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The wind calmed down a little from Saturday and gave way to a nice Sunday for anglers in the Alexandria area who took advantage of opening weekend in Minnesota. Here, Corey Bokinskie and Rob Larson hold up a stringer of 10 walleyes and a crappie that they caught on Lake Oscar on Sunday. Chuck Bokinskie, Corey's dad, said it was part of several other fish that they caught and released that day. Chuck Bokinskie is confident that anglers who are looking for Minnesota's most popular game fish would be well served fishing the Alexandria area.
The Alexandria girls hockey program has been at the Class A state tournament each of the last four seasons, three of those coming under the guidance of head coach Blair Hovel. Now the Cardinals will see if they can continue that success under a new head coach in Molly Arola. The 25-year-old played at Grand Rapids in high school and went on to play four seasons at Division I Bemidji State University before graduating in 2013.
Wadena native James Kern played football in Alexandria the last time the town had a semi-pro team in the Great Plains League during the early 2000s, and he's aiming to bring a team back to the city. Kern was in Alexandria on Monday to line up an all-star game at Alexandria Area High School this September. That's to help showcase the better players of the current seven-team Midwest Premier Football League (MPFL).
The Alexandria trap shooting team had nine students finish with scores of 45 or better out of a possible 50 during the May 9 shoot at the Alexandria Shooting Park. Spencer Lamb and Jordan Trenne each had perfect series of 25 as both finished with scores of 47 overall. Jeremy Knight and CJ Schlosser joined them with 47 totals. Bryce Claassen and Kallista Roers shot 46s, while McKinley Danielson, Sam Pederson and Owen Weisel each shot a 45 on a day when 86 kids shot and the team totaled a score of 3,140.
BASEBALL Brandon-Evansville at Hancock, 5 p.m. Ashby at WHN, 5 p.m. Osakis vs. B-EV, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL Osakis vs. Staples-Motley, 5 p.m. Minnewaska vs. BOLD, 5 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD...
It was cold. It was windy. But it was the Minnesota fishing opener. That meant there are those who braved the elements on Saturday to officially put winter behind them...
SCORES FROM FRIDAY, MAY 13 BASEBALL Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (8-5) 9, West Central Area (7-7) 8 SOFTBALL Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (13-3) 12, West Central Area (6-11) 7
BOYS GOLF Alexandria Invite at Lake Miltona GC, 8:30 a.m. CANCELLED GIRLS GOLF Alexandria at Staples-Motley, 9:30 a.m. BOYS TENNIS WCC Tourney at Montevideo, 9 a.m.
BASEBALL Alexandria at Brainerd, 5 p.m. Osakis vs. Upsala-Swanville, 5 p.m. PPD Minnewaska vs. Albany, 5 p.m. CANCELLED WCA vs. LPGE at Osakis High School , 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie...
The Parkers Prairie softball team scored two runs in the sixth inning to secure a 7-6 win over West Central Area on Thursday night. Darianne Saxton and Kendra Thoennes both walked to start the inning. They came around to score on a base hit by Nichole Albright. It was part of a four-hit day for Albright as the sophomore finished with three RBIs. Caroline Carlson added three hits and two RBIs.