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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Brandon-Evansville principal and activities director Nate Meissner started officiating sporting events in 2003, fresh out of high school. But he said new graduates today aren’t doing the same. “There’s no doubt about it: We are in an officiating crunch,” he said. “People could argue and give their opinions all day long on why. ...I think it’s a generational thing. People aren’t growing up with it enough or they’re finding other things to do when they come out of school. They don’t have that passion.”
The West Central Area cross country teams certainly had their way at the Melrose Invitational on Tuesday. Both the boys and girls earned dominant wins, the boys claiming the top four individual spots and the girls taking three of the top four.
Wesley Siira took 22nd place to lead the Brandon-Evansville cross country teams at Tuesday’s Melrose Invitational. Siira posted a 18:38.8 run, which was just ahead of teammate Abram Fossel’s 25th-place time of 18:54.8. Logan Froemming (19:42.3, 40th), Blake Merrit (20:58.6, 50th) and Nathan Anderson (29:24.4, 56th) rounded out the B-E finishers.
Wyatt Cavers had a round to remember during qualifying for the Geneva Golf Club championship on Sept. 8 in Alexandria. Cavers, 16, carded three eagles during the day en route to a personal-best score of 68. “My game was on that day, definitely,” the Alex native said. “The best I’ve ever done was one eagle. I’ve never come near three eagles in one round.”
Tasked with hosting the No. 3 rank team in Class A, the Alexandria boys soccer team had no easy job on Tuesday. St. Cloud Apollo walked out with a 3-1 win at AAHS, but the Cardinals walked out satisfied with how the match played out.
Carter Grove broke his own school record by 20 seconds on Monday, pacing the Osakis cross country teams at the Pierz Invitational. Grove finished in 17:30.9, which put him ninth individually and led the Silverstreak boys to eighth place in the 18-team field. The Osakis girls finished 11th out of 14 teams behind Grace Oeltjen’s time of 22:28.5, which led the Silverstreak pack in 40th individually.
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.