Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.
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From Canada to England to Ethiopia, I've been to my fair share of foreign countries. I'm well acquainted to the feeling that comes with being a foreigner. But every fall, anchored right at home in familiar Minnesota, that feeling returns. This is my life: A foreigner in a purple world. The Minnesota Vikings are often the talk of the town, the office and the lunch table. Rightly so, for the past few years, with all the excitement that stems from Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen and that scary-good defense. The only problem is that I'm not a fan.
When the chains came out to see if Triston Stoetzel’s late fourth-down rush was enough for a game-clinching first down against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, the Osakis football team held its breath. The chains were carried to the Falcons’ 28-yard line. Stretch. Pull tight. Measure. First down.
Both Alexandria cross country teams claimed second place at the Rocori Invite on Thursday. Noah Struck led all Cardinal runners with a third-place finish, recording a 17:30.3 mark. Dane Galloway and Jacob Kleven were right behind him in the boys meet, coming in fourth and fifth with respective times of 17:43.3 and 17:46.3.
The Alexandria volleyball team picked up its third straight win Thursday night, marching into St. Cloud and sweeping Apollo 3-0. The Cardinals (5-3) claimed victory in the first set, 25-19, before storming ahead with a 25-13 win in the second. The third set was played closer, but Alex still came out with the 25-23 win to clinch the sweep.
The West Central Area volleyball team played its third match in four days on Thursday, but the Knights kept fresh and rolled to a 3-0 road sweep over Hancock. “It was a good night for us,” WCA head coach Amy Linn said. “We finished the week strong after a long week of volleyball.”
Playing in front of a packed house overflowing with energy, the Brandon-Evansville volleyball team knew that the effort had to show if they wanted to get by Ashby-Destiny Academy on Thursday. “We talked before the game that Ashby hustles a lot. We didn’t want to get outworked,” Chargers head coach Kelly Olson said. “For us, the key tonight was having heart as a team and hustling all the way through each point. … The girls did that tonight.”
Brandon-Evansville principal and activities director Nate Meissner started officiating sporting events in 2003, fresh out of high school. But he said new graduates today aren’t doing the same. “There’s no doubt about it: We are in an officiating crunch,” he said. “People could argue and give their opinions all day long on why. ...I think it’s a generational thing. People aren’t growing up with it enough or they’re finding other things to do when they come out of school. They don’t have that passion.”
The West Central Area cross country teams certainly had their way at the Melrose Invitational on Tuesday. Both the boys and girls earned dominant wins, the boys claiming the top four individual spots and the girls taking three of the top four.
Wesley Siira took 22nd place to lead the Brandon-Evansville cross country teams at Tuesday’s Melrose Invitational. Siira posted a 18:38.8 run, which was just ahead of teammate Abram Fossel’s 25th-place time of 18:54.8. Logan Froemming (19:42.3, 40th), Blake Merrit (20:58.6, 50th) and Nathan Anderson (29:24.4, 56th) rounded out the B-E finishers.
Wyatt Cavers had a round to remember during qualifying for the Geneva Golf Club championship on Sept. 8 in Alexandria. Cavers, 16, carded three eagles during the day en route to a personal-best score of 68. “My game was on that day, definitely,” the Alex native said. “The best I’ve ever done was one eagle. I’ve never come near three eagles in one round.”