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The Alexandria tennis team saw a fifth 4-3 match go the wrong way for it this season after falling just shy against Willmar on Tuesday night. Alexandria was hosting, and the home Cardinals swept the doubles lineup, with Willmar returning the favor in singles. Kaity Peterson and Jamie Lanoue won 6-4, 6-1 at first doubles.
The Alexandria girls soccer team hosted St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday night as the Crusaders escaped town with a 2-1 win. Cathedral (9-0-2) scored the first two goals of the game to never trail in the contest. The first came late in the opening half before the Crusaders added another midway through the second. "Both goals were scored off deep Crusader runs with the goals coming from follow-up [shots] by the weak-side attackers," Alexandria head coach Tom Roos said. Alexandria's only goal came with 14 minutes remaining.
The Minnewaska volleyball team won its first match in the West Central Conference on Tuesday as the Lakers took down Montevideo in four sets. The Lakers (5-11, 1-7 WCC) fell behind after a 25-17 loss in the first but rattled off 25-15, 25-23 and 25-20 wins to secure the match. Senior Kaylee Glover and junior Abby VerSteeg both had 12 kills to lead the way. Senior middle Emma Middendorf added seven kills with five blocks, while junior Taylor Amundson set them up with 23 assists.
The Osakis volleyball team had a 34-match winning streak in the Prairie Conference snapped on Tuesday night as Browerville-Eagle Valley handed the Silverstreaks a loss in four sets. The Tigers...
VOLLEYBALL Browerville-Eagle Valley 3, Osakis 1 (27-29, 25-22, 25-11, 25-22) The Osakis volleyball team had a 34-match winning streak in the Prairie Conference snapped on Tuesday night as Browerville-Eagle Valley...
The Department of Natural Resources released its annual August roadside survey on September 8 with some relatively good news in the short term for pheasant hunters who take to the...
The Alexandria cross country teams traveled to the Rocori Invite on Thursday and came back with the girls taking third place with 76 points and the boys also taking third...
The Alexandria tennis team continues to come together this season as the Cardinals improved to 10-5 overall and to 5-3 in the Central Lakes Conference with a 6-1 win over Sartell on Thursday night. "It was a good match for the girls and a measuring stick to see how far we have come since the last time we played Sartell," head coach Dave Ronning said.
The Alexandria swimming and diving team made easy work of St. Cloud Apollo on the road on Thursday night, winning 116-67 over the Eagles. McKenna Horan led the charge as a double winner. She took the 200 IM in 2:39 and the 100 backstroke in 1:07. Rachel Kriese led a 1-2-3 finish in diving for Alexandria with a first-place finish of 207 points. Emily Wallerich won the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:16. Ashtyn Molesworth won the 100 freestyle in 1:01 and Mikayla Meece saw a personal-best 5:40 in the 500 freestyle to win that event.
The Osakis cross country team had a chance to test itself in a huge format this past Saturday as the Silverstreaks raced in a venue with about 10,000 spectators at the Milaca Mega Meet. Osakis' Lauren Savageau led all runners with a 48th-place individual finish in a time of 22:02.20. The Silverstreaks ran in the Class A competition as the girls took 23rd out of 28 teams.