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Alexandria senior Hannah Ecklund advanced her high school swimming career one more day by qualifying for the Class A finals in the 100 breaststroke during Thursday's prelims. Ecklund will swim in the consolation bracket after finishing 16th during the prelims. She entered with a seed time of 1:09.35 and dropped a little time off that, finishing her swim in 1:09.30 to edge Ava Olson (1:09.82) of Blake School for the final spot in Friday's finals.
Many of the Alexandria football coaches gathered in the coaches' offices at Alexandria Area High School on Monday like they normally do at the end of the school day. It's the place they meet before heading out to the practice field all fall. Only, there was really no reason to meet this time. That still didn't feel right after a loss to Elk River in the state quarterfinals two days earlier.
Alexandria's JeAnna Miller has made her mark in high school track and field as a high jumper, but the three-sport athlete has proven to be pretty versatile over her career. The high, long and triple jumps that Miller competes in demand power and explosiveness. Her other two sports, Nordic skiing and cross country, demand endurance. Miller might get to test exactly how wide her skill range is in college after signing with Division I North Dakota State University on Tuesday to high jump and possibly compete in the heptathlon for the Bison.
GIRLS HOCKEY Alexandria at East Grand Forks, 6 p.m.
Alexandria senior Rachel Kriese finished 26th out of 32 divers during the Class A state tournament prelims on Wednesday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Kriese had a prelims score of 125.65. Sophomore Saylor Hawkins of Breck had the top prelims score of 193.10 before posting a 298.40 through the semifinals. The top 20 divers after the prelims advanced to the semis.
Alexandria's Rachel Kriese didn't know where she was going to end up placing among some talented divers in the Section 6A field, but she knew she was going to enjoy Saturday's competition in her home pool at Discovery Middle School. This could have been her last meet. That hit her during practice last week, and she was determined to enjoy every bit of it.
The initial harvest numbers through the first two days of the Minnesota firearms deer hunting season were down 3 percent, but that doesn't mean nice bucks didn't fall. There are always plenty across the state and in this area. For a few younger hunters, this fall proved to be especially lucky.
Alexandria senior Hannah Eklund wanted a section title in the 100 breaststroke on Saturday afternoon at the Discovery Middle School pool.
The firearms deer hunting season is a sacred holiday for many of the hunters who don blaze orange and take to the woods for a season that just wrapped up this past Sunday.
The Alexandria Blizzard has settled into an early-season groove after winning its fifth straight game with a sweep of a 0-16 Chicago Bulldogs team and a 10-1 win over Willmar this past weekend. Alexandria (10-6, 20 points) dominated both weekend games in Chicago, winning 12-1 on Sunday after a 6-0 win on Saturday. The story of both games is on full display in the shot disparity between the two teams: On Sunday, it was Blizzard 81, Bulldogs 18. Saturday was much of the same as Alexandria outshot Chicago 88-12.