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UPDATED: Sports roundup from Thursday, September 5


Alexandria 3, St. Cloud Tech 2 (25-17, 18-25, 25-12, 25-17, 17-15)

The Cardinal volleyball team persevered for a five-set win over Central Lakes Conference rival St. Cloud Tech on Thursday night after winning 17-15 in the fifth set.

Alexandria had a lot of help up front with three players finishing with at least 11 kills. Wensia Johnson had 14, while Kalley Bistodeau added 13 and Liz Schultz had 11. Amanda Haack was kept busy all night with 40 assists and Gretchen Watkins led the defense with 12 digs.

Brandon-Evansville 3, Underwood 2 (22-25, 25-19, 15-25, 25-11, 15-11)

The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win the final two sets and secure a Little Eight Conference win over Underwood in five sets on Thursday.

The Chargers took all the momentum into that fifth set after winning the fourth 25-11. They carried that win them and secured a 15-11 win that moved this team to 2-1 on the season. Caroline Jansen had a nice night with 14 kills and Mariah Hansen added 11. Diane Campbell wasn't far behind with nine kills, while Emma Friedrich had eight.

Kinsley Randt set them up with 34 assists. Megan Kokett led the defense with 34 digs.

WCA 3, LPGE 2 (25-18, 24-26, 25-18, 23-25, 15-8

The West Central Area Knights got their first win in the Prairie Conference this season with a five-set victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. Holly Van Kempen had a big day at the net with 14 kills, six solo blocks and five block assists that went along with 14 digs. Christina Kruize had a nice night with 28 assists.

Sauk Centre 3, Minnewaska 0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-14)

The Lakers volleyball team fell to 0-3 on Thursday night after getting swept by Sauk Centre.

The Mainstreeters controlled things from the get-go, winning 25-15, 25-10 and 25-14. Emma Middendorf led the Lakers at the net with five kills. Ariel Ostrander had nine digs to help the defense and Taylor Amundson had 10 assists.

Osakis 3, Royalton 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-16)

The Osakis volleyball team improved to 2-0 outside of tournament play this year and got its first Prairie Conference win with a sweep of Royalton on Thursday night. Brittney Sadlemyer had eight kills to lead the the Silverstreaks on offense. Mackenzie Staloch added six kills and 15 assists, while Sadlemyer and Breanna Larson each had 12 digs and Staloch and Ariel Chalmers added 10.


Alexandria 5, St. Cloud Apollo 0

Another day, another shutout for the Alexandria girls' soccer team as the Cardinals rolled past St. Cloud Apollo 5-0 to win their fourth straight game on Thursday night.

Anna Spanbauer had three goals for Alexandria and Sarah Bruzek got her third shutout of the season. The Cardinals' defense has allowed just two goals on the way to a 4-1 record early on.


St. Cloud Apollo 1, Alexandria 0

Abdifatah Abdule scored the only goal of the game with four minutes left in regulation as St. Cloud Apollo held on to edge Alexandria 1-0 on Thursday night. 

The Cardinals (2-3) were held scoreless after putting up six goals in their previous win against Sauk Rapids-Rice.


Brainerd 5, Alexandria 2

The Warriors of Brainerd took three of the five singles spots to lead them to a 5-2 win over Alexandria in a Central Lakes Conference tennis match on Thursday night.

The Cardinals only wins came at fourth singles and third doubles. Bria Schueler made easy work of Hannah Moen in a 6-1, 6-1 match at the fourth singles spot, while Hannah Vickstrom and Abby Telander won 6-1, 6-4 at the third doubles spot.

Minnewaska 7, LQPV 0

The Minnewaska tennis team rolled over Lac qui Parle Valley in a 7-0 win that moved the Lakers to 6-0 on the season.

Ellen Stensrud, Jada Hoffman, Hannah Freske and Myranda Thoen all had straight-set wins in the singles lineup. Rachel Riley and MaKenna Hanson teamed up at first doubles for the win. Joelle Thorfinnson and Annika Pederson did the same at second doubles and Karissa LaMont and Sarah Freske followed suit and won in straight sets, as well. The Lakers dropped just nine games throughout the seven matches.

Osakis 7, LPGE-USA 0

The Osakis tennis team improved to 10-0 with another easy win over LPGE-USA on Thursday.

Taylor Kraemer, Hannah Baker, Ashley Kraemer and Morgan Silbernick all got straight-set wins in the top four singles spots. Things came just as easy in doubles play as Katie Anderson and Katelyn Foster led the way with a win at the top spot. Peyton Garcia and Elyse Wiener teamed up to won 6-0, 6-2 at second doubles and Carley Uhlenkamp and Missy Weir won in straight sets at third doubles.


Sartell 124, Alexandria 62

The Cardinals swimming and diving team couldn't keep up with Sartell on Thursday night as the Sabres ran away with a 124-62 win.

Alexandria got two wins, with one coming after the Sartell 200-medley relay team had a disqualification. Hannah Eklund posted the only other victory for the Cardinals when she won the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.17.

Alexandria did have nine season bests on the night. Two apiece came from Eklund and Jaylen Olson-Rodel.


Detroit Lakes Invitational

Alexandria boys - first place

Alexandria's Aaron Runge led the Cardinals to a first-place finish after taking fifth individually at the Detroit Lakes Invitational on Thursday. 

Runge finished in a time of 17:33.8. Colton Sailor was 13th in 17:59.2. Trenton Piepenburg was 16th in 18:07.6, Austin Thom 20th in 18:33.1 and James Pfeffer rounded out the top five for Alexandria in 18:37.8. The Cardinals' depth has helped them finish in first in both of their two meets this fall.

WCA boys - seventh place

The West Central Area boys took seventh behind a 27th-place finish from Alex Toms with a time of 18:56.2. Christian Swenson was the second fastest finisher for the Knights in a time of 19:27.1 (35th) and Devin Nelson was 39th overall in a time of 19:38.1.

Alexandria girls - fifth place

The Alexandria girls were without half of the Hasz sisters as Bethany missed the race with an illness, but Megan took first place to help the Cardinals to a fifth-place finish out of 13 schools.

Hasz took the race in a time of 17:55.3, while Ellie Hurlen finished 18th overall and second for the Cardinals with a time of 17:09.9. Emily Thul was 31st in a time of 17:48.8. Julia Sieling was right behind her in 32nd place with at ime of 17:51.7, while Karly Betterman (18:18.4) and Hannah Wendel (19:09.8) finished 42nd and 56th, respectively.

Willmar won the event with Samantha Hanson, Jessa Hanson and Sophie Schmitz all finishing in the top ten with times under 16:30 minutes.

WCA girls - 11th place

Abby Van Kempen led the Knights to an 11th-place finish after taking 30th individually with a time of 17:45.5. Kylee Fernholz was behind her as the only other WCA runner to finish in the top 50 as she took 35th in a time of 17:58.4.

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.

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