The Alexandria wrestling team opened its season last weekend, going 1-2 in the Eastview Quad on Friday and finishing fourth in Saturday's Litchfield tournament. "With the early matches in a new season, you get to know a lot about your team," Cardinals head coach Tom Ellison said. "We are a young group that has to learn to work through adversity. I was proud of the way our team competed in both events."
Goals are coming in abundance so far this season for the Alexandria boys hockey team. After the second game of the season, a 10-1 win over Sauk Rapids-Rice on Thursday at Sports Arena East, three Cardinals forwards have 10 or more points. Sophomore Jack Westlund has six goals and four assists, while senior Mack Strong has five goals and five assists, and sophomore Ben Doherty has two goals and 10 assists. The Cardinals (2-0) claimed the first seven goals of the game on Thursday, including six in the first period.
With four-fifths of last season's starting lineup graduating last spring, the Knights boys basketball team has some work to do. "Our expectations are to compete extremely hard night in and night out and to play as a team," head coach Kraig Hunter said. "We have a lot to replace from a successful team last year." The Knights finished 16-10 last year, snagging third in the Prairie Conference and losing to Battle Lake in the 6A south sub-section semifinals.
The Minnewaska wrestling team is relying heavily on young incoming wrestlers to contribute toward filling weight classes this winter. "The Minnewaska wrestling program is looking to build on last year's returning letter winners with another group of seventh graders," head coach Dieken Swalla said. "(We are) heading in the right direction to filling the 14 weight classes and filling the wrestling room once again." As Spencer Winter, Weston Lardy and Marcelo Arredondo graduated in the spring, the Lakers' success will hinge on a corps of seventh, eighth and ninth graders.