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No. 6 seeded Alexandria led for nearly all of regulation time Thursday night but a late goal by Anna Payne sent the match to overtime and eventually to penalty kicks where No. 3 Detroit Lakes made three attempts to the Cardinals’ two and advanced to the second round of the Section 8A playoffs after a 2-1 victory at Rotary Soccer Park. DL junior Matteya Borah gave the Lakers a 3-1 lead in penalties in what would prove to be the game-winning goal.
The top-seeded Alexandria Cardinals created game tempo early and controlled it for 36 minutes to eliminate No. 5 Detroit Lakes 56-45 in the Section 8AAA semifinals at Moorhead High School Saturday night. “That’s our philosophy; we want teams to play at our level; we don’t want to play at their level,” Alex senior Kayla Feldhake said. “We know we can play fast and push the ball, so if they want to play with us they have to play fast.”
Detroit Lakes’ Isaac Cihak came out with the hot hand but the Alexandria Cardinals finished strong to down the Lakers 77-57 in Section 8AAA boys basketball at Alexandria high school Friday night in the regular season finale for both teams. “Just feeling it,” said Cihak. “Coach said get the hot hand, shoot it. I had all the confidence in the world, just stroked it.” Cihak led all scorers at halftime with 20 points on six threes and a field goal.
No. 2 Detroit Lakes owned the lead and the game for 40 minutes, but the No. 3 Alexandria Cardinals erased a two-goal deficit scoring in the final minute of regulation to tie and completed the comeback winning 3-2 in a shootout on the road in Section 8A girls soccer Saturday night. Alexandria’s goalie Emma Ziegler did not allow a Laker goal in three shootout attempts as the Cards sealed the game easily 3-0 in penalty kicks.
A two-run homer in the first inning by Ellie Ronning held up for the winning runs in a close 2-1 pitcher’s duel Wednesday, as No. 2 Alexandria defeated No. 1 Detroit Lakes in the semifinals of Section 8AAA softball at Snappy Park. “We’ve played defense pretty well this year,” Alexandria head coach Randy Albers said. “The games that we’ve lost were the games we’ve committed four, five, six errors. If we can limit the errors, defensively, we’re pretty good and that’s with every team.”
Alexandria’s junior guard Robert Anderson put the Cardinals up for good on the 17th lead change of the game near the 10 minute mark of the second half leading to a 70-66 victory over Detroit Lakes in Section 8AAA boys basketball at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium Saturday evening. “It was huge,” Anderson said. “When it comes down to the section playoffs, we definitely want to get the top seed to help us get to state.”
Abby Schramel scored a game-high 15 points off the bench to lead the Detroit Lakes girls basketball team to a 56-51 season-opening victory over Alexandria at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium Friday night. “Abby brings a different look to a post – she’s strong and she’s left-handed,” Laker head coach Mike Hoganson said. “She can step out and hit the three too, very valuable off the bench.” Schramel and Grace Swenson combined for half of DL’s points with Swenson adding 14, her final two the biggest of the game.
The Alexandria girls basketball team will get its chance to play for a state tournament berth on Thursday night. The second-seeded Cardinals guaranteed themselves of that by using a big second half to beat third-seeded Albany in Moorhead on Saturday.
The second-seeded Alexandria Cardinals used a 12-0 run out of halftime and protected the lead for a 48-36 victory over No. 3 Albany at Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday night in the Section 8AAA semifinals.
The Alexandria girls basketball team established an effective defensive press Detroit Lakes failed to break and the Cardinals earned a 54-41 victory in an important Section 8-3A girls basketball game at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium Friday night. “I think the energy was good for us,” Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said. “We’re pretty athletic and we got our kids going. We knew it was going to be a tough section game.