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The Alexandria volleyball team took an early eight point lead against the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles in the first set. That momentum continued through three straight set wins in a Central Lakes Conference matchup for the Cards in Alexandria on Thursday night. "I didn't expect to win in three but I knew we were capable of it," Cards Coach Becky Schlichting said. "It kind of just depends on who shows up."
A total of 275 Alexandria fourth and fifth graders ran hard at the "Dream, Believe, Achieve!" cross country fun run to the sound of cheering parents on Sept. 20. A team from Woodland Elementary School took first place with 56 points in the fourth grade race. Voyager Elementary School took first place in the fifth grade run with 61 points.
The West Central Area boys and girls cross country teams stepped out on a new meet in Melrose on Tuesday, Sept. 19 and both teams finished well in front of second place for the first place win. "We've been on some hilly courses lately and it was nice to get on a flat course and run some good times," WCA Coach John Van Kempen said. The girls varsity team won with 39 points, well ahead of Paynesville who came in second place with 82 points.
The Minnewaska tennis team took Melrose 7-0 in a clean sweep on Tuesday afternoon in a home West Central Conference match. The first two singles were total shutouts. Danielle Thorfinnson defeated Mekayla Schleper, 6-0, 6-0 in the first. Hannah Orlowski defeated Allie Toenies in the second singles, 6-0, 6-0. Karra Hanson beat Paige Danzi, 6-1 and 6-2 at the third spot in another straight-set win. Eighth grader Maddie Thorfinnson had a closer matchup against Jessie Danzi, but Thorfinnson still scored the point with a 6-1 and 7-6 (7-3) win at fourth singles.
The West Central Area volleyball team lost in three sets to the Frazee Hornets in Barrett on Tuesday. "Overall, it was a tough loss," WCA Coach Amy Linn said. "We never really got into a rhythm and we let Frazee set the pace of the game." The Knights nearly recovered the first set, but ultimately lost 25-23 to the Hornets. And the loss margins just increased as the match progressed. The Hornets took the second and third sets 25-18 and 25-11, respectively. This lost dropped the Knights' overall record to 4-5.
The Minnewaska volleyball team dropped its sixth West Central Conference game in three sets when facing the Dutchmen on Tuesday night in Melrose. This loss brings the Lakers overall record to 1-10 and their conference record to 0-6. The Dutchmen took the first set 25-17. The Lakers were only able to score 13 points in both the second and the third sets.
The Osakis volleyball team beat the Upsala Cardinals 3-1 in a Prairie Conference matchup while the Silverstreaks' fans chanted, "Whose house? Our House!" on Tuesday night. But it wasn't a straight win for the Streaks. In sets one and two, the Streaks took an early lead and held it, winning 25-18 and 25-19. But the Cardinals pushed harder in the third and the Streaks trailed by one or two points until they ultimately surrendered the set 27-25 to the Cards.
The Minnewaska girls tennis team played Staples Motley and Brainerd on Monday in Brainerd and walked away with one win and one loss. The Lakers took on the Warriors first and were defeated 6-1. The only point the Lakers took against the Warriors came in the first doubles, when Anna Vold and Greta Reichmann beat Libby Kurtzman and Taya Person, 6-3 and 7-6 (7-5). The Warriors won straight sets in the singles and took the first and second doubles. The Lakers recovered from that loss and defeated Staples, 5-2.
The Alexandria girls tennis team broke its four-game losing streak with a win against Moorhead on Monday on the Alexandria tennis courts. The Cards changed their lineup and the players responded very well, Coach Dave Ronning said. Laura Wilmesmeier moved to second singles while Brianna Holm changed to first doubles on a team with Taylor Partington. Autumn Botz and Joria Downing moved to third doubles. The girls managed to get three singles points and two doubles for a balanced attack against the Spuds, Ronning said.
Moorhead, a Class AA team, broke the Alexandria boys soccer team's two-game winning streak by handing the Cards a 6-2 loss on Monday in Alexandria. Moorhead was first on the scoreboard, getting back-to-back goals in the sixth and seventh minutes of the game. The Cards responded in the 14th minute when senior Tyler Harris found senior Michael Kuhn off the pass and Kuhn sunk a goal. But the Spuds didn't let the Cards gain momentum. Moorhead scored again in the 33rd, 36th and 38th minutes, bringing the score at the half to 5-1.