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The Osakis girls track and field team dominated the Prairie Conference meet on Wednesday at St. John's after racking up 220 points. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle was a distant second at 108 and West Central Area was third with 94 points. The win gives the Silverstreaks their 14th conference championship in the last 15 years. "Winning this meet is always a goal for us," head coach Lee VanNyhuis said. "It seemed like the girls were relaxed coming into the meet. Their experience at big meets pays off."
The Osakis boys track and field team had its sights set on a Prairie Conference championship, and the Silverstreaks went out and got it on Wednesday afternoon. Osakis dominated the meet at St. John's University, scoring 162 points. That was well in front of second-place finisher Royalton (99) and third-place finisher Upsala-Swanville (90).
BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Fergus Falls, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Menahga, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Sauk Centre, 5 p.m. WCA vs. HLA, 4:30 p.m. Ashby vs. CGB , 5 p.m...
The Osakis softball team will host a home playoff game this Friday at 4:30 p.m. after getting the fourth seed in the 6AA-North tournament. The Silverstreaks (12-6) will take on fifth-seeded Staples-Motley (8-10). The winner of that game will get top-seeded Pequot Lakes (18-2) in Alexandria at 4:30 on May 24. Osakis and Staples-Motley did not meet during the regular season.
The West Central Area baseball team swept a doubleheader at Lake Henry against Royalton on Tuesday night after a 2-0 win in the nightcap and a 7-3 win in the opener. "We played some great baseball today," WCA head coach Chris Shea said. "Defensively we still have a couple of things to clean up and offensively we need to get a couple of guys going, but it was fun to see the guys playing well." Ben Anderson tossed a gem in the nightcap to get the win for the Knights (9-7). He went the distance, allowing just three hits and two walks, while striking out five.
The Minnewaska softball team dropped its third straight game to fall to 9-10 overall after losing a 12-5 contest to Morris Area on Tuesday night. The loss came despite a 4-for-4 night from Mason Schlief. That included a double, an RBI and a run scored. Kaitlyn Lange added two hits, a walk and a run scored. Rachel Erickson took the loss from the circle after allowing seven runs, five earned, on seven hits and a walk. She struck out four. GAME SUMMARY Morris Area 12, Minnewaska 5
The Osakis softball team wrapped up its regular season with a 17-10 loss against Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale on Tuesday night after splitting a doubleheader with Browerville-Eagle Valley on Monday. The Silverstreaks lost a 13-11 game in the nightcap to the Tigers after winning 12-4 in the opener. The Silverstreaks (12-6) had no answer for the BHV (10-9) offense on Tuesday as the Raiders pounded out 21 hits and scored five runs in the third, four in the fifth and six in the sixth.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team fought back from a 4-0 third-inning deficit to pull out a 7-5 win over Breckenridge-Wahpeton at home on Monday night in Brandon. "This was a big win for us and the girls really battled to come from behind and pull out the victory," head coach Kasi Sieling said. "We saw contributions from each player tonight, as everyone reached based in one way or another. The players really executed well offensively and defensively, which is always good to see at this point in the season."
The Alexandria girls track and field team won the home triangular on Tuesday with 125.5 points. Willmar was second at 114.5 and Sartell had 32 points. The home Cardinals used 50 personal/season bests to come away with the win. Kelby Olson-Rodel had two of Alexandria's eight wins after taking the 100-meter dash in 12.99 seconds and 200 dash in 26.46.
The weather conditions were ideal for trap shooting on May 16 and a lot of high scores followed for the Alexandria Area High School trap shooting team. Eighty-six of the 89 athletes on the roster took part, with 10 students finishing with scores of 45 or higher. Jeremy Knight, Eric Noetzelman and Dakota Schlangen each had perfect series of 25. Knight and Jordon Trenne led the Cardinals with total scores of 48.