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BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at Parkers Prairie, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Alex...
The Alexandria wrestling team is confident that it can compete with anyone in the Central Lakes Conference and section fields, and the Cardinals did that at its home triangular on...
The Alexandria boys hockey team won its second straight shutout on Thursday night as the Cardinals handled Sauk Rapids-Rice 4-0 to improve to 5-3-1 in the Central Lakes Conference and 6-8-1 overall. Alexandria outshot the Storm (2-14, 0-8 CLC) 45-13 and scored one each in the first and second periods before putting things away with two in the third. Nate Folsom scored his goal shorthanded off an assist from Ben Doherty at 3:20 in the third. Folsom then returned the favor as he assisted Doherty's goal at 16:07 to end the scoring.
The Alexandria girls hockey team used seven goals over the final two periods to coast to a 7-1 win over Prairie Centre on the road on Thursday night. The Cardinals found themselves down 1-0 after the first when Mikayla Olson scored shorthanded at 2:38 in the period against Sarah Finley. The Alexandria junior settled in after that, turning aside 17 total shots to earn her second straight win in net.
The Alexandria gymnastics team ran past St. Cloud Apollo on Thursday night to secure a 128.55-97.725 win over the Eagles. Joslyn Kent led the way with three first-place finishes. She took the bars with 7.85 points, the vault with 8.9 points and the floor routine with 8.35 points. The Cardinals had the top-five finishes on the bars as Jacy Roste (7.8), Mattie Bogart (7.375), McKena Thoennes (7.3) and Sydney Quinn (7.2) helped their team rack up points.
The Alexandria Nordic ski teams raced at St. John's Arboretum on Thursday on a 6K course against section teams like St. Cloud Cathedral, St. Cloud Tech, Apollo, Willmar and St. John's Prep. The Cardinal girls were paced by JeAnna Miller, who finished sixth individually in 20:30. Britt Hurlen was 11th, Camille Johnson 19th and Olivia Hagstrom rounded out the lineup in 26th place to help Alexandria finish third as a team. St. Cloud Tech won and Cathedral came in second.
The Osakis wrestling team split two matches at the Pierz Triangular on Thursday night as the Silverstreaks beat Eden Valley-Watkins 51-27 and fell 61-6 against Class A's fourth-ranked Pierz. Osakis' only wins against Pierz came from Seth Johnson at 113 and Gage Zieske at 120. Johnson won on a 6-4 decision, while Zieske won 3-0.
The Minnewaska wrestling team went 2-1 at BOLD on Thursday night as the Lakers beat the Warriors 42-36 and Ortonville 40-36, while falling to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton-Westbrook-Walnut Grove 48-26. Max Reichmann got things going against Ortonville for the Lakers with a 6-5 win at 106 pounds. Mason Blair won by fall in 2:58 at 113 and Tyson Meyer (132, 8-3) and Dylan Jergenson (138, fall, 1:26) also added wins.
It didn't take Aaron Steidl long to exceed expectations with the best FCS Division I football team in the country after graduating in 2014 from Jefferson High School in Alexandria. Walk-ons don't arrive with much fanfare to Division I programs. They have to fight for everything they get, and Steidl was fine with that from the very beginning. He had scholarship offers to Division II schools like Bemidji State and the University of Minnesota-Duluth, but NDSU provided a chance to be a part of something special in football.