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Five honored as all-state athletes between the Alexandria boys and girls programs

The Cardinals put together two of the top seasons in program history and were honored for that with five players being named first or second team all-state athletes when those teams were announced recently.

The Alexandria soccer programs have put together some of the best seasons in program history between the boys and the girls this fall, and both teams had players recognized for that with statewide honors heading into the state tournaments.

The boys’ season came to an end earlier than they wanted against Rocori in the section semifinals, but not until Alexandria racked up a 13-2-3 record overall. Three players were named to Class AA all-state teams from this group in senior defender Colin Reilly, senior goalkeeper Ryan Meuwissen and senior midfielder Thomas Klecker.

“This is an incredible honor for these players to be chosen as all-state team players,” Alexandria head coach Brandon Johnson said. “The competition is intense and the selection process thorough.”

Reilly and Meuwissen were both selected as part of the all-state first team, while Klecker is a second-team all-state player.

The awards are through the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association. A total of 40 field players and four goalkeepers are honored between the first and second teams.

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“The process began with the Central Lakes Conference coaches ranking the top 20 field players and 4 goalkeepers from the CLC,” Johnson said. “This 2.5-hour meeting ended with the results being sent to the MSHSSCA. This process was done for 25 conferences. All 600-plus ranked players are sent to the MSHSSCA, where all 8 sections in class AA are represented, and a 5.5-hour meeting was held to take that list of 600-plus players down to two teams.”

The Alexandria girls soccer team also racked up statewide honors as the Cardinals got ready to play in the Class AA state tournament on Oct. 27.

The Cardinals (15-2-1) were recognized with the Sportsmanship Award from the Central Lakes Conference after the regular season. Senior defender Kylee James was also named second-team all state, while junior striker Ella Westlund was first-team all state.

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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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