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Alexandria was well represented at a national biathlon competition as three local students traveled to Jericho, VT. on Aug. 11-12 to compete at the North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships. Biathlons test an athlete's ability with a firearm during target shooting and their speed on skis in the winter and rollerskis during the summer races.
The 2018 summer softball league champions in Nelson were crowned recently with five different teams taking home titles in the playoffs. Swingmen won the Monday night men's league, while Herby's took home the women's championship. The Wednesday night men's league was won by Diamond Jim's, while the Fat Daddy's team won the Thursday night co-ed lower league and Alex Rubbish won the upper league from that same night.
The Osakis volleyball team got its first win of the season on Tuesday night as the Silverstreaks rolled over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in a sweep. The Thunder challenged in the first set before Osakis put them away in a 25-20 final. The Silverstreaks cruised from there, winning 25-9 and 25-16 to move to 1-1 in duals after a season-opening tournament in Albany.
The Vikingland Curling Club is ready to kick off its season at the Runestone Community Center and is welcoming new curlers this fall with a learn-to-curl clinic and open house on Sept. 7.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team opened up its conference season on Tuesday night and made quick work of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in a 3-0 sweep. It was the home opener and Parents Night for the Chargers (2-1, 1-0 Little Eight Conference), and things got off to a bit of a sluggish start. A few unforced errors led to an early deficit in the first set, but B-E rallied with a 25-20 win.
Alexandria’s Jerry Rose did not play much competitive golf for almost 25 years after getting married and raising a family after college at Brigham Young University, but the 59-year-old is making up for lost time in recent years.
The Parkers Prairie football team will head into week two fresh off a dominating defensive performance after a 14-0 win over Wadena-Deer Creek on Aug. 31. Senior Matt Jirik had a lot to do with that. He had a team-high 11 tackles, and Jirik’s second-quarter interception set up the Panthers on the W-DC 15-yard line. It took three plays before Tanner Shaw scored a 7-yard touchdown run to start the scoring. Brendan Johnson threw a two-point conversion to Travis Yohnke, and it was 8-0 at the half.
The West Central Area cross country team was in Breckenridge on Aug. 30 as both the boys and girls came away with their second straight second-place finishes to start the season.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria at Willmar, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Hillcrest, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at LPGE, 7 p.m. WCA vs. New York Mills, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. BOLD, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Henning, 7:15 p.m. Ashby at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m.
The Alexandria area has become quite a bass destination for anglers in recent years, and more proof of that came with a tour stop on Aug. 31 that featured some of the top anglers in Minnesota and across the Midwest. The Alexandria Chain of Lakes played host to the Classic Bass Champions Tour championship on Friday. Among those in attendance was Seth Feider, a Bloomington native who fishes on the Bassmaster Elite Series. He didn’t fish Friday but was on the water to help promote the stop.