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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.