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The Minnewaska football team earned its first trip to the state tournament since the 2000 season after beating Paynesville 34-30 on Saturday afternoon at St. John's University. The two teams...
The Minnesota Flying Aces built a 2-0 lead after the first period and never looked back in a 5-3 win over the Blizzard on Friday night. Alexandria was down 4-0...
Moorhead wasn’t going to be denied in a section title game for the third consecutive season. This has been a team on a mission all year after falling to Sartell-St...
The Osakis cross country teams were running in their first-ever Central Minnesota Conference championship meet and finished in the top half of both the boys and girls varsity races in their debut on Thursday. The Osakis boys took third with 94 points, just behind Maple Lake (71) in second and Holdingford (55) in first.
FOOTBALL Alexandria vs. Moorhead, 8-5A Finals at Fergus Falls High School, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Osakis vs. Paynesville Area, 7:15 p.m.
Runners at the Central Lakes Conference cross country meet saw a familiar scene play out as Bethany and Megan Hasz finished first and second, respectively, at Sauk Rapids-Rice on Tuesday afternoon. Bethany won the CLC title in a time of 17:48, while Megan was back on the course for the first time since the season opener. She wasted no time jumping into the mix with a second-place finish of 18:17.4. The Cardinals finished second as a team on the girls side with 75 points. Willmar ran away with the team title behind five top-seven finishes for a total of 25 points. Sartell-St.
The Minnewaska volleyball team will head to New London-Spicer to open the Section 3-2A playoffs after getting the seventh seed and getting swept by BOLD in the season finale on Thursday night. The Lakers (7-15) have lost three straight heading into the playoffs after falling 25-22, 26-24 and 25-17 to the Warriors. Emma Middendorf had a team-high 13 kills.
The Alexandria volleyball team went back and forth with a St. Cloud Tech team that sits right behind it in the current QRF section seedings and came up short against the Tigers in a five-set match. Alexandria (14-13) had swept Tech (12-12) earlier in the season, but couldn't hold on to an early lead on Thursday. The Cardinals won the first set 25-20 and the second 25-21. That's when the Tigers rallied with tight 27-25 and 26-24 wins in sets three and four.
Former Alexandria Beetles player Lucas Duda will play in a World Series with the New York Mets this season after playing a big role in getting his team there in game four of the National League Championship Series. Duda all but ended things himself on Wednesday night against the Cubs as the Mets swept Chicago. Duda, a 2006 Alexandria Beetles alum, had a three-run home run in the first inning of Wednesday's 8-3 win and added a two-run double in the second inning.
Sometimes things simply come together without much planning. Alexandria's Lauren Niska and McKenzie Revering have played on the ice together from the time they were young, but they didn't talk much about extending that connection on the blue line in college. They both had the same goals of reaching that next level — Division I would be the pinnacle. They put in the hours to get there. Training, camps, showcases, national tournaments — they did it all and got noticed by college coaches.