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The Parkers Prairie school district will add a couple more athletic options for students to participate in this coming school year. At its July 13 meeting, school board approved a motion to add hockey as part of a cooperative agreement with the Wadena-Deer Creek boys program. The motion to add cross country at Parkers Prairie also passed in what activities director John Noga felt was an easy decision on both fronts.
The Alexandria Blacks Junior Legion baseball team played its final game at the state tournament on Wednesday morning as the team went 0-2 after a loss to St. Louis Park. The Blacks started the tournament on Monday with a 4-1 loss to Prior Lake. They were scheduled to play again on Tuesday before storms delayed that game until Wednesday. That’s where they ran into St. Louis Park and lost a 7-1 game to end the season.
Steve Doerfler of Farmington latched into a big smallmouth bass while fishing on Lake Miltona on July 1. Doerfler was fishing with an artificial worm in four and a half feet of water along some pencil reeds when the fish hit. It measured 21.75 inches. Doerfler brought the fish in for a few photos before releasing it.
Six-year-old Jack Lawrence of Glenview, Illinois was tired of fishing with an adult-sized fishing pole on June 25 when he decided to go with his trusty Toy Story rod and reel. It paid off. Lawrence was fishing with a deep-running Rapala in 18 feet of water on Lake Cowdry when a nice largemouth bass grabbed the plug. Lawrence battled the fish and got it into the boat for a photo and a measurement. The fish measured 16 inches.
Katherine Lannon of Rochester caught this nice sunfish on Lake Cowdry using a jig and a worm earlier this summer.
A new-look playoff format for Resorters Baseball teams will get started this Saturday as 12 teams battle for a Region 16C championship. Prior years saw Resorters League teams play a league playoff to determine which teams would make the region tournament. This year's format features the Resorters and Countryside League joining forces to form a full region tournament to determine which two teams make the state tournament.
Mike Edwards focused on his target for a few seconds before going into his throwing motion on the horseshoe pits at Curt Felt Memorial Park in Alexandria on July 12. His horseshoe traveled through the air and wrapped itself around the stake for a ringer. It's a scene that's played out thousands of times in Edwards' playing days. At 89 years old and still competing through the Alexandria Horseshoe League every Wednesday night from early May to mid-September, Edwards might have more experience in this sport than anyone in Alexandria.
Braxton Steidl wanted a bigger net to have on hand in case a muskie hit while fishing on Lake Miltona, but his father, Scott Steidl, told him it wasn't necessary as they shopped at Mills Fleet Farm this summer. Braxton then went out and showed his dad why that might have been a good idea after all. Braxton, 8 years old from Carlos, wrote his account of the story that culminated with him landing a 50-inch muskie while fishing Miltona on July 2. Talk earlier in the day had centered around floating the river, but Braxton didn't want to do that. He wanted to fish.
Jayne Longhenry started keeping count of the number of fish she was catching not long into a near two-hour trip on Lake Darling on July 12. As the only woman in a pontoon of five other men who were fishing, she was eager to deliver some friendly needling to the other anglers if she could outfish them. "That's 10." "Now 11." All the way up to 26 fish. "And three keepers," she noted. Longhenry was there with her husband, Ed, along with fellow Alexandria residents Bill Hanson, Chuck Miller, Bobby Drake and Larry Deason as the anglers on this pontoon.
LEGION BASEBALL Alexandria Junior Black and Red at District Tournament, Moorhead, TBD