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The Alexandria baseball team salvaged a split in dramatic fashion during a doubleheader against Sartell-St. Stephen on Tuesday night. The Cardinals rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh in game one but fell a run shy in an 8-7 loss. They didn't dwell on it, though, coming back and dominating the nightcap in a 23-5 game. Alexandria trailed 2-0 after one inning in game two but quickly put four runs on the board in the second. Things started to open up in the fourth after senior Brayden Amundson hit a grand slam as part of an eight-run inning for the Cardinals.
The West Central Area baseball team won its second straight game in the seventh inning on Tuesday night as the Knights walked off with a 6-5 win over Osakis in Prairie Conference play. It was the first loss of the season for Osakis (2-1) and moved the Knights to 3-0. Blake Amundson provided the game-winning hit on a night when he was 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.
Alexandria 23, Sartell-St. Stephen 5; Sartell-St. Stephen 8, Alexandria 7 The Alexandria baseball team salvaged a split in dramatic fashion during a doubleheader against Sartell-St. Stephen on Tuesday night. The...
The fastest-growing high school sport in Minnesota keeps getting bigger. The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League announced on April 7 that it expects as many as 10,361 students from 319 high schools to participate in the spring clay target league. Those are the highest numbers ever, up from nearly 8,600 participants in 2015 and just 340 students in 2010.
Last week had the potential to be one of the best weeks of the spring for those who love the outdoors. Warm weather finally arrived, which meant the crappie bite was going in full force in the shallow bays on area lakes. That, coupled with the spring turkey hunting opener in Minnesota, meant the chance to spend the evenings in a boat and the mornings chasing gobblers in the woods for some.
The West Central Area boys golf team shot a 387 in Ortonville on Monday evening to finish 10th out of 15 teams at the invite. Jackson Merrick led the way with a 91, while James Wiese shot a 93 and Tanner Johnson a 96. Max Duncan carded a 107, Brady Endreson a 117 and Aiden Winter a 147 to round out the Knights' lineup. "This was a good meet for us to go to because there were a few bigger schools like Morris, Montevideo and Benson there, plus most of our section power teams like Dawson-Boyd, Lakeview, Minneota and LQPV," WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said.
The Osakis boys golf team got its season started last Friday by going to Minnewaska and finishing fifth out of the five-team field in some windy conditions. The Silverstreaks shot a 387 over the 18-hole meet, while Minnewaska defended its home course with a 308. The Lakers were guided by three players in the 70s as Brett Buckingham won medalist honors with a 72, Esten Stensrud added a 76 and Isaac Burgess had a 79. Jake Peters rounded out the Minnewaska scoring with an 81, while Peter Frischmon (85) and Blake Joos (98) also played in the Lakers' lineup.
The Alexandria girls golf team wrapped up its second win in as many Central Lakes Conference meets on Monday night after winning the Rocori Invite hosted at the Rich Spring Golf Club. The Cardinals shot a 367, 11 strokes better than second-place St. Cloud Tech. Sartell rounded out the top three with a 381.
The Ashby baseball team outhit Hancock on Monday night but fell short on the scoreboard in a 2-0 loss to the Owls that dropped the Arrows to 0-4 on the season. The Ashby offense fell victim to a dominant performance from Hancock's Chandler Gramm. The junior struck out 17, walked two and scattered four hits to help the Owls get their first win of the season.
BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Sartell (DH), 4:30 p.m. Osakis at WCA, 5 p.m. Minnewaska vs. ACGC (DH), 4 p.m. Parkers Prairie at NYM, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria at Sartell (DH), 4:...