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There are eight finalists nominated for the girls basketball National Assistant Coach of the Year award and Alexandria's Julie Wrobel is one of them. Wrobel has been coaching for 29 years. She has spent 18 of those years as the assistant coach for the Alexandria girls basketball team.
Alexandria Area High School opened its doors to students four years ago with the intention of supporting more growth and offering more opportunities than Jefferson High School could. The Class of 2018 will be the first graduating class to attend all four years in the new building. While they cannot compare their experience to JHS, seniors Jordon Baas, Grant Storm and Kayla Egenes all agree that there are plenty of opportunities for students to grow at AAHS.
Senior Ethan Scribner ended his high school archery career on the national stage when he travelled to Louisville, Kentucky May 10-12 for the 2018 National Archery in the Schools Program Eastern National Archery Tournament. Scribner shot the last day of the three-day competition, putting together a final score of 285 with 17 tens at nationals. Shooting amongst 7,450 boys, Scribner came in 308th. He was 54th out of 474 senior boys and 213th out of 2,519 high school boys.
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team put a scare into the likely top seed in the North half of Section 6A on Thursday night before New York Mills ultimately prevailed in a 4-2 game. The Chargers trailed New York Mills (15-3) 3-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning when B-E senior Taylor Bitzan stepped up to the plate with two outs and doubled. Sophomore Corbin Olson followed and hit a deep shot to left center field that bounced on top of the fence and rolled over for Olson’s first career home run.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team ball hasn’t seen a loss in nearly a month. With the momentum of a 12-game winning streak, the Chargers hosted Parkers Prairie for the opener of the North Sub Section 6, Class A playoffs and it couldn’t have gone any better for B-E.
The Osakis girls golf team walked away from a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader last Friday with a conference championship title. Osakis took first place by 17 strokes for a final score of 1,259. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa followed with a 1,276.
The Osakis boys golf team is finding a different rhythm this year. With half of the roster made up of freshmen and one eighth grader, it’s a young team that is still finding its place competitively. “It’s a leisure sport for them,” Osakis head coach Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach said. “My graduating seniors are more leisure golfers than serious competitors. The seniors this year were very nurturing to the younger members coming up.”
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team went to Hancock last Thursday night for a Section 6A and Pheasant Conference contest. Both teams were kept off the board until a leadoff single in the top of the fifth inning by B-E sophomore Marshall Riedel ignited a two-run rally. The Chargers added one more run in the top of the seventh when senior Jake Hintermeister tripled to right field and ran home when the relay was mishandled.
The Alexandria boys tennis team fell in Sartell on Tuesday night, dropping to 11-10 overall. "Another tough loss for the Cardinals as it came down to the final two singles matches with Eli (Simonson) and JJ (Foster) both needing to win to give the Cards a win," Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. Alex Jost had just won in the fourth singles competition, 6-4, 6-4. Sartell had three wins under its belt and the Cardinals had two with Jost's victory and Zach Wosepka and Hunter Croonquist grabbing a two set second-doubles win.
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team hosted Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Monday night for a Section 6A and Pheasant Conference doubleheader. The Chargers won both games by double figures to up their record to 9-5 overall. B-E's first opportunity at bat in the bottom of the first inning of game one sent 14 batters to plate. Doubles by Nick Thorstad, Taylor Bitzan and Jake Hintermeister helped get 11 runners in as the Chargers cruised to a 14-4 win.