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Rarely will a team commit eight errors and find a way to win, but that’s what Ortonville did on Tuesday to advance to the Section 6A baseball championship round.
The spring baseball season isn't over for Alexandria, but the summer season is already going for some area teams. The Junior Legion Red team consisting of freshmen players has six games under its belt. The Reds are 4-2 after winning games over Minor, ND 10-5, Fargo, ND 9-1, Brandon Valley, SD 10-1 and Perham 10-5. Their losses came in an 8-2 game to Perham and a 4-1 game against Bismarck.
The Lakes Area Snowmen coasted to a 2-1 record this past Saturday as the local Midwest Premier Football League team won 60-0 over the Bismarck Wolves (1-2). Lakes Area's DeAngelo Brackins had another big game despite only playing the first half in the blowout. Brackins, a native of Kankakee, Illinois had 125 yards and two rushing touchdowns, 80 yards receiving and a score and a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown, according to head coach JJ Kern. He also added a safety defensively. "That was a half's worth of work," Kern said.
The Osakis girls golf team sits 18 strokes ahead of the field after day one of the Section 6AA Tournament on Monday. The Silverstreaks shot a 370 at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell as Staples-Motley shot a 388. Other teams advancing to day two of the meet are Foley (398) and St. Cloud Cathedral (400).
BOYS GOLF Osakis - Sections @ Blackberry Ridge GIRLS GOLF Osakis - Sections @ Blackberry Ridge BASEBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, 6A playoffs, 2:30 p.m. at Minnewaska High School Brandon-Evansville vs. Ortonville, 6A playoffs, 5 p.m. at Minnewaska High School
BOYS GOLF Osakis - Sections @ Blackberry Ridge GIRLS GOLF Osakis - Sections @ Blackberry Ridge
The Alexandria boys golf team is heading back to the state tournament, a place this program is no stranger to. The Cardinals shot a two-day total of 612 at the Section 8AAA meet at The Preserve in Pequot Lakes. Moorhead was a distant second at 630. Brainerd shot a 632 and Buffalo rounded out the top four with a 644. It marks the 17th state tournament appearance in Alexandria's program history.
The Alexandria girls golf team shot the lowest score on day two of the Section 8AAA Tournament Thursday, but it wasn't quite enough to overcome defending champion Buffalo. The Bison were 17 strokes up on Alexandria heading into the second round. A 675 total got the job done, as the Cardinals shot a 338 on Thursday but finished with a 686 at The Preserve in Pequot Lakes.
The Alexandria boys track and field team advanced three athletes into Saturday's finals after day one of the Section 8AA meet in Moorhead on Wednesday. Junior Preston Bowden qualified in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Sophomore Daniel Jantzen will join him in the 300-meter hurdles in Sauk Rapids on Saturday, while sophomore Drew Olson qualified for the 100-meter dash finals, as well.
The Alexandria girls track and field team went to Moorhead Wednesday for day one of the Section 8AA meet and had two athletes earn trips to state and more qualify for the finals on Saturday. Senior JeAnna Miller will cap off her career with a trip to Hamline University June 9-10 after securing spots at state in both the high jump and long jump. Miller won the section title in the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 4 inches, which is the state standard. She also jumped 17 feet, 9 inches in the long jump to take second in that event and surpass the state standard of 17-4.