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EAGLES HORSESHOE LEAGUE Thursday Standings after week two (Ringers and overall score) Kia Larson, 11 ringers/Rick Maxwell, 26 ringers - 14 Gary Kirckof, vac/Byrne Rising, 39 ringers - 12 Jim Rushford, 7 ringers/JEff Saiko, vac - 12 Randy Mayer, 11 ringers/Ryan Seibel, 19 ringers - 10 Stacy Hager, 17 ringers/Penny Trenne, 7 ringers - 10 Dan Larson, bye/Bruce Noetzleman, bye - 10 Mike Thompson, 11 ringers/Jeannie Thompson, 3 ringers - 8 points Tammi Klug, 4 ringers/Alicia Tvrdik, 12 ringers - 2
A few tickets have already been punched to the state track meet for the Alexandria boys and girls after the Section 8-2A prelims in Sauk Rapids on Wednesday. Josh Molden built off a strong Central Lakes Conference meet on May 24 by taking second in the triple jump in Sauk Rapids. The junior had a jump of 42-06.25 in the prelims and went even further in the finals with a leap of 43-03.50 to secure his spot at state. Jake Lieberg of Sartell-St. Stephen won the section title with a jump of 46-04.
Alexandria's Devin Crowe and Graham Hegstad saw their season and Cardinal careers come to an end on Wednesday in the Section 8-2A individual tournament. The seniors advanced through last week's subsections and faced off against St. Cloud Tech's Nick Portz and Luke Conboy in the section doubles tournament. The Tigers duo had too much in a 6-3, 6-2 win that finished off the season for Hegstad and Crowe.
EAGLES HORSESHOE LEAGUE (May 23 ringers and season total points) Jerry Zastrow, 26 ringers/Judy Carlson, 14 ringers - 13 points Gary Stotesbery, 21 ringers/Mike Dunn, 21 ringers - 12 points Mary Botten, 19 ringers/Jolene Olson, 18 ringers - 11 points Jim Syverson, 49 ringers/Dale Anderson, 12 ringers - 10 points Shawn Carlson, 11 ringers/Cody Smith, 3 ringers - 9 points Jeff Thompson, vac/Dave Olson, 2 ringers - 8 points Jerry Nelson, 19 ringers/Darren Barten, 16 ringers - 7 points
The Osakis baseball team lost an 8-0 game against second-seeded Pierz in the 6AA playoffs on Tuesday evening to drop to the bottom half of the bracket. The Pioneers are 18-4 with their four losses coming by a combined six runs. They got by Osakis behind a dominant pitching performance from Matt Tautges. The junior went into the seventh inning with a no-hitter before Logan Hartshorn singled with two outs. Brady Berberich struck out to end the game, giving Tautges his 11th strikeout of the night.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team ran into a buzz saw in the form of undefeated New York Mills on Tuesday night as the Chargers lost a 14-4 game to drop into the bottom half of the bracket in the 6A playoffs. The Eagles are 23-0 behind a potent offense that averages 11.5 runs per game. They were at it again on Tuesday as they put up three runs through the first two innings before nine runs in the fifth helped put things away.
BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Fergus Falls, 8-3A playoffs, at Knute Nelson Ballpark, 5 p.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria at Detroit Lakes, 8-3A playoffs, 4 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD Section 8AA Team at Sauk...
BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Sartell-St. Stephen, 8-3A playoffs, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at New York Mills, 6A playoffs, 5 p.m. Osakis vs. Pierz, 6AA playoffs, at Faber Field in St. Cloud, 7...
Alexandria’s Ally Albers got her first pressure situation in the playoffs out of the way on Monday afternoon, and the eighth grader passed with flying colors. Albers was pitching in...
An entire weekend of racing at the Viking Speedway has been washed out after another rain shower passed through Alexandria on Sunday afternoon. The local oval was set to host...