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The Osakis volleyball team wrapped up the Prairie Conference championship on Tuesday night after sweeping Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on the road. The Silverstreaks (12-9, 9-1 Prairie) took care of things with relative ease, winning 25-17, 25-18, 25-17 to finish as the only one-loss team in either the North or South half of the league standings. Senior Kayla Sorenson led the way with 14 kills and six blocks at the net. Morgan Staloch added seven kills, while Hannah Lien had a team-high 17 assists and Staloch had seven digs.
The Alexandria volleyball team ran into the top team in the Central Lakes Conference on Tuesday night and fell in a 3-0 sweep at the hands of Rocori (21-4, 10-0 CLC). The Spartans got 15 kills and 17 assists from Eleanor Holthaus as they secured 25-15, 25-19 and 25-20 wins. Morgan Holthaus finished with 17 assists and added six kills herself. The Cardinals (8-16, 4-6 CLC) got nine of their 30 kills from McKenzie Duwenhoegger. Abby Pohlen added six and Tori Jesertiz and Jordyn Lamb each added five. Kayla Feldhake had 30 assists, and Syri Williams had a team-leading 14 digs.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team was a point away from a sweep on Tuesday night. Instead, the Chargers gave fans in Parkers Prairie a much more dramatic ending between two of...
The Alexandria boys soccer team ran into one of the best teams in Class AA on Monday night as the St. Cloud Tech Tigers dropped the Cardinals 5-0 in the final game of the regular season for both teams. Tech (16-0, 11-0 CLC) got two goals from Ali Abdirahman and one apiece from Faisal Deqow, Edgar Waldusky and Ahmed Hussein. The Tigers controlled the pace of play, allowing just two shots for the Cardinals that were turned away by Bryan Helminick in the shutout.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria at Rocori, 7 p.m. Osakis at LPGE, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs Morris Area, 7 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Minnewaska at Section Tourney, TBD...
The Osakis volleyball team battled hard with a 6AA foe before ultimately falling in a five-set match against Holdingford on Monday night.
The Alexandria girls soccer team wrapped up its regular season with a Central Lakes Conference win over St. Cloud Tech in a 2-1 road victory on Monday night. The Tigers (3-10-3) got on the board first when the Cardinals failed to clear a corner kick. A Tech player got her foot on the ball in the scrum and found the back of the net for a 1-0 first-half lead. Alexandria responded nine minutes later. A Tigers' hand ball outside the box gave the Cardinals a free kick that McKenna Smith took advantage of when she snuck one in the top corner of the net.
Alexandria's Micah Christenson got things going for the Cardinals on Saturday, and Jaran Roste put things away. Christenson had touchdown runs of 79 and 23 yards in the opening quarter on the way to an 11-carry, 153-yard day before he had to leave in the second quarter after a leg injury from which he did not return. Roste took the bulk of the running duties from there, rushing for 238 yards and for Alexandria's final four touchdowns as the unbeaten Cardinals (6-0) held off the Brainerd Warriors (4-2) 59-45 in a wild homecoming game Saturday at Adamson Field in Brainerd.
The Alexandria volleyball team hosted its annual invite this past Saturday and came away with a 2-2 record against schools from across the state. The Cardinals (8-15, 4-5 CLC) ended the day with a 2-1 loss against Grand Rapids (18-6). They won a 2-0 match against Maranatha Christian (10-9) and a 2-1 decision against Big Lake (6-15), while falling in a 2-0 decision against North St. Paul (20-3). The Polars were dominant throughout the tournament, winning all four of their matches by 2-0 scores.
The Brainerd boys soccer team scored five goals in the first half last Friday against Alexandria to set the tone in a 5-0 win for the Warriors. Brainerd (7-8, 6-6 Central Lakes Conference) scored in the 13th, 20th, 22nd, 25th and 27th minute to take that commanding lead into the break. The Warriors never let the Cardinals (6-8-1) gain any hope from there as both teams went scoreless after halftime. Alexandria had just six shots on net in the game.