The Alexandria American Legion baseball team experienced a wake-up call on July 5 when Moorhead visited Knute Nelson Ballpark and handily won two games of a doubleheader. Since then, Alex has been a different team. It has won nine games and lost only two since the Moorhead sweep, and the two losses came against tough teams in a tournament in the Twin Cities. In each of the nine wins, Alexandria tallied at least seven runs.
The Lakes Area Snowmen semipro football team wrapped up its regular season with a 32-0 shutout of the Bismarck Wolves last Saturday. The Snowmen finish with a 4-3-1 record, which iss enough for the second seed out of the West heading into playoffs. The top three seeds out of each division advance to the playoffs, with each of the No. 1 teams getting a bye to the semifinals. Lakes Area's first round matchup is a rematch with the Wolves, who finished the regular season with a 3-5 record. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Alexandria Area High School.
The Alexandria Legion baseball team extended its winning streak to six games on Thursday, sweeping Thief River Falls by scores of 7-4 and 20-0. In the doubleheader's opener, Brock Anderson was hit by a pitch to lead off the second inning. He then advanced on Braiden Reisdorf groundout, stole third and scored on a Michael Kuhn single. Alex scored again in each of the third and fourth innings to extend the lead to 3-0 before TRF was able to get on the board.
The Alexandria wrestling program recently had 27 wrestlers attend a five-day camp at North Dakota State University. The camp featured technique training in the morning and afternoon sessions, as well as a team tournament competition in the evenings. In the tournament championship, the Cardinals went into the last bout tied with an undefeated Thief River Falls squad, but lost the matchup and the dual to take second place in the 12-team tourney.
Alexandria American Legion pitcher Henry Waage threw a no-hitter in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against Perham, helping the team to a 19-1, five-inning win. Waage would have earned a perfect game if not for three errors by the defense behind him, as he didn't walk or hit any batters and posted seven strikeouts.
The Lakes Area Snowmen racked up a 20-point lead after the first half on the road Saturday against the Minot Oilers, but any hometown fans who left the game early to get out of the triple-digit-degree weather would have been disappointed. The Snowmen depth wasn't enough in the heat, and the lead deteriorated until the Oilers finally took the lead in the final minute and won 30-26. "It really just came down to a lack of numbers, because we had two touchdowns called back in the first half and we were still up 20-0," said Lakes Area head coach JJ Kern.
The Osakis American Legion baseball team finished the season on a good note on Thursday in Morris, as Carter Rost and Reid DeWenter combined to throw a one-hitter over nine innings to earn a 2-0 win. Neither team was able to score until the ninth inning, when Brady Berberich led off the top half with a walk. Hunter Infanger sacrificed him to second, and Logan Hartshorn singled him to third. As the next batter, Mason Moore fell behind 1-2, fouled off a couple of pitches and hit a line drive single to right field to score Berberich and Hartshorn.
The Minnewaska baseball team had the second seed out of the North in Section 8AA this past school season, but a 3-1 third-round loss to the South's top seed, Jackson County Central, put them in a tough spot moving forward. The Lakers beat Windom 7-2 in the loser's bracket but lost 7-5 to Luverne, ending their season with a 13-10 overall record.
The Alexandria boys track and field team had two participants in the Class AA state tournament, took first in the Central Lakes Conference indoor meet, third in the CLC outdoor meet and fifth in the Section 8AA meet this spring.
Track and field programs aren't often looked at through wins and losses with an overall record, but the Alexandria girls went 9-1 this season in a testament to a talented group. The Cardinals locked up first place in every meet — including the Central Lakes Conference indoor and outdoor meets and the Section 8AA Championship meet — except for the Class AA true team state meet, in which they took fifth out of the top nine teams in Minnesota.