcrest-Pelican Rapids 4, Alexandria 1
The Alexandria boys’ soccer team got a win in the opening round of the Section 8A tournament last Thursday before the season came to an end for the Cardinals in a 4-1 loss to top-seeded Hillcrest-Pelican Rapids on Saturday.
The Comets got on the board in the first half of the section quarterfinals on Saturday behind two goals from Chris Pellegrino that made it a 2-0 game at the break. They wasted no time adding to their lead in the second half as Kevin Franco scored before Chris Larsen made it a 4-0 game. Alexandria’s only goal came in the 60th minute off a corner kick.
Alexandria finished the season 6-10-2 overall. The Cardinals were 4-7-1 in the Central Lakes Conference to finish sixth in the league standings.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
The Alexandria swimming and diving team hosted the Section 6A true team meet and took home a third-place trophy behind winner Sartell and second-place finisher Melrose.
Eight different Alexandria swimmers had two top 16 finishes apiece. Madalyn Winger (200 freestyle, 6th, 2:07.48; 500 freestyle, 3rd, 5:43.69), Megan Bristow (200 freestyle, 9th, 2:09.51; 500 freestyle, 5th, 5:53.85), Hannah Eklund (200 IM, 5th, 2:24.73; 100 breaststroke, 4th, 1:13.47) and Abi Eck (200 IM, 15th, 2:42.56; 100 breaststroke, 16th, 1:22.03) helped pace the Cardinals with two each.
Jaylen Olson-Rodel (50 freestyle, 6th, 27.09; 100 freestyle, 8th, 59.99), Heidi Moe (50 freestyle, 11th, 27.92; 100 freestyle, 13th, 1:01.92), Macy Hatlestad (50 freestyle, 13th, 28.13; 100 freestyle, 15th, 1:03.01) and Kate LeBrasseur (100 butterfly, 7th, 1:06.81; 100 backstroke, 9th, 1:07.40) did the same to help Alexandria hold off Sauk Centre for third place.
6A TRUE TEAM MEET
TEAM RESULTS – Sartell – 1,712; 2. Melrose – 1,568; 3. Alexandria – 1,396.5; 4. Sauk Centre – 1,324; 5. Rocori – 969; 6. Morris Area – 799; 7. Albany – 780.5; 8. Apollo – 665; 9. Holdingford – 646
The Alexandria volleyball team took fourth at its home Runestone Class tournament this past Saturday after falling 25-23 and 25-20 to North St. Paul in the third-place match.
The Cardinals took two out of its three matches in pool play by beating Brainerd and Wadena-Deer Creek 2-0 to open the day. They fell 2-0 to Mounds View to drop them to the third-place match.
Grand Rapids won the tournament with 25-20 and 27-25 wins over Mounds View in the championship. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa took fifth and Rocori finished seventh at the event.
Wensia Johnson led Alexandria in kills with 26 over the weekend and Amanda Christianson led the team in digs with 38. Amanda Haack also racked up 81 assists at the tournament.
The Alexandria Blizzard went 1-1 over the weekend, winning against Breezy Point on the road Friday but losing the home opener to Granite City Saturday.
The Blizzard had no problem putting away the North Stars in a 5-1 win on Friday, but the tables turned on Saturday as the Lumberjacks cruised to an 8-1 victory at the Runestone Community Center.
Joe Anderson led the Blizzard with two goals on Friday against Breezy Point. Jody Randall, Tom Schmidt and Ian Ecklund also scored for Alexandria.
Goaltender Tanner Elmore saved 25 of the 26 shots on goal for the win.
But Saturday was a completely different game for the Blizzard. Granite City built an early 5-0 lead before Jake Maxson scored the lone Alexandria goal. Three goals in the third period gave Granite City an 8-1 victory.