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Any coach could lose some sleep trying to prepare for two of the top Class AA teams in the state over the course of four days, but Pat Kalpin had more on his mind to keep him up during the Section 6AA playoffs this season. Kalpin coached the Osakis girls basketball team to a win over third-ranked Albany (24-4) in the subsection semifinals on March 5. Three days later, he was on the sidelines as the Silverstreaks pushed second-ranked Sauk Centre but ultimately fell in the finals. In between there, he and his wife, Erin, welcomed their third child into the world.
The Little Eight Conference has announced its girls basketball all-league team with local schools well represented on the roster. Brandon-Evansville had three players named All-LEC in senior Elizabeth Vinson and juniors Carrigan Okerlund and Kylee Hansen. Okerlund suffered a broken arm during a game against New York Mills on Feb. 12 but joined Vinson and Hansen in playing well enough before that injury to make the all-conference team. Chargers junior Kennedy Lund was also honored as an honorable-mention selection.
Alexandria head coach Forrest Witt took a deep breath from the bench after the postgame ceremonies in Moorhead last Thursday night. The Fergus Falls boys basketball team had just accepted its section championship trophy, fresh off erasing a 10-point deficit over the final three minutes, 41 seconds. Fans started funneling onto the court to visit with players as Witt left to head down toward the locker room. Four days later, the disappointment of that loss still hadn't worn off.
Four-year-old Aiden Cichy of Minneapolis was visiting his great-grandparents near Alexandria on Feb. 5 when he got into the ice house on Lake Ida. Aiden will remember that trip as the day he caught his first walleye that will go on the wall. He was using a minnow when the walleye grabbed the bait. "Little Aiden hooked it and Grandpa helped set the hook before Aiden reeled it in," his great-grandmother, Betty Cichy, said. "The walleye took it out, and Aiden let it go and brought it back in. He said two days later, 'My arms were sore.'"
The ice fishing season is winding down with warmer weather starting the thaw, but Alexandria's 7-year-old Taven Maeyaert has a fishing tale to tell his friends from this winter after landing a nice northern through the ice on Feb. 21. Maeyaert was fishing on Lake Villard with his fishing buddy, Derek Nelson, using sucker minnows on tip-ups when the fish hit. He got the northern through the hole and onto the ice when the celebration began. "[He had] the biggest smile ever," his mother, Ashley Maeyaert said. "He was pretty much speechless."
Charter fan buses are being organized for students and adults to take to the Section 8-3A championship girls basketball game between Alexandria and Thief River Falls on Thursday. The cost...
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team hung with top-seeded Wheaton-Herman-Norcross but saw its season come to an end in a 47-33 loss in the 6A-South semifinals on Saturday in Morris. The Chargers trailed by just two at halftime but were outscored 30-18 in the second half.
The Alexandria Blizzard hockey team suffered a weekend sweep after losing 2-1 at Breezy Point on Saturday. Josh Laven scored a power play goal in the first period for the...
The Alexandria swimming and diving team finished 11th at the Class A state meet at the University of Minnesota on Saturday. That’s up from a 16th-place finish a year ago...
The Osakis girls basketball team pulled off the upset in the Section 6AA-West semifinals on Saturday afternoon against second-seeded Albany. That is, if one would even call it an upset...