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The Alexandria girls track and field team continued to pile on the victories this season by taking first among the six teams in Monticello on Tuesday. The Cardinals finished with 185 points, 22 in front of Monticello (163). St. Cloud Tech rounded out the top three with 119.5 points. "Even on tired legs, the girls continue to compete with purpose and passion," head coach Meghan Orgeman-Crumb said. "The girls took charge of the meet early and never looked back." Alexandria finished with 18 personal bests in the meet and five season bests.
The Alexandria boys track and field team finished third among six teams at an invite in Monticello on Tuesday behind 27 top-eight finishes and 23 personal bests. The Cardinals scored 117 points. Monticello won the meet with 147 and Buffalo was second at 137.
The Alexandria boys golf team won a Central Lakes Conference meet hosted by Sauk Rapids-Rice at Oak Hill Golf Club in Rice in chilly conditions on Tuesday. The meet win draws the Cardinals to within a single point behind CLC leader Brainerd in the chase for the league championship. Alexandria finished with 307 strokes, while Brainerd (319) and Sartell rounded out the top three teams of the day. Will Odland was the overall meet medalist with a par round of 72, followed by a second-place finish by Kagan Foster with a 74.
The Alexandria baseball team got a much-needed pitching performance from sophomore Brock Anderson to help the Cardinals split a road doubleheader against St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday night. The Eagles won the opener 12-6 before Anderson helped Alexandria to a 3-2 win in the nightcap. The lefty went 6 1/3 innings, allowing just two earned runs on four hits. He walked just one and struck out eight.
BASEBALL St. Cloud Apollo 12, Alexandria 6; Alexandria 3, St. Cloud Apollo 2 The Alexandria baseball team got a much-needed pitching performance from sophomore Brock Anderson to help the Cardinals...
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Emma Ziegler has been anchoring one of the most important spots in the infield from the time she picked up a softball in elementary school. The Alexandria junior has gotten quite comfortable at shortstop for the Cardinals. That's why she was a little hesitant to be taken out of her comfort zone when asked if she wanted to give pitching a try again after not stepping into the circle since a short stint in eighth grade.
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Saturday morning in the turkey woods would have been perfect had I had a camera in my hands instead of a bow. As it is, it will have to serve as a lesson learned in my first attempt arrowing a gobbler without the help of a ground blind. The morning started off quietly before a lone gobble to the east had me packing up my hen decoy and going after him. I reached the edge of our property to set up when the toms started sounding off further south. This wasn't going to work. I had to get into another piece of woods if I had any chance of calling them in.
BASEBALL Alexandria at St. Cloud Apollo (DH), 4 p.m. Osakis vs. B-EV, 5 p.m. PPD TO MAY 16 Brandon-Evansville vs. CGB, 5 p.m. WCA at Upsala-Swanville (DH), 4 p.m. Minnewaska...