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The Alexandria boys tennis team was finally able to kick off its season on Tuesday night by scoring two victories in a triangular in Fergus Falls. The Cardinals defeated the Otters, 7-0, and beat East Grand Forks 5-2. "It was good to get out and play," Cardinals head coach Dave Ronning said. "You can only do so much in the gym."
Every spring athletic program in the northern states are dealing with a disappointing slow start to the season because of the winter-like weather. But the Alexandria golf teams, among other golf teams in the area, have a leg up that most teams in the area don't have. The Cardinals have been able to practice regularly at the Scott Dirck Golf Academy where they can take advantage of the year-round facilities. The team practices in indoor bays where players can hit into an open field. They can work on their short game on indoor putting greens.
The Osakis wrestling team had a young lineup this season that was just introducing a lot of athletes to the sport, but seniors Colton Waldvogel and Gage Zieske added experience and skill to the team on the way to great individual seasons. After both seniors took first place at the section meet in their respective weight classes, Zieske went on to take second place at state in the 138-pound weight class and Waldvogel took fourth at state in the 170-pound class.
The Osakis girls basketball team got off to a rocky start this year with only one returning athlete with varsity experience. "It motivated and excited myself as a coach to help this group of girls reach their maximum potential as a team," Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said is his season recap. The Silverstreaks were 1-7 for the first eight games. The last 18 games, they were 12-6 to end the season 13-13 overall.
Bowlers came into the Garden Center Lanes bowling alley and started lacing up their shoes as late spring snowflakes swirled outside on April 5. After a review of the team's scores from the previous meet, a group huddle and a cheer, the Alexandria adapted bowling team settled into the lanes and got to work as some of the only athletes who don't have to worry so much about what conditions are like outside.
You can hardly escape a conversation without someone mentioning the record-breaking April cold or the snow covered roads. The snowy conditions aren't just making it hard to engage in varied conversation but they're affecting local businesses. Golf clubs in the area are feeling the weight of a late spring more acutely than businesses that aren't centered around an outdoor activity.
The Alexandria dance team ended its 2017-2018 season by awarding the athletes responsible for a solid season as 19 earned varsity letters and the Cardinals got a Team Academic Excellence Award with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Junior captain Brooke Miller was honored among the individual award winners with the Outstanding Cardinal Dancer Award. Miller was named All-Central Lakes Conference in both jazz and high kick. Junior Devany Johnson was also named all-conference in jazz. Juniors Rachel Kokett and Christian Drown made all-conference in kick.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team wrapped up the 2017-2018 season with a 16-11 overall record and 7-5 in the Little Eight Conference. The Chargers put up an average of 51.9 points per game and gave up a defensive average of 50 points per game. "Overall, I was proud of the guys and our improvement throughout the season," first-year head coach Trent Hintermeister said. The team graduates seven seniors from the team in James Strese, Nick Thorstad, Taylor Bitzan, Darrin Wibstad, Gary Etrheim, Brandon Merritt and Jacob Hintermeister.
The Alexandria boys hockey team had a lot to honor at its annual awards banquet after finishing off an historic season by making the deepest run into the state playoffs in program history. The young team won 14 of its final 18 games and fought its way into the Class A title game. The Cardinals went 19-11-1 overall, 9-5 in the Central Lakes Conference and took second at state. Sophomore Caleb Strong took home the team's Top Scorer Award with a team-leading 35 points. Junior Jack Westlund followed with a team-leading 16 goals and 18 assists for 34 points.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team wrapped up the 2017-2018 season with a 12-15 overall record and an 8-4 Little Eight Conference record. The Chargers struggled to put together a consistent lineup with flu season and other illnesses taking athletes out of play all season long. "We have new starters almost every night because we're missing someone," B-E head coach Sam Lange said on Jan. 27 after the Chargers fell to West Central Area. "They've handled it really well all year long but it's been almost every game that we've been missing someone."