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The West Central Area volleyball team pushed Rothsay to the brink on Monday but lost a heartbreaker in a 16-14 fifth set. The Knights held a 2-1 lead after winning a marathon second set by a 32-30 final and taking the third 25-16. The Tigers responded by winning 25-21 to force a fifth set.
Archery season always makes me feel like fall is finally here, but Saturday's bow opener in Minnesota felt nothing like fall. Truthfully, I would much rather hunt in bitter cold conditions than the 90 degrees I sat through on Saturday afternoon. I might have chose to sit out that afternoon hunt with a long season in front of us, but my buddy, Jacob Busiahn, was here from Minneapolis to hunt, so we were going to give it our best shot.
The Alexandria Youth Baseball Association had a successful summer by being well represented at state tournaments in the younger levels. Now some of those local teams have been honored for how they conducted themselves while there. The Alexandria Cardinals 11U AA Red, 13U AA Black and 13U AA Red teams recently received Youth 1st Team Awards for their outstanding sportsmanship during the 2018 Minnesota Sports Federation state baseball tournament.
The Alexandria tennis team won a nailbiter last Friday as the Cardinals swept the doubles lineup to get a 4-3 win over Willmar.
Just like that, the Alexandria girls soccer team has run off a three-game winning streak. The Cardinals started the season 0-5 but have outscored their last three opponents 12-1 after a 3-0 win over Willmar on Saturday. Alexandria’s eighth-grade goalie, Sophia Vinje, got the shutout with 12 saves as she played against a team that is coached by her older brother, former Alexandria graduate David Vinje.
Brainerd (1-2) 36, Alexandria (1-2) 7 Kimball Area (2-1) 28, Parkers Prairie (1-2) 20 Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (3-0) 14, Brandon-Evansville (1-2) 8 F/OT Minnewaska (2-1) 43, Montevideo (0-3), 0 Barnesville (3-0), West Central Area-Ashby (1-2) 14 Osakis (2-1) 56, Benson (0-3) 8
The Parkers Prairie football team jumped out to an early lead on Friday night but could not quite hold on in a 28-20 loss to Kimball. The Cubs (2-1) took a one-point lead in the fourth quarter on a 47-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Tucker Schultz. The Panthers then helped Kimball out by touching a punt that the Cubs then recovered before another 15-yard run into the end zone by Schultz made it an eight-point game.
Things did not come easy for the Minnewaska football team in the first half on Friday night, but that’s part of the process for the Lakers this season.
The Alexandria girls soccer team started off its season with five straight losses but has now won two straight after taking care of Rocori in a 4-0 game on Thursday. Junior Sidney Drew led the way. She got things going with a goal almost 28 minutes into the contest when she made a long run on the ball and finished from 16 yards out.
The Alexandria boys soccer team snapped a five-game skid earlier this week in a 4-1 win over Fergus Falls (2-7) on Tuesday but fell in a 2-1 game against Rocori (2-3-1) on Thursday. JJ Foster had two goals in the win over Fergus Falls and Alexandria’s only goal against Rocori as Graham Peterson picked up the assist. Senior keeper Zach Wosepka faced nine shots in net and had seven saves against the Spartans.