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The Alexandria boys hockey team has heard the rumblings. Players know what the popular opinion is across the state about this year's team. Programs don't generally lose 15 seniors from a 22-4-1 team and not take at least a little bit of a drop in the standings. That's what outsiders assume will happen to Alexandria this winter, and it's a prognosis that hasn't gone unnoticed by these players. "It's all over social media, Twitter and whatnot," senior defenseman Nate Folsom said. "Everyone thinks it's a rebuilding year. We lost 15 seniors. Of course, who doesn't think that?
Alexandria 11-year-old Bobby Olson experienced some buck fever that turned out to be a blessing in disguise on the firearms opener on November 7. Olson was hunting with his grandfather, Bob Olson, on his grandfather's farm in Douglas County when a six-point buck appeared on opening morning. Bobby shouldered his gun and fired. The shot missed, but his grandpa assured him he would get another opportunity. "They went to camp for some lunch," Bobby's father, Trevor Olson, said of the hunt.
Kensington's Lindsay Spillman got her first deer while hunting near her hometown during the firearms season. Spillman shot this buck while hunting on November 8.
The Ashby boys basketball team is coming off a 3-22 season that it wants to make sure it improves on heading into this winter. The Arrows lost three players to graduation in Zach Barry, Gavin Saxton and Dakota Fossan but have seven letter winners back. Senior Miles Wing and junior Nathan Cook are two guards who are back as starters.
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 big buck while hunting on the evening of November 11 just north of Miltona. "The buck walked out with his head down," Clayton's brother, Brandon, said. "Clayton was in his stand. When he first saw it, he thought it was a doe until he lifted his head." There was no confusion once that happened. Clayton dropped the 13-point buck from about 120 yards away with one shot.
The Alexandria girls hockey team believed it had a roster that could put together a special season coming into the year, and the Cardinals have done nothing to diminish those...
GIRLS HOCKEY Alex vs. Moorhead, 7 p.m.
An Osakis student was recently honored for his passion in the outdoors by being recognized as the Outdoor Youth of the Month for October in a program that Outdoor News and Clam Outdoors offer readers and the public. Luke Staloch, 13, is a member of the Osakis High School clay target league team that got started last spring. Outdoor News also noted that and his bagging of a 27-pound turkey near Osakis as a couple reasons why he was honored with the monthly award. Students in grades 7-12 are nominated each month to receive the honor.
McKenzie Revering's fast start to her junior season was highlighted on Friday night with an overtime winner as the Alexandria girls hockey team won at Sartell-Sauk Rapids in a 2-1 game. Revering had both Alexandria goals on the power play as she scored at 15:29 in the second period to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Brooke Walters evened things up for the Storm'Sabres (1-1) late in the third with a goal at 13:17. That set the stage for Revering in overtime.
Alexandria junior Hannah Eklund will continue her swimming season at the state meet at the University of Minnesota after she secured her spot in the 100 breaststroke at the 6A...