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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.
The Alexandria girls swimming and diving team wrapped up the home portion of its schedule by dominating Willmar in a 118-68 final on Thursday night.
FOOTBALL Alexandria vs. Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Park Christian, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. Minnewaska, 7 p.m. West Central Area at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at New York Mills, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL
The Alexandria football team knew the last four weeks of the season would give the Cardinals some of their toughest challenges of this fall.
Alexandria girls cross country has some experience when it comes to working with talented sisters in its program. The Hasz twins, Bethany and Megan, have moved on to the University of Minnesota and are establishing themselves as some of the best runners in the Big Ten as juniors after finishing first and second at the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 29.