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The Alexandria Blizzard opened up its season with a road win at Breezy Point on Saturday as the Blizzard held on for a 5-4 win. Alexandria led 3-1 after two periods behind Alec Seeger, Mack Strong and Dawson Ellingworth goals. It was 5-1 less than four minutes into the third as David Carey got in on the scoring with two goals.
VOLLEYBALL B-E at Hancock, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS Osakis at Pierz, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska at NLS, 4:30 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY Osakis at LPGE, 4:30 p.m.
The Alexandria boys soccer team couldn't find the back of the net in a 2-0 loss against St. Cloud Tech on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers jumped out early with goals in the eighth and ninth minutes. That lead held up as the Tigers continued to pressure the net all day. Alexandria's Zach Harstad was peppered with 23 shots, turning aside 21 of those. It was the second straight loss for Alexandria after the Cardinals lost in overtime last Thursday as St. Cloud Apollo's Graham Virtue scored the game-winner in the extra session off an assist from Logan Lommel.
The Alexandria girls soccer team (1-3-3) played to a 1-1 tie against Central Lakes Conference foe St. Cloud Tech on Saturday afternoon. The game was scoreless 20 minutes into the second half before Alexandria's McKenna Smith got behind the defense and was fouled outside the penalty area to set up a free kick. Smith sent a shot over the Tigers' wall that the Tech keeper couldn't handle cleanly. Four Alexandria players converged on the rebound, and Maggie Slagle knocked it in for a 1-0 lead.
The Osakis volleyball team went to the Sauk Rapids Tournament on Saturday and lost 2-0 to Pipestone and Dassel-Cokato and 2-1 to Braham, while getting its lone win against Little Falls in a 2-1 match. "We did some very good things today and also had some moments that could've been much better," Osakis coach Kirsten Wessel said. "The main thing is that we learned a lot today about what we are capable of, both the ups and downs." Wessel liked the way the Silverstreaks played in the loss to a good Pipestone team.
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Thursday's matchup between the Alexandria and St. Cloud Tech tennis teams was a battle of two undefeateds, as the Tigers showed why they have long been the class of the Central Lakes Conference. Tech, ranked as the No. 1 team in the Class AA polls, won 7-0, including six of the seven matches in straight sets.
The Alexandria volleyball team ran into one of the top teams in the Central Lakes Conference and fell in a 3-0 match to Rocori. The Spartans (7-1, 2-0 CLC) won the first set 25-18 before having to fight off the Cardinals (3-5, 2-1 CLC) in the second set 28-26. Rocori took care of the match 25-16 in the third. Celia Blattner led the Spartans with eight kills, while Eleanor Holthaus added seven kills and five blocks. Abby Pohlen led the Cardinals with eight kills and eight digs. Syri Williams finished with 14 digs and Kayla Feldhake set up her teammates with 23 assists.
The Alexandria swimming and diving team ran into another good program in the Central Lakes Conference on Thursday and fell in a 104-78 meet against Brainerd. The Cardinals had three wins on the night, two in the relays and one individually from Hannah Eklund. Eklund took the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.84; well in front of second-place finisher Gabby VanHorn of the Warriors.