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The Osakis boys golf team defended its home course on Friday afternoon to make things a little more interesting heading into the final Central Minnesota Conference meet on Monday. It...
It’s easy to see how young players could get intimidated by playing a varsity sport against athletes sometimes five years older than them. Golfers don’t have the physical head-to-head matchups...
The Alexandria baseball team won its second straight game on Thursday to improve to 8-10 after a 13-7 win against Fergus Falls. The Cardinals never trailed in this one as they broke open a 3-3 game with two runs in the bottom of the third and seven more in the fourth. Brock Anderson, Conner Hammerback and Sam Helgeson took advantage of the strong south wind as all three homered. Noah Hittle and Wyatt Wittenburg added doubles on a night when Alexandria finished with nine hits overall. Wittenburg had two of those to go along with two walks, a run scored and two RBIs.
The Alexandria boys golf team will take second place in the Central Lakes Conference standings this season after falling just short to Brainerd again during a league meet at Fergus Falls on Thursday. The Warriors have wrapped up the CLC title heading into Monday's meet at the Alexandria Golf Club as they hold a five-point lead in the standings. Brainerd shot a 309 on Thursday, just two shots in front of Alexandria's 311.
The Alexandria softball team won its seventh straight game on Thursday night by sweeping a doubleheader at St. Cloud Tech in 8-3 and 5-3 games. No surprise — Ellie Ronning had a lot to do with that. The junior continued her huge season with three hits, including a home run and a triple, on her way to four RBIs in the 8-3 win. Allison O'Kane added three hits, including a double, to go with two runs. Amy Jost was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, and McKenzie Revering was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the nightcap.
The Alexandria tennis team dominated a Central Lakes Conference match against St. Cloud Apollo on Thursday, winning 7-0. Each win came in straight sets as Devin Crowe got things going with a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles. Devlin Van Gall won 6-1, 6-1 at the second spot. Derek Berning won his third singles match 6-2, 6-2 and Matt Vogel wrapped up the singles lineup sweep with a 6-2, 6-2 win at the number four spot.
The Osakis baseball team wrapped up second place in the Prairie Conference on Thursday night by getting every player an at-bat and cruising to a 15-4 win at St. John's Prep. "This was a nice win for this team in a lot of ways," head coach Shad Schmidt said. "It secured sole possession of second place in the conference, it guarantees us a winning record. We now beat every team in our conference at least once and we swept the conference champions (Long Prairie). From a section standpoint it will help in seeding also."
The Parkers Prairie softball team wrapped up its regular season with a 15-9 win over Swanville to head into the playoffs with an 11-7 record. The Panthers are the second seed in the 6A-East tournament and will play seventh-seeded Upsala on Tuesday in Parkers Prairie. Darianne Saxton helped them enter the playoffs on a good note with two hits, two runs and two RBIs against Swanville. Kendra Thoennes added two hits, while Jennifer Hanson, Rachel Martinson and Courtney Meissner combined for nine runs out of the bottom three spots in the lineup. GAME SUMMARY
The West Central Area baseball team couldn't hold onto a 5-2 lead after three innings as Hillcrest Lutheran Academy rallied for the 6-5 win on Thursday. The Comets (7-6) scored three in the fifth and the game winner in the top of the seventh. Reggie Udseth worked a scoreless bottom of the seventh to complete the win after he worked all seven innings. Udseth allowed just two earned runs on five hits and one walk. He struck out five.
The Minnewaska softball team scored all of its runs in the third and fourth innings on Thursday night to run away from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in a 14-4 win. Abby VerSteeg was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs, while Mason Schlief added two doubles. Bailey Steward was also 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs. Sophomore Rachel Erickson got the win from the circle after going all five innings. She scattered eight hits and struck out seven. GAME SUMMARY Minnewaska 14, BBE 4