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FOOTBALL 8-3A playoffs: Alexandria vs. Moorhead, 7 p.m. 5AA playoffs: Osakis vs. Paynesville, 2 p.m. Section 4, 9-Man playoffs: Brandon-Evansville at Verndale, 2 p.m. BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Willmar, 7:10...
SECTION 3AA New London-Spicer 3, Minnewaska 0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) 6A SOUTH Brandon-Evansville 3, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 1 (25-23, 17-23, 25-14, 25-18) Henning 3, Parkers Prairie 1 (25-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-23) SECTION 6AA Albany 3, Osakis 0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-21) Sauk Centre 3, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0 (25-14, 25-9, 25-11)
The Minnewaska volleyball team had its season ended at the hands of New London-Spicer in the Section 3AA Tournament on Thursday in a 3-0 sweep. The Wildcats (13-15) won the first set 25-18 before securing the win with 25-20 and 25-22 wins in the second and third. Carley Stewart led the Lakers (6-17) with eight kills. Bailey Stewart had 11 digs and Taylor Amundson finished with 17 assists. NL-S 3, MINNEWASKA 0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22)
The Moorhead football team was fresh off a 48-0 dismantling of Bemidji on Tuesday night when the conversation shifted to this weekend. The Spuds (5-4) wanted another shot at Alexandria after the Cardinals beat them 36-14 when they met on Sept. 9. They will get that opportunity when the two teams kick off on Saturday night at 7 from Alexandria Area High School in the Section 8-5A semifinals.
The Brandon-Evansville football team knows the task at hand on Saturday. It's no longer good enough to play close to a team like Verndale; not for a now 7-2 Chargers program that believes it can beat any team in the section if it plays to its potential.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Willmar at Alexandria, 7:10 p.m.
The Alexandria cross country team will send three athletes to the state meet after both the boys and girls teams finished fifth at the Section 8-AA meet in Little Falls on Thursday. Junior Keaton Gruber paced the boys and all Cardinal runners with a third-place individual finish in 16:24.51 to cement his spot at state on Nov. 5 at St. Olaf for the second straight season. Joining him will be sisters Bethany and Aleah Miller after Bethany, a freshman, took seventh in 18:57.36 and Aleah, seventh grade, came in 12th (19:13.83).
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team wanted one more shot at a good Underwood program, and the Chargers will get it after taking care of Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in the 6A-South quarterfinals on Thursday. Brandon-Evansville (18-10) labored a little bit through the first two sets against the Wolverines (17-13). The Chargers held off CGB 25-23 in the first before falling 25-17 in the second.
VOLLEYBALL Osakis at Albany, 6AA North Tournament, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, 6A Tournament, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Henning, 6A Tournament, 7 p.m. Minnewaska at New London-Spicer, 3AA North...
Shallow lake management activities are underway on Simon Lake in Pope and Swift counties, according to a release sent out by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. A partial, temporary drawdown of the lake using siphon tubes and a portable pump to reduce the volume of water began in early July. A rotenone treatment to reduce fish populations for the benefit of waterfowl is planned for the last week in October. In spring 2017, the DNR plans to restock Simon Lake with northern pike so they can prey on fish that survive the rotenone treatment.