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The Minnewaska football team finished off its regular season with a convincing win over Benson on Wednesday that moves the Lakers to 6-2 heading into the playoffs. Minnewaska left no doubt against a winless Braves team as the Lakers jumped out to a 21-6 lead by the half. The Lakers never looked back on the way to the 35-14 win. That came despite being penalized 11 times for 118 yards.
Area scores Moorhead 47, Alexandria 20 Brandon-Evansville 50, Hancock 28 Montevideo 27, Osakis 7 Minnewaska 35, Benson 14 Otter Tail Central 43, WCA-Ashby 14
The Brandon-Evansville football team beat up on a winless Laporte program in Week Seven. Things figured to be a little tougher in the regular season finale at 5-2 Hancock, but this Chargers team is cruising right now on the way to a 7-1 record. It was tied 8-8 after the first quarter, but Brandon-Evansville controlled things from there on out in a 50-28 win over the Owls (5-3).
The Osakis cross country teams took on the best of the Central Minnesota Conference field during Tuesday's championship meet and came home with two top-five finishes. The meet was at Kimball this season in what Osakis head coach Justin Dahlheimer called a challenging course.
FOOTBALL Alexandria at Moorhead, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. Montevideo, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Hancock, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Browerville-EV, 7 p.m. WCA-Ashby at Otter Tail Central, 7 p.m. Minnewaska at Benson, 7 p.m.
The Alexandria cross country teams took advantage of some ideal weather conditions and a flat course to post some good times at the Central Lakes Conference championship meet in St. Cloud on Tuesday. The CLC teams ran at the Boulder Ridge Golf Course, where the Alexandria girls took second behind state-ranked Willmar and the boys finished third behind Sartell-St. Stephen and Willmar.
Pheasant opener came early on Saturday after a late night of football coverage, but I don't like to miss that first minute of legal shooting time at 9 a.m. Not when the conditions are so inviting. The weather was as good as one could ask for. Low 50 degrees and a slight breeze. Quite a contrast to the near 80 degree temperatures from a year ago.
The Alexandria swimming and diving team is about to enter the two biggest meets of its season over the next few weeks, which left head coach Kathy Walker experimenting with her lineup a little bit on Tuesday. The Cardinals welcomed in Fergus Falls for their final home meet of the season and took the win, 106-74, over the Otters. That was a welcomed sign for Walker, but more importantly was the way many girls responded to swimming some new events for the first time this season.
CROSS COUNTRY Alexandria at CLC meet, Boulder Ridge, 3:25 p.m. Osakis at Kimball, 4 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Alexandria at Fergus Falls, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska at Morris, 7:15 p.m.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team jumped out of conference to take on a good Wheaton-Herman-Norcross team on Monday and fell in three sets to the 16-4 Warriors. Wheaton had to fight for things in every set. The Warriors took the first and third by 25-22 and 25-23 scores, respectively. They sandwiched a 25-19 win in the second set in between those.