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Alexandria senior wide receiver Thomas Anderson wasn’t exactly sure where he landed, as he hauled in a 28-yard pass in the closing seconds of Saturday’s Minnesota Class 5A, Section 8 semifinal matchup with Moorhead. It wasn’t until he saw his teammates running toward him that he realized he was laying in the end zone at Jim Gotta Stadium with five seconds remaining. He had just won the game.
Last season, Alexandria’s football team got revenge on Moorhead. The Cardinals’ previous four seasons had ended at the hands of the Spuds. The Cardinals returned the favor, knocking off Moorhead in the section semifinals. “Losing to them last year felt like the worst thing in my life,” Moorhead senior running back and defensive back Otis Weah said. “It felt like I just got my heart ripped right out of me.”
In the summer of 2013, former Moorhead High School hockey standout Matt Cullen was walking around the bar at Usher's House in Moorhead during a silent auction for his Cully's Kids charity. It was days after he signed a two-year deal with the Nashville Predators, after having played three seasons with the Minnesota Wild.
On Wednesday afternoon, April 12, players on the Ottertail Central football and Henning basketball teams met in the weight room at Henning High School. The sign-in sheet had sophomore Jacob Quam’s name all over it. Like most weeks, he had been in the weight room every day. His name was not there Thursday.
In Set 2 of Thursday's volleyball match, Alexandria had all the momentum on Moorhead. The Spuds had nearly given up a big lead late in Set 1 and were trailing in the earlygoing in Set 2. Just when it seemed like the Cardinals were going to add another point, Moorhead sophomore setter Kortney Carney went down to the ground to return an Alexandria kill attempt and whiffed. The ball hit off her face, Lexi Gilbertson returned it for a kill for Moorhead and the No.
It was a blowout. There was nothing left on the field at Jim Gotta Stadium on Friday except for the ticking clock on the scoreboard. But even the score could not sum up the night for Alexandria more clearly than their team bus getting towed behind their sideline early in the fourth quarter. Alexandria had come to Moorhead for revenge for six straight losses, three of which ended a season for the Cardinals.
Moorhead girls hockey coach Emily Sell chewed her giant wad of gum, erased everything from her dry erase board and stared off for a few moments outside the Spuds locker room. She took a deep breath and went in to give her squad her first post-loss speech after a 3-1 defeat to Alexandria on Tuesday at the Moorhead Sports Center. It’s all new to Sell, as she’s in her first year as a varsity head coach. “It’s a rush,” Sell said.
Moorhead girls hockey coach Emily Sell chewed her giant wad of gum, erased everything from her dry erase board and stared off for a few moments outside the Spuds locker...
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Moorhead hasn’t forgotten the five-point loss to Sartell-St. Stephen in the Minnesota Class 5A, Section 8 football championship game last season. “We’ve been licking our chops since Day 1 to get back and play Sartell in the section championship,” Moorhead senior running back Jade Lawrence said. “That was the goal. We’re excited. We’re ready to play Sartell.”