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This is a season of firsts for the Brandon-Evansville cross country teams, and Tuesday saw another step in the right direction for the new program. The Chargers ran five individuals in the boys varsity race in Melrose, allowing them to compete in the team portion of the race for the first time. Brandon-Evansville finished 10th among the 10 teams with 309 points.
A day after snapping a four-match losing streak with a 5-2 win over Moorhead, the Alexandria girls tennis team started another winning streak by beating St. Cloud Apollo 7-0 on Tuesday. The Cardinals controlled almost every position, winning all seven spots in straight sets. Annie Harding and Kaylee Svee fought through the closest match at third doubles before winning 6-2, 7-6 (5). Taylor Partington and Brianna Holm won at first doubles and Madison Ressemann and Abby Sater did the same at second doubles.
The St. Cloud Apollo boys soccer team has had Alexandria's number in St. Cloud over the years, but not on Tuesday. The Cardinals continued their solid season by knocking off the Eagles (4-2-2, 4-2-1 CLC) in a 2-1 contest. It's the first time since 2006 that Alexandria has won at St. Cloud Apollo. "It was a hard-fought victory with some very fine positional play," Alexandria head coach Cahil Collins said.
The Alexandria girls soccer team drop a 3-1 game for the second straight night as St. Cloud Apollo came to town and left with a Central Lakes Conference victory on Tuesday. Moorhead (3-8) did the same on Monday night. Alexandria had an early advantage with the wind at its back in the first half on Tuesday. The Cardinals got the only goal of the first 40 minutes when Camille Hegstad scored from 10 yards out off of passes from Hailey Eggebraaten and freshman midfielder Molly Panther. That came nine minutes before the break.
The Alexandria volleyball team ran into one of the top teams in the Central Lakes Conference on Tuesday night as Rocori swept the Cardinals on its home court. The Spartans (10-1, 5-0 CLC) didn't leave much doubt, winning 25-15, 25-13 and 25-16. Rocori is tied with Sauk Rapids-Rice (8-2) and Willmar (7-3) atop the conference with 5-0 records.
The Alexandria Blizzard kicked off the 2017-18 NA3HL season this past weekend as the local team went 1-1 on the road. The Blizzard beat Breezy Point 5-3 in the season opener last Friday before losing 3-1 to Granite City on Saturday. The perennially-tough Lumberjacks got the early edge in the season series by striking early with two goals from Owen Sikich and Logan Neu in the first period on Saturday. That made it 2-0 before the Blizzard's Brett Meister scored off a Jack Mellstrom assist at 8:03 in the third period.
The Osakis cross country teams went to Pierz on Monday night and competed in a big field as the boys finished 12th overall among the 18 programs and the girls were 11th out of 14 squads.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria @ Rocori, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. Upsala, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie @ Hillcrest, 7;15 p.m. West Central Area vs. Frazee, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska @ Melrose BOYS SOCCER Alexandria @ St. Cloud Apollo, 7 p.m.
The Alexandria girls soccer team got its third win of the season last Thursday night after an 8-0 victory over Rocori. It's the second straight win for the Cardinals after they took care of Fergus Falls in a 3-2 game earlier in the week. Camille Hegstad led the way for Alexandria against Rocori (3-4) as she finished with three goals. Sidney Drew had two goals and one assist. Hailey Eggebraaten added two goals, while Laura Pujadas added another. Josie Minnerath, Olivia Burns, Shea Issendorf, McKenna Lamb and Kaia Illies all had assists, as well.
The Lakes Area Snowmen football team was well represented on the Midwest Premier Football League all-star rosters after winning the league championship this past season. This year's all-star game was played in Brainerd on Sept. 16. A youth football camp will preceded that with all-stars from the league helping out at the free camp before those players did a skills and drills competition.