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Two boys from the Alexandria track and field team will compete at this years Hamline Elite Meet. Junior Drew Olson and senior Bryce Ludwig both qualified for the meet, which is scheduled for this Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Hamline University in St. Paul. Olson will compete in the 100-meter dash and Ludwig will compete in both the shot put and the discus. Both have gotten off to big starts to their season. The Hamline Elite Meet accepts entries from all over the state and only takes the top performances for this event.
The Alexandria boys golf team found a way to get on a golf course on Wednesday for the opening meet of the season when three schools got together for a quadrangular at Tipsinah Mounds near Elbow Lake. Alexandria brought two teams and Minnewaska and Lac qui Parle Valley each brought one. The Cardinals finished top two as Alexandria Black shot a 303 and Alexandria Red carded a team score of 327. Minnewaska finished at 340 and LQPV shot a 353.
BASEBALL Alexandria at Brainerd, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at St. John’s Prep, 5 p.m. WCA vs. Ashby, 5 p.m. Osakis at Parkers Prairie, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Melrose (Double header), 4 p.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria vs. Brainerd, 5 p.m.
The Minnewaska softball team split a doubleheader against Melrose on Tuesday night, dominating a 15-0 game and losing 6-5 in the other. The Lakers scored 13 runs in the second inning in their win. Bailey Stewart, Jessica Lanoue, Meghan Cerney, Sara Geiser and Kyla Koob all drove in two runs. Rachel Erickson got the win from the circle as she went three innings, allowing two hits and a walk, while striking out three.
The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville track and field teams went to Barnesville on Tuesday night and were paced in the throws by seniors Jacey Schlosser and James Strese. Both throwers won the discus and shot-put events. Schlosser threw her shot 36-01 and her discus 106-05. Both were personal-best marks in the outdoor season. Strese launched his shot put 46 feet, 5 inches and his discus 149 feet, 9 inches. Teammate Avery Wendt joined him in the top 10 of the throws by taking 10th in the shot (37-01) and seventh in the discus (103-10).
The Alexandria girls track and field team dominated a six-team meet in Monticello on Tuesday night as the Cardinals racked up 223.33 points, well in front of Monticello in second at 141.83. Junior Kaye Paschka continues to pile up wins this season as she finished with two of them. Pashka took the 100-meter hurdles in 15.52 seconds and the triple jump with a leap of 34-03. Freshman Anna Doherty grabbed a win in the 200-meter dash as she crossed the finish line in 27.31 seconds. Senior Taylor Partington got a win in the high jump as she cleared 4 feet, 10 inches.
Golf courses are starting to open across the state, and area high school teams are finally starting to be able to jumpstart their seasons. The Alexandria, Osakis and Minnewaska girls were all part of the 11-team field that gathered at the Lynx National Golf Course in Sauk Centre on Tuesday in a meet that Osakis hosted. The-always talented Lakers won the event by 11 shots after shooting a 327. Alexandria was fourth with a 346 and Osakis tallied a 365 to finish sixth.
Alexandria's Drew Olson has gotten off to a fast start on the track this season, and that was culminated with a record-tying race in the 100-meter dash on Tuesday in Monticello. Olson, a junior sprinter for Alexandria, won the race in 10.94 seconds. That ties the school record previously set in 2002 by Jason Erickson. Olson was also second in the 200-meter dash in 22.64 seconds, with teammate Nathan Lusty right behind him in third at 23.36 and Derrek Piepho (23.99) and Michael Empting (24.10) taking fifth and sixth.
The Alexandria boys tennis team ran into the buzzsaw of the Central Lakes Conference as St. Cloud Tech secured a 7-0 win on Tuesday night. "It was a night of runs," Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. "The Cardinals would play quite well at times, and then we simply did not play well at times. We were unable to sustain any runs and put points and games together."
The Osakis softball team couldn’t have gotten its season off to a much better start on Tuesday. The Silverstreaks pushed eight runs across in the top of the first inning as they opened up in Swanville. They cruised from there, winning 10-3 to grab an early Prairie-Conference victory.