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The Osakis tennis team had already punched its ticket to state as a team. Now Tia Dykema and the doubles team of Shea Olson and Camryn Hoffarth have earned their spots at the state singles and doubles tournament, as well. The final day of the Section 6A Tournament was Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Fargo, where Dykema finished second in singles and Olson and Hoffarth did the same in doubles.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. Fergus Falls, 7 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Morris, 7 p.m. Ashby-Destiny Academy vs. Brandon-Evansville at Ashby, 7:15 p.m. Osakis at Paynesville, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY Alexandria at CLC Championship (in Willmar), 4 p.m.
The Vikingland Curling Club will kick off its 13th season at the Runestone Community Center with learn-to-curl events in the west rink on Oct. 24 and 27.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team went through two winning programs in its last two duals and came out unscathed in five sets in both. The Chargers were tested against Underwood (15-9) on Oct. 9 and won 3-2. After going 3-2 in five matches at a tournament in Marshall this past weekend, B-E edged Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (12-8) in five sets on Senior Night in Evansville.
Two days after the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) announced it would suspend its popular Hides for Habitat Program for the 2018 deer season, the group has changed course. But that still does not guarantee the program will be available around Alexandria this season.
VOLLEYBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. WHN, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. West Central Area, 7:30 p.m. Ashby-Destiny Academy at Henning, 7:15 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY West Central Area at Headwaters Country Club, 4 p.m.
The Osakis cross country teams went to Royalton on Oct. 9 for their lone meet of the week and brought back a first-place finish on the boys’ side. Carter Grove paced the Silverstreaks with a second-place individual finish in 17:33.21. That was just behind the winning time of 17:28.93 run by Jacob Andres of Pierz.
Two teams heading in the same direction met in Osakis on Friday night, and something had to give. Minnewaska came in winners of its last four of five after taking care of Sauk Centre by 30 points in week six. The Silverstreaks had won four straight and collected perhaps their biggest win of the season over Morris Area on Oct. 6.
The Alexandria boys soccer team will get a shot at second-seeded St. Cloud Cathedral on Saturday afternoon after the Cardinals knocked off Little Falls in a 1-0 game on Thursday. Alexandria (5-12) came in as the sixth seed in the 8A-South and the Flyers (11-5-1) were the third seed, but the Cardinals escaped with the narrow win on a cold night. JJ Foster scored the game’s only goal in the second half when Graham Peterson found him on a corner kick.
The Alexandria volleyball team won the first set, 27-25, against Brainerd on Thursday night, but the Warriors bounced back with three straight wins to take the match. Brainerd (16-5, 9-2 Central Lakes Conference) tied things up with a 25-20 win in the second before taking the match with 25-23 and 25-17 wins in the third and fourth. Avery Eckman led the way for the Warriors with 17 kills and 21 digs. Courtney Russell added 14 kills, and Madi Genz 10.