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The Alexandria tennis team hosted its annual invite with Litchfield, Crookston and Becker on Saturday under near perfect weather conditions as the Cardinals came away with a 1-2 record. Becker proved to be too much in a 6-1 match to wrap things up after Alexandria had beaten Crookston 4-3 and fallen to Litchfield by that same score in the previous two matches.
The Alexandria baseball team has won four straight games after sweeping a doubleheader at Sartell-St. Stephen on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals (4-1, 3-1 CLC) finished the day with a 14-4 win in six innings after sophomore Carter Stockert threw a shutout in a 7-0 win in the opener. "Early on, I feel good about where we are at, especially defensively at this point," Alexandria head coach Jake Munsch said. "The key is to keep it rolling and continue building the confidence."
The always-talented Minnewaska girls golf team showed off its lineup in a 13-team invite on Saturday at the Legacy Courses near Brainerd as the Lakers won with a team score of 345 in a meet hosted by Staples-Motley. Alexandria was third with a 357, but the Lakers took the top two individual spots as senior Ashlyn Guggisberg and sophomore Madi McGinty each shot 77s. Emily Harste shot a 93 and Grace Names carded a 98 to round out the Lakers scoring.
BASEBALL Parkers Prairie (4-1) 11, Wadena-Deer Creek (5-3) 4 Hancock ((3-3) 7, West Central Area (3-2) 5 SOFTBALL Osakis (5-1) 14, Browerville-Eagle Valley (2-2) 4 (F/5 innings)
The Minnewaska boys golf team tested itself among the top teams in the state on April 19 as the Lakers went to the Wayzata Country Club for the Holy Family-Wayzata Invite and came home in ninth place in the nine-team field.
The Osakis baseball team saw a chance to move to 2-0 in the Prairie Conference slip through its fingers on Friday. The Silverstreaks led 3-2 going to the bottom of the seventh when a one-out walk came around to score after a stolen base and a base hit. Osakis took the lead back in the top of the eighth after Jarret Seela doubled in Mason Moore to make it 4-3. But in the bottom of the extra frame, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle used another one-out walk and an error to tie the game before a two-out double sent the Thunder home walk-off winners in a 5-4 game.
The Alexandria girls golf team created more distance from the Central Lakes Conference field on Friday as the Cardinals dominated their third league meet of the season. Alexandria has a four-point lead over Sartell-St. Stephen in the overall CLC standings after shooting a 335 at the Territory Golf Club in St. Cloud. The Sabres were a distant second with a 364 and Brainerd was third with a 377.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team made quick work of a young Hancock team as the Chargers rolled to a 20-0 win in Pheasant Conference play on Friday. The Chargers (7-2, 3-1) have now won three straight after Emily Bukkila and Kristen Kokett combined for four no-hit innings and the offense had nine hits. The Owls (0-4) struggled defensively with nine errors, as well.
BOYS GOLF Alexandria at Perham, 9:30 a.m. Minnewaska Tri, TBD GIRLS GOLF Alexandria at Staples-Motley, 10 a.m. Minnewaska at Brainerd, 8:30 a.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria at Rockford, 1 p.m. BOYS TENNIS Alexandria Quad, 10 a.m.
The West Central Area girls golf team was down a golfer in Lexi Poyzer due to illness, but used four players in its lineup to post a team score of 436 at Pebble Lake. The Knights finished second as one of just two teams who fielded a whole team. Ottertail Central won the meet with a 415 behind meet medalist Morgan Klintworth's 92. Eighth grader Jessica St. Martin of WCA was second individually with a 96.