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The Minnewaska volleyball team dropped its season opener in four sets as Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg won 26-24, 25-16, 14-25, 25-14. Ellie Danielson had 10 kills to lead the Lakers at the net. Sierra Lindemann had 23 assists, while Bailey Stewart led the way from the back row with 16 digs. The Lakers have eight returning letter winners this season who are looking to replace three all-conference players in outside hitters Carley Stewart and Abby Ver Steeg and three-year starting setter Taylor Amundson.
Alexandria never trailed in a 3-1 boys soccer victory over Detroit Lakes Saturday afternoon in swampy conditions at Rotary Soccer Park. The field was inundated by heavy rainfall and players battled through puddles that caused the ball to skip or stop immediately, setting up awkward situations for players trying to posses and move the ball.
Precautionary testing during the first two days of the firearms deer season will determine whether chronic wasting disease may have spread from captive deer to wild deer in central and north-central Minnesota, the DNR announced in a release on Monday. "Wild deer in these areas are not known to have CWD," said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the DNR. "Mandatory testing of wild deer that hunters harvest is a proactive and preventative measure to protect Minnesota's wild deer herd."
The Alexandria girls tennis team is in the process of feeling things out early on this season. Everything is different. There’s new players to varsity, and even those who are back are in different spots. Nobody is playing the same singles or doubles position they did a year ago.
GIRLS TENNIS Osakis @ Minnewaska, 4:30 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY Brandon-Evansville @ Morris, 5:30 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Parkers Prairie @ Verndale, 7:15 p.m. West Central Area @ Morris, 5:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. KMS
Organizers for the fourth annual Youth Outdoor Activity Day at the Alexandria Shooting Park were prepared for their biggest crowds yet, and that’s what they got on Sunday. Numbers weren’t final yet, but Douglas County Pheasants Forever president Dean Krebs said they already had 2,100 registered kids by 2 p.m. Last year’s crowd drew 1,811 children 16 and younger throughout the whole event.
GIRLS SOCCER Alexandria vs. Detroit Lakes, 3 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Alexandria @ Detroit Lakes, 1 p.m. FOOTBALL WCA-Ashby @ Browerville-EV (scrimmage), 9 a.m. Minnewaska @ Melrose (scrimmage) 9 a.m. VOLLEYBALL Parkers Prairie - Scrimmage @ Concordia College, TBD
The Alexandria girls tennis team started its season on Wednesday at the Bemidji Triangular and came back with a 1-2 record. The Cardinals dropped a 5-2 match to Becker and a 4-3 match to Bemidji. In between that, they knocked off Pequot Lakes 6-1. Senior captain Jamie Lanoue jumped into the top singles spot to start the season after the graduation of Ellie Ronning in the spring. Lanoue went 2-1 in the tri, getting a 6-1, 6-4 win against Becker and a 6-1, 7-5 win against Pequot Lakes.
The Alexandria boys soccer team got its season started on the right foot on Thursday night as the Cardinals went to East Grand Forks and came back with a 4-1 win. Senior Michael Kuhn made sure they left with a win as he jumpstarted his season with a three-goal night. It didn't take long for Alexandria to strike. Cameron Rice scored in the ninth minute on an assist from Kuhn. The Cardinals then grabbed all the momentum when Jared Schneider found Kuhn for a goal of his own four minutes later.
GIRLS TENNIS Alexandria Home Quad, 10 a.m. Parkers Prairie @ LPGE Quad ,9 a.m. VOLLEYBALL Osakis @ Albany Tournament, 8 a.m. BOYS SOCCER Alexandria @ Central MN Christian, 4:30 p.m.