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Alexandria freshman Sidney Drew got the first hat trick of her young varsity career on Tuesday night, and she didn’t have to wait long to get it. Drew scored the first two goals for the Cardinals within the first two minutes against Rocori at Alexandria Area High School. Almost five minutes later, she had her third goal on her way to helping Alexandria to its first win of the season in a 7-0 game against the Spartans.
The pheasant population continues to rebound in Minnesota with mild winters and good nesting-season conditions the last couple years, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' annual roadside survey. The DNR released this year's findings on Sept. 6 that showed the pheasant index was up 29 percent compared to last year. The numbers are still 14 percent below the 10-year average and 48 percent below the long-term average, but it's a step in the right direction as hunters look toward the opener on Oct. 15.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria at Fergus Falls, 7 p.m. Royalton at Osakis, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska at Melrose, 7 p.m. WCA at Wheaton, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie...
The Alexandria cross country teams opened up their season in Brainerd at the 17th annual Run For Your Melon race as the boys and girls both finished second behind Little Falls on the boys’ side and Brainerd on the girls’ The Flyers finished with 38 points to win the boys race, while Alexandria came in with 54. The Cardinal girls also scored 54 points, but Brainerd edged them with 34.
The Osakis football team couldn’t have gotten off to a much better start than putting up 56 points and averaging 8.5 yards per carry like it did at Pelican Rapids on Friday. The Silverstreaks actually trailed in the game 8-7 in the first quarter, but it was just a blip on the radar screen. Before anyone knew it, it was 42-8 at the half.
West Central Area junior quarterback Ross Anderson scanned the field early in the fourth quarter in the season opener at Morris on Friday and found one of his best friends open over the middle. Junior Parker Clavin caught the ball. He turned up field and there was no one in front of him. “It was just a simple slant route and when I caught it, I saw the safety tried to jump it a little bit,” Clavin said. “He ran right past me, and it was green grass. I just had to get on my horse.”
One look at the final score in Alexandria’s season opening road win at Monticello, and one would assume the Cardinals were in midseason form. Alexandria put up huge numbers in a 51-39 win over the Magic. It avenges a 44-38 loss to Monticello in last year’s season opener. And as good as the Cardinals were offensively, head coach Mike Empting said they could have been even better. Alexandria had two turnovers, including a fumble by quarterback Jaran Roste as he was going into the end zone that the Magic recovered for a touchback.
FOOTBALL Alexandria at Monticello, 7 p.m. Osakis at Pelican Rapids, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Verndale, 7 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Holdingford, 7 p.m. WCA-Ashby at Morris Area, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie...
Beginning Sept. 1, hunters can access 23,500 acres of private land across 46 counties in western and south-central Minnesota through the Walk-In Access program. "Hunters tell us that finding land to hunt is their biggest challenge," said Scott Roemhildt, Walk-In Access coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "This program allows them to hunt high-quality private land without knocking on doors looking for permission."
The Brandon-Evansville football team would have been excited for any season opener, but a team they can't seem to see enough of adds to the intrigue this week. It's a program the Chargers know all too well as they travel to Verndale to take on an always-tough Pirates team for a 7 p.m. kickoff.