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The Alexandria tennis team bounced back from a loss to Willmar earlier in the week by taking a 5-2 match against Rocori on Thursday. The Cardinals swept the doubles lineup, with Kaity Peterson and Jamie Lanoue anchoring things with a 6-2, 7-5 win at the top spot. Marisa Otto and Mariah Wegner won 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles, while Taylor Partington and Ellen Dee won 6-2, 6-4 in the third spot. "This was senior night and it was nice to see Marisa play so well in her final match at the AAHS courts," head coach Dave Ronning said.
The Alexandria girls cross country team came home with a win at the 57th annual Fergus Falls John Hermes Invitational on Thursday after edging Sartell by four points. The Cardinals tallied a meet-low 50 points, while the Sabres (54) and Otter Tail Central (111) rounded out the top three. The Alexandria boys finished in fifth place out of nine teams with 100 points.
The Alexandria girls soccer team traveled to Fergus Falls and came home with a 2-0 conference and section win against the Otters on Thursday night. Hayley Burns got both goals in the first half. She connected nine minutes in when McKenna Smith sent a pass to Burns at 12 yards out. Burns buried the shot for a 1-0 advantage before connecting from 10 yards out off a pass from Karsen Granning with about three minutes left in the half. That's all the offense goaltender Emma Ziegler needed. She turned aside seven shots to secure the win, while Alicia Niblock saved 14 shots in the losing effort.
The Alexandria boys soccer team celebrated Senior Night with a 7-0 win over Fergus Falls Thursday as Kagan Foster continued to tear up the field in his final year with a hat trick and two assists against the Otters. Fellow senior Devin Crowe added two assists in the win.
The Osakis cross country teams took in a scenic course at the St. John’s Prep Invite on Thursday and came back with a sixth-place finish for the boys and a...
The Osakis girls tennis team was defeated 5-2 on the road by unbeaten Melrose on Thursday afternoon to snap the Streaks’ 13-match winning streak. The Streaks (13-3) managed only one...
VOLLEYBALL Moorhead 3, Alexandria 0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-19) The Alexandria volleyball team ran into the top team in the Section 8-3A field so far this season as Moorhead improved to...
Osakis volleyball coach Kirsten Wessel didn’t talk to her team about the 34-match winning streak it had in the Prairie Conference at any point during that run before it was...
FOOTBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. WHN, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. UNC (homecoming), 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Browerville, 7 p.m. WCA-Ashby at Kimball, 7 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Benson (homecoming), 7 p.m.
Alexandria's Jaran Roste had to buy time by moving around in the pocket after a penalty against Brainerd in the second half last Friday set up a first-and-goal from the 20. The Warriors had covered up Alexandria's receivers initially on that play, but Roste saw Aarin Willander breaking free in the back of the end zone.