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The Alexandria swimming and diving team opened up its season with a decisive win against Melrose-Sauk Centre at Discovery Middle School pool on Tuesday night.
The Alexandria boys hockey team proved it can play with the best teams in its section by playing to a tie with defending 6A champion St. Cloud Cathedral on the road on Tuesday. It was a battle of two top-10 ranked teams as the Cardinals (2-0-2) came in ranked ninth and the Crusaders (4-1-2) were ranked fifth in the latest polls. The two teams played to a 3-3 tie after neither team could find the net on a combined eight shots through overtime.
The Alexandria girls basketball team breezed past another Central Lakes Conference opponent on Tuesday night with a 51-31 win at Fergus Falls. The Cardinals (4-1, 3-0 CLC) had their typical defensive pressure on display as they allowed just 11 first-half points. "We were cold in the first half on the offensive end versus the Otters' extended zone, but our defense kept our rhythm until we hit our stride in the second half," Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said.
It had been years since the Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team beat Battle Lake. That’s why Tuesday’s win had a little added meaning for the Chargers. The Battlers (2-1) might not have the size or the depth that made them a perennial power at the Class A level in recent years, but it’s still a proud program with talented players like senior forward Eric VanErp.
It's Ryan Borris' job to get things started for the Alexandria wrestling team early this season. At 106 pounds, he has the chance to set a tone for the Cardinals each night out. Eventually, that will likely be an opportunity that he relishes. As it is right now, it's admittedly a little bit of a whirlwind for the freshman who is getting his first taste of varsity wrestling this winter.
Seven swans have been a swimming on area waters. Actually, there's been more than that. Many more. And it's a sight that those around Alexandria might be able to get used to. "We're just starting to see the influx," Lake Carlos State Park area naturalist Ben Eckhoff said on Dec. 8. "This is about the time we start seeing more of them in the area as they move from the north and come south. They're starting to congregate on those open water areas where there's food nearby."
November 11, 2016 American National Bank Bantam A 2, Osseo Maple Grove 1 Moorhead AA 4, Hilltop Lumber PeeWee A 2 St Michael Albertville B 11, Cowing Robards PeeWee B...
Winter anglers who have been waiting months to get onto the ice got their wish this past week as frigid temperatures made conditions safe enough to walk on on a number of area lakes. Portable houses were up on Saturday morning on Lake Reno as anglers try to take advantage of what is often a hot bite that comes right after freeze up.
BOYS BASKETBALL Osakis at Paynesville, 7:15 p.m. B-E vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska at Melrose Area, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Fergus...
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team is 3-0 and 2-0 in the Little Eight Conference after a 59-22 win over Ashby last Friday. The Chargers are a senior-laden group that built a 17-0 lead against a young Ashby roster. They never looked back on the way to a 36-7 lead by the break. "They came ready to play," B-E head coach Dick Simpson said of his players. "I think we caught Ashby at the wrong time for them. They're young and they were sick and never really got anything going at all. We have a very veteran team, but Ashby always plays hard."