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-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.
The West Central Area cross country teams held their own at the Dragon Twilight Cross Country Meet in Moorhead on Friday night. “It’s a little intimidating when you see teams pull up with two buses and their kids file out one after another,” WCA head coach John Van Kempen said. “I’m thinking we maybe overstepped our boundaries. But when that gun fires, our kids are not going to back down and (they) raced their hardest.”
The West Central Area volleyball team came within one win of a championship at the Wheaton Tournament on Saturday. The Knights swept both Ashby-Destiny Academy and Sisseton 2-0 to open the tournament, but a 2-0 loss to Park Christian in the championship dropped WCA to the second-place finish.
The Osakis volleyball team went 2-2 at the Sauk Rapids-Rice tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8, falling 2-1 to Foley and 2-0 to Annandale but recovering with 2-0 wins over Kimball Area and Little Falls. “We played some very good teams at this tournament,” Silverstreaks head coach Kirsten Wessel said. “This team plays very well together and communicates well on the floor. It’s fun for these girls to play tough competition and hang in there with them.”
The fifth annual Moonshine Madness festival came to life on Saturday in downtown Osakis. The event featured chainsaw carvings, inflatables, live music and more. Hundreds came out to take in the celebration.
Keagan Schiele had a night to remember on Friday. And so did Marshall Riedel. And so did the entire Brandon-Evansville football team. Behind the junior standouts and the offensive line that created for them, the Chargers bullied their way to a 54-15 blowout win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Brandon for their first win of the season.
The Alexandria girls swimming and diving team used its depth to keep pace with St. Cloud Tech, but it wasn’t quite enough in a 95-91 loss at Discovery Middle School on Thursday. Sophomore McKenna Horan picked up six points for the Cardinals by winning the 500 Free in a time of 5:50.03. The Alex 200 Free Relay team of Jadeya Peterson, Sidney Johnson, Addison Rodel and Hattie Galloway added another first-place finish with a 1:48.93 result.
The West Central Area volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Wheaton-Herman-Norcross on Thursday night in Bennett. “Unfortunately, we were unable to find holes in Wheaton’s defense and struggled to block against an aggressive offense,” Knights head coach Amy Linn said.
The Alexandria girls soccer team fell to 0-4 on the young season after a 5-0 shutout loss at Moorhead on Thursday. The Spuds’ Lauren Hodny finished with two goals, while Olivia Watson, Kylie Englund and Tyra Djaerf each added another to the Moorhead cause. The Cardinals, meanwhile, recorded just two shots on goal. Both were stopped by Spuds keeper Emily Soukup.
The losing streak hit four for the Alexandria boys soccer team on Thursday night after a 2-0 road loss against Moorhead. The Spuds dropped the Cardinals to 2-4 overall through a pair of goals and six saves from Moorhead keeper Caden Triggs. In the 28th minute, Aiden Copeland tallied the opening goal off a pass from Jeron Sheldon, and then Sheldon added a goal of his own off an assist from William Vargas in the 65th minute.