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Alexandria boys and girls both secure top seeds in the 8AA tournament

The Alexandria girls open the playoffs Wednesday night against Rocori, while the boys host East Grand Forks on Thursday.

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Alexandria's Allie Haabala puts a move on a Little Falls defender during a game on Oct. 2, 2021. Haabala and the Cardinals finished the regular season 12-2-1 and will take the No. 1 seed into the Section 8AA playoffs this week. Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

The Alexandria boys and girls soccer teams both secured the No. 1 seed in the Section 8AA tournament that will start this week for both programs.

The girls finished the regular season 12-2-1 and will face 8th-seeded Rocori (1-14) on Wednesday night at 7. The Cardinals beat the Spartans 8-0 on Sept. 28.

The winner of Wednesday’s game faces the winner of 4th-seeded St. Cloud Tech (6-6-3) and 5th-seeded Detroit Lakes (7-8-1) with the high seed hosting on Oct. 16. The section championship will take place on Oct. 19 at a neutral site.

East Grand Forks (13-1) got the second seed with the Green Wave’s only loss coming to Alexandria in a 3-1 game on Sept. 21. They will face 7th-seeded St. Cloud Apollo (1-13) in the quarterfinals, while 3rd-seeded Little Falls (12-3-1) hosts 6th-seeded Sauk Rapids-Rice (4-8-2).

The Alexandria girls are going for their third section championship in program history after also making the state tournament in 2003 and 2012.

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Alex boys host EGF

The Alexandria boys (12-1-3) will host 8th-seeded East Grand Forks (1-13) on Thursday with a game time of 7 p.m. The Cardinals beat the Green Wave 8-0 on Sept. 21.

The winner of that game faces the winner of 4th-seeded Rocori (6-10) and 5th-seeded Sauk Rapids-Rice (4-11) on Oct. 19 at the high seed.

The section championship will be played Oct. 21 at a neutral site.

St. Cloud Tech (9-4-2) is the second seed and faces 7th-seeded Little Falls (2-13) in the quarterfinals. Third-seeded St. Cloud Apollo (6-6-3) hosts 6th-seeded Detroit Lakes (5-9-1).

The Alexandria boys are going for their second section championship in program history after making the state tournament for the only time in 2004.

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Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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