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The Alexandria boys track and field team hosted Willmar and Sartell-St. Stephen for a triangular on Tuesday night and came away in third after scoring 78.5 points. Sartell won the meet with 99.5 points and Willmar was second at 94. The meet was the final warmup for Alexandria before hosting the Central Lakes Conference meet next Tuesday at 3 p.m.
The Alexandria baseball team snapped a four-game skid by salvaging a doubleheader split at Sauk Rapids on Tuesday night. The Cardinals won 8-2 in the nightcap after losing a 5-3 game in the opener. Wyatt Wittenburg had a lot to do with the win after two hits that included a double and two RBIs. He walked and scored once, while Brayden Amundson went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Brock Anderson was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Jake Drew also had two of Alexandria's 12 total hits in the game.
BASEBALL Alexandria 8, Sauk Rapids-Rice 2; Sauk Rapids-Rice 5, Alexandria 3 The Alexandria baseball team snapped a four-game skid by salvaging a doubleheader split at Sauk Rapids on Tuesday night...
The Osakis girls track and field program has become a regular at the Class A state true team meet. So much so, that it's become more of a shock when they don't make it than when they do. In 2014, they finished second and just three points shy of Luverne for the overall title. Those are good memories for the veterans, but it's not making it back there in 2015 that served as a driving force for this year's team. "It was kind of a little devastating, to be honest," senior Ashley Kraemer said. "I think it just gave us more of a fire for this year to want it even more."
Ten-year-old Blake Nohre and his father, Dave, were running a little late to the woods near Miltona on the morning of May 1, but it didn't cost them Blake's first turkey on a memorable morning. The father and son arrived at about 6:45 a.m. to hear gobbling just a few hundred yards away. "We got out to the woods and set up in a ground blind hoping to catch him on his way out to feed," Dave wrote. "We started calling and he gobbled back right away, and he kept gobbling for 15 minutes as we sat and hoped he would come."
Osakis baseball coach Shad Schmidt didn’t like the approach his guys took even before the game started on Tuesday night. Pequot Lakes came into town with a 7-8 record and...
The wind calmed down a little from Saturday and gave way to a nice Sunday for anglers in the Alexandria area who took advantage of opening weekend in Minnesota. Here, Corey Bokinskie and Rob Larson hold up a stringer of 10 walleyes and a crappie that they caught on Lake Oscar on Sunday. Chuck Bokinskie, Corey's dad, said it was part of several other fish that they caught and released that day. Chuck Bokinskie is confident that anglers who are looking for Minnesota's most popular game fish would be well served fishing the Alexandria area.
The Alexandria girls hockey program has been at the Class A state tournament each of the last four seasons, three of those coming under the guidance of head coach Blair Hovel. Now the Cardinals will see if they can continue that success under a new head coach in Molly Arola. The 25-year-old played at Grand Rapids in high school and went on to play four seasons at Division I Bemidji State University before graduating in 2013.
Wadena native James Kern played football in Alexandria the last time the town had a semi-pro team in the Great Plains League during the early 2000s, and he's aiming to bring a team back to the city. Kern was in Alexandria on Monday to line up an all-star game at Alexandria Area High School this September. That's to help showcase the better players of the current seven-team Midwest Premier Football League (MPFL).
The Alexandria trap shooting team had nine students finish with scores of 45 or better out of a possible 50 during the May 9 shoot at the Alexandria Shooting Park. Spencer Lamb and Jordan Trenne each had perfect series of 25 as both finished with scores of 47 overall. Jeremy Knight and CJ Schlosser joined them with 47 totals. Bryce Claassen and Kallista Roers shot 46s, while McKinley Danielson, Sam Pederson and Owen Weisel each shot a 45 on a day when 86 kids shot and the team totaled a score of 3,140.