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Alexandria's Hailee Bailey knew there was going to be a lot of nerves going into her first start in goal in a section championship game. That would be the case for almost anyone, regardless of age. Experience leads to comfort and often success. As an eighth-grader, Bailey certainly did not have that big-game experience, so she was going to do everything she could to try to overcome that with preparation.
The Alexandria girls hockey team was seeded among the top five teams in the Class A state tournament this year. The Cardinals (20-7) were seeded fourth on Saturday and will play fifth-seeded St. Paul United (19-9) at 8 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Wednesday. The winner of that game will face the winner of top-seeded Warroad (22-3-2) and unseeded New Ulm (23-4-1) at 1 p.m. on Friday. The Class A state championship is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Willmar, 2 p.m.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at New Ulm, 7:10 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Minnewaska vs. Litchfield, 2:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Upsala, 2:30 p.m. GYMNASTICS Alexandria at section meet in Perham WRESTLING
The Minnewaska boys basketball team is one of the top programs in the West Central Conference this season.
The Alexandria girls basketball team got a home win that will look good on its resume down the stretch as the Cardinals welcomed in Moorhead on Thursday and handed the Spuds a 63-51 loss. The QRF through Minnesota-scores.net, which seeds Alexandria's Section 8, Class AAA field, factors playing bigger schools into its ranking formula. Class AAA teams that get wins against AAAA teams get a boost, and the Cardinals did just that against a 14-9 Spuds team that includes future Nebraska Cornhusker guard Sam Haiby.
BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m. Osakis vs. Staples Motley, 7:30 p.m. WCA at Park Christian, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Melrose, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Underwood, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7:15 p.m.
Dominant. There really is no other way to describe the Alexandria girls hockey team’s hold on its section over more than a decade now. The Cardinals have made it to 15 straight section championship games. They have won 13 of those, including six straight in the Section 6, Class A Tournament after beating River Lakes 3-0 on Thursday on Alexandria’s home ice at the Runestone Community Center.
The Alexandria girls Nordic ski team finished 15 out of 16 teams on Thursday as the Cardinals got their first taste of the state meet since 2001. Alexandria totalled 175 points. Stillwater won the girls team championship with 414 points. Forest Lake was second at 407 and Robinsdale Armstrong rounded out the top three with 372. Junior Mara McCollor of Wayzata won the individual championship in 31:48.3 (15:32 freestyle, 16:16.3 classic).
GIRLS HOCKEY Alexandria vs. River Lakes, Section 6A championship, at RCC, 7 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at ACGC, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m.