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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.
The Alexandria girls soccer team got its second Central Lakes Conference win on Thursday night as the Cardinals edged Sauk Rapids-Rice 1-0. Sophomore McKenna Ellingson got the only goal of the game for Alexandria (2-4-3, 2-3-2 CLC) with 26 minutes left in the first half. Sauk Rapids failed to clear a Cardinals' corner kick, and Ellingson sent a shot on net from 10 yards out that found the back of the net. Alexandria's defense held strong from there, allowing just one shot from inside its own penalty area. The Cardinals put nine shots on net.
The score the last time the Alexandria football team played St. Cloud Apollo is one that neither team has likely forgotten after the Cardinals put up 70 points in a win on Sept. 4 of last year. It was the first victory of the season for Alexandria, but it started a stretch of four straight wins.
Alexandria native Mitch Maday had a game to remember on the gridiron for the Hamline University football team this past weekend. Maday, a sophomore, isn't the biggest lineman in Division III college football at 6 feet 1 inch tall and 220 pounds, but he dominated Macalester College on Sept. 10 to help the Pipers to a 2-0 start to the season. Maday had 4.5 sacks, seven tackles and forced two fumbles in the 21-7 win to help his team take home The Paint Bucket, a rivalry trophy between the two schools.
FOOTBALL Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Apollo, 7 p.m. Osakis at Staples-Motley, 7 p.m. B-E at MACCRAY, 7 p.m. Minnewaska at BOLD, 7 p.m. WCA-Ashby vs. Royalton, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie...
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria at St. Cloud Tech, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. Upsala, 7:30 p.m. B-E vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska at Morris Area, 7 p.m. WCA at CGB, 7 p.m...