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BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. Rochester, 7:10 p.m.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Alex vs. Mound Westonka, 7 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Ashby vs. Wheaton, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. WCA vs. Underwood,...
The Alexandria girls hockey team has had a tendency early this season to find ways to bounce back after the opposition gets a goal. It was much of the same on Thursday night as the Cardinals went to section-foe Detroit Lakes' home ice and came back with a 5-2 win that moved them to 5-0 overall. Freshman McKenna Ellingson got the hat trick to lead the way for Alexandria as she continued to pile up points, getting her 11th of the season with six goals and five assists on the year. "She had an awesome game," Alexandria head coach Blair Hovel said.
The Alexandria boys hockey team has been here before. The Cardinals were a 19-win program two years ago but had to figure out who would step up in net after the departure of an all-section goaltender in Sam Goetsch. Christian Reimers helped answer the call. The Cardinals didn't skip a beat on their way to 22 wins in his only year as a varsity starter as he posted a 1.78 goals against average and a .919 save percentage through the regular season. The Cardinals hope things go just as well this season for another first-year, senior starter in Jack Nettleton.
Brey Effertz hasn't been able to ease his way into the North American Tier III Hockey League. Effertz, who turns 19 years old on November 26, has played just two games at this level and both have come against perennially strong programs. First up was defending national champion North Iowa (15-0-1) on November 6. This past Saturday, it was division-power Granite City (13-5). "I think it's really good to get in and get shots quick, kind of fall into a rhythm," Effertz said after falling 2-1 to the Lumberjacks on Saturday.
Alexandria's McKenzie Revering was hanging back near the blue line in a one-goal game when she received the puck late in the third period against Moorhead on Tuesday night. The Cardinals' junior defenseman gathered herself and took a couple strides into an opening before firing a wrister past the Spuds' Paige Schmidt. Top shelf. Game over. That made it a 3-1 contest and all but ended any thoughts of a Moorhead comeback. Putting up points has been the norm for Revering through the first four games. That goal was her seventh of the season.
Osakis native Bill Quistorff has seen a lot of success coaching the Rochester Community and Technical College football team at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) level and nothing has changed in his sixth season. Quistorff is in his third season as the head coach and has guided the Yellowjackets to an 11-0 record this fall. Rochester beat the North Dakota State College of Science on November 8 in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference championship game in St. Cloud. The Yellowjackets were trailing 41-22 at the start of the fourth quarter in that game.
Bucks that gain a name after showing up on camera tend to be special deer, and the buck known as Elvis in Todd County definitely fits that description. Alexandria's Calen Burkey and his party of six people that hunt north of Head of the Lakes Resort near Osakis had captured plenty of photos of this deer over the last two years. Hundreds of them, Burkey says. But there was a problem.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced on November 17 that Minnesota firearms hunters registered 118,599 deer through the second weekend of firearms deer season. That's up from 104,785 from the same period in 2014, according to the DNR. "Hunters are seeing more deer this year as we continue to build deer populations across much of the state," Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations program manager, said in the release. "We've again issued a conservative number of antlerless deer permits, and because of this, many hunters are seeing deer they can't shoot.
Fifteen-year-old Clayton Luedeke of Miltona already has two big bucks to his name during his hunting career and the latest would make the most seasoned hunter envious. Luedeke shot this...