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The Alexandria girls basketball team passed its first road test of the season on Tuesday as the Cardinals opened up the season in Big Lake. Alexandria, ranked second in the Class 3-A polls, led by just three at the half against the 15th-ranked Hornets after jumping out to a 10-point lead. Big Lake rallied to make it a 27-24 game at the break, but Alexandria was too much defensively on its way to a 53-42 win. Defense has been this team's identity in years past, and the Cardinals were once again up to the challenge by holding down the Big Lake offense.
The Alexandria dance team opened up its season with a home Central Lakes Conference meet that saw eight league teams compete. The Cardinals finished sixth in the kick portion of the meet and seventh in jazz after losing a double tiebreaker scenario after tying St. Cloud Apollo for sixth.
Alexandria's Sarah Finley knew her role the last couple seasons as a goaltender for the girls hockey team would be as a backup. The Cardinals had a fixture in net in Amy Jost, the team's MVP-award winner from a year ago and an All-Central Lakes Conference goalie. Jost posted a .936 save percentage and a 1.66 goals-against average in 28 games last winter.
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The Alexandria boys hockey team is coming off a season that saw the Cardinals go 11-15-1. Competing for the Central Lakes Conference and Section 6A titles are where Alexandria wants to get back to. The Cardinals were forced to play almost entirely with guys who were new to the varsity level last winter. Many of them are back with a chip on their shoulder, hoping to prove last year's losing record was an anomaly. Head coach Ian Resch talked to the Echo Press on the state of this year's team leading up to the Cardinals' season opener last night, Tuesday, at Little Falls.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Big Lake, 7:15 p.m. Osakis at Benson, 7:30 p.m. B-E vs. Park Christian, 7:30 p.m. WCA vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:30 p.m. DANCE CLC Invite at AAHS,...
The Alexandria girls hockey team got its first twin on Saturday evening as the Cardinals (1-1) traveled to Mound Westonka and came home with a 2-1 victory. Eighth-grader Anna Doherty got her first varsity goal in the first period to give Alexandria a 1-0 lead early. That held up until late in the second period, when Mound Westonka's Liz Schepers scored on the power play to make it 1-1.
Alexandria native Heidi (Raymond) Revels didn't run cross country herself in high school. She ran track, and at that point she was more of a sprinter. Now she's the head coach of a cross country team that produced the top two female finishers at the Class AA state meet on Nov. 5. "I had no idea, no," Revels said. "I probably have 10 years of coaching experience in track between middle school and high school, but I wasn't really thinking I would be a cross country coach."
The Alexandria girls basketball team has dealt with some of the toughest losses a team could face in the section championship game each of the last two years. A 43-42 loss to Thief River Falls in 2015 left the Cardinals hungry to get back to an 8-3A title game last winter. They did against that same Prowlers team, only to fall just short again in a 57-55 overtime game. The same core group of players is back this season as seniors. There's 11 of them in total, and they are motivated to get over the hump in their final winter playing basketball together.
Every season is welcomed with a lot of anticipation, but maybe even more so for the Alexandria boys basketball team this winter. The Cardinals haven't forgotten how their season ended this past March. They were up 10 with less than four minutes left when Fergus Falls stormed back. Sophomore guard Nathan Rund took over, scoring 13 of his 34 points in the final three minutes, 30 seconds.