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VOLLEYBALL Ashby-Destiny Academy vs. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, 7:15 p.m. West Central Area vs. Brandon-Evansville, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at KMS, 7:30 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Minnewaska at Rocori, 4 p.m. Alexandria at St. Cloud Cathedral, 7 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER
Carter Grove has made a habit out of setting a new school record. The junior runner for the Osakis boys cross country team led the Silverstreaks to 12th of 22 teams in the Division 4 heat at the Milaca Mega Meet on Saturday, while the girls took 19th behind Grace Oeltjen.
The Osakis tennis team showed off its dominance in the Prairie Conference by winning six of the seven spots during the individual conference tournament on Saturday. Every Silverstreaks’ player got a bye into the semifinals. Top singles player Tia Dykema got second after winning her first match but falling to Allison Ecker of LPGE in the finals in a tight 7-6 (2), 6-4 final.
The Brandon-Evansville football team doesn’t dwell on losses. The Chargers could be 4-0 right now if a couple of plays in one-possession losses to Verndale (4-0) and Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (4-0) had gone their way. Instead, they are 2-2 after dominating the next week after those losses, beating Hillcrest 54-15 in week two and 44-14 Friday night against Bertha-Hewitt during the Chargers’ homecoming.
The West Central Area football team made easy work of Wadena-Deer Creek on Friday night as the Knights (2-2) coasted to a 52-6 win. WCA put up 448 yards of total offense, compared to 178 for the Wolverines (1-3). The Knights ran for 285 yards on 45 carries and threw for an additional 163 on 8-of-16 passing from Isaiah Sykora. Sykora tossed two touchdowns and threw two interceptions. Gage Staples and Tate Christenson each caught a touchdown.
Area football teams have found out exactly how talented the BOLD Warriors are this fall. Osakis and Sauk Centre were no match for the Warriors in weeks two and three after losing by a combined score of 133-13. On Friday night, it was Minnewaska that fell victim to BOLD in a 54-8 final. The Warriors (4-0) scored in every quarter - putting up 14 in the first, 21 in the second and 13 in the third to put things away early.
The Parkers Prairie football team has lost three straight games after dropping a 36-22 game against Upsala-Swanville Area on Friday.
Alexandria (2-2) 24, Rocori (0-4) 12 Brandon-Evansville (2-2) 44, Bertha-Hewitt (1-3) 14 Osakis (3-1) 27, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (1-3) 20 BOLD (4-0) 54, Minnewaska (2-2) 8 West Central Area-Ashby (2-2) 52, Wadena-Deer Creek (1-3) 6 Upsala-Swanville Area (3-1) 36, Parkers Prairie (1-3) 22
The Alexandria football team needed a second half like it got against Rocori in front of a packed house on homecoming for the Cardinals. This is a program that has featured some dynamic offenses in recent years, but points have been hard to come by early on. Explosive plays were few and far between through a 1-2 start as some inexperienced players got their feet wet.
Tryouts for the Alexandria Aces performance basketball team will be held on Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. for any boys or girls in grades 4-6 looking to make the team. The tryouts will be held in the Lakes Area Recreation gymnasium at 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.