Spring sports are off and runningAdapted bowling, track and field all open season this week
The boys’ state basketball tournaments may still be in progress, but the spring sports season waits for no one.
Yesterday, Thursday, the Cardinal adapted bowling team opened its slate as the bowlers competed against Lake City and Austin, while the Cardinal track and field teams head to Moorhead tomorrow, Saturday, for the first indoor competition of the year. That action gets underway at 10 a.m.
The bowlers could be a force to be reckoned with again this year after Alexandria won a CI team title and an individual CI title, as well as an individual PI title.
Jack Botzet claimed the PI title, McKenzie Klimek was the CI singles champion, while Tayler Mayer was the runner-up in that division. David Madison, Dane Bellefeuille and Jared McDonagh join Klimek as CI team champions.
Last season, the Cardinal track teams advanced seven athletes to the State Class AA meet, but will return just three of them in Jamie Piepenburg, Brittany Ludwig and Karly Betterman.
Piepenburg is the defending 3,200-meter run champion, and was second in the 1,600-meter run at last year’s state meet, while Betterman was 12th in the 300-meter hurdles. Ludwig finished 14th in the discus throw.
Both the boys’ and the girls’ teams will be working to repeat as the Section 8AA champions as well as the Central Lakes Conference champions
Osakis, too, begins its spring track season as the Silverstreaks head for the St. John’s University indoor event at noon.
The Silverstreaks sent three relays and one individual to the State Class A meet, and return all of their runners from the second place 4x200-meter relay team in Taylor Kraemer, Aimee Allen, Hannah Szech and Becca Sadlemyer.
The 4x100-meter relay team, which finished sixth, is also back as Alexa Hoffarth joins Allen, Kraemer and Sadlemyer on that team, and the runner-up 4x400-meter relay team of Makayla Hoglin, Allen, Calista Sadlemyer and Szech all return.
Allen also competed in the long jump, finishing 12th.
On Monday, Ashby-Brandon-Evansville track and field is slated to compete at the high school indoor event at North Dakota State University’s fieldhouse, and on Tuesday, Osakis heads for the Bemidji indoor track and field event.
Ashby-Brandon-Evansville had two state entries, and both entrants return. Junior Megan Friedrich, who finished 10th in the 100-meter hurdles, is back, as is senior Heather Strese, who was 14th in the shot put last year.