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BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Bemidji (DH), 4 p.m. Osakis vs. BHV, 4:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Hancock, 5 p.m. Ashby vs. WHN, 5 p.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria vs. Rocori, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at...
If Minnesota sports have taught me anything in my 30 years, it's that we can't have nice things. University of Minnesota men's basketball and football have languished in mediocrity, if not worse. The Twins, Vikings and Wild have all had flashes before ultimately disappointing. The Vikings of 1998 and 2009 are the poster child for this — Super Bowl contenders that came up short and found excruciating ways to lose in the NFC title game.
The Alexandria softball team was swept at the hands of Central Lakes Conference foe Sartell-St. Stephen on Tuesday night in two games decided by a combined three runs. The Sabres went home with a 5-3 win in game two after holding on for a 6-5 win in the opener. Alexandria led 3-1 after two innings in the nightcap, but Sartell methodically chipped away. The Sabres scored one in the third and another in the fourth to tie it before a two-run fifth inning sealed the deal.
The Alexandria Cardinals National Archery in the Schools Program has a roster with no seniors on it, but youth wasn't a factor at the state tournament. Alexandria finished 11th out of 24 teams at the state shoot in early April as freshman Olivia Rice led the charge as the team's top shooter. She finished with a score of 274 out of a possible 300 behind 13 bullseyes. Paige Rardin, a junior, was Alexandria's second highest finisher with a 272 and 11 bullseyes. Sophomore Brandon Larson rounded out the team's top three with a 271 and seven bullseyes.
The Alexandria baseball team salvaged a split in dramatic fashion during a doubleheader against Sartell-St. Stephen on Tuesday night. The Cardinals rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh in game one but fell a run shy in an 8-7 loss. They didn't dwell on it, though, coming back and dominating the nightcap in a 23-5 game. Alexandria trailed 2-0 after one inning in game two but quickly put four runs on the board in the second. Things started to open up in the fourth after senior Brayden Amundson hit a grand slam as part of an eight-run inning for the Cardinals.
The West Central Area baseball team won its second straight game in the seventh inning on Tuesday night as the Knights walked off with a 6-5 win over Osakis in Prairie Conference play. It was the first loss of the season for Osakis (2-1) and moved the Knights to 3-0. Blake Amundson provided the game-winning hit on a night when he was 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.
Alexandria 23, Sartell-St. Stephen 5; Sartell-St. Stephen 8, Alexandria 7 The Alexandria baseball team salvaged a split in dramatic fashion during a doubleheader against Sartell-St. Stephen on Tuesday night. The...
Last week had the potential to be one of the best weeks of the spring for those who love the outdoors. Warm weather finally arrived, which meant the crappie bite was going in full force in the shallow bays on area lakes. That, coupled with the spring turkey hunting opener in Minnesota, meant the chance to spend the evenings in a boat and the mornings chasing gobblers in the woods for some.
The fastest-growing high school sport in Minnesota keeps getting bigger. The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League announced on April 7 that it expects as many as 10,361 students from 319 high schools to participate in the spring clay target league. Those are the highest numbers ever, up from nearly 8,600 participants in 2015 and just 340 students in 2010.
The West Central Area boys golf team shot a 387 in Ortonville on Monday evening to finish 10th out of 15 teams at the invite. Jackson Merrick led the way with a 91, while James Wiese shot a 93 and Tanner Johnson a 96. Max Duncan carded a 107, Brady Endreson a 117 and Aiden Winter a 147 to round out the Knights' lineup. "This was a good meet for us to go to because there were a few bigger schools like Morris, Montevideo and Benson there, plus most of our section power teams like Dawson-Boyd, Lakeview, Minneota and LQPV," WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said.