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There's a state tournament berth on the line Saturday at 11 a.m. when the Cardinals travel to St. John's University to face Sauk Rapids-Rice in the championship game of the Section 8AAAA football playoffs. With a trio of capable rushers and staunch defenses on both teams, it may just be that whoever can find a crack to slip through might win it all. The Storm and the Cardinals have not faced each other this year, and both have comparative styles of play, as well as similar records. Alexandria is 7-3 this year, while Sauk Rapids-Rice is one game back at 6-4.
Determined not to let anything get in their way, the Cardinals ran roughshod over Detroit Lakes Saturday, amassing 400 yards on the ground in their 34-13 road win over the Lakers in the Section 8AAAA semifinals. And senior running back Parker Giroux led the ground onslaught as he racked up 262 of those yards, scoring three times to help lift the Redbirds into the finals for the second straight year. The first of those three TDs came in the first quarter as he ran 44 yards for the opening score.
When a team is down 22-6 at halftime, things tend to look a little bleak. But the Minnewaska Lakers recovered to hold Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City scoreless in the second half and rattle off 25 unanswered points for a 31-22 win in West Central South Conference football action Wednesday night. The win was the fourth straight for the Lakers, who lost their first four overall games to start the season. "I think our defense turned the game around for us on the first series of the second half," said head coach Steve Hill.
Sporting as much pink as both teams could muster, Alexandria and Fergus Falls took to the volleyball floor for "Block Out Cancer" night Tuesday, the second annual event between the two squads as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The event, which began last fall at the Jefferson High School gym as "Dig Pink" night, again saw the Cardinals come through with a Central Lakes Conference win, defeating the Otters 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15. That win kept the Cardinals' CLC mark perfect heading into last night's match-up with Rocori in what may end up as the showdown for the league title. Bot
How steadfast is your integrity? How strongly do you feel about your principles and values? Strong enough to live by them and put them into action daily? At first, the answer seems like a no-brainer. Of course you would. But, put into a difficult situation, would you be able to stay true to them? Sometimes, the answer isn't as black and white as we'd like to believe. That's especially true in the sports world, where, every day, we see coaches, athletes, parents and schools plunged into sticky situations.
My house has a panic room. It didn't start out that way. No, no, it was just an ordinary bathroom near the family room. But now, thanks to my dog's anxiety attacks and phobias, it has become a refuge from the scary world - at least for her. For me, however, it is a little like a short-term prison sentence because my poor, aging doggie won't hide alone. No indeedie, she needs company. And not just any company will do - only her "mom." Tess is deathly afraid of thunder, gunshots and fireworks, not to mention being outdoors on her own.
You've heard their names before - the Cardinals, Arrows, Lakers, Knights and Chargers - high school mascots from around the area. That's just a small representation of some of the more commonly heard nicknames. Here's a little history on the school mascot.
I am passionate about chocolate. Chocolate is my mantra, my nirvana. The darker it is, the better. I love it. I will eat most anything containing that delicious, dark delicacy. As a kid, I used to sneak into the pantry, grab a box of chocolate pudding mix and a spoon and scoot up to my bedroom. There, I'd grab a couple spoonfuls, toss them in my mouth and let them slowly melt away. It was awesome.