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The Minnewaska wrestling team ran into a buzz saw in Dawson-Boyd-Lac qui Parle Valley-Montevideo on Tuesday night as the Lakers dropped a 64-6 match. The Lakers' lone wins came at 106 pounds from Mason Blair in a 5-2 decision and in an 11-7 win from Tyler Vanluik at 195 pounds. Minnewaska had to forfeit at 113, 126, 160, 170, 220 and 285 pounds. That made for a wide gap in the final score. MATCH SUMMARY D-B-LQPV-M 64, Minnewaska 6 INDIVIDUAL RESULTS - 106 - Blair def. Trevon Johnson, 5-2; 113 - Layton Witnebel (DB) won by forfeit; 120 - Jordan Long def.
The West Central Area-Ashby-Evansville wrestling team got its season off on the right foot with two wins in its opening triangular on Tuesday. The Knights beat Wadena-Deer Creek 58-9 and took down Breckenridge 46-9. "It felt good to get back into wrestling action," head coach Brandon Gruchow said. "I was excited to see what the boys were going to bring to the table. After two weeks of practice and no competition these boys were chomping at the bit to get on the mat and show what they have improved on over the spring, summer and fall. ...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria 58, Willmar 46 In a showdown of Cardinals, Willmar’s offense deserted them in the second half and they fell to Alexandria 58-46 on Tuesday night in a...
An historically strong Alexandria cross-country program added another notch to its impressive state-tournament history this fall season. The Cardinals cemented their 21st trip to the Class AA meet on the...
The Alexandria volleyball team named senior setter Alexis Stern as its most valuable player after handing out its season-ending awards in November. Stern was one of three Alexandria players named to the All-Central Lakes Conference team as she finished with a team-high 311 sets through CLC play. She also added 84 kills during that stretch. Junior middle hitter Abby Pohlen and senior defensive specialist Maddi Moore were the others on the All-CLC team.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking for public input on a proposed rule change on Minnesota's wildlife management areas that will likely affect a lot of hunters in this area. Now it's on those hunters to take an active role in the conversation, and to do so with an open mind. The DNR is suggesting a rule that would require the use of non-toxic shot on WMAs in Minnesota's farmland zone.
A local football officiating crew has become a fixture at the high school prep bowl in Minnesota. Alexandria's Jeremy Anderson has brought a crew to the Twin Cities for the state football championships five times since 2010. This year's group included Anderson and fellow Alexandria residents Pete Grove and John Hoven, Jim Meissner from Brandon and Mike Arvidson from Parkers Prairie. Arvidson and Meissner were new to Anderson's crew for the playoffs this season. The group worked the Class 9-Man championship at TCF Bank Stadium on November 13 between Grand Meadow and Underwood.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team had some new players earning expanded roles on varsity this season, but there was a seasoned veteran back at the setter position to calm things on the court. Junior Kylee Hansen took on that role and earned this team's Most Valuable Player Award in the process.
The Alexandria boys basketball team came into the season with lofty expectations. Talk of a 20-win season and a trip to the state tournament were the goals set out by players at the start of practice. In order to accomplish those, the Cardinals know they need to have players step up into bigger roles. Alexandria lost seven seniors from last year's team, including forwards Joe Gorghuber, Tyler Owen and John Oberg.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Ashby vs. CGB, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Osakis at Morris Area,...