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Minnesota DNR big game program leader Adam Murkowski led a listening session in Alexandria in February that drew hunters who were eager to have their voices heard. The session was part of the DNR's attempt to get a feel for what hunters would like to see in a deer management plan that the agency hopes to have completed later this year.
The Minnewaska tennis team is hitting its stride with now a 12-5 record after breezing past New London-Spicer 7-0 on Tuesday. The Lakers took every match in straight sets. Danielle Thorfinnson didn't drop a game at first singles, while Hannah Orlowski, Karra Hanson and Maddie Thorfinnson followed with wins at the next three spots. Anna Vold and Greta Reichmann teamed up at first doubles to win 6-1, 6-2. Cammy Mithun and Alissa Thorfinnson didn't drop a game at second doubles and Madelynn Reichmann and Annika Randt dropped just three games in winning at third doubles.
The Alexandria girls tennis team continued to gather wins on Tuesday night as the Cardinals won their sixth straight in beating Sartell-St. Stephen 7-0. Things came relatively easy for Alexandria as all the wins came in straight sets. Jamie Lanoue didn't drop a game at first singles, while Laura Wilmesmeier, Alli Prestby and Rachel Bitzan all followed suit with easy wins throughout the rest of the lineup.
The Alexandria boys soccer team finished off a stretch of five games in nine days on Tuesday against Sartell-St. Stephen, and it might have caught up to the Cardinals in a 4-1 loss to the Sabres. Every one of those games came against winning teams in Moorhead (12-2), St. Cloud Apollo (5-2-2), St. Cloud Tech (6-3-2), St. Cloud Cathedral (8-2) and now Sartell (6-4-2).
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Tech, 7 p.m. Osakis @ LPGE, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Bertha-Hewitt, 7:15 p.m. Ashby @ Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska @ Benson BOYS SOCCER
Munsch named Coach of the Year The Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association recently named the section coaches of the year throughout the state, and Alexandria's Jake Munsch was awarded the Section 8AAA honor. Munsch and the Cardinals posted one of the best seasons in the program's history after going 20-7 in the spring of 2017. Alexandria made it back to the state tournament for the third time in school history and the first time since 1975 after a dominant run through the section field.
Two area teams moving in somewhat different directions right now met in Evansville on Monday night. The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team is trying to find itself a bit after losing its two middle hitters to injury earlier this season. The Chargers lost to Ashby (2-8) for the first time in 10 seasons last Thursday.
The Osakis football team ran into a stingy defense on Friday night as Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City defended its home field with a 14-0 win in the Mid State (Sub 2) District. The Falcons (3-1, 2-1 district) allow just 12.8 points per game, good for third best in the district behind BOLD (9.0 PPG) and Minnewaska Area (10.8 PPG). Osakis (2-2, 1-2 district) couldn't get things going against ACGC as the Silverstreaks were shut out for the first time this season.
BOYS SOCCER Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Cathedral, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. West Central Area, 7:30 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY West Central Area @ Ortonville, 4 p.m. TENNIS Osakis vs. Sauk Centre, 3:30 p.m.
Wins are not supposed to come easy on a 3-0 team’s home field, and it didn’t for the Brandon-Evansville football team on Friday night. Bertha-Hewitt hosted the Chargers in a battle of two teams with just one loss between them. In the end, the Chargers (3-1) built an early lead and held on late to win a 27-20 game and hand the Bears (3-1) their first loss of the season.