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Luke Imdieke is a sophomore who has a lot expected of him by nature of where he plays on the field for the Osakis baseball team. Imdieke starts at shortstop and hits leadoff. In the fifth inning of Monday’s Section 6AA opener against Melrose (8-11), he had a throwing error at short that led to the Dutchmen pushing across two unearned runs a couple batters later.
A season that got going late due to weather is now in its stretch run with the postseason started for a lot of teams, including baseball where the brackets are set for area teams.
University of Minnesota men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino has said it at multiple stops this week on the Gophers Road Trip, and he reiterated it in Alexandria on Thursday: He really likes the team he has to work with heading into next season.
Alexandria’s Jaran Roste turned down scholarship offers out of high school to take a shot at playing quarterback in the Big Ten by joining the University of Minnesota as a walk on.
The Osakis baseball team eked out a 4-3 win over Minnewaska to close the regular season in Osakis on Thursday. “Picking up a win, and more importantly playing well going into the playoffs, was important for us,” Silverstreaks head coach Shad Schmidt said. “We want to be playing our best ball heading into (the playoffs).”
The West Central Area track and field teams went to Minnewaska on May 24 for the Subsection 21 meet and had the girls take fifth in the team standings and the boys take ninth. Tickets into the Section 6A meet were up for grabs, with athletes shooting for top-five finishes in individual events and top two finishes in relays.
The Minnewaska track and field teams have showed off a lot of depth this season and the Lakers were at it again at the Subsection 21 meet on their home track on Thursday. The Minnewaska girls finished first in the team standings, which meant a lot of individuals in the top five and relays in the top two. That’s what qualifies athletes for the Section 6A meet that will take place back at Minnewaska on May 31.
The Osakis track and field team will be well represented at the Section 6A meet when athletes gather at Minnewaska Area High School on May 31. The Silverstreaks made sure of that by performing well at Thursday’s Subsection 21 Meet at Minnewaska. The top five individuals and two relays in events make the section meet with the chance to then solidify a spot at state.
The Alexandria baseball team had already wrapped up a share of the Central Lakes Conference title heading into the regular-season finale on Thursday, but having Brainerd in town was a chance to end things on a high note.
ALEXANDRIA HORSESHOE LEAGUE - WEEK ONE RESULTS - Phil Swenson/Jerry Zastrow def. Janet Larson/Shane Olson, 6-2; Gene Eitreim/Shawn Kupcho def. EJ Messa/Jeff Thompson, 6-2; Jerry Werk/Bruce Swenson def. Tim Bayerl/Mike Wegener, 6-2; Al Nicholson/Tina Matter tied Gary Boots/Randy Werk, 4-4 EAGLES HORSESHOES THURSDAY NIGHT LEAGUE - WEEK ONE Mike Thompson, 10 ringers/Jeannie Thompson, 3 ringers - 8 points Kia Laron/Rick Maxwell - 8 points Gary Kirckof, 33 ringers/Byrne Rising, 59 ringers - 6 points