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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Carter Grove led Osakis and claimed the final qualifying spot at next week’s state cross country meet with a 16:57.2 time at Thursday’s Section 6A meet in New London. Grove finished 14th individually and again set the school record, this time becoming the first Silverstreak to ever record a time under 17 minutes.
The West Central Area cross country teams locked up their spot at another state tournament on Thursday, as the boys finished first and the girls second at the Section 6A meet in New London. “Both teams had a gutsy performance today,” WCA head coach John Van Kempen said. Jacob Bright led the Knights on the boys side with a 16:02.6 time, which trailed only Staples-Motley’s Emmet Anderson, who timed out at 15:53.6.
The West Central Area volleyball team gave Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley a Section 6A Tournament scare on Thursday, but the Knights fell short in a 3-0, season-ending loss in Graceville. “I am very proud of how we played tonight,” WCA head coach Amy Linn said. “It is always tough to lose, but to end the season playing our best volleyball to date, against a tough CGB team, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Alexandria Area High School was buzzing on Monday. That's because students at AAHS were trying their hand at Alomere Health's new da Vinci Xi Surgical System, a machine used in surgeries to help doctors be more precise with their operations. Students used their fingers and feet to control the robot's "arms" and perform specific tasks, such as flipping a penny or grabbing a piece of rubber set out for them to experiment with.
In what has evolved into an annual tradition, the Alexandria volleyball team was almost destined to meet Bemidji in the postseason tournament once again. In nine of the past 10 years -- and in now each of the past five -- the Cards and Lumberjacks have squared off with their seasons on the line. And, on Wednesday, it was high-flying Alexandria who claimed this year’s edition with a dominant 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-16) win at AAHS to open the Section 8AAA Tournament.
The board of directors for the Fergus Falls YMCA has terminated a proposed plan for consolidation with the Alexandria YMCA. Dennis Lipp, CEO of the Fergus Falls YMCA and interim CEO for the Alexandria YMCA, said the board officially backed out on Oct. 4 in part because he accepted a new job in Wisconsin with the Camp Jorn YMCA, and the need for new leadership takes precedence over consolidation.
The first three offensive plays for the Osakis football team on Tuesday served as foreshadowing for the rest of the night. First, Luke Imdieke dashed 74 yards own the sideline to the 1. Then Triston Stoetzel punched it in for the touchdown. And, once the Silverstreaks took the ball back after a defensive fourth-down stop, Jacob Backes found the end zone with a 57-yard rush on a jet sweep.
The Alexandria Blizzard finished a weekend sweep over Willmar with a 4-1 win in Willmar on Saturday. The Blizzard (6-5, 12 points) went up 2-0 early with first-period goals from Connor Busse and Zach Curry. The WarHawks (0-8-1, 1 point) cut the deficit in half when Sam Voss found the back of the net a minute before intermission, but Alexandria didn’t let them stick around for long.
Four people were taken to Alomere Health with non-life-threatening injuries following a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 near Brandon at 1:21 p.m. on Sunday. Two people from a 2009 Nissan Versa were ejected during a rollover that happened after the vehicle and a passing 2016 Toyota Sequoia made contact while traveling westbound.
Applefest returned to Carlos Creek Winery on Saturday, and people came from near and far to celebrate the annual harvest season. Saturday's event included wine sampling, horse-drawn wagon rides, giant pumpkin carving, pie eating contests, live music and more. Hundreds came out to take part in the festivities. The event is in its 11th edition and had sunshine mixed with the crisp, fall air to welcome participants.