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Sartell-St. Stephen seemed to want to keep the ball out of Alexandria's hands by keeping the ball on the ground Friday night. The Sabres ran 23 times in the first half alone. It worked at times. Cardinals' head coach Mike Empting said they had to fix a few things at halftime in their run defense, and they did. Alexandria held the Sabres to less than 40 yards after the break and less than 200 total yards in the game on the way to a 32-0 win.
Alexandria 32, Sartell 0 BOLD 39, Osakis 14 Brandon-Evansville 50, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 0 Minnewaska 14, ACGC 8 Royalton 32, Parkers Prairie 0
The Brandon-Evansville football team has high hopes for this season and didn't want to fall to 0-2 early in the year. The Chargers didn't. Not even close, as Brandon-Evansville dominated Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Friday night in a 50-0 win. "It was very good," B-E head coach Tim Pattrin said. "We really talked about worrying about ourselves, just like we always do. We don't play up or down to people, we play a constant Charger football. It was nice to see that happen where the guys came out and did their jobs and now we move on to next week."
Alexandria @ Sartell-St. Stephen, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. BOLD, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville @ Hillcrest, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie @ Royalton, 7 p.m. Minnewaska @ ACGC, 7 p.m. WCA-Ashby vs. United North Central, 7 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS
It was hard to tell through the first half on Tuesday night exactly how Sophia Vinje was handling the challenge of taking over in net for the Alexandria girls soccer team. That's only because Vinje wasn't really tested in those first 40 minutes. She had to make just two saves. Neither were close shots as Alexandria controlled the ball almost all half and led 1-0 after a Josie Minnerath goal.
The Brandon-Evansville football team knew all about its opponent last Friday when Verndale came to town, but Hillcrest Lutheran Academy presents a little more mystery this week. The Comets went 10-2 a year ago and won the Section 4, 9-man championship in 2016. A lot has changed since then.
The Alexandria and Sartell-St. Stephen football teams don't look a lot like the two teams that met for the Section 8-5A championship last fall. The Cardinals won that shootout 40-32 to cement their spot at the state tournament. There were a lot of seniors on that Alexandria team, but nothing like there was for the Sabres. Sartell-St. Stephen returns just two starters from the 2016 team - Gavin Reitz at fullback and Riley Hartwig at tight end.
The Brandon-Evansville Chargers Golf Tournament that was originally scheduled for Aug. 25 has been rescheduled for Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. The tournament, which is a fundraiser for Chargers athletic programs, will be played at the Pine Ridge Golf Course near Evansville. Cost for the four-person scramble is $60 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart and a meal. Contact Brian Perleberg at (320) 491-6696 to register or for more information.
The Minnewaska volleyball team pushed BOLD to the limit on Tuesday but couldn't get its first win of the season after a five-set loss. The Lakers (0-3, 0-2 West Central Conference) won the second set 26-24 and the fourth one 25-16. The Warriors (1-1, 1-1 WCC) had just enough by winning 26-24 in the first, 25-19 in the third and 15-12 in the fifth set. Ellie Danielson had 10 kills for Minnewaska, while Emma Thorfinnson added nine. Kelsey Johnson dished out 15 assists and Sara Geiser had 14. Danielson also led the way from the back row with 15 digs. BOLD 3, MINNEWASKA 2
The West Central Area volleyball team fell at New York Mills on Tuesday by dropping three straight sets to the Eagles. New York Mills (2-0) won 25-20, 25-11 and 25-18. The Knights fell to 1-1 with the loss. "It was a hard-fought battle with games one and three being tight ones," WCA head coach Amy Linn said. "In game two, we just made too many errors to compete with a tough NYM team. We head back into the gym tomorrow to fine tune our defense and tighten up our serve receive."