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Monday, December 31, 2012

Huskies girls' basketball loses to Thief River Falls

The Albany Huskies girls' basketball team fell in the championship game of the Little Falls Christmas tournament on Saturday by a 53-45 score to #10-ranked Thief River Falls.

The Prowlers improved to 11-1 with the win, while the Huskies are now 8-2 overall.

Up next: Albany hosts Mora (4-4, 1-2 GRC) in Granite Ridge Conference action on Thursday, Jan. 4. The following night they travel to Sauk Centre to face the 8-0 Mainstreeters.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Huskies get past Braves for 3rd at Willmar

The Albany Huskies boys' basketball team defeated Benson 64-57 in the third-place game of a Christmas tournament at Willmar on Thursday night. Albany (3-4 was on fire on the three-point line by hitting nine out of 14 shots launched beyond the arc; they were also 15-of-19 at the charity stripe. Nick Raeker hit four threes to go with five steals, while John Elliot also added 12 points to pace the Huskies. Benson (1-6) was a cool 22-for-62 from the floor and trailed 32-24 at halftime.

The Huskies girls' basketball team opens up tournament action at Little Falls on Friday when they face St. Cloud Apollo (1-6) at 2 p.m.

The Huskies wrestling team opens up the two-day Rumble on the Red tournament in Fargo on Friday. Click on the link to read more.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Huskies lose to NL-S at boys' basketball tournament

At Willmar on Wednesday night, the Albany Huskies boys' basketball team trailed 33-22 to New London-Spicer at halftime in a 67-47 loss to the Wildcats (4-4) in the annual Bremer Bank Holiday Classic.

Albany (2-4) faces Benson in the third-place game tonight. The Braves are 1-5 after losing 71-51 to Willmar in the other semifinal.

Albany scoring vs. NL-S: Nick Raeker 6, Brett Fischer 4, Cody Stich 6, Dalton Finken 10, Scott Litchy 13, Zach Raeker 6, Jeremy Rodenwald 2.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

From halftime of the Albany vs. Pierz boys' basketball game - Pawettes in action

The Pawettes faced off with Pierz in a halftime dance competition last Thursday night. PHOTOS BY MARK KLAPHAKE, Albany Enterprise
Another High Kick photo from Dec. 20.

Albany's dance teams are next in action on Saturday, Jan. 5 when they travel to the Alexandria Dance Invitational. Read more about this year's Pawettes dance teams in this week's Albany Enterprise, which has a full-page feature dedicated to their squad.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Both Albany basketball squads win tonight

In a non-conference match up between sub-section rivals, the Albany Area Huskies boys' basketball team defeated Pierz tonight 65-55.

Against Princeton in a Granite Ridge Conference game, the Albany Area girls' basketball team won 66-57.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Crusaders edge Huskies boys' basketball team

Final in a Granite Ridge Conference boys' basketball game tonight: St. Cloud Cathedral 77, Albany 69. Up next: the Huskies (1-3) host undefeated Pierz (4-0) in an important sub-section match up on Thursday night.

Other area boys' basketball scores:
Melrose Area 96, New London-Spicer 74
Upsala 68, Sauk Centre 55

Friday, December 14, 2012

Boys' basketball falls to Annandale, girls' basketball crushes Zimmerman

In their first home game of the season, the Albany Huskies boys' basketball team lost a well-played game 74-65 to #7-ranked Annandale in non-conference action. The Cardinals are 4-1 and suffered their first loss of the season last night in a "shot clock" game to St. Cloud Cathedral 91-85.

Up next: the Huskies (1-2) travel to Cathedral next Tuesday night for the Granite Ridge Conference opener.

In their first game on the road since the season opener, the Albany Huskies girls' basketball team crushed Zimmerman 70-34 in the Granite Ridge Conference opener. The Thunder fell to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the GRC.

Up next: a home game against St. Cloud Cathedral (3-1, 2-0 GRC) next Tuesday in another GRC game.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Huskies downed by Mustangs in wrestling action

In their first dual meet of the season and the Granite Ridge Conference opener, the Albany Area Huskies wrestling team lost 51-29 to visiting Mora on Tuesday night. Up next: a dual meet at non-conference Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Friday.

This wasn't posted over the weekend, but you can read more about it in this week's Enterprise...the Huskies girls' basketball team was cooled off by Annandale in a 55-51 loss last Friday. They are 3-1 overall and host Minnewaska Area on Thursday in a non-conference, sub-section match up with the 1-4 Lakers. It will be a good tune up before the Granite Ridge Conference opener on Friday at Zimmerman. The Thunder were 2-2 heading into their conference opener on Tuesday against Becker.

At the Granite Ridge Conference Kick Meet at Cathedral, the Pawettes Dance team placed fourth with 11.5 rank points. The Crusaders took first with three rank points.

Mora vs. Albany wrestling is on KASM

A Granite Ridge Conference dual wrestling meet between Mora and Albany Area is on KASM 1150 AM tonight.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Huskies blast Pioneers in girls' basketball action

The Albany Huskies girls' basketball team won 63-42 over visiting Pierz in a sub-section match up on Tuesday night. Now 3-0 overall, the Huskies host 2-1 Annandale on Friday night to cap a three-game home stand. The Cardinals are in Section 5AA but always prove to be tough competition.

Tomorrow night the Huskies boys' basketball team has one of its toughest tests of the season when they travel to fifth-ranked Melrose Area in a crosstown border battle. The Dutchmen will be playing in their season opener.

Albany's wrestling team travels to the Big Lake Invitational on Friday night with a 4 p.m. start time.

On Saturday, the Albany Pawettes dance team hosts a very exciting Top Hat Invitational beginning at 12 p.m.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Albany vs. Pierz girls' basketball is on KASM tonight

Click to read more:

Kirby Hemmesch will have play-by-play coverage of the girls' basketball team between two teams who squared off in last season's Sub-Section 6AA-North playoff opener. The Huskies won that match up 61-53 to move on to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual Class 2A state runners-up Sauk Centre.

Albany is 2-0 this season, while Pierz is 1-1.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Albany places 8th at Litchfield wrestling invitational

At Litchfield on Saturday, the Albany Huskies wrestling team placed eighth with 70 points. Matt Schlangen took second at 113, while Carter Holthaus took second at 152 to lead the Huskies.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Albany boys' basketball wins season opener in overtime

The Albany Huskies boys' basketball team started their season 1-0 with a 71-66 overtime win at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle tonight.

While it was a non-conference game, the win was big in the sense that both teams are members of Sub-Section 6AA-North.

Up next: the Huskies travel to neighboring rival Melrose Area in a non-conference game next Friday, Dec. 7. It will be the season opener for the Dutchmen, who split the West Central North Conference series with Albany last year.

This year, Albany is a new member of the Granite Ridge Conference, although they compete with the Dutchmen in the same sub-section at playoff time.

Albany Huskies girls' basketball starts 2-0

The Albany Huskies beat Holdingford 75-50 in a border battle girls' basketball game on Thursday night to open the 2012-13 season with a 2-0 record.

They beat another neighboring rival, Rocori, 66-43 on Tuesday night in their season opener.

Up next: a .500 Pierz team (1-1) travels to Albany next Tuesday night in another non-conference game. The Huskies beat the Pioneers in last year's playoff opener.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tiede is Sweet-16 bound at the state girls' swimming and diving meet

In the preliminary round on Friday in Minneapolis, Albany Area senior Rachel Tiede advanced to the finals in both the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle after a strong showing at the Class A state girls' swimming and diving meet.

Tiede placed 10th in the 200 FS and 14th in the 500 FS prelims.

Below, a video clip from the 500 FS on Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center...

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tiede is state-bound

The Albany Huskies had a nice crowd of fans on hand at the Section 6A meet in Sartell.

Albany's Rachel Tiede is heading to the Class A state girls' swimming and diving meet that starts on Friday in Minneapolis. Tiede qualified for the state meet after some outstanding swims in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle races at the Section 6A meet this past weekend in Sartell.

The Class A preliminary round begins at the U of M Aquatic Center at 12 p.m. on Friday.

Stay tuned for more coverage in this week's Albany Enterprise.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Section 6A girls' swimming and diving finals is Saturday

The Huskies competed in the preliminary rounds of the Section 6A girls' swimming and diving meet tonight in Sartell...

Friday, November 2, 2012

Huskies volleyball playoff run ends in sub-section finals

The Albany Huskies volleyball season ended in the Sub-Section 6AA-North championship on Thursday night. Sauk Centre beat the Huskies 3-0 to advance to their third straight section final.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sub-Section Final bound!

Senior Samantha Schlangen fires up a set assist during the LP-GE match last night.

Amber Tomsche (3), Kristin Buttweiler (11) Callie Manthe (4) and Cassie Shaver (20) celebrate a point in the second game against the Thunder.

The Albany Huskies volleyball team earned something they've been looking forward to all season long.

A rematch with the Mainstreeters of Sauk Centre.

The Huskies got what they wanted by defeating a senior-dominated Long Prairie-Grey Eagle squad in three sets on Tuesday night in the Sub-Section 6AA-North semifinals.

In game three, the Thunder had a sizeable lead, but Albany stormed back to finish the match in three with game scores of 25-17, 25-16, 25-23.

Albany improved to 24-5 overall with their 13th straight win.

Two other Granite Ridge Conference teams are also still battling through their respective section playoffs. Mora will play for the Sub-Section 7AA-South title, while Zimmerman is in the Section 5AA Final Four round.

Huskies football season ends with loss to Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta

The Albany Huskies football team lost in the Section 6-3A semifinals at Big Cat Stadium in Morris by a 33-14 score on Saturday night. They finish with a 5-5 overall season.

Read more on the season-ending loss in this week's Albany Enterprise.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Huskies volleyball wins playoff opener

The Albany Huskies volleyball team defeated Holdingford 3-0 to open up the Sub-Section 6AA-North playoffs. They face #3-seeded Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in the semifinal round next Tuesday at Rocori High School in Cold Spring.

Playoffs begin tonight for the Albany Huskies volleyball team

Junior Amizah Eickhoff making a pass for the Huskies volleyball team. In back is senior hitter Amber Tomsche.

The Albany Huskies (#2 seed) host the Holdingford Huskers (#7 seed) tonight in the quarterfinal round of the Sub-Section 6AA-North volleyball tournament. Action begins at 7 p.m.

The winner of the Huskies-vs.-Huskers match advances to the semifinal round next Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Rocori High School with an 8 p.m. match. They'll face the winner of the LP-GE/Minnewaska quarterfinal match.

The sub-section championship is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.

2012 Sub-Section 6AA-North volleyball rankings:
1st - Sauk Centre
2nd - Albany
3rd- Long Prairie-Grey Eagle
4th - Melrose Area
5th - Pierz Healy
6th - Minnewaska Area
7th - Holdingford
8th - Little Falls

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Huskies win playoff football opener

The Albany Huskies dominated Melrose Area 24-6 in the section quarterfinals on Tuesday night. Now 5-4 overall, the 4th-seeded Huskies travel to Morris for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday night to take on the Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta Tigers.

More will follow later.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Playoffs, playoffs, playoffs!

In a nutshell...

The Albany Huskies volleyball team earned the #2 playoff seed in the upcoming Sub-Section 6AA-North tournament.

The Albany Huskies football team was seeded #4 in Section 6AAA by the QRF standings and hosts Melrose Area (5-3) in the playoff opener next Tuesday night. The Huskies lost 20-7 at New London-Spicer to finish the regular season 4-4. They were 4-3 (4th) in the nine-team Granite Ridge Conference.

Section 6AAA football seedings:
1st - Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta (8-0)
2nd - Litchfield (3-5)
3rd - New London-Spicer (4-4)
4th - Albany (4-4)
5th - Melrose Area (5-3)
6th - Sauk Centre (2-6)
7th - Montevideo (1-7)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Huskies volleyball sweeps Cathedral

The Albany Huskies volleyball team improved to 10-0 in the Granite Ridge Conference with a 3-0 sweep over St. Cloud Cathedral on Thursday night. The Crusaders were still in contention to tie for the championship but now sit three matches out at 7-3 in the standings.

In girls' swimming and diving action, the Albany Huskies defeated St. Cloud Cathedral as well last night.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Huskies girls' cross country takes Purple Pride title, Volleyball team crushes Foley to clinch share of conference title!

It was a great night in Huskies Country on Tuesday night, with Albany's girls' cross country team winning their home Purple Pride meet by a wide margin, the boys' cross country team finishing as runners-up in the same meet while the Huskies volleyball team crushed Foley in a Granite Ridge Conference contest.

It was the 20th win of the season for the Granite Ridge Conference champion Albany volleyball team, who climbed to #19 in the latest Class 2A QRF rankings at and have nine wins in a row to their credit. In the GRC standings they are 9-0 with two matches remaining on the schedule. They host St. Cloud Cathedral this Thursday night and then travel to Little Falls next Tuesday to complete the regular season.

Granite Ridge Conference volleyball standings as of October 10:
1st - Albany (9-0)
2nd - Mora (9-2)
3rd - St. Cloud Cathedral (7-2)
4th - Zimmermann (6-3)
5th (tie) - Princeton and Little Falls (4-5)
7th - Milaca (2-7)
8th - Foley (1-8)
9th - Becker (0-10)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Albany girls' swimming and diving beats Montevideo

During a match up against Section 6A foe Montevideo, the Albany Huskies girls' swimming and diving team earned a 60-41 win on Tuesday night in the home pool.

Up next: another home meet on Thursday when the Huskies entertain St. Cloud Cathedral in a Granite Ridge Conference contest. They travel to Sartell on Saturday for the Section 6A True Team meet.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Huskies volleyball wins Braham Invitational

The Albany Huskies improved to 19-5 overall on the volleyball court this season with a 4-0 performance at Braham on Saturday. Along the way they defeated Princeton (25-9, 25-12), Barnum (25-17, 25-10), Rush City (25-9, 25-15) and St. Cloud Apollo (25-20, 25-16).

Up next: a home match against Foley next Tuesday. The Falcons are 1-14 overall and 1-7 in the Granite Ridge Conference.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Huskies football suffers loss to Princeton

Final score in Week 6: Princeton 35, Albany 13.

Albany Huskies volleyball team dispatches Melrose Area

It was an epic, five-game barn burner that played out at Melrose Area high school on Thursday night, when the Albany Huskies volleyball team prevailed in the fifth set by a 15-13 score.

The Huskies are 15-5 overall and head to the Braham tournament on Saturday. They have three matches left on the Granite Ridge Conference schedule and hold an 8-0 record in the league.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Huskies volleyball sweeps Zimmerman

The Albany Huskies volleyball team improved to 14-5 overall with a sweep over visiting Zimmerman in a Granite Ridge Conference match on Tuesday night.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Huskies sweep Becker

Albany's volleyball team is enjoying an incredible start to their first run through the Granite Ridge Conference as first-year members this fall. They beat Becker 3-0 tonight at the Bulldogs' house to improve to 7-0 in the league and 13-5 overall.

Up next: a home match next Tuesday, Oct. 2 against a very solid and talented Zimmerman squad that is 14-3 overall and only one match out of first place in the Granite Ridge Conference at 6-1. A win by the Thunder pulls them into a first-place tie with Albany in the league standings. Zimmerman's only GRC loss was by a 3-0 score on Sept. 6 at Mora (12-6, 6-2 GRC).

Friday, September 21, 2012

Albany Huskies light up Milaca on the gridiron

The Albany Huskies football team made it three wins in a row with a dominating 40-14 win at Milaca tonight in a Granite Ridge Conference match up. The Wolves remain winless at 0-4.

The Huskies (3-1) have their biggest test yet of the season when they host Becker next Friday for their Week 5 game. The Bulldogs destroyed defending conference champion Zimmerman 56-22 tonight to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Becker is the last undefeated team in the Granite Ridge Conference. Albany and Zimmerman are tied for second at 3-1.

Huskies volleyball sweeps Milaca

Seven kills and three ace serves by Amber Tomsche led the Albany Huskies volleyball team in a dominating 25-10, 25-15, 25-12 win over Milaca on the home courts Thursday night. Sam Schlangen fired up 26 set assists with five ace serves, while Kristin Buttweiler had eight kills for the Huskies.

Albany moves to 5-0 in the Granite Ridge Conference and 10-1 overall. Hot on their heels in the standings are Zimmerman and Mora, who are 5-1 in the GRC.

Up next: the Class 2A Showcase tournament in Burnsville. The Huskies open up on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against Concordia Academy of Roseville. Following their match against the Beacons, the Huskies take on Belle Plaine (8-2), who is the #4-ranked team in the latest Class 2A coaches' state rankings. Albany is also on that elite list at #14.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Huskies volleyball wins in four at Princeton

The Albany Huskies volleyball team continued its hot start to the season with a 3-1 win at Princeton on Tuesday night in a Granite Ridge Conference match.

The Huskies are 9-1 overall and winners of six straight, while the Tigers fall to 2-8 overall and 1-3 in the GRC. Albany leads the GRC standings with a 4-0 mark, while three teams are hot on their trail. Mora (5-1), Zimmerman (4-1) and St. Cloud Cathedral (4-1) are in a virtual tie for second place.

In a non-conference girls' swimming and diving meet in Melrose, the Huskies lost 107-73.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Huskies volleyball defeats Melrose Area

The Albany Huskies volleyball team defeated I-94 and Section 6AA rival Melrose Area 3-1 last night in a non-conference match. Albany improves to 8-1 overall and hit the road next Tuesday to Princeton to face the 1-4 Tigers. Princeton shook the winless status by beating winless Becker (0-8) last night 3-2.

The Albany Huskies girls' swimming and diving team won a close battle with Granite Ridge Conference rival Little Falls by a 57-45 margin. Albany senior Rachel Tiede set a new school record in the 500 FS while earning a championship time of 5:37.60.

Read the Sept. 19 issue of the Albany Enterprise to read more.

Don't miss out on a big Granite Ridge Conference football match up between Albany and St. Cloud Cathedral tonight! The Huskies host the Crusaders with a 7 p.m. kick off.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Huskies football gets in the win column

The Albany Huskies football team overwhelmed Mora in a Granite Ridge Conference game 28-0 on Friday night. They host undefeated (2-0) St. Cloud Cathedral next Friday in Week 3 of the season. The Crusaders drubbed Little Falls on Friday at SCSU.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Huskies volleyball blanks Little Falls

The Albany Huskies volleyball team defeated the visiting Little Falls Flyers 3-0 tonight in a Granite Ridge Conference match. They improved to 3-0 in the league with the win.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Huskies volleyball moves to 2-0 in the Granite Ridge Conference

The Albany Huskies volleyball team defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 3-1 on Tuesday night. Game scores were 21-25, 25-15, 25-18 and 27-25.

The Huskies (5-1 overall) are next in action on Thursday when Little Falls comes to town. The Flyers are 2-5 overall and 1-0 in the GRC.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Huskies drop football opener

In their Granite Ridge Conference opener, the Albany Huskies football team lost 37-22 to visiting Zimmerman (defending GRC champion) tonight.

Scott Litchy ran for two touchdowns to put the Huskies up 16-7 before the Thunder, a 4A football school, exploded for 30 unanswered points. Albany's Andrew Salzl had a two-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap the game's scoring.

The Huskies search for their first win of the year at Mora next week in another Granite Ridge battle. The Mustangs lost 34-28 to Princeton tonight in their season opener.

Other area football scores on Aug. 31:
Pierz 28, Melrose Area 7
Sauk Centre 46, Yellow Medicine East 6

Monday, August 27, 2012

Huskies volleyball team takes runner-up at home invitational

In season-opening action at a home invitational last Friday, the Albany Huskies went 3-1 on the day to take second place out of eight teams. They lost in two close games to former conference rival Sauk Centre in the championship game.

Both the Huskies and Mainstreeters are expected to be two of the top teams in the Section 6AA race.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

LeClair opens state golf meet on Tuesday

In his first appearance at the Class 2A state golf tournament, Albany junior Jordan LeClair sits in a tie for 79th place after shooting a rounds of 42-44-86 on the first day of the meet.

Action continues today at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan for the final day of the state meet.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Sachs, Kollodge, 4x400 relay makes finals at state

Madi Sachs ran a 2:22.64 in the 800 run at the Class A state track and field preliminaries today at Hamline University in St. Paul. She advances to the finals with 8 other athletes, and their event will be at 6:12 p.m. on Saturday night.

The Albany 4x400 girls' relay team took almost 2 seconds off of their seed time and qualified for Saturday's finals with a finish of 4:07.39 in the preliminary round today. Their championship round is at 6:45 p.m. tomorrow.

In the 300 hurdles, Mitchell Kollodge qualfied for the finals with a finish of 41.18 seconds. His championship event is at 6:03 p.m. on Saturday.

Albany softball finishes 6th at state tournament

In today's consolation championship game of the Class 2A state tournament, the Albany Huskies softball team lost 8-5 against Mound Westonka. They erased a 2-0 deficit when they scored twice in the second inning, and then a 3-3 score stood up through a good portion of the game before the White Hawks (18-10, Section 5 champions) pulled in front 8-5 and held on for the win.

Albany finishes another sparkling season with a 20-3 overall record after their second straight appearance in the state tournament.

Be sure to get a copy of next week's Albany Enterprise, which will have game stories and photos from the tournament.

Albany to play Mound Westonka today for fifth place at state

The Class 2A consolation championship game is at 9 a.m. today in North Mankato.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Good luck to the Albany Huskies athletes at the Class A state track and field meet

Action begins at 3 p.m. on Friday at Hamline University and continues on Saturday with the finals.

Albany baseball drops game one against St. Cloud Cathedral

The Huskies scored four runs on two hits and two errors against St. Cloud Cathedral in the first inning of the second game tonight at St. Cloud's Dick Putz Field.

After three innings complete, Albany leads 4-0.

After five and a half innings, Albany leads 4-2.

In an extra-inning game, the Albany Huskies lost 7-4 in eight innings to Cathedral. They end the season with a 15-11 overall record.

Huskies win at state!

The Albany Huskies softball team won tonight in the consolation semifinals against Kasson-Mantorville to advance to Friday's action at the Class 2A state tournament.

Stay tuned for more information.

Huskies softball loses nailbiter in state opener

The Albany Huskies dropped their state softball quarterfinal game by a 2-1 score to Maple River today at North Mankato. The Eagles improved to 19-7, while the Huskies fall to 19-2.

They will play in the consolation semifinals around 5:30 p.m. tonight against an opponent yet to be determined.

With the score tied 1-1 heading into the sixth inning, the Eagles plated the go-ahead run on a sacrifice-fly RBI to right field on no outs.

Albany's 1-0 lead was erased in the fifth on a two out RBI-single.

Read more at the Albany Enterprise website:

Huskies state game is delayed

The 9 a.m. game has been delayed due to rain at the state tournament site in North Mankato. The next projected start time is at 11:30 a.m. for the Maple River game.

Good luck to the Huskies softball team!

The Albany Huskies softball team opens the Class 2A state tournament today at 9 a.m. at Caswell Park in North Mankato with a quarterfinal round match up with Maple River.

The second game, win or lose in game one, is at 3 p.m. today.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Huskies primed for Section 6AA baseball championship series

The Albany Huskies are in a position to earn a state tournament berth for the first time since 2008, as they face St. Cloud Cathedral on Thursday in St. Cloud in the Section 6AA championship.

The Huskies, 15-9 overall, need one win out of a possible two chances in order to advance. If they win the first game at 5 p.m. at Dick Putz Field, they are state-bound. If the Crusaders win game one, Albany would have to win a second game that night in order to move on.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Up next for the Albany softball team: STATE!

In their second straight appearance in the Class 2A state tournament, the Albany Huskies softball team (19-1) will face Section 2-2A champion Maple River at 9 a.m. on June 7 at Caswell Park in North Mankato. The Eagles are 18-7 overall but went a perfect 8-0 in the Valley Conference to claim the championship. They average 6.5 runs per game while holding a defensive average of 2.2 runs per game.

Maple Lake last won a section softball title in 2008, when they finished 21-7 overall after a 1-1 showing at the state tournament.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Albany softball and baseball teams both win big playoff contests tonight

The Albany Huskies softball team is state-bound for the second year in a row after blanking Little Falls 9-0 in the Section 6AA championship series tonight.

Meanwhile, the Albany Huskies baseball team takes an unblemished playoff record into next week's Section 6AA Final Four round after they beat the two-time defending state champion St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders 7-2 in the Sub-Section 6AA-East championship game.

Check back later for more updates on these exciting wins. More from the games will appear in next week's issue of the Albany Enterprise.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Albany 4x800 boys' relay team is state-bound!

At the Section 5A track and field meet at St. John's University today, the Albany Huskies punched at least four tickets to the state meet when their boys' 4x800 relay team won their race with a time of 8:24.64. It shaved a whopping nine seconds off of their season record and was 20 seconds better than their seed time from sub-sections.

Other information will be posted on Thursday.  

Below, part of the final lap in the 4x800 relay race, which Albany won...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Albany softball is section final bound, baseball knocks out top-ranked Little Falls

What an incredible night for Albany Huskies fans!

At Whitney Park in St. Cloud, the Albany Huskies softball team defeated Staples-Motley 3-0 to land a spot in Thursday night's Section 6AA championship series for the second year in a row. They take on Little Falls, who beat Staples-Motley 5-3 in an elimination game tonight. The first game of the section championship  is at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Whitney Park. If the Huskies win that game, they advance to state.

Across town at Dick Putz Field, the Albany Huskies baseball team vanquished top-ranked and once-beaten Little Falls 3-2 in eight innings to put themselves in the Sub-Section 6AA-East championship game. That is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Dick Putz Field on Thursday, March 31. They'll take on #2-seeded St. Cloud Cathedral, who knocked out third-seeded Paynesville Area 6-0 tonight in the other semifinal.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Albany track and field teams gear up for the Section 5A meet

Shown is part of the boys' 4x800 relay race in Melrose on May 10, which the Huskies earned the championship with a time of 8:43.15. PHOTO BY RANDY OLSON

The Albany Huskies track and field teams qualified a number of athletes past the sub-section meet for next Wednesday's Section 5A competition at St. John's University. The Huskies boys' squad earned the Sub-Section 5A-19 championship with 157 team points, outdistancing runner-up Pierz who had a score of 151.

Action begins on May 30 at Clemens Stadium at 10:30 a.m. for field events and 11 a.m. for racing events. Further information will appear in the upcoming issue of the Albany Enterprise.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Albany Huskies baseball, softball teams win playoff games today

In a nutshell...the fifth-seeded Albany baseball team won 8-1 over Pierz in the playoff opener. The Pioneers, who hosted the game, were the four seed. The Huskies (12-9) face top-seeded Little Falls (20-1) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud in the semifinals.

In the Sub-Section 6AA-East championship, the Albany Huskies softball team (17-1) defeated third-seeded Little Falls 6-1. The Flyers (14-8) were the third seed. Both teams advance to next week's Section 6AA Final Four tournament, where the Huskies face Staples-Motley (12-8) on Tuesday in the winner's bracket final. The Cardinals beat Ottertail Central 10-7 in the Sub-Section 6AA-West championship today.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Huskies baseball earns number five seed

The playoffs begin on Friday, May 25 when the Albany Huskies baseball team travels to Pierz for a 2 p.m. game in the Sub-Section 6AA-East quarterfinals. Albany is the fifth seed, while Pierz is the number four seed.

Little Falls is No. 1 and defending section champion St. Cloud Cathedral is No. 2. Paynesville Area, the West Central North Conference champion, is the No. 3 seed.

Stay tuned to the Huskies Sports Blog for more updates over the weekend.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Huskies softball team advances to sub-section title game

In a nutshell, the Albany Huskies softball team earned a second straight berth in a sub-section championship game when they beat visiting Holdingford tonight by a 6-3 score. The Huskies, who improved to 16-1 overall with the win, led at one point by a 4-0 margin.

Up next for the Huskies softball team: the Sub-Section 6AA-East championship against Little Falls (14-7) on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Whitney Park in St. Cloud. The Flyers (8-3 Granite Ridge Conference) ended Paynesville Area's season tonight in a 12-9 win in the other semifinal game.

Further information will be posted on Wednesday.

At Sauk Centre tonight, the Albany Huskies baseball team lost 3-1 in the regular season finale. They open the playoffs on Thursday. Information about the playoff pairings and schedule will be posted on Wednesday as well. Paynesville Area clinched sole possession of the conference crown with a 12-4 win over Minnewaska Area tonight. Albany (11-9 overall) finished in second place alone at 6-4.

2012 WCC-North baseball final standings:
1st - Paynesville Area  (8-2)
2nd - Albany (6-4)
3rd (tie) - Sauk Centre, Melrose Area (5-5)
5th (tie) - Minnewaska Area, New London-Spicer (3-7)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Albany Huskies softball wins playoff opener

The Albany Huskies beat Foley 13-3 in five innings in the Sub-Section 6AA-East softball playoff opener. They host #4-seed Holdingford (13-8) in the semifinals next Tuesday (May 22) at 4:30 p.m. The Huskers knocked St. Cloud Cathedral (9-10) out of the playoffs in a 13-3 five-inning win today.

More will follow over the weekend.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Huskies baseball is clipped by Paynesville in a tough one-run loss

In Avon tonight, the Albany Huskies baseball team lost a first-place battle in the West Central North Conference in a 7-6 loss to Paynesville Area.

The Bulldogs clinched a share of the conference crown with the win and have a 7-2 mark in the loop. The Huskies, meanwhile, fall to second place at 6-3. They need Minnewaska Area to beat Paynesville next Tuesday in order to give them a shot at a co-championship. Albany plays at Sauk Centre that night.

The next game for the Huskies is tomorrow (Friday) at 5 p.m. against Milaca (3-10, 0-8 Granite Ridge Conference). The Wolves are the 7th-ranked team in Sub-Section 6AA-East, while the Huskies sit at #4 in the current standings.

Softball playoffs are in - Albany Huskies are ranked number one

The Albany Huskies softball team opens playoffs on Friday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. on the home diamond against #8-seed Foley.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Conference champions!

Coach Ressler talks to his team following their 12-7 win at Minnewaska earlier this season. The Lakers and Huskies beat one another on their respective home diamonds, leading to both teams sharing the 2012 WCC-North title.
A special achievement was earned tonight by the Albany Huskies softball team, as they earned a share of the West Central North Conference title tonight in a 5-0 win over visiting Melrose Area. Senior pitcher Karli Persson, who has been a force on the stripe all year for the Huskies, struck out eight of the first nine Dutchmen batters. The lone batter she didn't strike out during that span was kept from reaching base when Persson fielded a short infield grounder and earned a put out at first.

At Melrose, the Albany Huskies baseball team beat the Dutchmen 5-0 for their fourth straight win and second by shut out. Now 10-7 overall, the Huskies have a big first-place show down with fellow conference co-leader Paynesville Area on Thursday in Avon. Both teams are 6-2 in the WCC-North after the Bulldogs edged New London-Spicer tonight 8-5. Sauk Centre (8-6) holds third place alone with a 4-4 league mark.

Read more about all the action in the May 23 issue of the Albany Enterprise.

Albany boys' golfers win WCC-North meet at Paynesville

The Huskies took down conference-leading New London-Spicer by a 160 to 166 stroke margin on Monday at Paynesville in a West Central North Conference meet.

NL-S essentially has the conference title wrapped up, however, holding 29 team points compared to 22 for second-place Melrose. Albany and Minnewaska Area are in a third-place tie with 19 points in the conference standings with one meet remaining.

The next WCC-North meet is at the Little Crow Golf Course in New London on Thursday.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Albany softball shuts out Paynesville

The Albany Huskies softball team is one win away from winning a share of the 2012 West Central North Conference title in their last year in the league before entering the Granite Ridge Conference for 2012-13.

At Paynesville today, the Huskies blanked the Bulldogs 4-0 to improve to 13-1 overall and 8-1 in the WCC-North. They host Melrose Area tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the last game of the regular season.

The Sub-Section 6AA-East playoffs begin on Friday, and the Huskies will likely host action that day. They are the defending sub-section champions.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Huskies girls' golf takes second place at Minnewaska meet

At a WCC-North meet at Minnewaska on Friday night, the Albany Huskies girls' golf team earned second place in the six-team field with a team score of 190.

With four meets complete, they hold second place overall in the conference standings with 20 points. Minnewaska Area, who has advanced to the state tournament for seven straight seasons, holds first place in the WCC-North with 24 points.

Read more about Albany's last week of girls' golf action in the upcoming issue of the Albany Enterprise.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Huskies baseball wins fourth straight in shut out win over Mora

On Friday night in Mora, the Albany Huskies baseball team improved to 9-7 overall on the season with a 4-0 win over the Mustangs. It is their fourth straight win, while Mora saw their five-game winning streak snapped to fall to 10-4 overall. Read more about the game in next week's Albany Enterprise.

Mora, who is tied for second in the Granite Ridge Conference (6-2) with St. Cloud Cathedral, is the second-ranked team in Sub-Section 7AA-1, while Albany is currently ranked fifth in the Sub-Section 6AA-East standings.

Up next for the Albany baseball team: a trip to Melrose for their final meeting ever with the Dutchmen in conference play. The Dutchmen hold a 3-3 record in the West Central North Conference but are 4-10 overall. Albany is 5-2 in the WCC-North in a tie for first place with Paynesville Area.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Albany baseball, softball teams both sweep conference series from New London-Spicer

Enterprise file photo by Samantha Schlangen from an earlier season game in Avon.

The Albany Huskies baseball team swept the conference series from New London-Spicer after completing a 16-4 win at the beginning of last night's action in St. Martin and then picking up an 8-4 win in the nightcap.

The Huskies sit at 5-2 in the West Central North Conference in a first-place tie with Paynesville Area. The Bulldogs blanked Sauk Centre 5-0 on Thursday on their home diamond.

At New London last night, the Albany Huskies softball team won 15-4 and 11-1 in a doubleheader sweep over the Wildcats. They are 7-1 in the WCC-North and sit in a first-place tie with Minnewaska Area.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Today's game in St. Martin will be aired on KASM 1150 AM

The modified West Central North Conference baseball double-header with New London-Spicer that starts at 5 p.m. at Ray Weber Field in St. Martin will be aired on KASM 1150 AM.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Huskies softball suffers first defeat of the year

In a match up of the top softball teams in the West Central North Conference today in Albany, the visiting Minnewaska Area Lakers defeated the Huskies 6-5 in an eight-inning affair. Karli Persson fired nine strikeouts from the pitcher's circle, and the Huskies out-hit the Lakers by a 13-12 margin. The game was tied 4-4 at the end of seven innings.

Albany falls to 5-1 in the WCC-North and 9-1 overall, while Minnewaska Area is now 7-1 against conference opponents. The two teams met early in the season on April 12, when the Huskies beat the Lakers 12-7 in a heavy-hitting contest.

The Albany softball team has their work cut out for themselves, as they head to New London tomorrow (Thursday) for a WCC-North doubleheader against the Wildcats. It is truly a grueling week for them, as they host former conference rival Mora on Friday at 5 p.m. Mora is a future conference opponent, as the Huskies are set to join the Granite Ridge Conference for 2012-13.

**Huskies baseball fans, don't forget that Thursday's varsity game against New London-Spicer will be held in St. Martin. Starting at 5 p.m. at Ray Weber Field, the initial game that was paused due to the weather will continue. Once that is complete, the second game scheduled between the Wildcats and Huskies will take place. Albany is currently in second place alone in the WCC-North baseball standings with a 3-2 record. Paynesville Area is in first place with a half-game lead on Albany at 4-2.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Albany Huskies softball wins thriller at Osakis

Down 2-1 heading into the seventh inning, the Albany Huskies softball team preserved their unbeaten streak by plating two runs and holding the Silverstreaks off the board in Osakis tonight.

Final score: Albany 3, Osakis 2. Both teams entered the game with a combined 16-2 record.

Osakis is now 8-3 overall; Albany is 9-0.

First place in the West Central North Conference will be on the line tomorrow when the Minnewaska Area (11-2) softball team visits Albany for a 5 p.m. game. The Lakers have one WCC-North loss at 5-1, while the Huskies are 5-0.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Albany Huskies softball team sweeps season series from Sauk Centre

In Sauk Centre, the Albany Huskies softball team improved to 8-0 on the season with a 4-1 win over the Mainstreeters. They host Pierz tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.

In Avon, the Albany Huskies baseball team was blanked by Sauk Centre 5-0.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Albany baseball, softball teams beat Paynesville Area

In West Central North Conference action tonight, the Albany baseball team defeated Paynesville Area 4-3 to square their overall record at 4-4. Scott Litchy got the complete-game win on the mound, scattering seven hits with one earned run, three walks and six strikeouts. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and a double. The Huskies led 2-0 after one inning and 3-2 after two innings were complete.

In Albany, the Huskies softball team beat Paynesville Area 3-1. An error by the Paynesville third baseman was the difference in the game. Albany took the lead when the ball bounced off the Bulldogs third baseman’s glove. It was followed by a single and a double to drive in two. That put Albany ahead for good as Paynesville’s only run came when Brooke Wuertz tripled in the fourth inning and scored on a passed ball. Karli Persson pitched a complete-game win with three hits against no walks and eight strikeouts. The Huskies batters struck out only twice in the game but tallied only four hits against Paynesville's Megan Schaefer.

Keep up with all things Husky-related in the Albany Enterprise.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Huskies baseball downs Foley

At Foley on Monday night, the #21-ranked Albany Huskies baseball team took a two-run lead in the 8th inning and held on for a 4-2 win over the #15-ranked Falcons. Tony Schoenberg and Dylan Panek split pitching duties while holding Foley (4-4) to two hits in the game.

 The Huskies improve to 3-4 overall while preparing for a tough conference test against #20-ranked Paynesville Area (2-3) this Thursday on the road.

Click on the following link to see the latest Class AA coaches poll in baseball:

Friday, April 20, 2012

Albany baseball loses to Pierz

The Albany Huskies baseball team lost 4-2 tonight to Pierz. It's their second loss in a two-day span, and they are now 2-4 overall. Albany's next game is on Monday at Foley. In their home track and field invite, the Albany Huskies boys' squad claimed second-place with 102 team points. Little Falls won the boys' title with 135.5 points, while Sauk Centre was third with 45.5 points.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Albany track and field meet is postponed to Friday

The meet will start at 4:15 p.m. It was originally scheduled for Thursday but was moved due to the cold and also wet field conditions.

Other teams included are Holdingford, Little Falls, Mora, Sauk Centre and Upsala/Swanville Area.

Huskies blow early lead to Melrose in baseball border battle; Huskies softball edges Melrose

After building a 4-1 lead in the early stages of their game in Avon today, the Albany Huskies baseball team lost 9-5 to crosstown rival Melrose Area in West Central North Conference action. It was the Dutchmen's first win of the season after opening up with four losses.

The Huskies fall to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the WCC-North; they travel to Pierz (1-3) on Friday (5 p.m.) in a non-conference game. It will be the first meeting of the two teams since 2009, when Pierz won in Albany 5-2 during a 7-0 start to their season.

Both Albany and Pierz are in Sub-Section 6AA-East, while Melrose Area is in Sub-Section 6AA-West.

The Huskies baseball team is ranked #21 in the latest Class 2A coaches poll.

In WCC-North fastpitch softball action, the #4-ranked Huskies defeated visiting Melrose Area 11-6 with Karli Persson and Hannah Navratil splitting pitching duties. The Huskies led 7-0 through four innings before the Dutchmen got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Albany improves to 6-0; Melrose falls to 2-5 overall. The Huskies are next in action at home against Paynesville Area on Thursday, Apr. 26.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Huskies baseball loses to Becker - Girls' golf ties for second in WCC-North opener

The Albany Huskies baseball team lost 5-1 to Becker on Tuesday night in a non-conference game. Their next action is on Thursday when they host I-94 rival Melrose Area in Avon at 5 p.m.

The Dutchmen (0-4) lost 8-5 to Minnewaska Area on Tuesday night in Glenwood.

The Albany girls' golf team tied for second-place (with NL-S) with a score of 198 behind champion Minnewaska Area in the West Central North Conference opener on Tuesday night. The Lakers, who placed third in last year's Class 2A state meet, had a top-four scorecard totaling 166. The Huskies girls' golf team is next in action at New London-Spicer on Friday in another WCC-North meet.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Albany Huskies survive challenge from Minnewaska

The Albany Huskies softball team moved to 5-0 on the season with a 12-7 win at Minnewaska Area.

The Lakers (2-1) spotted the Huskies three runs in the first inning before scoring four of their own to go up 4-3.

Albany led 6-4 after three innings were in the book.

Both teams were undefeated coming into the game.

Action from the 4th and 5th innings...

Albany (5-0) travels to former conference rival Long Prairie-Grey Eagle next Monday against a Thunder squad that is in Sub-Section 6AA-West. The Huskies are in Sub-Section 6AA-East.

Key softball conference showdown today is at Minnewaska

The 4th-ranked Albany Huskies softball team puts its undefeated (4-0) record on the line today at 2-0 Minnewaska Area, where the two teams will square off in a clash of West Central North Conference powers.

The Lakers defeated Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 8-6 in their season opener before prevailing over Paynesville Area 7-4 on Tuesday this week in their WCC-North opener.

Today's game will be aired on KASM 1150 AM.

Also in action today are the Albany baseball team (home vs. Minnewaska) and the Albany girls' golf team (at Becker).

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Huskies softball turns back Sauk Centre

Against one of their top competitors in the West Central North Conference, the Albany Huskies softball team (4-0) blanked Sauk Centre tonight 5-0 on the home diamond.

The win came only a day after the Huskies drubbed Little Falls 20-0 in six innings for their third win of the year.

On Monday this week, the Albany Huskies baseball team lost 16-3 in five innings to undefeated Little Falls.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Albany fastpitch softball starts season 2-0

On Friday, Mar. 30, the Albany Huskies traveled to Holdingford in their 2012 season opener and picked up a 5-4 win over the Huskers.

On April 5, the Huskies hosted Royalton and blanked the Royals 18-0 behind a no-hit pitching performance by senior Karli Persson. Albany's next action in softball is at Little Falls (high school complex) next Monday at 5 p.m.

The Albany Huskies baseball team hosts Little Falls next Monday (Apr. 9) at 5 p.m. in Avon. They defeated Holdingford earlier this week by a 6-2 score.

Read more on the Albany varsity teams in the Albany Enterprise.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Don't miss this week's Enterprise...spring is coming!

The spring sports seasons at Albany High School are about to begin. A few Huskies teams have season preview articles in today's Albany Enterprise.

Get your copy today and read all about the Albany High School varsity squads.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Albany Huskies boys' basketball season ends in tough OT loss

Final score from Sauk Centre High School on Thursday night: Mainstreeters 65, Huskies 62 OT.

Albany held a slim 40-37 lead with 10 minutes left in the second half. Both teams were deadlocked at 54-all when regulation play ended.

The Huskies finish 12-13 overall this season.

Below, Albany takes a 21-12 lead in the early stages of the first half...

...and in this clip, action from the final three minutes of the second half with a flurry of scoring...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Albany Huskies girls' basketball season comes to a close

The Huskies' season ended in a 70-52 loss to Sauk Centre in the Sub-Section 6AA-North girls' basketball semifinals.

More will follow in next week's Albany Enterprise newspaper.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Holthaus falls by decision in his 'state' wrestling opener

Carter Holthaus lost in a decision to Quade Zupko (35-7) of Chisago Lakes Area in today's Class A state wrestling opener. He sits at 24-16 overall while waiting to see how Zupko fares in his quarterfinal match. If Zupko wins, Holthaus will wrestle in tonight's wrestleback matches after 8 p.m. at XCel.

**Update on Friday night...Holthaus got another lease on life at 'state' and picked up a win in the consolation bracket by a 3-2 margin over Matt Lloyd of Mongomery Lonsdale/Le Center. He continues action on Saturday morning at Xcel Energy Center at 10 a.m.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Huskies defeat Pierz in girls' basketball playoff opener

Vanessa Spohn drives to the hoop against tight Pierz defense in the first half. PHOTO BY MIKE KOSIK
With 5:10 left in the first half, Albany has a 21-19 lead over visiting Pierz in the Sub-Section 6AA-North quarterfinals.

They led 27-24 at halftime and expanded their lead over the Pioneers to 15 points in the second half.

Pierz staged a small rally but ultimately lost 61-53.

Up next for the Huskies girls' basketball team: the sub-section semifinal round on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at St. John's University. Later on the same court that night, Melrose Area faces Staples-Motley in the other semifinal.

Other scores on Section 6AA north and south:
Sauk Centre 66, Holdingford 35
Melrose Area 52, Osakis 51 OT!
Staples-Motley 81, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 38
New London-Spicer 71, St. John's Prep 45
Eden Valley-Watkins 48, Benson 28

Stay tuned for more playoff coverage of Albany this weekend at the Huskies Sports Blog and also in next week's Albany Enterprise newspaper.

6AA-North seedings are in - Albany gets #5 ranking

After closing out the regular season with a non-conference game at Class 3A Big Lake tomorrow night, the Albany Huskies boys' basketball team enters the postseason with a #5 ranking in the 8-team Sub-Section 6AA-North. They begin with a quarterfinal game at #4-seed Sauk Centre (14-8) next Thursday at 7 p.m.

The sub-section semifinals continue at St. John's University the following Saturday, with the finals scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 13 at the same location.

Stay tuned to the Huskies Sports Blog as the playoffs develop.

2012 Sub-Section 6AA-North boys' basketball seedings: with overall records
1. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (22-1)
2. Melrose Area (18-7)
3. Pierz (18-6)
4. Sauk Centre (14-8)
5. Albany (12-11)
6. Staples-Motley (7-18)
7. Osakis (6-17)
8. Holdingford (4-19)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sub-Section 6AA-North boys' basketball playoff seeding is tonight

Tony Harlander (#5) is one of the top players on this year's Albany Huskies team.
The Albany Huskies (12-11) are in the running for either the #4 or #5 playoff seed in the eight-team Sub-Section 6AA-North. They finished 7-3 in the West Central North Conference, good for a two-way tie for second place with Sauk Centre.

Check back early Thursday morning to see the seedings and playoff brackets.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Huskies girls' basketball opens the playoffs at home on Thursday

The Sub-Section 6AA-North quarterfinal round begins this Thursday night, Mar 1., when the Albany Huskies host #5-seed Pierz with a 7 p.m. tip off.

Albany is the #4 seed behind #1 Sauk Centre, #2 Staples-Motley and #3 Melrose Area.

The semifinals are on Saturday at St. John's University.

Holthaus qualifies for state wrestling meet

Albany sophomore Carter Holthaus takes a 24-15 record into the Class AA individual state wrestling tournament in the 138-pound bracket. Holthaus opens 'state' against junior Quade Zupko (37-7) of Chisago Lakes Area on Mat 8.

Action for Class AA begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 2, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The quarterfinals are at 7 p.m. that night.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Huskies boys' basketball falls to Sauk Centre

The Albany boys' basketball team finished the 2011-12 West Central North Conference schedule in second place, tied with Sauk Centre, at 7-3 in the league standings.

Tonight in Albany, the Mainstreeters picked up a 57-52 win to split the conference series between the two conference rivals. The Huskies led 32-30 at halftime.

Read more on the game in next week's Albany Enterprise issue.

Big showdown coming tonight in Albany

The Sauk Centre Mainstreeters come to town for a huge West Central North Conference battle with the Albany Huskies tonight. Both teams are jockeying for better seeding rights in the upcoming Sub-Section 6AA-North playoffs.

Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany High School.

In news related to the Albany girls' basketball team, the Huskies (16-8 overall) earned the #4 playoff seed for Sub-Section 6AA-North and open up the playoffs at home next Thursday, Mar. 1. Their opponent will be fifth-seeded Pierz, and tip-off will be at 7 p.m. at the Albany High School.

Don't miss out on more coverage of the Huskies in next week's Feb. 29 issue of the Albany Enterprise!