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Journey on the Jefferson hardwood

The Alexandria girls’ basketball team will commemorate the final season of basketball played at Jefferson High School during its annual holiday tournament on December 28.

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All alumni of the Cardinal girls’ basketball team are invited back to be recognized before the championship game that day.

Players and former coaches will be recognized for their contributions to the program.

FCA Christmas breakfast

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Christmas breakfast will take place Thursday, December 19 from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria.

The speaker will be former Jefferson High School graduate and gifted break dancer Michael Swalley. Swalley is a graduate of Wheaton University and Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas who serves with “Break Free Ministries.”

The Jefferson Carolers will also perform at the breakfast. Everyone is welcome and a free-will offering will be received.

Elks hoop shoot free-throw contest

The Elks Hoop Shoot free-throw contest for boys and girls will take place at the Jefferson High School gym on December 29 at 1 p.m.

The hoop shoot is free to boys and girls who are between the ages of 8-13 as of April 1, 2014. Winners of the contest advance through district, state and regional contests with regional winners qualifying for a trip to compete at the Hoop Shoot National Finals from April 10-13 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

National champions will have their names permanently inscribed on a plaque in the basketball Hall of Fame. Learn more at or contact local director Randy Jansen at (320) 766-5633.

Northern Diamonds Academy baseball clinics

Alexandria’s Caleb Curry will be hosting a baseball league and camp later this winter for area youths.

Curry, a former draft pick by the San Francisco Giants and now the director of the Northern Diamonds Academy, will have a Lil’ Hammers Baseball League for those in grades 2-6 on the dates of February 22, March 1 and March 8. The Saturday leagues will run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Discovery Middle School gymnasium. There will be 45 minutes of construction followed by 60 minutes of life game action. The cost is $75.

Curry will also host an area baseball camp on March 8 at the DMS gym. Grades 6-8 will run from noon to 2:30 p.m. with grades 9-12 going from 3-5:30 p.m. The cost is $30.

To sign up or for more information on either of these events, contact Curry at (320) 491-2460 or by email at

Send us your ice fishing photos

The Echo Press is looking for ice fishing photos from readers throughout all of this winter’s ice fishing season.

Send us a photo, along with a detailed story behind your catch, including what lake the fish was caught on and what day. Some photos will go into the Outdoor Section in the print edition of the Echo Press and all of them will be put up online.

Photos can be dropped off at the Echo Press offices at 225 7th Ave. East or sent by e-mail to Eric Morken at

WCA basketball tournament

West Central Area will hold a basketball tournament for boys and girls in grades 4-6 on Saturday, March 15.

The cost per team is $100. Those interested can contact Sandy Kashmark to register or get more information at (218) 685-5356 (work) or (320) 528-2269 (home) or by e-mail at