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The Osakis volleyball team traveled to Sartell-St. Stephen over its break from school last week to test itself at the Sartell-St. Stephen Tournament on Thursday. The Silverstreaks came home with a 2-2 record from the event, beating Mound Westonka and Foley 2-0 before falling 2-1 against Sartell-St. Stephen and 2-0 against St. Cloud Cathedral. "Today was a great day for a tournament for us," head coach Kirsten Wessel said. "Having this toward the end of the season will help us gear up for our postseason play. We started out aggressive and had a lot of energy right from the start.
The top-seeded Osakis girls tennis team had its season end in heartbreak last Wednesday as second-seeded Minnewaska beat the Silverstreaks in the Section 6A title match. Osakis had handled the Lakers 7-0 earlier in the season, but Minnewaska had its lineup ready to go for a rematch. The Lakers took three of four in singles play and two of three in doubles to wrap up their second straight trip to the state tournament. "Minnewaska played a great match today," Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said.
The North Iowa Bulls made it a clean sweep of Alexandria this weekend after a 5-2 win on Saturday night. North Iowa scored three unanswered goals to get things started...
It wasn’t quite the 57 points that Alexandria put up the first time these teams met, but it was close. And it was more than enough to get the job...
The Alexandria girls soccer team never let fourth-seeded East Grand Forks have a shot on Saturday afternoon in the 8A-North semifinals. Senior Hayley Burns made sure of that in a...
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. North Iowa, 7:10 p.m. FOOTBALL Alexandria vs. Bemidji at AAHS, Section 8-5A semifinals, 7 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Alexandria vs. East Grand Forks, 8-A playoffs, 1 p.m...
The Alexandria Blizzard has its hands full against one of the top teams in the NA3HL this weekend as North Iowa moved to 7-0-1 after Friday night with a 3-1...
The Alexandria Blizzard swept two games on the road this past weekend as the team heads home for two games against North Iowa this Friday and Saturday night. The Blizzard defeated Minnesota 5-3 on Saturday after taking care of Granite City 5-2 a night earlier. Aaron Ryback had a huge weekend, scoring two goals and dishing out two assists in the Saturday win after putting up four goals against Granite City last Friday. Ryback's first goal on Saturday came at 11:24 in the second period to give the Blizzard a 2-0 advantage.
Megan and Bethany Hasz have long shown a tendency of identifying what they want and going out and getting it. As sophomores, the twin sisters from Alexandria were already well known on the Minnesota cross country scene. The only thing missing was a state title. Shakopee's Maria Hauger controlled the running landscape in Minnesota at that time with four straight cross country titles from 2009-2012, three 3,200-meter titles in track and another in the 1,600. Hauger's graduation opened the door for someone else to grab the reins as the best distance runners in the state.
Football fans of both teams at Alexandria's 57-49 overtime win in Bemidji on September 18 probably would have gladly accepted a rematch of these two programs in the playoffs. That's exactly what they will get now that the third-seeded Lumberjacks took care of sixth-seeded St. Cloud Apollo in a 40-13 game on Tuesday night. "It's going to be a tough game," Alexandria head coach Mike Empting said on Wednesday. "It was a tough game the first time around. They've got an offense that features one of the better running backs in the state.