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Where are they now: Jaran Roste MIAC football offensive player of the year award

Another look at how more Alexandria area student-athletes are doing during their college careers.

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Jaran Roste
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ALEXANDRIA — This is a look at how some area athletes are doing at their respective colleges or in their athletic careers. Similar pieces will run periodically through the fall, winter and spring seasons.

Email sstuve@echopress.com with any more detailed information on the athletes listed or the names of other athletes who are playing college sports that you would like to see included in future publications.

Alexandria native Jaran Roste capped off a successful 2022 campaign at Bethel University in Arden Hills, by earning the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference offensive player of the year award.

The four-time all-conference player has thrown for 2,159 yards this season, 17 touchdowns, and just six interceptions while guiding Bethel to an 8-2 regular season record. Roste has also rushed for 388 yards and four touchdowns. Roste helped Bethel earn a 28-24 win over then-second-ranked Saint John’s Johnnies on Sept. 24.

Roste and the Royals earned a 34-32 win over No. 15 Wheaton College (Illinois) on Saturday, Nov. 19 in the first round of the NCAA DIII Playoffs. Bethel is on the road again, this time to McMinnville, Oregon to take on No. 5 Linfield College on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. central.

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The South Dakota State women’s cross country team has three former Alexandria Cardinals in their program, freshmen Emma Ecker and Taelon Dummer along with sophomore Caitlin Bright.

The Jackrabbits placed second in the Summit League meet on Oct. 29 and Ecker and Bright had top 30 finishes (Ecker 29th - 21:48.4 and Bright 13th - 20:57.7).

At the NCAA Cross Country meet on Nov. 11 Bright finished 73rd (21:32.7) and Ecker placed 125th (22:02.2)

Their best finishes of the season came at SDSU Classic on Sept. 9 where Bright placed sixth (19:02.72) and Ecker placed seventh (19:06.21)

Kendra Hardy, a 2019 graduate of Alexandria, was one of the pillars of the University of Northwestern - St. Paul volleyball team that made a run to the 2022 NCAA DIII Final Four. The Eagles finished the season with a 34-3 record.

Hardy scored 254.5 points for the Eagles and had a hitting percentage of .300 and helped the team win another Upper Midwest Atheltic Conference title this season. The senior hitter is a two-time all-UMAC selection and a one-time honorable mention. Hardy finished the season with 58 block assists, 13, 83 digs and 222 kills. Hardy’s college career kill total is at 1,046.

Former Brandon-Evansville multi-sport standout Bailey Schaefer wrapped up a solid sophomore season for the University of Minnesota-Crookston Eagles. Schaefer was third on the team in points with 233.5 and in kills with 198. She was second on the team with 25 aces and she had 30 assists this season.

Schaefer played in all 28 matches for the Golden Eagles. She has 370 kills in her two years of college.

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Former Alexandria Cardinal Kylee James played in 14 games for the Concordia Moorhead girls soccer team this season and made an impact.

James’ first goal of the season came in a 2-1 loss to Saint Mary’s (Minn) on Oct. 1 and her second was a game-winning goal for the Cobbers on Oct. 12, in a 1-0 win over St. Catherine.

James started in two games this season for the Cobbers.

Osakis alum Tia Dykema wrapped up a strong freshman season this spring/summer with a winning record at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

Dykema had a team-best record at 10-7 and played largely at the No. 4 singles spot. Dykema also placed some double matches as well and compiled a 9-8 record.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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