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The West Central Area boys golf team got a second-place finish from junior Jackson Merrick in Long Prairie on Thursday as the Knights took fifth as a team at the Quad County meet. Merrick finished with an 86 after finishing things off with a 40 on the back nine.
The West Central Area girls golf team brought just three players to Long Prairie on Thursday due to schedule conflicts, sickness and injury. That left the Knights unable to qualify for a team score, but Katie Merrick shot a career-best 106 to finish fourth individually. Jessica St. Martin added a career-best 110 to finish sixth and Lexi Poyzer rounded out the WCA lineup with a 122.
The Alexandria Area High School trap team is in first place in the Class 8A, Conference 2 standings after a week of competition with 27,446 points, while Lakeville South is second at 26,557.5. The Cardinals had 84 of their 89 team members participating under nearly ideal weather conditions on May 2 and good scores followed. Eighteen shooters finished with scores of 45 or higher out of a possible 50. Owen Weisel and Adam Zimmerman led the way with 48s. Weisel, Joe Brezina, Adam Oehlenschlager and Alex Olson each had perfect shoots of busting all 25 clays.
The Alexandria baseball team will host a Strike out Cancer Night next Tuesday when the Cardinals host St. Cloud Tech in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Free-will donations will...
BASEBALL Osakis at LPGE, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at CGB, 5 p.m. Ashby at Sebeka (UNC), 5 p.m. WCA vs. St. John’s Prep, 5 p.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria vs. Willmar, 5 p.m...
The perennially tough Osakis girls track and field team looks right on pace to put together a nice run at the 5A True Team meet next week after dominating its home quad with 153 points on Tuesday. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle was a distant second with 62 points, while Ashby-Brandon-Evansville (43.50) and Upsala-Swanville Area (5.50) rounded out the field. Ashby-Brandon-Evansville was led by Jacey Schlosser in the throws. She was first in the discus with a toss of 96-04 and second in the shot put (34-05). Osakis ran away with things behind 13 first-place finishes.
The Osakis boys track and field team got a first-place finish at its home quad for a program that believes it's heading in the right direction. The Silverstreaks won their home meet with relative ease on Tuesday, scoring 111 points in the process. Upsala-Swanville Area was second at 75 and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (54) and Ashby-Brandon-Evansville (28) rounded out the field.
Tuesday was a chance for the Alexandria boys track and field team to see where some athletes could maximize their talents in different events as the Cardinals look toward the championship portion of their season. Alexandria took second among the four teams at its home quad in the process. The Cardinals scored 90.5 points, while Sartell-St. Stephen won the meet with 110.5 points. "It's an opportunity for us to get some data, kind of our final prep toward making some final decisions for our true team lineup," head coach Mike Empting said.
Alexandria's Hannah Quitmeyer stood on the infield at Viking Savings Bank Field with track and field head coaches Meghan Orgeman-Crumb and Mike Empting as the sun set on the Cardinals home quad on Tuesday night. The freshman had just scored in two individual events to help Alexandria to an easy team win. She took third in the 100-meter dash (13.16) and fourth in the 200 (27.58), while also running the first leg of the winning 4x100 relay with Syri Williams, Kaye Paschka and Kelby Olson-Rodel.
The Alexandria adapted bowling team hosted an invite on April 28 with plenty of Cardinal athletes bowling their way to top-10 standings. The Alexandria PI team of Ross Minnerath, Lily Hjelle, Stephen McCabe and Allie Nelson finished sixth after combining for a 1,513. McCabe was fifth individually in the singles competition with a 415 and Minnerath was seventh at 402. The Cardinals' CI team of Nicole Duwenhoegger, Harley Funk, Dalin Reiter and Tyler Rauscher combined for a 1,682. That was good for second place among 15 teams in the field.