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,,_._- m"..- _. SPORTS WALSH COUNTY PRESS - WEDNESDAY, ULY 2 I , 202| Photos: Submitted Left: Alexandria's MaKenna Aure skates with the puck against Brainerd Thursday, March 18, at the Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey/ Brainerd Dispatch Right: Makenna Aure takes a side- angle shot during Alexandria's game against Brainerd-Little Falls on Jan. 2, 2020 at the Runestone Community Genie Rubado/ Echo Press) r. Aure was selected to the CCM High Performance National Camp July 16-22 in St. Cloud. (Jared , Chance of a |Wetime: Aure proud to . representAlexandria at National Camp By Jared Rubado This story originally ran in the July 2, 2021 edition of the Echo Press ofAlexandria, Minn. Reprinted with permission. Alexandria’s MaKenna Aure is heading into her senior year as one of the best girls hockey players in the state, and she’s going to get a chance to prove it. Aure is currently in the fourth phase of USA Hockey’s CCM High Performance 17s program, which means she’s one of 28 players left in her age group from Minnesota. The High Performance program aims to find the best players in the state and give them opportuni- ties to play at the highest level for their age. Aure recently found out she was one of the players cho— sen to take part in the USA Hockey Girls Under-18 Select National Player Development Camp that will be held in St. Cloud July 16—22. “I was speechless at first,” Aure said about when she found out she was selected. “It didn’t even register for me in my head. I was actually at my job when I found out. When I told my dad, I started crying because we didn’t think I could make it.” . . The first phase is a tryout among all Section 8 Alexandria players advanced to phase two. Hanley Block, Ella Westlund, Jordan O’Kane, Hailee Bai- ley, Lauren Maras and Aure played three games at the Spring Festival at the Plymouth Ice Center April 16-18. O’Kane, Maras and Aure advanced to phase three the following weekend in Blaine. The Final 54 Festival determines which players will be se- lected for the NatiOnal Camp that will take place in mid—July. “I’m looking forward to the experience of play- ing with girls at that speed,” Aure said. “I want to get better, so I’m hoping I can learn some things to be a better hockey player and a defenseman.” ‘ Aure, who finished with four goals and. 1“ sists this past season as a junior, is one. A dynamic players in Section 8AA. Her's‘fifi’etl‘ puck-handling strengths allow her to jump into 0 «- fensive-zone rushes as a defenseman, which lead to scoring chances. She also excels at playing a smart defensive game. Aure takes pride in being a two-way player who can produce on both ends of the ice. , “Not a lot of defensemen can play that way of- fensively,” Aure said. “I’m grateful for my speed. I’m trying to capitalize on everything I’ve been of some people where they can be like, ‘She’s not scared to jump up in the play with the forwards.” ‘ Since moving up to Class AA, Alexandria girls hockey has played against some of the best players in the state. At the state tournament in March, the Cardinals went to double overtime with Minneton- ka. Experiencing pressure-packed games helped Aure handle the weight of the High Performance tryouts. ' . “If you don’t bring your game every shift, other players are going to get picked over you,” Aure said. “Playing against a faster team like Minneton- ka twice last season let me know what speed I want to play’at. I know I learned a lot about the kind of players that play at that next level and what Iktneed todo to et better in‘ mm ‘m mama. ,. , _ ' g m g l w i 1 . .sald. “We re not just a smal .town mthout any, Alexandria girls hockey has continuell'togain exposure over the years. Fresh off winning Section 8AA and playing in the state tournament, current and former Cardinals have found success away from the program. Jordan O’Kane was named Youth Hockey Hub’s Girls Goaltender of the Year in May. This was just a few months after Mayson Tofl won a National Championship in women’s hockey at the University of Wisconsin. Along with Tofl, Marki University of St. Thomas in the fall. Aure plans to play college hockey after her sen- ior year but hasn’t made a commitment yet. Be- tween touring schools and attending camps, the fu- ture of Aure’s hockey career has become a balanc- ing act. “It’s hard at first,” Aure said. “It’s kind of an overwhelming process. I’m thankful to have peo— ple in my life like my parents who help me make decisions that I don’t know if I could make alone.” Aure sees this selection throughout the High Performance process as another chance to put her town on the map. “I think a lot of us have stuck Alexandria’s foot in the dogr an’dfiopende‘d up people’s eyes,” Aure v good players. We actually chaave the players't Laif'can keep up with the girls that we’re being told are bet- ter than us. They’re not. Give us a chance, and we’ll prove it to you.” Editor 3 Note: MaKenna Aure is the daughter Jennifer (Peterka), PR Class graduate and Jayme Aure of Alexandria, Minn, and she has a younger sister; Morgan. MaKenna s grandparents are James Peterka, Pisek and Shirley Peterka, Park River. teams in both girls high school hockey classes. Six Amsco Sterilizer for the Surgical Services Department at First Care .Health Center. The Amsco Washer Dismfector is used to decontaml- nate items 1ntended for re-use by subjectin the items to an automat- ed rocess of cleaning and disinfection, ma ing sure that the surgical, an rocedural instruments are clean and ready for sterilization. The was er disinfector is like a dishwasher that uses three solutions. There are two detergents to clean and a lubricant to kee the instruments in good working-order. The washer disinfector also 'es the instruments so they are ready to be packed and sterilized. The Amsco Sterilizer is used to sterilize medical tools/instruments and e uipment. They are placed in an autoclave and steam is umped into t e vessel. Heat and pressure are maintained long enough) to kill microorganisms and bac- teria in order to sterilize medical tools. This is a steam sterilizer that reaches up to 270 degrees thus ensuring that instruments and equip- ment will be sterile. The top 3 teams from the 2021 First Care Health Center Benefit Golf Tournament are: First Place: Hankey Farms & Prairie Appraisal Team — Abe Hankey, Cam PederSen, Ryan Aames, and Steven Thompson. Second Place: Dr. J's Caddie Crew Team Jordan Johnson, Spencer Skavhaug, Levi Cudmore, and Gavin Miller. Third Place: Park River Implement Team Bruce Heggen, Larry Gaarder, Carter Arendt, and i: Matt Hell. This year, several Sponsorship Levels were offered. The Sponsors included: - , Masters Level Sponsors Park River Implement, Polar Commu— nications, Dr. Joel J. Johnson, Marcus & Becky Lewis, Jim’s Super- Valu, G & R Controls, Independent Radiology Services, Ltd. Gold Level Sponsor — Eide Bailly LLP. Silver Level Sponsors — Sanford Health, Paylocity. I Bronze Level Sponsors — First United Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield you Will'de lfll‘ ll. .. now let it work llll‘ you. The Press can help make a little go a long way. wc-padvert-is blessed with. I think the way I play opens the eyes Photo: Mariah Hall Above: 3rd Place— Park River implement Team (L to R): Matt Hell, Lar- ry Gaarder, Bruce Heggen, Carter Arendt. of ND, Northern Tier Anesthesia, Thrivent Financial, Vaaler Insurance, First United Insurance Agency, Rural Health Alliance, Liberty Busi- ness Systems. Golf Team Sponsors ~ 2C Plumbing, Aflac Jon Beneda, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, AgWorx — Neil Bernhofi, Altru, Bremer, D’s De- IIELP WANTED Sales 8: Estimating Partner with customers to develop long term relation- ships, generate sales, and guide problem resolution and discussion. Ability to read blueprints and do material takeoffs. Ability to go into the field to meas- ure jobs. Work with other sales personnel within the organization to achieve the final goal of a satisfied cli- ent. Benefits include: health and disability insurance, retirement, sick and vacation time. Pay is DOE. Stop in and Apply: Leon’s Building Center, 448 Hwy 2 West, Devils Lake, ND 58301. 448 l-My 2 w. Po. Box 1017 Devils Lake, no 58301 Phone (701)662-3416 Oberg also will play at the Division I level for the i .I ‘ ’ signs, Team Dr. J, Dr. J’s Caddie Crew, First United Bank, Gate City Bank, Grafion Drug, Halls G4 LLP, Hankey Farms & Prairie Appraisal, Team Heat Week, Hurtt, Mortenson, & Rygh, Jim’s SuperValu, Kringstad Ironworks, Lion’s Den, Marcus & Becky Lewis, Park Riv- er Ambulance, Park River Dental, Park River Implement, Polar Communications, Samson Electric, Walsh Grain Terminal. Hole Level Sponsors —Agassiz Animal Hospital, AgriMax, Angie's Embroidery Shoppe, B & D Flooring & Fumiture, Brouillard’s Steam Cleaning, Centrol Ag Billy Thompson, Centrol Ag — Dan Schindele, Choice Bank, D & B Motors, Dahlstrom Motors, Dundee Mutual In- surance, Edinburg Farmers Elevators, Edinburg Snow Sports, Eyford Ridge Seed, Farmers Union Insurance, Gramma Jo’s Kitchen, Hahn’s Bakery, Hall Currie Lawyers, Hansons Auto & Implement, Heartland Eye Care, PC, Heartland Gas/Rose Realty, Hoople Farmers Grain Co., Lankin Quick Response Unit, Leon's Building Center, Lien Farms, Life- time Dental, PC, Lon's Hardware, LS Law Group, Morgan Printing, Park River Municipal Utilities, Simmons Broadcasting, SWS Credit Services, Inc., Tollefson Funeral Home, Valley Sprayers, Inc., Walsh County Mutual Insurance Company, Welch's DQ Grill & Chill, Wes Welch, PC, Ye Olde Medicine Center. Winners of the Special Golf Contests Men’s Longest Drive: Carter Arendt; Women’s Longest Drive: Amber Gustafson; Closest to the Pin: Larry Omdahl; Longest Putt: Jen Carlson; and “Divot A Chance” Spon- sored by Citizens State Bank Contest Winner: Grant Skibicki. First Unit- ed Bank sponsored the Plinko game, and Gate City Bank was the spon- sor of the Golfer Goodie Bag. First Care Health Center would like to thank everyone for their part in the golf tournament, team and hole sponsorships, and donations. HELP WANTED Sunshine Kids in Park River is seeking individuals who love working with kids to join our team! Positions available — Infant Caregiver and Floater/Break. Infant Caregiver is Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Duties include diapering, feedings, oversee play inside and out, and nap times. Floater/Break starts August 25, Monday-Friday 11am-6pm Duties include assisting where needed, covering staff lunch breaks, cover toddler caregiver at 3:45, greeting families during child pick-up and closing the center. Must pass background check, pay is DOE, fin erprinting required. or more information on these ositions, call Ashley at 701-284—7 66