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The Alexandria track and field teams hosted a six-team meet on Tuesday night with a little different format. The Cardinals welcomed in Willmar, Brainerd, Bemidji, Fergus Falls and Little Falls for a relays meet that is designed to focus more on the team aspect of the sport than the individual.
Meghan Orgeman-Crumb loves the team aspect of track and field, which is why Tuesday’s meet at Alexandria Area High School had her excited about how it could help shape her team. Alexandria welcomed in Willmar, Brainerd, Bemidji, Fergus Falls and Little Falls for a relays meet that had a scoring system that focuses more on the team than the individual.
Anyone near the shot put area at the Alexandria track and field meet on Tuesday knew something special had happened after Bryce Ludwig's first throw. The Alexandria senior launched a shot that landed just in front of the line that marked 60 feet. For two years now, Ludwig put in countless hours hoping he might someday break the Cardinals' shot put school record that had stood since 1997. A few seconds passed after the throw, and then the measurement was read — 59 feet, 5 inches. Easily a new school record.
The Alexandria baseball team got a couple of big wins in conference play on Tuesday night as the Cardinals swept Sauk Rapids-Rice by scores of 12-0 and 4-3. Mathew Carlsen, Calvin Waage and Jason Tikkanen teamed up on the mound in the nightcap to allow just four hits in the shutout. Carlsen started and got the win as he went five innings, allowing just three hits and two walks, while striking out five.
The Alexandria softball team got its first two wins of the season on Tuesday as the Cardinals scored 22 runs in a doubleheader sweep of conference and section foe Sauk Rapids-Rice. Alexandria (2-3) won 12-3 in game two after taking care of the Storm (0-3) 10-7 in the opener. The Cardinals jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the first inning in the nightcap and never looked back. Ally Albers had two hits, including a double, to go with two RBIs and a run scored. Lindsey Knoll drove in two runs, as well, while Calley Richardson had two hits, an RBI and a run scored.
The Alexandria girls golf team played in its third Central Lakes Conference meet of the season on Tuesday and finished tied for second with host-team Brainerd after shooting a 353. Sartell-St. Stephen won the meet with a 345. It's the first time this season any other team has edged the Cardinals in a CLC competition. That means Alexandria (22.5), Sartell (21) and Brainerd (19.5) are all bunched together within three points of each other in the overall conference standings.
The Alexandria boys tennis team has now played the top two teams in the Central Lakes Conference and fallen 7-0. That was the Cardinals' fate against St. Cloud Tech earlier this season and again on Tuesday as Brainerd came away with the sweep. "Going into this match, we felt confident we could compete with the Warriors and give them a solid battle at most every spot," Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. "They flexed their muscles and showed us why they are the best team in the conference right now."
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The Alexandria baseball team finished strong in its game against Sartell-St. Stephen on Monday night as the Cardinals won 8-5 to improve to 2-1 on the season. It was a 4-4 game after five innings when the Cardinals put up three in the top of the sixth. Brock Anderson had a two-run single in the inning and Isaac Peterson drove in a run on a ground ball that went for an error in the prior at-bat. Peterson, Mathew Carlsen and Blake Hoelscher all doubled to help out the offense. Hoelscher had two of Alexandria's six hits and Carlsen scored twice.
The Alexandria girls golf team padded its lead in the Central Lakes Conference after winning a meet at the Rich Springs Golf Club hosted by Rocori on Monday. The Cardinals shot a 349, four shots lower than second-place Sartell. Brainerd rounded out the top three with a 354. "We bunched our scores together, as five of our players finished in the top 10," Alexandria head coach Tim Zupfer said. Eighth-grader Cora Larson finished as the co-medalist as she shot an 82. Larson put up a 40 on the back nine after starting her round with a 42 on the front.