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Alexandria's Josh Molden could feel he was ready to break out at the Central Lakes Conference championship meet on Tuesday. The junior jumper for the Cardinals had put in the work necessary throughout the season. He says he had jumped 22 feet in the long jump before but couldn't put it all together cleanly in a meet setting. That all changed Tuesday. Molden didn't just set two personal records, he shattered them by almost 3 feet in the triple jump (42-02.25) to take second and by a foot in the long jump (21-10.75) to win that event.
Spring largemouth bass fishing is usually a shallow-water affair as these fish are often in, and around, shallow water cover at this time. Pencil reed patches, boat docks, fallen trees, and any other shallow cover will often harbor largemouth bass as they go through their spawning ritual, and also roam the shallows looking for food. When chasing "largies" at this time, I often rely on two bait presentations.
BASEBALL Osakis at Sauk Centre, 6AA playoffs, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. WCA, 7 p.m. Ashby vs. Parkers Prairie, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria vs. Little Falls, 8-3A playoffs, 5 p.m. at...
The Alexandria tennis team came into the 8AA-South tournament as the second seed, but got upended in its opening match against third-seeded Bemidji on the AAHS courts on Tuesday afternoon. The Lumberjacks got two wins in impressive fashion on Tuesday, beating Sauk Rapids 7-0 earlier in the day before taking care of the Cardinals 6-1. "It was a disappointing day for the guys as we battled hard at most every spot but were unable to overcome our foes to claim a victory," Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said.
The Alexandria girls track and field team went all in on Tuesday night. Head coach Meghan Orgeman-Crumb knows how good this team can be. She wanted her athletes to see...
The Alexandria boys track and field team had a bunch of personal records on Tuesday that resulted in a third-place finish at the Central Lakes Conference championship meet at AAHS...
The Alexandria trap shooting team wrapped up its final week of competition before the big championship shoot at the Alexandria Shooting Park that starts on June 14 and runs through June 21. The Cardinals are well positioned to capture the conference title before that after holding the lead in the Class 8A, Conference 2 standings through four weeks. They didn't do anything to hurt their cause on May 16 as they took advantage of some ideal weather conditions of 78 degrees and a slight breeze.
The Osakis girls golf team won its third straight Central Minnesota Conference meet to wrap up the regular season, but it wasn't quite enough to reel in Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa for the overall title. The Jaguars won the CMC championship by four strokes. The Silverstreaks needed to make up seven coming into the final nine holes, and they shot a 189 at Paynesville on Monday. BBE finished at 192, while Pierz finished third at 219.
The Osakis baseball team fell to Section 6AA-West foe Sauk Centre on Monday night in a 10-3 game. The Mainstreeters (12-6) are positioned to get the third seed when the subsection gets seeded by the QRF on Wednesday. They scored three in the first inning on three hits and an error and added two more in the second. They blew things open with five in the third, aided by a two-run home run that gave Sauk Centre the comfortable 10-run lead.
The Alexandria girls golf team's fifth straight Central Lakes Conference title became official on Monday night, and the Cardinals didn't even have to golf a full round. Teams gathered at the Territory Golf Club in St. Cloud for the final league meet before lightning forced the players off the course at 5:30 p.m. Coaches checked the radar and saw more bad weather was coming as they decided to cancel the meet.