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Osakis' Tia Dykema ended up finishing the state singles tournament 1-2 after helping the Silverstreaks to a fourth-place team finish a day earlier. Roseau's Jodi Ostroski ended Dykema's season in the semifinals of the consolation bracket by winning 6-1, 7-5 last Friday morning. After falling to fourth-seeded Cindy Li of Cotter in the first round by a 6-4, 6-3 score, Dykema dropped to the consolation bracket where she won her matchup against Long-Prairie-Grey Eagles' Allison Ecker by a 6-0, 4-6, 10-6 score. Minnewaska well represented at state
The Brandon-Evansville cross country program was in its first year of existence, so the Section 6, Class A meet in Long Prairie on Thursday was a chance for runners to get their feet wet in a highly competitive atmosphere.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Granite City, 7:30 p.m. FOOTBALL Alexandria at Moorhead, 7 p.m. Section 8, Class 5A semifinals WCA vs. Wadena-Deer Creek, 7 p.m. Section 6, Class AA semifinals Brandon-Evansville vs. Bertha-Hewitt, 6 p.m. Section 4, 9-Man semifinals
The West Central Area cross country teams are both headed to the state meet in Northfield on Nov. 4 after the Knights finished second for the boys and girls at the Section 6, Class A race on Thursday in Long Prairie. "Our kids did an excellent job of focusing on the race and not being overly concerned with the weather conditions," WCA head coach John Van Kempen said. "It was cold and windy in Long Prairie with periodic raining, so it was not ideal conditions."
The Alexandria cross country teams have a long history of excellence over the course of the last 40 years. The Cardinal boys have been to 30 state meets as a team since 1976. The girls have been there 21 times. Add another one to the list for both programs.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. Breezy Point, 7:10 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Alexandria at Bemidji, 7 p.m. Section 8, Class AAA Tournament Parkers Prairie at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, 7 p.m. Section 6A playoffs
The West Central Area-Ashby football team entered the Section 6, Class AA playoffs on Tuesday night with a 4-4 record but winners of two out of its last three games. That momentum carried into a 30-13 win over seventh-seeded Osakis that has the Knights hosting a section semifinals game on Saturday at 7 p.m. West Central Area-Ashby pulled away with touchdowns in every quarter against Osakis. Brady Sabolik had two of those, while Kaden Spindler and Tanner Bennett added the others.
CROSS COUNTRY Alexandria at section meet, Fergus Falls, 3:30 p.m. WCA, Osakis, Brandon-Evansville at section meet, LPGE, 4 p.m. VOLLEYBALL West Central Area at Breckenridge, 7 p.m. Section 6A playoffs Parkers Prairie at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, 7 p.m. Section 6A playoffs, PPD TO 10/27 at 7 p.m.
Osakis’ Joachim Wiener was on his way to a Vikingland Builders Association meeting in Alexandria before 6 a.m. on Oct. 10, but he didn’t even make it down his driveway.
Wins and losses for the Alexandria volleyball team have depended a lot on the kind of energy the Cardinals have on a given night.