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The Alexandria Blizzard dropped its first game against division foe Granite City this past Saturday on the road. A second-period goal for the Lumberjacks' Ryan Smith was the difference in a 2-1 game. Smith scored at 10:27 in the middle frame to erase what had been an early 1-0 deficit for Granite City. Alexandria's Brett Meister scored at 3:13 in the first to give the Blizzard (2-3, 4 points) the lead off assists from Nick Lucas and Tony Haley. A power-play goal by Will Mix at 12:07 in the first tied things up for the Lumberjacks (4-0-1, 9 points).
The Alexandria tennis team split a triangular last Friday as the Cardinals took care of Detroit Lakes 7-0 on the Lakers' home courts after falling 4-3 to Thief River Falls. Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said the Prowlers were without their top singles player. They managed their way around that by winning at the third and fourth singles spots and getting the two points they needed in doubles at the first and second spots.
One play on Saturday epitomized the way things are going for Alexandria offensively this season. A snap into the turf skipped by senior quarterback Jaran Roste from near the Bemidji 35-yard line. Roste scooped the ball up with the Lumberjacks starting to close in on him when he saw senior Spencer Hockert in 1-on-1 coverage down the left sideline. Roste will take that matchup every time as he lofted a jump ball near the front pylon that Hockert came down with before driving his defender into the end zone for his second score of the day.
FOOTBALL Alexandria vs. Bemidji, 2 p.m. VOLLEYBALL PP, Ashby at Bertha-Hewitt Tourney, 9 a.m. GIRLS TENNIS WCC Tourney at Montevideo, 9 a.m.
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The Alexandria boys soccer team snapped a six-game winless streak by shutting out Fergus Falls (1-12) in a 3-0 game on Thursday night. The Cardinals (5-6-1, 3-4-1 CLC) got going in the 15th minute when Michael Kuhn took an assist from Cameron Rice and found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Kuhn added his second of the night in the 31st minute on a penalty kick that made it 2-0 at the break. In the 41st minute, Justin Schmitz put the finishing touches on the win with a goal that was assisted by AJ Bollman.
The Alexandria cross country teams ran in some ideal conditions at the annual John Hermes Invitational in Fergus Falls on Thursday as the boys took second and the girls won the varsity meet with 50 points. The Miller sisters continue to put together strong seasons as freshman Bethany was second overall in 20:08.7, and seventh-grader Aleah was not far behind in fourth place with a time of 20:25.5. Senior Megan Shulstad was also in the top 10 with a ninth-place finish in 21:10.2.
Brandon-Evansville made easy work of Little Eight Conference foe Ashby in the Chargers' homecoming match on Thursday, winning in straight sets 25-9, 25-12 and 25-18. The Arrows (0-13) are struggling to find their way this season as they have yet to pick up a set in 13 losses, and Brandon-Evansville (11-6, 5-2) didn't let them get going.
The Alexandria girls soccer team won its second straight game by a 1-0 final after the Cardinals edged Fergus Falls in Central Lakes Conference play on Thursday. The lone goal came with 12:54 remaining in the second half. McKenna Smith found Kaye Paschka, who beat the Fergus Falls' defense and Otters' keeper Katie Minge. It was the third straight shutout for the Cardinals and senior keeper Emma Ziegler. She finished with five saves, while Minge took the loss despite 13 saves.
Homecoming games tend to bring with them a little more enthusiasm no matter what kind of a season a team is having. For Alexandria, the opportunity to play on Saturday afternoon makes the Cardinals the only show in high school football in the area. Add to it the fact that they are a 4-0 team putting up a district-best 47.8 points per game, and it should make for an exciting atmosphere when Bemidji comes to town for a 2 p.m. kickoff this weekend.