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The Alexandria volleyball team fell a little shy in a five-set match against Sauk Rapids-Rice in Central Lakes Conference action on Thursday night. The Storm (6-6, 3-3 CLC) won 15-11 in the fifth as the two teams went back and forth all night. The Cardinals (4-8, 3-4 CLC) won the first set 25-19 and the third set 25-21, while Sauk Rapids-Rice won the second 27-25 and the fourth 25-18.
The Brandon-Evansville football team can look across the field on Friday night and see a program that the Chargers would like to emulate when Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley comes to town for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Wolverines have a history of producing good teams at the 9-man level. That includes a state title in 2012 and a runner-up trophy in 2008. They were 8-2 a season ago, which included a 32-30 win over the Chargers on Sept. 11.
Good teams find ways to win when things don't always go their way. Coaches would rather their players learn from a win than to take lessons from a loss, and that's where the Alexandria football team is at this week with a trip to Willmar looming this Friday night on the road.
The Osakis volleyball team ran into Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and couldn't quite get over the hump in a few close sets before falling 3-1 at home on Thursday. The Jaguars (5-7) won a close first set 25-23 before the Silverstreaks (8-7) got that one back with a 25-22 in the second. BBE controlled things from there, winning 25-16 and 25-13 to secure the match.
The Osakis tennis team upped its dual-meet record to 8-2 on Thursday with a 7-0 win over Wadena-Deer Creek. The tightest matches came in the doubles lineup where two of the three contests went to three sets. Nicolle Klukken and Liz Sabrowsky won 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 at the first spot, while Kali Giesler and Karlee Hoffarth overcame a 6-2 loss in the first set to win 6-3, 10-5 at second doubles.
Sauk Centre made quick work of Minnewaska in West Central Conference volleyball action on Thursday night. The Mainstreeters (13-2, 6-1 WCC) swept the match by 25-7, 25-8 and 25-12 scores. The Lakers (4-10, 1-5 WCC) had just seven total kills, with six of those going to Ellie Danielson. Taylor Amundson had six assists and Bailey Stewart had 20 digs. SAUK CENTRE 3, MINNEWASKA 0 (25-7, 25-8, 25-12)
The Alexandria cross country teams went to Rocori and came back with a third-place finish on the boys' side and a fourth-place finish for the girls. "Alexandria came to run with 12 of 15 season bests for the girls and 17-22 season bests for the boys," Cardinals' head coach Travis Hochhalter said. "It was awesome to watch the teams having fun out there and competing. Lots of great things were happening at this meet, with packing it up and building on our season goals."
FOOTBALL Alexandria at Willmar, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. WDC, 7 p.m. B-E vs. CGB, 7 p.m. Minnewaska at Morris Area, 7 p.m. WCA-Ashby at KMS, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs...
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. BBE, 7:30 p.m. B-E vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska at Sauk Centre, 7 p.m. WCA vs. Wheaton, 7 p.m. Ashby vs...
I found myself wide awake in bed with my mind wandering a few nights before bow hunting opener this past Saturday. I got a text message from a friend that evening letting me know of a huge 12-point buck that was using land I have permission to hunt as its home range. This terrain is new to me this year. I walked it in early August, and my initial thoughts were that the land was a sanctuary for whitetails — thick, knotted-up cover that would be difficult to even find a tree to hang a stand on.