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Four plays. Two on defense and two on offense on back-to-back possessions in the second half are all it took for Alexandria to break open a close game against Brainerd...
The Parkers Prairie football team dropped its record to 3-3 after a 39-12 loss to West Central Area on homecoming as the Knights improved to 3-3 with their third straight win. The Panthers got off to a good start when Harry Samuelson hit Travis Yohnke for a 14-yard touchdown in the opening quarter. The Knights immediately answered with a touchdown and an extra point. West Central Area didn't trail again. The Knights scored two more touchdowns through the air to take a 20-6 lead into the break. They only added to that in the second as WCA forced two fumbles and intercepted four passes.
The Osakis football team kept within striking distance through one quarter but couldn't keep up with a physical and athletic Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton team on Friday night in a 57-6 loss. The Rebels (5-1) were ranked eighth in the latest Class AAA state polls and have size and speed to work with on a deep roster. That made for a long night for Osakis after the Silverstreaks scored their only touchdown in the first quarter on a Glenn Seela run of about three yards.
The Alexandria volleyball team traveled to the Apple Valley Tournament this past Friday and Saturday and came home with a 1-3 record against some strong opponents. The Cardinals' only win came against Lakeville North in a 2-1 match. Alexandria jumped out with a 25-18 win in the first set of that one before falling 27-25. The Cardinals won the decisive third set 15-12. Alexandria took on Lakeville South and fell 2-1, while also falling in 2-0 matches against Marshall and Hopkins. Lakeville South is ranked third in the latest Class 3A polls.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team had to fend off Rothsay on Thursday night as the Tigers rallied from a 2-0 deficit before losing in five sets. The Chargers won 25-14 and 25-18 before falling 26-24, 25-19 to send things to a fifth set. They answered back with a 15-10 win to move to 5-6 overall and to 2-2 in the Little Eight Conference. "The girls played pretty well at times, and passive at other times," head coach Kelly Olson said. "The first and second sets were good overall. We finished plays and were aggressive at the net.
The Alexandria volleyball team (7-6, 5-2 CLC) jumped out to an early lead and finished things off in four sets against Sauk Rapids-Rice on Thursday night. The Cardinals won 25-22, 25-15 in the second before falling 25-21 in the third. They rebounded with a 25-23 win in the fourth to secure the win against the Storm (5-6, 2-4 CLC). Alexis Stern and Abby Pohlen each had 13 kills to lead the charge at the net. Jordyn Lamb added nine kills and Morgan Melrose and Kayla Feldhake had six and five, respectively. Melrose had 26 assists and Stern chipped in 22.
The Alexandria Blizzard was swept on the road this weekend as La Crosse defended its home ice in 4-1 and 3-2 games. The Blizzard grabbed a 1-0 lead in the...
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria at Apple Valley Invite Brandon-Evansville at Parkers Tourney, 9 a.m. CROSS COUNTRY WCA, Osakis at Milaca Mega Meet
FOOTBALL Alexandria vs. Brainerd, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Rothsay, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. DGF, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at WCA, 7 p.m. Minnewaska vs. YME, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Alexandria at...
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria 3, Sauk Rapids-Rice 1 (25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 25-23) The Alexandria volleyball team (7-6, 5-2 CLC) jumped out to an early lead and finished things off in four sets...