Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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BOYS BASKETBALL HOLDINGFORD 58, OSAKIS 45
The Alexandria gymnastics team picked up another win in a 137.6-129.45 meet against Fergus Falls on the road last Friday. Hannah Wendel led the Cardinals by taking first in every event and the all-around. Wendel’s 9.6 on the beam was a personal best, and she scored 9.45 on the vault, 8.9 on the bars and 9.4 on the floor. Her all-around score was 37.35. Hailey Ebacher also took third place for the Cardinals in the all-around.
The Alexandria wrestling team was happy with its performance in a fifth place finish out of 31 teams at the Redwood River Riot last weekend. Ben Johnson and Ben Bogart led the Cardinals by taking second place in their weight classes. Johnson won his first three matches at 106 pounds by fall to earn his way to a championship match with Hser Eh Pwae of Worthington.
Dan Oberg picked up a crucial pin at heavyweight to give the Alexandria wrestling team a 31-31 tie with St. Cloud Tech after the final match on Thursday. With the score tied at the end of the dual meet, coaches and officials pulled out the scorebook to figure out which team won in the tiebreaker. Alexandria head coach Tom Ellison said the Tigers ended up pulling out the victory by having the highest combined total of all first points scored in each match. St.
Blizzard wins twice against Twin City
Victories for all three relay teams led the Alexandria boys swimming and diving team to a 126-58 victory in a dual meet on the road Thursday against Rocori. The Cardinals won the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Brady Wolkow won the 50 with a time of 24.1 and the 100 freestyle in 52.6. Other wins came from Jacobson in the 200 freestyle (2:02), Jackson Grove in diving (188), N. Chromey in the 100 butterfly (1:01), P.
The Alexandria girls basketball team picked up its fourth consecutive victory in a 46-44 victory over Sartell-St. Stephen at home on Friday. Head coach Wendy Kohler said the Cardinals navigated Sartell’s three-quarter court press and match-up zone well enough to force some changes. “Patience and protecting the ball were key factors in forcing the Sabres to switch defenses,” Kohler said.
The Alexandria girls hockey team lost a 2-1 overtime road game to Central Lakes Conference leading Sartell-Sauk Rapids in overtime on Thursday. McKenna Ellingson scored the lone goal for the Cardinals on a power play at the 16:53 mark of the first period, assisted by Hanah Hansen and Lauren Niska. Olivia Stockinger tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal at 14:07 of the second period. With neither team scoring in the third, Sartell’s Jackie Pinkerton scored at the 4:19 mark of overtime to give Sartell the 2-1 victory. Amy Jost was handed the
The Alexandria girls hockey team had a tough time with a good Hopkins team in an 8-0 road loss on Saturday. The Cardinals managed to get only nine shots on goal while Hopkins fired 33 shots on Alexandria’s Amy Jost, who made 25 saves. Corbin Boyd, Grace Bizal, Stella Haberman and Kylie Hanley each scored two goals in the game for Hopkins. The loss dropped Alexandria to a 7-7-1 record this season. GAME RESULTS ALEXANDRIA – 0 0 0 – 0 HOPKINS – 2 2 4 – 8 HOPKINS SCORING – Corbin Boyd – 2 goals, 2 assists; Grace Bizal – 2 goa