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The Osakis volleyball team battled hard with a 6AA foe before ultimately falling in a five-set match against Holdingford on Monday night.
The Alexandria girls soccer team wrapped up its regular season with a Central Lakes Conference win over St. Cloud Tech in a 2-1 road victory on Monday night. The Tigers (3-10-3) got on the board first when the Cardinals failed to clear a corner kick. A Tech player got her foot on the ball in the scrum and found the back of the net for a 1-0 first-half lead. Alexandria responded nine minutes later. A Tigers' hand ball outside the box gave the Cardinals a free kick that McKenna Smith took advantage of when she snuck one in the top corner of the net.
Alexandria's Micah Christenson got things going for the Cardinals on Saturday, and Jaran Roste put things away. Christenson had touchdown runs of 79 and 23 yards in the opening quarter on the way to an 11-carry, 153-yard day before he had to leave in the second quarter after a leg injury from which he did not return. Roste took the bulk of the running duties from there, rushing for 238 yards and for Alexandria's final four touchdowns as the unbeaten Cardinals (6-0) held off the Brainerd Warriors (4-2) 59-45 in a wild homecoming game Saturday at Adamson Field in Brainerd.
The Alexandria volleyball team hosted its annual invite this past Saturday and came away with a 2-2 record against schools from across the state. The Cardinals (8-15, 4-5 CLC) ended the day with a 2-1 loss against Grand Rapids (18-6). They won a 2-0 match against Maranatha Christian (10-9) and a 2-1 decision against Big Lake (6-15), while falling in a 2-0 decision against North St. Paul (20-3). The Polars were dominant throughout the tournament, winning all four of their matches by 2-0 scores.
The Brainerd boys soccer team scored five goals in the first half last Friday against Alexandria to set the tone in a 5-0 win for the Warriors. Brainerd (7-8, 6-6 Central Lakes Conference) scored in the 13th, 20th, 22nd, 25th and 27th minute to take that commanding lead into the break. The Warriors never let the Cardinals (6-8-1) gain any hope from there as both teams went scoreless after halftime. Alexandria had just six shots on net in the game.
The Alexandria tennis program saw the team portion of its season come to an end in Fargo last Friday, but advanced Jamie Lanoue to section singles and seniors Ellie Ronning and Kaity Peterson to second doubles on Saturday. Ronning and Peterson only played together at first doubles once this season before entering the 8AA-North tournament. Now they'll go into the section meet in Fargo this upcoming Saturday as the top seed from the North. That comes after sweeping four matches in straight sets.
FOOTBALL Alexandria at Brainerd, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Alexandria Home Invite, 9 a.m. CROSS COUNTRY Alexandria Home Invite, 10:30 a.m. GIRLS SWIMMING Alexandria at True Team Meet at DMS, 9 a.m.
The Alexandria football team felt what it was like to play in front of a packed house for homecoming on a Saturday afternoon with the fans behind them this past weekend. Now the Cardinals will see how they perform on the other end of the spectrum. Alexandria heads to Brainerd this Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff on the Warriors’ homecoming in what should be another electric atmosphere for two teams that are a combined 9-1.
FOOTBALL Osakis at DGF, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Rothsay, 7 p.m. Minnewaska at YME, 7 p.m. WCA at Parkers Prairie, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL B-E at SW State Tourney, TBD BOYS...
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. Fergus Falls, 7 p.m. Osakis at Upsala, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. ACGC, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Alexandria at St. Cloud...