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The Osakis baseball team continued its turnaround season with perhaps its most impressive win of all this spring in the Section 6AA-West opener on Thursday. Osakis was the sixth seed in the subsection and had to get past third-seeded Sauk Centre on the road. The Silverstreaks did just that, overcoming Mainstreeters' ace Will Funk, who will play at St. Cloud State University next year, in the process during a 7-1 win for Osakis. "We played one of the best games we have played all year and it couldn't have come at a better time," head coach Shad Schmidt said.
Members of the Alexandria tennis team had one last chance to extend their season on Thursday afternoon as they hosted the Section 8-AA subsection individual tournament. A couple of seniors in Devin Crowe and Graham Hegstad did just that. Hegstad had to miss the team portion of the tournament two days earlier but was back for three matches on Thursday.
The Alexandria softball team dominated its opening round game of the Section 8-3A playoffs on Thursday night by taking a 10-0 contest against Little Falls. The second-seeded Cardinals (13-8) got their first lead with one run in the third and blew things open with seven runs in the fifth to end it early. They tallied 12 hits, including three from Haley Burns. She doubled, drove in two runs and scored once. Allison O'Kane, Emma Ziegler and McKenzie Revering all had two hits and combined for three RBIs and two runs scored.
The Osakis softball team fought to the last out on Thursday night, but saw its season come to an end in a 9-8 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in the bottom half of the bracket of the 6AA tournament. The Thunder won in walk-off fashion to take a 9-8 game after Osakis had knocked off second-seeded Ottertail Central 2-1 earlier in the day in Alexandria.
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...