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The Ashby baseball team lost its fifth game of the spring in a 19-8 five-inning defeat to Wheaton-Herman-Norcross on Thursday night in Ashby. The Arrows (0-5, 0-4 Pheasant) had a strong night offensively with 10 hits and an early lead, but the Warriors (2-3, 1-2 Pheasant) hitters combined for 11 hits and eight RBIs in the conference road win. The Warriors took an early 2-0 advantage in the first inning with an RBI double by junior Eric Schwagel and an RBI single by junior Isaac Wilson.
BASEBALL Osakis vs. SJP at the MAC, 2:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. BHV, 4:30 p.m. WCA vs. Ashby, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Osakis at Swanville, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at WHN, 5...
The Alexandria baseball team is still working through some defensive issues that have plagued them so far this season, but the Cardinals did enough to salvage a split with Section 8-3A foe Bemidji on Thursday night. "A split's good," senior second baseman Sam Helgeson said. "We were looking for both of them, but we came into it knowing they were the number one ranked team. They knocked us out of there, so we had a little grudge, we wanted to get them."
A young Alexandria softball team has had to take some lumps early this season, and that was the case on Thursday against one of the better teams in the Central Lakes Conference. Rocori came to town and left with a perfect 4-0 record and dropped the Cardinals to 1-4. The Spartans have aspirations of competing for a conference title behind a solid lineup and a couple good pitchers in Megan Gavin and Joce Metz. Almost everyone played a part in guiding Rocori to a 14-3 win in six innings at AAHS.
BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Bemidji (DH), 4 p.m. Osakis vs. BHV, 4:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Hancock, 5 p.m. Ashby vs. WHN, 5 p.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria vs. Rocori, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at...
If Minnesota sports have taught me anything in my 30 years, it's that we can't have nice things. University of Minnesota men's basketball and football have languished in mediocrity, if not worse. The Twins, Vikings and Wild have all had flashes before ultimately disappointing. The Vikings of 1998 and 2009 are the poster child for this — Super Bowl contenders that came up short and found excruciating ways to lose in the NFC title game.
The Alexandria softball team was swept at the hands of Central Lakes Conference foe Sartell-St. Stephen on Tuesday night in two games decided by a combined three runs. The Sabres went home with a 5-3 win in game two after holding on for a 6-5 win in the opener. Alexandria led 3-1 after two innings in the nightcap, but Sartell methodically chipped away. The Sabres scored one in the third and another in the fourth to tie it before a two-run fifth inning sealed the deal.
The Alexandria Cardinals National Archery in the Schools Program has a roster with no seniors on it, but youth wasn't a factor at the state tournament. Alexandria finished 11th out of 24 teams at the state shoot in early April as freshman Olivia Rice led the charge as the team's top shooter. She finished with a score of 274 out of a possible 300 behind 13 bullseyes. Paige Rardin, a junior, was Alexandria's second highest finisher with a 272 and 11 bullseyes. Sophomore Brandon Larson rounded out the team's top three with a 271 and seven bullseyes.
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.