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Not every sport has been able to head outside yet, but the Cardinal boys' tennis team battled the wind and cool weather to hand Monticello a 6-1 loss in the season opener for both teams. "It was cool and windy, but the courts were dry, and it is April, so we were ready to go," said head coach Dave Ronning.
With quality performances across the board, the Cardinal girls' track team captured the Central Lakes Conference Indoor championship by more than 28 points over second place Willmar Saturday. "From start to finish, it was clear that the girls were on a mission to bring home a first place finish," said Cardinal head coach Meghan Orgeman-Crumb.
Mitch Peck, Zac Bartolomeo and Chase Duwenhoegger each picked up an individual championship as the Cardinal boys' track and field team finished fourth overall at the Central Lakes Conference Indoor championships Saturday. Peck claimed top honors in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.78, and Bartolomeo topped the field in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:04.97, nearly six seconds faster than the second place time. "Mitch placed in multiple events," said head coach Mike Empting, "including running a leg on the 4x400 relay that placed second." Peck ran with Nathan Huss, James Holmquist an
Five players return to the sub-section champion West Central Area girls' golf team this season, giving head coach Kari Kreft a nice foundation for the 2013 season. Two of those players earned top-five finishes in third place Tiffany Boysen, a junior, and fourth place Marissa Hayward, also a junior. "We look forward to a strong season with a core of five returning," said Kreft. "We will look to Marissa, Katie Larkin, Morgan Grove, Tiffany and McKenzie Hunter to lead us. "We are expecting a lot of Hailey Kreft," she added.
Developing a pitching staff is one of the key components for the West Central Area baseball team this season as the Knights come off an 0-18 finish in 2012. "Not all successes are measured in wins," said head coach Brandon Gruchow.
For a squad with just two seniors, it was assumed that there would be several bumps in the road on a rebuilding year, but the Cardinal wrestlers proved that youth can be a good thing, going 11-6 for the season in dual meet competition, finishing as the Central Lakes Conference runners-up and in the top four of Section 8AAA. "This team really stepped it up over the season," said Alexandria head coach Tom Ellison.
With 26 teams and more than 1,000 athletes from all divisions in North Dakota and Minnesota competing at the Paul Bunyan Classic Indoor meet at Bemidji Tuesday, you might think that the Osakis track teams would be intimidated. You'd be wrong. The girls' 4x200 relay of Abby Stroup, Taylor Kraemer, Hannah Szech and Becka Sadlemyer cruised to a first place finish with a time of 1:53.94, 0.12 seconds faster than International Falls, picking right up where they left off last spring. "Becka ran a great anchor in the 4x200, chasing down two teams that had a 15-meter lead on us on the last exchange
Junior Alexis Kokett was selected as the Cardinal dance team's outstanding dancer for the 2012-2013 season during their awards presentation recently. Being named the most improved dancer was junior Shelby Steidl, and senior Madison Groettum was selected as the most spirited athlete. Both Groettum and junior Emily Haan were selected to the Central Lakes All-Conference team in the kick division, with Groettum and Kokett earning that honor in the jazz division. Receiving honorable mention in kick were juniors Samantha Winther and Kokett, and in jazz it was juniors MaKenzie Stark and Winther.
Holding its opponents to just 41.9 points per game, the Cardinal girls' basketball team produced the best defense in the state in Class AAA, leading Alexandria to an 18-9 overall record and a 13-3 league mark, earning them Central Lakes Conference runner-up honors for 2012-2013. Kalli Bowser was a big part of that defense, and her play game-in and game-out earned her defensive player of the year honors from her teammates. Bowser finished the season with 121 defensive rebounds and 75 on offense for a team high 196 overall.
Alexandria was able to stave off elimination Friday night, handing the Granite City Lumberjacks a 3-2 loss in game three of the best-of-five series, but couldn't pull off the same magic on Saturday, falling 1-0 to end the Blizzard's season. ALEXANDRIA 3, GRANITE CITY 2 After battling to a 3-1 lead late in the third period, Alexandria had to hold off a surging Granite City to win game three 3-2. Ian Ecklund scored a pair of goals, the first coming in the opening period at 12:07 on assists by Tom Schmidt and Danny Pelzer, but the Lumberjacks' Eric Miller scored on a power play to even the s