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Roundup: Osakis goes 3-2 at Upsala Tournament, while most area playoff brackets are set

Alexandria wraps up the No. 1 seed in the Section 8-3A Tournament and will face St. Cloud Apollo Thursday night at 7.

The Osakis volleyball team wrapped up its regular season by going 3-2 at the Upsala Tournament on Oct. 21.

The Silverstreaks finished the season 12-15 overall ahead of the playoffs after beating Mille Lacs (13-13), Holdingford (5-21) and Bertha-Hewitt (15-14) in 2-0 matches around a 2-1 loss to Swanville (8-15) and a 2-0 loss to Pine River-Backus (21-7).

The Silverstreaks won by 25-10 and 25-21 scores in their final match of the tournament against Bertha-Hewitt. Alexis Johanson had 5 kills, while Greta Faber dug up 13 balls, and Josee Hartshorn had 10 assists.

Hayleigh Niehoff led the charge at the net against Holdingford with 7 kills in the 25-21 and 25-14 wins. Faber had 18 digs in that one, and Niehoff and Hartshorn each had three blocks. Hartshorn and Johanson had a team-high 4 kills apiece in the 25-16 and 25-16 wins over Mille Lacs. Kali Schoeck and Faber each had 5 digs, while Hartshorn had 10 more assists.

Osakis’ Section 6AA Tournament field will be officially seeded on Oct. 26. The Silverstreaks are 11th through the QRF on Minnesota-scores-net in the section’s seed order out of 14 teams as of Monday morning. That means a likely road match to open the tournament on Oct. 28.

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Alexandria gets top seed in playoffs

Alexandria officially got the No. 1 seed in the Section 8-3A tournament that will start on Oct. 28.

The Cardinals (19-1) will take on eighth-seeded St. Cloud Apollo (1-17) this Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner of that game faces the winner of fourth-seeded St. Cloud Tech (8-14) and fifth-seeded Detroit Lakes (9-16) on Nov. 2 at the high seed at 8:01 p.m. That later start time is due to elections on Nov. 2.

Sauk Rapids-Rice (10-16) is the No. 2 seed in the section and will face 7th-seeded Becker (4-18) in the quarterfinals. Rocori (11-16) is the three seed and faces sixth-seeded Little Falls (5-19).

The Section 8-3A championship is set for Nov. 6 at a neutral site yet to be determined.

Section 6A tournament set

The 20-team Section 6A tournament field is set between the North and South subsections, with Brandon-Evansville earning the best seed among area programs in the South.

The Chargers (14-10) were seeded fourth and host fifth-seeded Parkers Prairie (16-11) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Ashby (2-24) was seeded 10th and goes to seventh-seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (6-20-1) tonight, Monday, at 7 p.m.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (20-7) is the top seed in the South subsection, while Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (17-9) is second and Hancock (10-9) is seeded third. Breckenridge (25-2) is the No. 1 seed in the North subsection.

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The Section 6A championship match is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Fergus Falls.

Knights seeded fifth in 3AA

West Central Area wrapped up its regular season with a 21-6 record, but that still was not quite enough to earn a home playoff match.

The Knights were seeded fifth in the Section 3AA North subsection and will open the tournament at fourth-seeded Litchfield (9-19) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29. The winner of that match faces the winner of No. 1-seeded Paynesville Area (20-3) and 8th-seeded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (2-16) on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the high seed.

Minnewaska (7-19) was seeded 7th in the North half of the 3AA playoffs. The Lakers will go to 2nd-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins (16-9) for a 7 p.m. match on Oct. 29.

Jackson County Central (23-6) is the No. 1 seed in the south half of the bracket. The Section 3AA championship match is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

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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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