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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Brianna Holm has found a home at the top singles spot for the Alexandria girls tennis team this season. But even though a recent shoulder injury moved her into a No. 2 doubles role alongside Joria Downing on Thursday, it wasn’t out of the sophomore’s comfort zone. “She plays a lot of doubles in the offseason, so putting her in doubles is nothing new for her,” Cardinals head coach Dave Ronning said. “She played a lot of doubles as a freshman. … Not a big change for her. No big deal.”
The work in the trenches has set up the Brandon-Evansville football team for early success this season. For further proof, Chargers head coach Tim Pattrin put it bluntly: “If you can't block, you can't win.” The B-E linemen put on a clinic in its Sept. 7 game against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, a 54-15 win that included 383 rushing yards and 445 total yards of offense.
On the fateful 12th day of January 2010, devastation shook all of Haiti when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the Caribbean country. Firmin Louis could not be shaken. The pastor at Blessings Christian Church in Carrefour, a Haitian town of about 500,000, opened his doors in response to the tragedy. His house deemed unlivable, Firmin and his wife, Magalie — already parents of six — pitched a tent and brought in an additional 14 orphaned children to live with them.
Sophomores Sydney Hagen and Kristen Glover paced the Minnewaska girls cross country team to sixth place at Monday’s LPGE Invite. Hagen finished in 12th place with a 23:24.7 time, and Glover followed in 15th at 23:40.4. Teagan Stark and Elsey Hagen clocked in next for the Lakers at 25:10.2 and 25:15.9, respectively, good for 28th and 30th in the field. Molly Hjelm (26:52.6, 48th) and Julia Kuehne (27:18.0, 50th) rounded out the Minnewaska finishers.
The Osakis volleyball team started out on a roll Tuesday night, but a 2-0 lead over Browerville-Eagle Valley disappeared and flipped into a 3-2 loss in Osakis. “We started out strong and didn't finish strong. We need to be more consistent with maintaining our level of play,” Silverstreaks head coach Kirsten Wessel said. “We need to maintain momentum for more of the match than we did.”
Bailey Schaefer set the tone for the Brandon-Evansville volleyball team on Tuesday, racking up 14 aces in the Chargers’ 3-1 win at Rothsay. B-E opened up with double-digit aces in the first set to turn in a 25-13 win. They followed it up by taking a 25-23 decision in the second.
Prior to Tuesday’s matchup against Fergus Falls, the Alexandria girls soccer team decided it was time to start over. “Before the game, we talked about (how) we need to go back to the beginning of the season, restart, forget about all of our last games,” senior forward Kaye Paschka said. “We all just forgot about all of our own problems, came together as a team and worked together because we knew we really wanted to win this one.”
The Ashby-Destiny Academy volleyball team served up a 3-1 home win over Hancock on Monday night. After 25-15 and 25-13 wins in the first two sets, the Arrows couldn’t quite pull off the sweep in a 25-21 loss in the third set. Nonetheless, they locked up the win in the fourth set with the 25-21 victory.
Brandon-Evansville cross country head coach Robert Bosma said his teams have been learning to compete this year, and he’s happy with the development so far.
The West Central Area-Ashby football team ran off a 28-6 win over United North Central on Friday night in Menahga, giving the Knights their first win of the season. The Knights (1-1) finished with 260 yards of total offense, 238 of which came on the ground. All four touchdowns came on the rushing attack, as well. The WCA-A defense allowed just 129 yards and a passing touchdown for the Warriors’ lone score of the night.