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The Alexandria girls cross country team came home with a win at the 57th annual Fergus Falls John Hermes Invitational on Thursday after edging Sartell by four points. The Cardinals tallied a meet-low 50 points, while the Sabres (54) and Otter Tail Central (111) rounded out the top three. The Alexandria boys finished in fifth place out of nine teams with 100 points.
The Alexandria girls soccer team traveled to Fergus Falls and came home with a 2-0 conference and section win against the Otters on Thursday night. Hayley Burns got both goals in the first half. She connected nine minutes in when McKenna Smith sent a pass to Burns at 12 yards out. Burns buried the shot for a 1-0 advantage before connecting from 10 yards out off a pass from Karsen Granning with about three minutes left in the half. That's all the offense goaltender Emma Ziegler needed. She turned aside seven shots to secure the win, while Alicia Niblock saved 14 shots in the losing effort.
The Alexandria boys soccer team celebrated Senior Night with a 7-0 win over Fergus Falls Thursday as Kagan Foster continued to tear up the field in his final year with a hat trick and two assists against the Otters. Fellow senior Devin Crowe added two assists in the win.
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The Alexandria football team had dealt with the headaches of trying to stop some high-octane, no-huddle offenses for a few years before deciding it was time to join the trend. The Cardinals had built their own brand of success over previous decades. One that revolved around the Wing-T, a ball-control system that relies on a strong running game and the play-action pass. But the game among a lot of bigger programs was changing. Coaches realized that before the 2013 season and decided to make the switch to a spread offense designed to get their playmakers out in space.
The Alexandria Blizzard will welcome in the Twin City Steel for the home opener on Friday night with head coach Jeff Crouse feeling there is a lot to like about this team. It would be unusual for a head coach to say anything differently about their team just four games into the season, but Alexandria has established itself as a playoff team in each of the last three years. That's exactly where the Blizzard hopes to end up again this season. "I like my team right now," Crouse said on Wednesday morning. "I like where we're at. I like our character and work ethic.
It's been business as usual for the Alexandria football team as the Cardinals get ready to host a 3-3 Rocori team for homecoming at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Cardinals are in the midst of a four-game winning streak and have plenty to play for in the final two weeks. These players understand that, but head coach Mike Empting says they aren't getting ahead of themselves. "They've been pretty consistent," he said. "They come out and do what they do every day. I think we have great leadership. They've kept guys even keel. It's a pretty focused group, but at the same time. They have fun with it.