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The Osakis softball team wrapped up its regular season with a 17-10 loss against Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale on Tuesday night after splitting a doubleheader with Browerville-Eagle Valley on Monday. The Silverstreaks lost a 13-11 game in the nightcap to the Tigers after winning 12-4 in the opener. The Silverstreaks (12-6) had no answer for the BHV (10-9) offense on Tuesday as the Raiders pounded out 21 hits and scored five runs in the third, four in the fifth and six in the sixth.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team fought back from a 4-0 third-inning deficit to pull out a 7-5 win over Breckenridge-Wahpeton at home on Monday night in Brandon. "This was a big win for us and the girls really battled to come from behind and pull out the victory," head coach Kasi Sieling said. "We saw contributions from each player tonight, as everyone reached based in one way or another. The players really executed well offensively and defensively, which is always good to see at this point in the season."
The Alexandria girls track and field team won the home triangular on Tuesday with 125.5 points. Willmar was second at 114.5 and Sartell had 32 points. The home Cardinals used 50 personal/season bests to come away with the win. Kelby Olson-Rodel had two of Alexandria's eight wins after taking the 100-meter dash in 12.99 seconds and 200 dash in 26.46.
The weather conditions were ideal for trap shooting on May 16 and a lot of high scores followed for the Alexandria Area High School trap shooting team. Eighty-six of the 89 athletes on the roster took part, with 10 students finishing with scores of 45 or higher. Jeremy Knight, Eric Noetzelman and Dakota Schlangen each had perfect series of 25. Knight and Jordon Trenne led the Cardinals with total scores of 48.
The Alexandria boys track and field team hosted Willmar and Sartell-St. Stephen for a triangular on Tuesday night and came away in third after scoring 78.5 points. Sartell won the meet with 99.5 points and Willmar was second at 94. The meet was the final warmup for Alexandria before hosting the Central Lakes Conference meet next Tuesday at 3 p.m.
The Alexandria baseball team snapped a four-game skid by salvaging a doubleheader split at Sauk Rapids on Tuesday night. The Cardinals won 8-2 in the nightcap after losing a 5-3 game in the opener. Wyatt Wittenburg had a lot to do with the win after two hits that included a double and two RBIs. He walked and scored once, while Brayden Amundson went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Brock Anderson was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Jake Drew also had two of Alexandria's 12 total hits in the game.
BASEBALL Alexandria 8, Sauk Rapids-Rice 2; Sauk Rapids-Rice 5, Alexandria 3 The Alexandria baseball team snapped a four-game skid by salvaging a doubleheader split at Sauk Rapids on Tuesday night...
Ten-year-old Blake Nohre and his father, Dave, were running a little late to the woods near Miltona on the morning of May 1, but it didn't cost them Blake's first turkey on a memorable morning. The father and son arrived at about 6:45 a.m. to hear gobbling just a few hundred yards away. "We got out to the woods and set up in a ground blind hoping to catch him on his way out to feed," Dave wrote. "We started calling and he gobbled back right away, and he kept gobbling for 15 minutes as we sat and hoped he would come."
The Osakis girls track and field program has become a regular at the Class A state true team meet. So much so, that it's become more of a shock when they don't make it than when they do. In 2014, they finished second and just three points shy of Luverne for the overall title. Those are good memories for the veterans, but it's not making it back there in 2015 that served as a driving force for this year's team. "It was kind of a little devastating, to be honest," senior Ashley Kraemer said. "I think it just gave us more of a fire for this year to want it even more."
Osakis baseball coach Shad Schmidt didn’t like the approach his guys took even before the game started on Tuesday night. Pequot Lakes came into town with a 7-8 record and...