Micah Friez covers Bemidji State basketball and BSU for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Beaver basketball updates.
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The spring of cardiac moments ran dry for the Brandon-Evansville volleyball team on Tuesday night. The Chargers almost made a match of its 6A South Subsection final showdown with Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in Barrett, but B-E let the second set slip from its grasp in an eventual 3-0 (25-13, 27-25, 25-13), season-ending loss.
A pair of hat tricks fueled the Alexandria Blizzard to another two tallies in win column over the weekend. Brett Meister had three goals on Friday as the Blizzard topped Rochester 5-4 at the Runestone Community Center, and Caleb Strong followed with a three-goal day on Saturday in a 5-1 victory in Rochester.
Ashtyn Molesworth headlined the day for the Alexandria girls swimming and diving team on Saturday, as the sophomore recorded two top-five finishes to help the Cardinals take sixth in the Central Lakes Conference meet in Willmar. Molesworth anchored the 200 Freestyle Relay team for a 1:46.82 finish alongside Sidney Johnson, Jadeya Peterson and Hattie Galloway, and she took fifth in the 50 Freestyle with her time of 26.18. Galloway was eighth in the 50 Free at 26.27, as well.
The Osakis football team is one step away from state after upsetting Breckenridge 21-20 on the road Saturday night. “I always hope the boys will respond to adversity with their best, and that is something this team has done really well all season,” Silverstreaks head coach Bill Infanger said. “We did that again (in) this game.”
The Minnewaska football team earned itself a spot in the Section 5AA championship with a 21-7 semifinal win over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in Glenwood on Saturday. Tyson Meyer and Ryan Amundson got the ball rolling for the second-seeded Lakers (8-2) in the second quarter. First, Meyer put Minnewaska on the board with a 3-yard touchdown rush, and Amundson followed on the next drive with a 4-yard rush into the end zone.
Brainerd 35, Alexandria 7 Osakis 21, Breckenridge 20 Minnewaska 21, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 7
The Alexandria football team needed a shot in the arm on Saturday. It shot itself in the foot, instead. The Cardinals were their own worst enemy in a Section 8-5A semifinal matchup at Brainerd, and the Warriors took advantage for a dominant 35-7 win.
Nathan Knick started one of his pottery and sculpture classes this month with a challenge. He invited his students at Alexandria Area High School to race him in a "throwdown," where they put clay onto the wheel to shape it into a bowl. Then, Knick pulled out a bandana and covered his eyes.
The Willmar volleyball team battled with Alexandria through the first two sets but sent its Central Lakes Conference counterpark packing in the third to advance in the Section 8AAA playoffs in Willmar on Friday. Alexandria (13-15) kept close early on, but Willmar (21-7) won by scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-12. Alexandria graduates four seniors in Meagan Wentworth, Devany Johnson, McKenzie Duwenhoegger and Kendra Hardy.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Tianna Stanek’s career was in serious danger of collapsing to a close on Friday night. The Osakis volleyball team was seven points from a home sweep with an 18-11 lead in the third set, but Browerville-Eagle Valley ultimately forced a fifth and threatened to play spoiler in the Section 5A Tournament. Stanek’s career -- and the Silverstreaks’ season -- was hanging in the balance. But had the thought even crossed her mind?