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The Alexandria volleyball team might not be on a lot of other team's radars right now within the section or conference picture, but that's something the Cardinals hope to change by season's end. Alexandria lost seven players from last year's roster and return just four seniors in Jordyn Lamb, Syri Williams, Abby Pohlen and Kayla Feldhake. All of them are big contributors, though, as they hope to help their team surprise some people throughout the fall.
The Osakis volleyball team will feature a bit of a different look this fall after losing seven letter winners to graduation. The Silverstreaks go into almost every season as one of the teams to beat in the Prairie Conference and that is still the goal for a new group of athletes looking to leave their mark on the program.
A relatively young cross country program in Osakis is trying to take another step this fall season as the Silverstreaks enter their third season of the program with some established runners. Osakis lost just two letter winners in Jason Nystrom on the boys' side and Issy Szech for the girls.
The Alexandria football team has more than 20 seniors that it will lean on to try to get back to and maybe even further than where the season ended a year ago. The Cardinals put together a 6-4 campaign in 2015 and went all the way to the Section 8-5A title game. They ran into a dominant Moorhead team there that has lost a lot of the seniors from that group as the Spuds head into 2016. That may seem to open a door, but Alexandria knows programs like Moorhead and others in the section can reload quickly.
Kayla DeBlieck had just gotten done making her own rope at the Alexandria Shooting Park on Sunday afternoon and was ready to hurry on to the next event. It was down to the last hour of the five-hour Youth Outdoor Activity Day, and there was still so much to do. "I don't really like to go fishing, but I really like to just do stuff in nature," Kayla said. "I like to be in the outdoors so much because I want to explore."
Six features wrapped up the regular season point titles at the Viking Speedway on Saturday night, but the headliner got cut short by curfew. Twenty-seven cars rolled onto the track for the Fallen Linemen Modified Special to honor those who have died in their line of work as electrical line workers. They made a couple of laps side-by-side before the race as a way to show their respect.
The Osakis volleyball team tested itself right off the bat as the Silverstreaks went to the Albany Tournament and came back with a 2-2 record. Osakis ran into section power...
BOYS SOCCER Alexandria vs. Detroit Lakes, 4 p.m. Minnewaska at Pelican Rapids, 1 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Alexandria at Detroit Lakes, 1 p.m.
The Carlos Whitecaps 35-and-older baseball team won a Class B state title during its inaugural season in 2010. Now some of those same players are looking to add another one to their names this weekend.
VOLLEYBALL Osakis at Albany Tourney, 9 a.m. GIRLS TENNIS Alexandria Home Quad, 10 a.m. Osakis at LPGE Quad, CANCELLED