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The Alexandria Blizzard’s two-game winning streak over Granite City came to a close on Friday night as the West-Division leading Lumberjacks came to town and left with an 8-2 win at the Runestone Community Center.
The Alexandria girls hockey team went on the road on Friday night to face the defending Central Lakes Conference champions and Class AA foe Brainerd-Little Falls.
The Alexandria 200-medley relay team came into the Class A state swim meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center seeded 24th, and that’s exactly where the group finished. Freshmen McKenna Horan and Ashtyn Molesworth joined juniors Addison Rodel and Jadeya Peterson in all of their first trip to state and finished in a time of 1:55.01. They came in with a seed time of 1:53.77 to qualify for state by the time standard at the Section 6 meet.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Granite City, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Alexandria vs. South St. Paul, 2 p.m.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. Granite City, 7:10 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Alexandria at Brainerd, 7:15 p.m.
Whitetail deer are prevalent around the Alexandria area, but Kevin Kotts of the Department of Natural Resources in Glenwood can think of only a couple of cases where a mule deer has been seen in the area. Now he can add another one to the list. Alexandria's Jeff Klug sent a photo to the Echo Press Newspaper on Nov. 15 of a spike buck muley.
The Eagles Horseshoe League wrapped up its season recently with an awards banquet to honor some of the top finishers from the 2017 summer. Jim Syverson and Judy Carlson won the league title as a team, while Rick Maxwell and Kia Larson were second and Byrne Rising and Gary Kirckof finished third. In the team double-elimination playoffs, Justin Dummer and Shane Johnson took home the title. Carlson and Syverson were second and Dylan Maxwell and Jim Rushford finished third.
The American National Bank Bantam A hockey team out of Alexandria opened its season with a good weekend at the Battle of the Blue Ox Tournament in Maple Grove and Osseo Nov. 10-12. The team won the Orange Bracket in the field with a 3-1 overall record. They dropped the opener 5-1 on Nov. 10 but rallied for three straight wins. Those came against Fargo in a 3-2 game, Moorhead AA by a 6-5 score and against Woodbury AA in a 7-3 game in the championship.
Parkers Prairie junior Travis Yohnke has been a central figure in three sports for the Panthers in baseball, basketball and football since he was a freshman. He helped anchor a talented team on the court that went 21-8 last winter. He caught the final out near first base during the Panthers' Class A state championship game in baseball last spring. Basketball and baseball are sports he has always loved, but football has separated itself as his passion and the sport he hopes will allow him to play at the college level.
The All-Pheasant Conference volleyball teams were announced this week with West Central Area's Brianna Kreft and Kaitlyn Sanstead being named to the team. The Knights also had senior Demara Bumgardner and junior Morgan Woodle named as honorable-mention selections.