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 West Central Area cross country teams each took second place behind Perham in the Heart of Lakes Conference Meet in Pelican Rapids on Tuesday. The boys team finished with 41 points, eight points from catching Perham’s 33, while the girls finished with 59, compared to 23 for the Yellowjackets.
The Section 6A girls tennis crown is staying in Osakis. The Silverstreaks booked their state tournament reservations on Tuesday in Fargo, N.D., beating Benson/KMS 7-0 in the semifinals and then Minnewaska 4-3 in the finals for their second consecutive section championship.
The Tipsinah Mounds Golf Course hosted its club championship in Elbow Lake on Sept. 8. On the men’s side, David Drexler was named club champion after shooting a 71 (36-35). Larry Grove won in the handicap division with a total score of 84 (43-41) and a net score of 68. In the 55+ division, Orvin Leis fired an 83 (43-40) for first, while Gary Sethney was the championship of the 55+ handicap division with a total score of 86 (44-42) and a net score of 68.
The season came to a close for the Alexandria girls tennis team this past week. “It was a great season for the girls, and they can be very proud of what they have accomplished this year,” Cardinals head coach Dave Ronning said. “It is always sad to see the season come to an end and to see girls play their final matches, but again, they have a lot to be proud of.”
The Runestone Classic made its way back to Alexandria Area High School on Saturday, Oct. 6, and the Cardinals claimed fourth place with a 2-2 record at the tournament’s 24th edition. To start the day in pool play, Alex (11-13) dropped a 2-0 game to Big Lake by scores of 25-18 and 25-19. Mya Lesnar and Kendra Hardy shared the team lead with five kills apiece, while Erika Roderick had 14 set assists. Lesnar also had two aces and a block, while Tessa McGrane reached double-digit digs with 12.
The Alexandria girls swimming and diving team took fourth place at Saturday’s Section 6A True Team meet in Sartell behind 14 top-10 finishes. The Cardinals’ best place of the day came in the 200 Medley Relay, where McKenna Horan, Sidney Johnson, Addison Rodel and Hattie Galloway combined for a 1:59.11 time that was good for third overall. Horan matched the finish in the 100 backstroke, as well, clocking in at 1:05.22 for third.
The Alexandria football team just couldn’t keep up with Bemidji with the ways it wasted opportunities on Friday. The Lumberjacks, ranked No. 10 in Class 5A, had their way from Chet Anderson Stadium, maintaining control for a decisive 30-12 win on a rainy and sloppy night in Bemidji.
Finding a flow didn’t come easy for the Alexandria volleyball team on Thursday. And Willmar didn’t wait around for them to figure it out. The visiting Cardinals maintained control nearly all night, ultimately walking out of AAHS as 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-18) winners and dropping Alex to 9-11 on the season.
The Osakis girls tennis team opened its Section 6A title defense with a 7-0 win over MACA-WCA in Osakis on Thursday. The defending section champs picked up right where they left off, cruising to victory and advancing to the 6A semifinals.
The Ashby-Destiny Academy volleyball team put an end to an eight-game skid with a 3-2 home victory over Parkers Prairie on Tuesday night. “I can’t express enough how proud I am tonight after this win,” Arrows head coach Hayley Stevens said. “My girls showed up in full force. After a couple weeks of struggling with team togetherness, things clicked and they came together and won this as one unit.”