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The Alexandria gymnastics team will have a new coach leading the program this season but one that's a familiar face to the girls she'll be coaching. Jessica Anderson took over for Becca Cederberg this off-season after serving as an assistant in the program for seven years. There are some mixed emotions associated with the move as she gets the chance to lead a team she competed with as a gymnast for the Cardinals before graduating from Jefferson High School in 2007. "I'm nervous and excited; all at the same time," Anderson said after the team's first home meet against Sartell last Thursday.
Harland Jahnke of Parkers Prairie has been hunting deer since he was 16 years old. He's 80 now and got the biggest buck of his life during this past firearms season. Jahnke was hunting north of Parkers Prairie on opening day on Nov. 7 when he first saw the 14-point buck. "The place I sit, all the years I've hunted, they come out of the big woods and somebody has always shot at them so they come full speed. This one here was about 400 yards away, and I had him in my scope but it was kind of dark.
The Alexandria girls basketball team was eager to get back on the court after losing its season opener at Detroit Lakes last Friday night. It wasn’t the start Alexandria was...
Alexandria's Bethany Hasz continued her strong running season this past weekend by taking fifth out of 197 runners at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. The meet is a gathering of many of the top high school cross country runners in the country. Hasz finished the 5K race in 17:17.1. Katie Rainsberger won the girls race in a time of 16:56.8. Hasz qualified for the national meet by taking fourth at the Heartland Region meet in Sioux Falls, SD on Nov. 15. She was fourth there with a time of 17:17.6.
The West Central Area boys basketball team is off to a 3-0 start after holding off Underwood in a 70-65 game on Monday night. The Rockets connected on 10-of-19 threes, but the Knights used a three of their own from Nathan Wrolson to tie the game at 55 apiece. Ben Anderson then added a triple with the score tied 59-59 to give WCA a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex at Rocori, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at WCA, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Litchfield, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Rocori, 7:30...
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team hadn't shot the way the Chargers believe they are capable of shooting from the field through two games, but they were still 2-0 after a 47-40 win over Hancock last Friday night. Brandon-Evansville overcame 28-percent shooting from the field by outscoring the Owls by nine at the free throw line. The Chargers were 13-of-27 from the stripe, while Hancock finished 4-of-6. "We haven't shot very well the first two games," B-E head coach Dick Simpson said. "We're better shooters than that. I think that will come around sooner or later here.
The Alexandria dance team went to Detroit Lakes this past Saturday and came home with a second-place finish in kick and fifth in jazz among the five Class 2-A teams at the invite. "It was a small invite but an important one for the Cardinals because all but one of the competitors (Moorhead) is in the same section," head coach Christine Reilly said. "The team was hoping for the win [in kick], but Pequot Lakes beat them by a mere seven points out of a possible 500." Reilly viewed the meet as a big step forward from the season opener.
BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. WHN, 7:30 p.m. Ashby at New York Mills, 7:30 p.m.
The Osakis boys basketball team got its first win of the season by defeating Bertha-Hewitt 70-39 on Saturday night in Bertha. The Streaks (1-2, 0-1 Prairie) were led by junior guard Zach Weir with 14 points, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, and junior guard Jacob Jones with 13 points and five steals. "We shot the ball well against their zone and once they extended their defense, we were able to hit our post players for some easy baskets," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said.