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The Alexandria girls tennis team made a trip to Moorhead worth its while as the Cardinals came home on Monday night with two wins after beating the Spuds 5-2 and Little Falls 7-0. “Moorhead came into the match with an unbeaten record of 9-0, so we knew the girls had their work cut out for them and that it would be a very tight match at most every spot,” Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. “The girls answered the bell.”
The Alexandria boys soccer team dropped its fifth straight game on Saturday evening as Brainerd came to town and left with a 7-1 win. In those five losses, the Cardinals have struggled to produce offense - scoring just four goals overall. The only one that found the back of the net on Saturday came from Joshua Kietzmann off an assist from Graham Peterson. Alexandria senior goalkeeper Zach Wosepka had seven saves and the seven goals allowed as he faced 14 shots.
The Parkers Prairie football team put itself in an early hole against a now 2-0 Royalton team on Friday night and couldn’t recover in a 32-20 loss for the Panthers (1-1). The Royals took their opening drive 60 yards in eight plays and added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead. The Panthers’ first possession ended in an interception. Royalton started on the Parkers Prairie 32-yard line and scored again in seven plays to make it 16-0 at the quarter break.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team came back from the Browerville Tournament on Saturday with a 2-2 record. The Chargers used a three-setter to beat Browerville (25-22, 22-25, 15-12) and took care of New York Mills in two (25-21, 29-27). Losses came to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (25-23, 25-23) and Verndale (25-18, 25-23).
The Osakis football team ran into another really good BOLD team on Friday night. The Warriors went 10-1 a year ago, including a 39-14 win over Osakis in week two of 2017. They are 2-0 again this year after a 49-0 win over the Silverstreaks on Friday night.
Alexandria 17, Sartell-St. Stephen 16 BOLD 49, Osakis 0 Brandon-Evansville 54, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 15 Minnewaska 43, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 16 Royalton 32, Parkers Prairie 20 West Central Area-Ashby 28, United North Central 6
VOLLEYBALL Brandon-Evansville at Browerville Tournament, 9 a.m. Osakis at Sauk Rapids-Rice Tournament, 9 a.m. WCA at Wheaton Invite, 9 a.m. Parkers Prairie at Pequot Lakes Tournament, 9 a.m. Ashby at Wheaton Invite, 9 a.m. BOYS SOCCER Alexandria vs. Brainerd, 5 p.m.
There are games that stand out as offensive clinics. Games where maybe both teams go up and down the field by simply running their stuff and the defenses can’t stop it. Friday night’s home opener for the Alexandria football team wasn’t one of those games. This one against Sartell-St. Stephen was more about crazy plays and creative play calling by the Cardinals. In the end, it added up to a 17-16 win after senior kicker Zach Wosepka nailed a 32-yarder with 1:58 left on the clock.
The Alexandria cross country teams are relatively inexperienced, especially on the boys’ side, but the Cardinals got a taste of victory on Thursday as both teams won the Detroit Lakes Invite.
The Minnewaska girls tennis team followed up its big win over Osakis by breezing past Lac qui Parle Valley-Dawson-Boyd on Thursday in a 7-0 match. Danielle Thorfinnson set the tone by winning 6-3, 6-1 at first singles. Hannah Orlowski (6-0, 6-1), Karra Hanson (6-2, 6-0) and Maddie Thorfinnson (6-0, 6-0) rounded out the singles lineup.