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BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. North Iowa, 7:10 p.m. FOOTBALL Alexandria vs. Bemidji at AAHS, Section 8-5A semifinals, 7 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Alexandria vs. East Grand Forks, 8-A playoffs, 1 p.m...
The Alexandria Blizzard has its hands full against one of the top teams in the NA3HL this weekend as North Iowa moved to 7-0-1 after Friday night with a 3-1...
The Alexandria Blizzard swept two games on the road this past weekend as the team heads home for two games against North Iowa this Friday and Saturday night. The Blizzard defeated Minnesota 5-3 on Saturday after taking care of Granite City 5-2 a night earlier. Aaron Ryback had a huge weekend, scoring two goals and dishing out two assists in the Saturday win after putting up four goals against Granite City last Friday. Ryback's first goal on Saturday came at 11:24 in the second period to give the Blizzard a 2-0 advantage.
Megan and Bethany Hasz have long shown a tendency of identifying what they want and going out and getting it. As sophomores, the twin sisters from Alexandria were already well known on the Minnesota cross country scene. The only thing missing was a state title. Shakopee's Maria Hauger controlled the running landscape in Minnesota at that time with four straight cross country titles from 2009-2012, three 3,200-meter titles in track and another in the 1,600. Hauger's graduation opened the door for someone else to grab the reins as the best distance runners in the state.
Football fans of both teams at Alexandria's 57-49 overtime win in Bemidji on September 18 probably would have gladly accepted a rematch of these two programs in the playoffs. That's exactly what they will get now that the third-seeded Lumberjacks took care of sixth-seeded St. Cloud Apollo in a 40-13 game on Tuesday night. "It's going to be a tough game," Alexandria head coach Mike Empting said on Wednesday. "It was a tough game the first time around. They've got an offense that features one of the better running backs in the state.
The top-seeded Osakis girls tennis team had its season end in heartbreak on Wednesday as second-seeded Minnewaska beat the Silverstreaks in the Section 6A title match. Osakis had beaten the Lakers 7-0 earlier in the season, but Minnewaska had its lineup ready to go for a rematch. The Lakers took three of four in singles play and two of three in doubles to wrap up their second straight trip to the state tournament. Joelle Thorfinnson got things going with a tight 6-1, 1-6, 10-8 win over Ashley Kraemer at first singles.
BOYS SOCCER Alexandria vs. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, 8A playoffs, 6 p.m. Minnewaska in section play, TBD GIRLS SOCCER Alexandria vs. Crookston, 8A playoffs, 4 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Osakis at Sartell Tournament, 9 a.m.
Osakis head coach Bill Infanger hugged his seniors near midfield for the last time with them wearing a Silverstreaks jersey on Wednesday night. Osakis had earned the right to host...
The Alexandria swimming and diving team wrapped up its dual-meet regular season by lapping Fergus Falls in the pool by a 106-78 score on Tuesday night. "The second half of the meet was where our ladies put away the Otters with some hard work and determination," Alexandria head coach Richard Smith said. "Our first victory was not until the 100 butterfly, where Mikayla Meece won with a 1:07." It was one of two wins for Meece after she took the 100 backstroke with the same 1:07 time. Kaitlyn Meece (6:06.86) added a win in the 500 freestyle, while Hannah Eklund won the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.
Sixth-seeded Parkers Prairie football went on the road and beat third-seeded Pine River-Backus 32-26 in the Section 6A playoffs on Tuesday night. The Panthers (4-5) and Tigers (6-3) both scored four touchdowns, but Parkers Prairie converted all four two-point conversions.