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The Alexandria Blizzard needed a weekend like it got in sweeping Rochester and scoring a combined 13 goals in two games. The Blizzard (6-10-1) had lost seven straight games but wrapped up the sweep by securing a 7-4 win on Saturday after taking care of things in a 6-2 game on Friday. "Our intensity was there, our effort was there," head coach Jeff Crouse said. "That's the thing I've been preaching is when we play with effort and intensity, our skill just kind of takes over. Rochester is a big, strong, tough team. They really like mucking it up and are really hard to play against.
BOYS HOCKEY Alex at Little Falls, 7:15 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Eden Valley-Watkins, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Swanville, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Bertha-Hewitt,...
Alexandria's Macy Hatlestad was making cuts, shooting jumpers and getting up and down the court in a fast-paced practice like everyone else on the girls basketball team this past Tuesday evening. One would be hard-pressed to notice anything different about her if it was not for the brace she has to wear on her right knee after recovering from ACL surgery in the off-season. "Macy has looked tough," Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said of her leading scorer from a year ago.
A team based out of Alexandria placed first in a Midwest three-on-three fall basketball tournament in Champlin Park on October 24. The trio of Carter Stockert, Travis Yohnke and Isaac Peterson, self-named Team Phi Swatta Lotta, played in a round-robin qualifier with teams comprised of freshmen and sophomores from Centennial, Cretin-Derham Hall and East Ridge. The local team beat Centennial 33-32 and Cretin-Derham Hall 40-18 before taking care of East Ridge 45-16. They then took care of Centennial again in a championship game by a 38-34 score.
The Alexandria Blizzard snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating Rochester 6-2 on the road on Friday night. Alexandria scored two goals in each period to secure the win. Logan...
Alexandria's Hannah Eklund finished 13th overall in the Class A state swimming finals in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.83 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Friday afternoon. Eklund, a junior, cemented her spot in the finals after finishing 13th during prelims on Thursday and came into the meet with a seed time of 1:09.58. She surpassed that in the prelims with a time of 1:08.48.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. Rochester, 7:10 p.m.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Alex vs. Mound Westonka, 7 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Ashby vs. Wheaton, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. WCA vs. Underwood,...
The Alexandria girls hockey team has had a tendency early this season to find ways to bounce back after the opposition gets a goal. It was much of the same on Thursday night as the Cardinals went to section-foe Detroit Lakes' home ice and came back with a 5-2 win that moved them to 5-0 overall. Freshman McKenna Ellingson got the hat trick to lead the way for Alexandria as she continued to pile up points, getting her 11th of the season with six goals and five assists on the year. "She had an awesome game," Alexandria head coach Blair Hovel said.
The Alexandria boys hockey team has been here before. The Cardinals were a 19-win program two years ago but had to figure out who would step up in net after the departure of an all-section goaltender in Sam Goetsch. Christian Reimers helped answer the call. The Cardinals didn't skip a beat on their way to 22 wins in his only year as a varsity starter as he posted a 1.78 goals against average and a .919 save percentage through the regular season. The Cardinals hope things go just as well this season for another first-year, senior starter in Jack Nettleton.