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Alexandria adapted bowling coach Wade Traphagen knew the path through the state tournament was going to be a little tougher for his bowlers after graduating eight experienced seniors from last year’s team. With many new faces making their first trip to the state tournament in Brooklyn Park Friday afternoon, Traphagen was happy to see some success.
The Minnewaska softball team had a hard time getting things going against Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta on Tuesday night. The Lakers fell to the Tigers 15-2 in six innings. MCA put together an eight-run top of the sixth inning to seal the deal. Minnewaska wasn’t able to capitalize on many opportunities to bring runners home. Even though they had 12 team hits, they stranded six runners in scoring position.
The Osakis softball team got back to .500 with an 11-4 win over Swanville Tuesday night. The Silverstreaks picked up an important road win over the Bulldogs behind strong bats in the middle of the order. With the score tied 4-4 in the third inning, Osakis scored seven unanswered runs. Tia Dykema went 4-for-4 with an RBI. Jaden Klimek went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Shea Olson also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
The Alexandria boys tennis team walked away with two more wins at the Fergus Falls triangular Tuesday afternoon. The Cardinals got a pair of 6-1 victories over Fergus Falls and Minnewaska. With seven matches in seven days, head coach Dave Ronning decided to change things up.
The Minnewaska boys and girls track and field teams continued to have strong performances last Thursday at the Little Crow Invitational at New London-Spicer High School. The Laker girls took second place in the 12 team field, while the boys took fourth.
Track and field is often perceived as an individual sport. For the second consecutive season, the Alexandria boys and girls track squads focused on the team emphasis in their home relay meet last Thursday night.
One hour before the first pitch of Brandon-Evansville’s Friday baseball game against Browerville-Eagle Valley, junior centerfielder Jesse Perleberg wasn’t sure if the wet field was going to be playable. Four hours later, he had one of the biggest hits of his career in a 30-run shootout. The Chargers survived the Tiger’s offensive onslaught on Friday night with several big innings of their own. B-E was able to get its fifth win of the year with a 16-14 victory.
The Ashby softball team came up just short on Thursday night against Pelican Rapids in a high scoring game. The Arrows have had a slow start to their season in large part due to the lack of scoring. They made up for lost time in Thursday’s 18-15 loss. Ashby had 15 hits to Pelican Rapids’ nine. Freshman Kyra Aamot went 3-for-5 at the plate to lead the Arrows. Five others had two or more hits on the night
The West Central Area softball team took home a 6-2 conference win over the Wheaton Herman Norcross Warriors on Thursday night. In the bottom of the first inning junior Ireland Winter ripped an RBI single into center field scoring junior Haley Hanson. Hanson had an RBI of her own in the bottom of the second inning with a fielder’s choice. The Knights added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth with two hits and two walks to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
The Ashby baseball team took a Thursday night Little Eight Conference matchup against the West Central Area Knights 6-0. Freshman Hunter Norby and freshman Torin Olson threw a combined shutout in seven innings. Norby gave up just one hit in three innings. Sophomore Grant Beukens got the start for the Knights. He went three and two-thirds innings giving up three hits and three runs. Beuckens struck out eight batters.