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Wins are not supposed to come easy on a 3-0 team’s home field, and it didn’t for the Brandon-Evansville football team on Friday night. Bertha-Hewitt hosted the Chargers in a battle of two teams with just one loss between them. In the end, the Chargers (3-1) built an early lead and held on late to win a 27-20 game and hand the Bears (3-1) their first loss of the season.
VOLLEYBALL Parkers Prairie Home Tournament, 9 a.m. West Central Area @ Brandon-Evansville, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska @ Hancock Tournament, 9 a.m. CROSS COUNTRY West Central Area @ Milaca, 10 a.m.
Rocori 30, Alexandria 14 Brandon-Evansville 27, Bertha-Hewitt 20 BOLD 23, Minnewaska 7 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 14, Osakis 0 West Central Area-Ashby 28, Wadena-Deer Creek 20 Upsala-Swanville Area 30, Parkers Prairie 18
The Alexandria football team had its homecoming game spoiled by Brainerd last week. On Friday, the Cardinals couldn’t do the same to Rocori. The undefeated Spartans (4-0) hosted Alexandria for their homecoming game and won a 30-14 contest to drop the Cardinals to 2-2 on the season.
This is a look at how some area athletes are doing at their respective colleges or in their athletic careers. Similar pieces will run periodically through the fall, winter and spring seasons. Email email@example.com with any more detailed information on the athletes listed or the names of other athletes who are playing college sports that you would like to see included in future publications. • Alexandria's John Vogeler made his mark for the Cardinals as a quarterback, but he's making his name at the collegiate level on defense.
Alexandria football coach Mike Empting watched the film from the Cardinals' first loss of the season against Brainerd and a couple things stood out as to why the Warriors were so effective running the ball on Saturday. "We had problems executing our assignment and our tackling wasn't very good," Empting said on Wednesday. "Those were two of the big things. Their running back ran hard. If we were not going to tackle him hard, he wasn't going down. That's pretty much all there was to that."
FOOTBALL Alexandria @ Rocori, 6 p.m. Osakis @ ACGC, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville @ Bertha-Hewitt, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Upsala-Swanville, 7 p.m. WCA-Ashby @ Wadena-DC, 7 p.m. Minnewaska vs BOLD, 7 p.m.
CROSS COUNTRY Alexandria @ Rocori Invite, 4:15 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Apollo, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville @ Ashby, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. West Central Area vs. WHN, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Morris BOYS SOCCER
This is a season of firsts for the Brandon-Evansville cross country teams, and Tuesday saw another step in the right direction for the new program. The Chargers ran five individuals in the boys varsity race in Melrose, allowing them to compete in the team portion of the race for the first time. Brandon-Evansville finished 10th among the 10 teams with 309 points.
A day after snapping a four-match losing streak with a 5-2 win over Moorhead, the Alexandria girls tennis team started another winning streak by beating St. Cloud Apollo 7-0 on Tuesday. The Cardinals controlled almost every position, winning all seven spots in straight sets. Annie Harding and Kaylee Svee fought through the closest match at third doubles before winning 6-2, 7-6 (5). Taylor Partington and Brianna Holm won at first doubles and Madison Ressemann and Abby Sater did the same at second doubles.