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Alexandria Coach, Educator Receives Honor

ALEXANDRIA COACH, EDUCATOR RECEIVES HONOR

Alexandria Area High School teacher and coach Randy Albers was recently honored with induction to the Minnewaska Area Schools Athletic Hall of Fame, as part of the hall's third class. Randy Albers was a standout three-sport athlete during his years at Villard High School. As a member of the Mallards' basketball team for four seasons, he was chosen as MVP in the Little Eight Conference following the 1985-86 season. Albers' baseball and football teams were part of a pairing with Osakis for the majority of his career. In the fall of 1985, he was selected as the Osakis-Villard Black Knights' team MVP and was the Most Valuable Back of the Prairie Lakes Conference in 1985. Albers was the co-MVP following the 1986 Prairie Lakes Conference baseball season. During that year, he batted .457, with more than half of his hits going for extra bases. Albers earned multiple All-Conference awards in the three sports. Presently, Albers is a teacher and the varsity softball coach at Alexandria Area High School. His 2016 team qualified for the Class AAA State Tournament, and came home consolation champs in that class. He also is an assistant coach of the Minnewaska Lakers girls' basketball team. Albers was grateful to be considered for inclusion to the Minnewaska Area Schools Athletic Hall of Fame. Upon being informed of his selection earlier this summer, he felt fortunate to be recognized as part of the third class of inductees. "A lot of athletes that I played with are just as deserving to be honored this way as I am. I look at, just Villard, at some of the former athletes that we have....Walkers, Gaffaneys, Tanks, Skurats, Randts, Hankes, Dziengels....even members of my own family. I kind of like to think that maybe I'm representing them as a whole for the great achievements that they had as athletes, and not just myself," Albers noted when he chatted with KXRA Sports Director Dave McClurg in August. Joining Randy Albers as part of the third class of inductees to the Minnewaska Area Schools Athletic Hall of Fame: