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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The Alexandria boys cross country team earned a first-place finish and the girls took fourth without some of their top runners at the Rocori Invitational on Thursday. Both Megan and Bethany Hasz were out with what head coach Travis Hochhalter said he hopes is a minor sickness, and the boys competed without top runner Aaron Runge. The Cardinals overcame Runge’s absence with five top-15 finishes to grab first. Colton Sailor was ninth, Eric Branch 10th, Brandon Jerde 11th, Jesse Groettum 14th and Carl Branch 15th.
The Alexandria boys soccer team lost a 4-2 match to Central Lakes Conference opponent St. Cloud Tech at home last Thursday. The Cardinals struck first in the match when Jack Schneider scored at the eighth minute, assisted by Grant Zwilling. But St. Cloud Tech scored twice to take a 2-1 lead at halftime. Zwilling evened the match at 2-2 when he scored in the 55th minute, with the assist going to Danny Murphy. But St.
Willmar outlasted the Alexandria volleyball team Thursday in a five-set loss for the Cardinals on the road. Alexandria started out the match by winning the first set 25-23, but Willmar rebounded to win the next two 25-21 and 25-11. Alexandria pulled out a close fourth set 25-23, tying the match at 2-2. But Willmar ended up winning the final fifth set 15-11 to pull out the Central Lakes Conference victory. Kalley Bistodeau led the Cardinals’ offense with 15 kills while Liz Schultz and Abby Pohlen both finished with nine.
The hot streak continued for the Alexandria girls tennis team on Thursday as it won a 6-1 match against Willmar. Willmar defeated the Cardinals at first singles, but Alexandria won the rest of their matches to take the 6-1 victory. The win was the sixth for the Cardinals in their last seven matches. Head coach Dave Ronning was happy with the effort the Cardinals displayed in the match.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team improved to 3-1 in the Little Eight Conference with a 3-1 victory over Parkers Prairie Thursday on the road. Head coach Kelly Olson said matches between Parkers Prairie are historically close contests, and he said that was no different on Thursday. “We had some issues getting our passes where they needed to be, and it showed in our offensive efficiency, but Parkers dug a lot of balls up and made us move for the ball,” Olson said.
The Osakis tennis team lost its second match of the week 7-0 to Staples-Motley at home Thursday. Head coach Ryan Maddock said Staples-Motley caught the Silverstreaks at the right time on Thursday. “We ran into a team that played very well today along with us playing physically and mentally tired,” Maddock said. “We will bounce back, just need to regroup.” Marissa Zarbok and Alayna Eldred played the closest match of the afternoon for the Silverstreaks.
The Alexandria soccer team held on to a couple of first half goals to give Central Lakes Conference opponent Sartell its first loss of the season Tuesday at home. With the wind at their backs in the first half, the Cardinals used the advantage to give themselves a two-goal lead at halftime. Emily Korkowski put the Cardinals on the board with 28:48 left in the first half as she scored on a direct kick in the offensive zone. The direct kick was a result of a Sartell hand ball. Hayley Burns added a second goal late in the first half.
A second half outburst for the Alexandria football team’s offense gave them plenty of breathing room Saturday in a 36-10 homecoming victory over Rocori. The Cardinals were only up 14-10 midway through the third quarter before the offense took over. They scored three touchdowns through the third and fourth quarters to lock up the first Alexandria win of the season.
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