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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.
The young Alexandria swimming and diving team had a meet against Sartell on Sept. 12 that ended with the Sabres swimming away with a 107-74 win. Sartell-St. Stephen is a top-tier program in the state and showed that with a bunch of wins throughout the lineup. That started with a 1-2 finish in the 200-medley relay as Alexandria's Kenna Horan, Ashtyn Molesworth, Savannah Overland and Jadeya Peterson finished third.
The Osakis tennis team completely shut out Prairie Conference member Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in Osakis last Thursday night. The players won straight sets, only surrendering individual points in the first singles and the first doubles. None of the matches had to move on to three sets.
Belinda Wink had what she thought was a cut-and-dried case when it came to prosecuting a young man who was trespassing on her family's hunting land. Belinda and her husband, Glenn, and 7-year-old son, Kyle, were shed antler hunting on the nearly 300 acres they own not far from Alexandria when they noticed someone coming through the woods. He didn't see them until the Winks confronted him for being on their land. "We called (Douglas County conservation officer) Mitch Lawler, and we spoke with him," Belinda said. "He talked to the guy, and he admitted to trespassing."
Sartell-St. Stephen seemed to want to keep the ball out of Alexandria's hands by keeping the ball on the ground Friday night. The Sabres ran 23 times in the first half alone. It worked at times. Cardinals' head coach Mike Empting said they had to fix a few things at halftime in their run defense, and they did. Alexandria held the Sabres to less than 40 yards after the break and less than 200 total yards in the game on the way to a 32-0 win.
Alexandria 32, Sartell 0 BOLD 39, Osakis 14 Brandon-Evansville 50, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 0 Minnewaska 14, ACGC 8 Royalton 32, Parkers Prairie 0
The Brandon-Evansville football team has high hopes for this season and didn't want to fall to 0-2 early in the year. The Chargers didn't. Not even close, as Brandon-Evansville dominated Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Friday night in a 50-0 win. "It was very good," B-E head coach Tim Pattrin said. "We really talked about worrying about ourselves, just like we always do. We don't play up or down to people, we play a constant Charger football. It was nice to see that happen where the guys came out and did their jobs and now we move on to next week."
Alexandria @ Sartell-St. Stephen, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. BOLD, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville @ Hillcrest, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie @ Royalton, 7 p.m. Minnewaska @ ACGC, 7 p.m. WCA-Ashby vs. United North Central, 7 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS
It was hard to tell through the first half on Tuesday night exactly how Sophia Vinje was handling the challenge of taking over in net for the Alexandria girls soccer team. That's only because Vinje wasn't really tested in those first 40 minutes. She had to make just two saves. Neither were close shots as Alexandria controlled the ball almost all half and led 1-0 after a Josie Minnerath goal.
The Brandon-Evansville football team knew all about its opponent last Friday when Verndale came to town, but Hillcrest Lutheran Academy presents a little more mystery this week. The Comets went 10-2 a year ago and won the Section 4, 9-man championship in 2016. A lot has changed since then.