Alexandria had established the right to be considered the favorite in the Section 6A field until proven otherwise. On Thursday night in Willmar, Fergus Falls finally did just that. The top-seeded Otters (21-6) won by a score of 3-1 over the Cardinals (15-13) to halt what had been a six-year run of section championships for Alexandria. "It's a growing pain and an opportunity to learn," Alexandria head coach Molly Arola said. "I feel bad for our seniors going out this way. It's going to hurt for awhile."
As the guests walked through the side-door of the New Life Christian Church, they were bombarded with shoulder-to-shoulder jousting and ear-piercing hollers from a crowd of nearly 400 people. Every one of them had a smile from ear to ear. "Night to Shine," a prom night for people with special needs ages 14 and older, was held in Alexandria for the fourth consecutive year. More than 650 churches around the globe took part in the event, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.
The Alexandria girls hockey team earned another trip to the section championship game with a 6-4 win over the Willmar Cardinals (13-12) on Tuesday night. "It was awesome," freshman forward Hanley Block said. "The energy in this building was insane. We knew it was going to be hard from the start and that we were going to have to give it out all." The back-and-forth battle between the two rivals created a high-strung atmosphere that only the playoffs can bring.
On Jan. 10, Alexandria Family Martial Arts held a test for the students in its program. They were tested in a form or pattern, kicking techniques, blocking techniques, practical self-defense and breaking a one-inch pine board. "The break is the only thing that is hard to prepare the younger students for, so when it comes time for that during the test I get nervous for them also," head instructor Neil Stroklund said. "They all did a very nice job." All eight students that tested passed.
The Alexandria wrestling team will travel to Little Falls on Feb. 16 for the Section 8AAA team tournament. The Cardinals finished the season in eighth place. Their efforts were good enough to match them up with the Moorhead Spuds, the nine seed, in the first round of the tournament. The winner will move on to the second round to go head-to-head with top-seeded Willmar. Alexandria will take center stage at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. 8AAA WRESTLING TEAM TOURNAMENT SEEDS 1 WILLMAR 2. BEMIDJI 3. BRAINERD 4. SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN 5. SAUK RAPIDS-RICE
The Alexandria boys hockey team knocked off sixth-ranked East Grand Forks(16-8) 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals were without two forwards on their top line, seniors Jack Westlund and Ben Doherty, which are the leading two point-getters for Alexandria this season. "We really don't change anything," Alexandria head coach Ian Resch said. "We know we have guys that can fill in those spots as long as they do what to have to defensively and if they compete hard."
The Alexandria boys basketball team took down the Becker Bulldogs (5-12) 77-59 to cap off the Winter Lakes Classic on Saturday night. Senior guard Anders Hedstrom led the Cardinals with 19 points. Junior guard Carrson Jones also shot well with 17 points. Alexandria struggled to score off the tip. Becker was able to keep it a close, low-scoring game. Jones scored the first 11 points for the Cardinals. The three-ball started falling for Alexandria midway through the second half. Alexandria would make ten triples in the win.
The Alexandria girls hockey team made a statement on Saturday morning when they defeated the Morris-Benson Area Storm 19-0 in the section 6A quarterfinal matchup. The Cardinals locked up the second seed in the tournament after finishing the regular season with a 12-12 record. The offensive explosion was powered by the eleven Cardinals with a multipoint game. Freshman forward Kaci Trosvig Led Alexandria with three goals and six assists. Freshman Hanley Block has seven points with four goals and three assists.
The Alexandria girls basketball team won in thrilling fashion over the ninth-ranked Becker Bulldogs (17-3) 67-66 on Saturday night at the Winter Lakes Classic. Senior forward McKenzie Duwenhoegger hit the game-winning shot in the paint with under 30 seconds left to give the Cardinals their 17th win of the season. Alexandria went back and forth with Becker for the first fifteen minutes until some sloppy play gave the Bulldogs a 12-point lead going into the half. The Cardinals came out of the locker room and put the applied the clamps on defense.
On Feb. 24, ABC will televise the 91st Academy Awards. As a movie fanatic and social media addict, I love the Oscars. I think one of the simplest joys in life is predicting the winner in a category at an award show and getting it right. I love getting upset about the asenine decisions made by people who are getting paid to make those decisions. The Oscars give me one night to make me feel like I am a rugged, high-class cinema savant and not a 23-year-old broke college graduate who is still on his parents' cell phone bill.