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The Alexandria girls soccer team started off its season with five straight losses but has now won two straight after taking care of Rocori in a 4-0 game on Thursday. Junior Sidney Drew led the way. She got things going with a goal almost 28 minutes into the contest when she made a long run on the ball and finished from 16 yards out.
The Alexandria boys soccer team snapped a five-game skid earlier this week in a 4-1 win over Fergus Falls (2-7) on Tuesday but fell in a 2-1 game against Rocori (2-3-1) on Thursday. JJ Foster had two goals in the win over Fergus Falls and Alexandria’s only goal against Rocori as Graham Peterson picked up the assist. Senior keeper Zach Wosepka faced nine shots in net and had seven saves against the Spartans.
FOOTBALL Alexandria at Brainerd, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Wheaton-H-N, 7 p.m. Osakis at Benson, 7 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Montevideo, 7 p.m. West Central Area-Ashby at Barnesville, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Kimball Area, 7 p.m. BOYS SOCCER
The West Central Area volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Thursday night. The Wolverines (8-1) won 25-17, 25-8 and 25-8 to finish off the Knights (3-5) in three. “We never really got into a rhythm and we didn't play to our abilities,” WCA head coach Amy Linn said. “CGB is a good team that took advantage of our mistakes.”
Another day, another 7-0 win for the Osakis tennis team. This time it was Long Prairie-Grey Eagle that fell victim to the Silverstreaks. The tightest match came at first singles, but Osakis’ Tia Dykema rallied from a loss in the first set to win 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. Lauren Scherr followed suit at second singles with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Mara VanNyhuis didn’t drop a game in the third spot and Lexi Spychalla won in straight sets at fourth singles.
The Brandon-Evansville and West Central Area cross country teams ran at the New London-Spicer Invite on Thursday as the Knights continued to showcase their talent. West Central Area won the boys meet with 51 point, well in front of second-place Staples at 70 and third-place Lac qui Parle Valley-Dawson-Boyd with 92. The Chargers came in 16th place with 435 points in a loaded field.
Brandon-Evansville volleyball coach Kelly Olson has talked about the importance of the Chargers focusing on improvement all season. On Thursday, that improved play led B-E to perhaps its biggest win of the young season.
The Alexandria cross country teams continue to make strides early in the season, led by another win by the girls as they raced at the Lucky Lindy Invite in Little Falls on Thursday against 18 other teams. The girls finished with 82 points, just six points lower than second-place Sartell. Monticello rounded out the top three with 93.
The rivalry between the Alexandria and Brainerd football teams is ready to be renewed as the 1-1 Cardinals go on the road to face the 0-2 Warriors. The last time these two teams met was in the Section 8-5A championship a year ago. Brainerd's star running back Charlie Geraets scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to send the Warriors to the state tournament that night.
The time of year is almost here where many put down the fishing pole to chase roosters, waterfowl and whitetails, but some of the best fishing of the year actually comes in the fall. Plenty of opportunities await to get on the water before freeze up, and here are a few photos of some summer catches on local lakes.