Sports roundup from Thursday, August 28

FOOTBALL Prairie Valley 36, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 6 The Prairie Valley football team kicked its season off with a 36-6 win over KMS on Thursday night after a big second half. Joe Hewitt scored from one yard out to cap off a 60-yard drive for ...


Prairie Valley 36, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 6

The Prairie Valley football team kicked its season off with a 36-6 win over KMS on Thursday night after a big second half.

Joe Hewitt scored from one yard out to cap off a 60-yard drive for Prairie Valley in the second quarter. Skyler Meiners found Grant Yohnke for a two-point conversion, but KMS followed with a 12-play drive of its own to cut the deficit to 8-6.

The Nighthawks came close to ending the half with a touchdown. Yohnke had a 43-yard reception that brought the ball to the 19-yard line with six second left. Meiners then hit sophomore Casey Peterson at the goal line but his 18-yard catch was a yard short as time expired.


It ended up being a moot point after the Nighthawks put 28 points up in the second half. They opened things with a 65-yard drive that ended with a 19-yard touchdown run by Hewitt. Meiners then hit Yohnke for a 20-yard touchdown on the next drive before the defense recovered a fumble. Two plays later, Derek Pratt raced around the edge for a 10-yard touchdown that made it 30-6.

“The fourth quarter found the younger players getting plenty of playing time,” head coach John Sieling said. “They played well on both sides of the ball during that quarter.”

Freshman Bradley Blommel had a 30-yard run that led to the Nighthawks’ final score in the fourth quarter. Fellow freshman Ryan Blake finished off the drive with a six-yard touchdown run that made it 36-6.

Prairie Valley ran for more than 300 yards behind carries from eight different guys. Hewitt led that charge with 91 yards on 12 carries. Meiners was 8-for-12 passing for more than 100 yards, while Yohnke finished with five catches.

Kyle Schlosser led the defense with seven tackles. Yohnke added six.

“It was a team effort for the defense,” Sieling said after multiple players finished with two or three tackles.

The win gives the Nighthawks a 1-0 record in the Prairie Conference. They will try to add to that with a conference game against Browerville in Eagle Bend next Friday night at 7.




Brainerd 129, Alexandria 57

The Alexandria swimming and diving team ran into a deep Brainerd team on Thursday night and couldn’t keep up in a 129-57 loss on the road.

The Warriors won all 12 events as they jumped out and never looked back in this one. Fallon Ryan and Hannah McKeag each won twice and were also part of two first-place relay teams.

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Brandon-Evansville 3, Wheaton-Herman Norcross 1


(25-14, 25-23, 27-25, 25-23)

The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team rallied back from a one-set deficit to defeat Section 6A opponent Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 3-1 in a home match on Thursday evening.

The Warriors grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the match thanks to a 25-14 first-set victory in what turned out to be a slow start for the Chargers.

Brandon-Evansville’s comeback began in the second set. At one point the Chargers trailed 18-15, but they turned that around to grab a 25-23 set victory and tie the match at 1-1.

From there, the Chargers would not drop another set. Head coach Kelly Olson said the key to the Chargers’ better play after the slow start was moving the ball better with the passing game and improved blocking at the net.

“We just needed out passing to come around a little bit and our transitions, sealing up the block,” Olson said. “They’ve got some good hitters; they are a really strong team.”

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Alexandria 3, St. Cloud Apollo 0

25-13, 25-18, 25-16

The Alexandria volleyball team got its first win of the season to move to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the Central Lakes Conference with a three-set sweep of St. Cloud Apollo.

The Cardinals controlled this one from the start, winning 25-13, 25-18 and 25-16. Brooke Swanson had a nice night with 11 kills and two blocks. Kalley Bistodeau added eight kills and Jordyn Lamb finished with seven. Amanda Haack had a team-high 10 digs and 28 assists.


YME 3, Minnewaska 0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-20)

The Minnewaska volleyball team lost in three sets to Yellow Medicine East on Thursday.

Ariel Ostrander had a team-high 14 kills in the loss. Kaylee Glover had 12 digs and Taylor Amundson finished with 23 assists.



Sartell 1, Alexandria 0

The Alexandria girls soccer team fell behind early and couldn’t make that up in a 1-0 loss to Central Lakes Conference foe Sartell on Thursday.

The Sabres scored on their first shot of the night when Claire Minnerath connected in the upper corner of the net from 20 yards out.

“The Cards settled down and were able to play evenly with the Sabres as the half wore on,” Alexandria head coach Tom Roos said. “The second half saw Sartell come out strong and dominate for 25 minutes, beating Alex to 50-50 balls and keeping the Cards pinned in their defensive end. The last 15 minutes Alex was able to show some pressure, but few strong opportunities.”

The Cardinals’ defense kept them in the game with Emma Ziegler getting 11 saves on 12 shots. Sartell’s Allie Hemmesch got the shutout with six saves.

“Anna Lee had her best game after struggling with a nagging injury and Haley Burns created some offense on the outside flanks,” Roos said.

The Cardinals fell to 1-2-1 with the loss.



Sartell 3, Alexandria 0

The Alexandria boys soccer team fell to Central Lakes Conference power Sartell in a 3-0 game on Thursday night.

The Cardinals got onto the turf of Viking Savings Bank Field in the stadium at Alexandria Area High School as Sartell took a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute. The Cardinals kept up with the Sabres before they scored two goals in the 74th and 75th minute that led to the final score.

“The score is not really a true picture of the way the boys played,” Alexandria head coach Cahil Collins said. “Every game, especially this one, I have seen improvement and for the first 73 minutes they held their own against a very good Sartell team. I am truly excited for the rest of the season and more opportunity to play at the beautiful stadium we have here. We currently are still missing several key players to injuries but hope to start seeing some of them the end of next week.”

The loss dropped Alexandria to 2-2 on the season.

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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