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VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. Sartell, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. LPGE, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Underwood, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. BOLD, 7 p.m. WCA at Frazee, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Rothsay,...
The Osakis football team used big plays offensively to run away with two wins out of the gate, but the Silverstreaks ran into a big Staples-Motley team on Friday that never let that happen in a 14-7 win for the Cardinals. Osakis scored first in this one early in the second quarter when quarterback Zach Weir found Josh Peterka for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Reid DeWenter added the extra point, and it was 7-0. That touchdown by Peterka ended up being one of the only big gains of the night for the Silverstreaks (2-1).
The Brandon-Evansville football team isn't going to try to trick anybody when it lines up to run an offensive play. The Chargers have an old-school approach. In a day and age when some high schools are trying to spread teams out offensively, Brandon-Evansville lines up and runs right at people. So far, there hasn't been much an opponent can do to stop it. "It starts up front," head coach Tim Pattrin said. "Our boys up front are picking up blitzes well, they're coming off the ball well and opening big holes."
VOLLEYBALL B-E at Minnewaska Tourney, 9 a.m. GIRLS TENNIS Osakis, PP at LPGE Tourney, 9 a.m. GIRLS SWIMMING Alexandria at U of M Invite, 11 a.m. BOYS SOCCER Minnewaska at...
Alexandria 48, St. Cloud Apollo 42 Parkers Prairie 32, Upsala-Swanville Area 21 Brandon-Evansville 37, MACCRAY 18 Staples-Motley 14, Osakis 7 Royalton 21, West Central Area-Ashby 0 BOLD 26, Minnewaska 0
Austin Koep thought he might have lost the game for his team late in the fourth quarter on Friday night. Parkers Prairie was hosting the seventh-ranked team in Class A in unbeaten Upsala-Swanville Area and had just gotten a turnover on downs deep in their own territory with 7:39 left in the game. The Panthers led 25-21 at that point. All they needed to do was hold onto the ball and put together a drive. Instead, Koep, a junior running back, put the ball on the ground at the Panthers’ 25-yard line.
The Midwest Premier Football League (MPFL) is bringing its all-star game festivities to Viking Savings Bank Field at Alexandria Area High School this Sunday at 5 p.m. League owner JJ Kern worked it out to have the game in Alexandria in an attempt to showcase some of the semi-pro football league's best players. Kern and local general manager Dan Amor of Carlos are working to form a local team called the Lakes Area Snowmen that they expect to make its debut for the 2017 season.
The Alexandria cross country teams ran in the annual Lucky Lindy Invitational in Little Falls on Thursday in some damp conditions as the boys finished eighth out of 25 teams and the girls were 10th. "Our boys and girls took advantage of the conditions and competition and ran away with 26 season-best times," Alexandria head coach Travis Hochhalter said. "It was a good team performance for the season."
The Minnewaska volleyball team ran into one of the best teams in the West Central Conference on Thursday as Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (6-0) swept the Lakers by 25-17, 25-13, 25-9 scores. The Lakers got nine kills from Abby VerSteeg and seven from Ellie Danielson. VerSteeg added 16 digs, Bailey Stewart added 22 digs and Taylor Amundson finished with 15 assists. MATCH SUMMARY MACA 3, Minnewaska 0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-9)
The Alexandria volleyball team got swept at the hands of a 5-2 St. Cloud Tech team on Thursday night as the Cardinals fell to 4-6 overall and to 3-2 in the Central Lakes Conference. The Tigers found ways to win close sets all night. They edged Alexandria 25-23 in the first before creating some breathing room in the second with a 25-16 win. Then in the third, Tech persevered for a 33-31 win to secure the match.