The Minnewaska baseball team hasn't had to rely on its pitching staff much this season. However, when Benson gave them a run for their money in the home opener tuesday night, the Lakers stole a 1-0 with their arms on the mound. It took extra innings for a run to cross the board. When senior outfielder Cade Fish crossed the plate in the bottom of the eighth, it clinched Minnewaska's fourth win of the season.
The Osakis baseball team swept a doubleheader in Long Prairie Thursday afternoon to stay undefeated through four games. The Silverstreaks won a 4-3 nailbiter against the Staples-Motley Cardinals. Osakis also beat Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 10-4, in Prairie Conference play. Hunter Infanger got the start on the mound for Osakis against Staples-Motley. He threw all seven innings without giving up an earned run. He allowed just two hits and struck out 14.
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team voted senior Wyatt Olson as the Most Valuable Player for the Knights. Olson went to state in the 195 pound weight class. He took home third place to cap off an impressive season. Olson had 42 wins on the season with 33 pins. He earned his 50th and 75th career win in his all-conference calibur season. Olson also won the sportsmanship award. This was the third year that he lettered.
In the final seconds of a three-round fight for a spot in the Golden Gloves Upper Midwest Tournament of Champions, Ezra Anderson wasn't sure if he did enough to beat the two-time defending regional champion. As the bell sounded, both fighters stood in the ring, waiting to see what their fate would be. The referee grabbed his wrist and hoisted it in the air. On March 16, Anderson officially became a force to be reckoned with. Anderson reunites
The Minnewaska softball team hosted a rare double-header on Thursday afternoon against the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters. The Lakers were able to come away with a split in the two-game set. Minnewaska dropped game one 11-4 but bounced back in the second game to win 8-6. "We started out pretty slow. We haven't played many games this year yet," Lakers head coach Tabitha Swenson said. "It's hard to lose the first one the way we did and expect to come back and get a win. We don't like to lose so they came out aggressive in the game and we came out with a win."
The Alexandria Nordic ski team handed out eight total awards following the 2018-19 season. Sophomore Kaisa Bosek and senior Noah Struck took home the MVP awards for the boys and girls, respectively. Bosek was one of three Cardinals to qualify for the state tournament. Stormy Hegg wrapped up her senior season by taking home the Hardest Worker Award. She also qualified or the state tournament with teammates Bosek and junior Bethany Miller. Brian Denke took home the Hardest Worker Award for the boys.
The Alexandria dance team voted senior Devany Johnson as its most Outstanding Cardinal Dancer for the 2019 season. Johnson helped lead the Cardinals to a sixth place finish in high-kick and a 10-place finish in jazz at the Section 4AAA meet in February. She earned all-conference honors in both kick and jazz.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team 10-runned its second opponent in three games on Tuesday night. The Chargers defeated the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Wolverines (0-1) 12-2. Junior pitcher Kristen Kokett allowed only two runs on seven hits. She struck out six batters in the complete-game performance.
The Ashby baseball team started out its season a strong note with a 13-2 win at Sebeka Monday night. Senior Scott Johnson led the Arrows with five RBIs. He went 3-of-3 with two singles and a double. Ashby wasn’t able to pull away early. The score was 3-2 in the top of the fifth when freshman Torin Olson hit a bases-loaded triple.
The last three seasons have been a dream for the Parkers Prairie baseball team. Tuesday night, in their second game of the season, the Panthers (0-2) quickly realized that it will be tougher than ever to make a return trip to the state tournament. Wadena-Deer Creek (2-0) defeated Parkers Prairie 14-0 in five innings. The Wolverines dominated the Panthers in all facets of the game from start to finish.