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BOYS HOCKEY NorthStar Christian Academy vs. Sioux Falls U18 AAA, 1 p.m. Alexandria Blizzard vs. New Ulm, 7:10 p.m.
Alexandria's John Vogeler had visions of playing quarterback at the Division II level in college football coming off a successful career for the Cardinals. That was the plan going into his freshman year in 2014. Things don't always go to plan, though, and in Vogeler's case, that turned out just fine.
Alexandria's Noah Boraas had a few schools that he focused in on for continuing his academic and golf career at the next level. Mankato State and the University of Sioux Falls both offered him a good opportunity at programs that he liked, but South Dakota State University was a chance to play at the Division I level. That wasn't the deciding factor for him, but it didn't hurt, either. "I tried not to let it impact the decision I made, but it's hard not to think about it," Boraas said. "An opportunity like that is hard to pass up."
GIRLS HOCKEY Alexandria vs. Brainerd-Little Falls, 7:15 p.m.
Alexandria’s 4x400-freestyle relay team will swim in the finals at the Class A state swim meet on Friday. The Cardinals punched their ticket there by placing 15th during Thursday’s prelims. McKenna Horan, Jadeya Peterson, Hattie Galloway and Ashtyn Molesworth finished the prelims in a time of 3:42.61 after coming in with a seed time of 3:42.51. The top-16 teams among the 20 state qualifiers advance to swim in the finals.
This is a look at how some area athletes are doing at their respective colleges or in their athletic careers. Similar pieces will run periodically through the fall, winter and spring seasons. Email email@example.com with any more detailed information on the athletes listed or the names of other athletes who are playing college sports that you would like to see included in future publications. • Alexandria's Jaran Roste has helped lead Bethel University to the Division III football playoffs for the ninth time in school history.
The West Central Area volleyball program had three players named to the All-Pheasant Conference team recently. The Knights went 4-4 in the conference this fall season, good for third place behind Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (8-0) and Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (5-3). Seniors Morgan Woodle (OH) and Kaitlyn Sanstead (LB) and junior Haley Bennett (S) guided WCA as all-league performers. Kaleigh Anderson (OH) was also an honorable-mention selection.
Alexandria’s Carter Stockert has watched the North Dakota State University baseball program closely over the last handful of years.
Alexandria’s Kaye Paschka always knew she wanted to continue her athletic career at the college level. It was just a matter of figuring out which sport she would focus on. Paschka loves both basketball and track and field. “I think I always knew in the back of my head that I would do track in college,” Paschka said.
The Alexandria girls hockey team bounced back from a season-opening loss to Class A power St. Paul United by shutting out Class AA’s Moorhead in a 3-0 game on Tuesday night. The Cardinals (1-1) went on the road to get the win and wasted no time getting going. Alexandria outshot the Spuds 11-2 in the first period and grabbed a 1-0 lead when Kaci Trosvig scored off assists from Marki Oberg and Riley Nyberg on the power play.