Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.
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The Osakis girls tennis team cruised to a 6-1 win over Benson-KMS on Monday in Benson. At top singles, Tia Dykema set the tone with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Sophia Curiel. Alexa Lien and Kennedy George followed suit at Nos. 3 and 4 singles, respectively, beating Stacy Johnson 6-0, 6-0 and Anna Samuelson 6-3, 6-1. At No. 2 singles, Gracie Lenz picked up the Braves’ lone point of the match with a 7-5, 5-7, 10-8 win over Lauren Scherr.
Alexandria Area High School has its newest royalty. Tory Radtke and Megan Fletcher were named homecoming king and queen Monday night during the coronation ceremony at the AAHS performing arts center. Alongside Fletcher, Devany Johnson, Staci Nohl and Addison Rodel were named senior queen candidates. Daniel Jantzen, Evan Lattimer and Josh Wegner were the other senior king candidates.
The West Central Area-Ashby football team ran into an undefeated Barnesville team on Friday night, and the Trojans stormed away with a 38-14 home victory to drop the Knights to 1-2 on the season. “They are big, strong, fast and disciplined,” WCA-A head coach Nate Wood said. “We did some good things but made too many mistakes, which you can't do against a team like that.”
Jacob Backes and the Osakis football team set the tone early and often on Friday night in Benson. When the Braves attempted a fake field goal attempt from the 3 on their first possession, both Backes and Jarret Seela were there to bat the ball away from the intended receiver. The Silverstreaks then marched 97 yards in seven plays, finished off by a 49-yard touchdown run from Backes.
When Matthew Carlsen hit Andrew Revering in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown, the Alexandria football team had a little momentum to go along with a newfound 7-7 tie at Brainerd on Friday night. But not long after, a lightning strike caused a 65-minute delay. Once play resumed, the Cardinal offense stalled in its place and allowed for 29 unanswered Warrior points that resulted in a 36-7 loss.
The Brandon-Evansville football team came up a play short on Friday night in Wheaton. After starting quarterback Keagan Schiele left the game in the third quarter due to injury, backup Kobe Reiland took over under center for the Chargers. He led B-E into overtime, but the win wasn’t meant to be in a 14-8 loss against Wheaton-Herman-Norcross.
Wendy Kohler’s resume stretches longer than most basketball coaches. Over 33 years leading the Alexandria girls basketball program, Kohler has racked up nine state tournament appearances, 12 Central Lakes Conference championships and a 1997 Class AAA state title. She has been named section coach of the year 14 times and state coach of the year three times. Along the way, she’s picked up 579 wins -- more than any other female coach in Minnesota history.
The Minnewaska girls tennis team dominated the day in a 7-0 sweep against Yellow Medicine East in Granite Falls on Thursday. The Lakers won every matchup in straight sets, starting with Danielle Thorfinnson’s 6-0, 6-0 win over Whitney Tennis at No. 1 singles.
Sydney Hagen claimed a top-25 finish to lead the Minnewaska cross country teams at the New London-Spicer Invitational on Thursday. Hagen’s time of 21:52.8 was good for 23rd overall in the field of 109 runners. In the boys race, Isaiah Testa clocked in at 20:05.0 for 96th, and Aiden Tank followed at 20:54.8 for 109th among 126 runners.
The Osakis volleyball team kept Swanville on its heels Thursday night, and the Silverstreaks turned it into a 3-0 sweep in Osakis. “These girls started strong tonight. Things really seemed to click,” Silverstreaks head coach Kirsten Wessel said. “Our passers worked hard to get our setter the ball, and she did a nice job of spreading out Swanville's blockers by getting the ball to several hitters. She kept the defense guessing.”