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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.
The Osakis boys golf team opened its Central Minnesota Conference season on Thursday and finished fifth out of the seven-team field. The Silverstreaks shot a score of 203. Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball was first with a 179, while Pierz and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa were close behind in second and third at 181 and 182, respectively.
The St. Cloud Tech tennis team swept Alexandria on Thursday evening as the perennially tough Tigers controlled the singles lineup and won some close matches at doubles. Alexandria’s first doubles team of Grant Storm and Eli Simonson bounced back from a 6-0 loss in the first set to push Nick Portz and Nate Trewick in the second, where the Tigers duo needed a tiebreaker to win 7-6 (6). Alexandria’s AJ Bollman and Jacob Partington also challenged their opponent at second doubles before falling 7-5, 6-2.
Nearly every marathoner who qualifies for and runs the Boston Marathon does so with something specific in mind that they want to accomplish during this prestigious race. Those goals run the gamut from winning it to not worrying at all about one's time. Those who have run through the packed crowds along the course say it's an event that can inspire, challenge and reward a distance runner like few others.
APRIL 21 BASEBALL Osakis at Melrose, 4:30 p.m. WCA at Kimball Area, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Wadena-DC, 4:30 p.m. BOYS GOLF Osakis at Minnewaska, 11 a.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Hancock, 5 p.m. Osakis at Browerville-EV, 5 p.m.
ADAPTED BOWLING Alexandria vs. Fergus Falls/Simley BASEBALL Alexandria at Bemidji, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at OTC, 4:30 p.m. Osakis vs. LPGE, 5 p.m. WCA vs. Hancock at Chokio-Alberta, 4 p.m. Ashby vs. WHN, 5 p.m.
The West Central Area golf teams went to the Balmoral Golf Course near Battle Lake on Tuesday as the girls came home in third place out of the three programs who fielded full teams. The WCA boys were fifth with a 392 in a meet hosted by Underwood. Ottertail Central won the boys meet with a 330 behind meet medalist Adam Young and his 76. James Wiese led the Knights with a 90, while Jackson Merrick shot a 92. Max Duncan shot a 100 and Alex Endreson rounded out the scoring with a 110. Aiden Winter finished off the lineup with a 152.
The Minnewaska softball team swept two games of a doubleheader with ease against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, winning game two 11-0 after taking game one 11-1 on Tuesday.
The Alexandria boys golf team welcomed in Willmar on Tuesday for a Central Lakes Conference matchup that the road Cardinals won 5-2. Willmar swept the singles lineup in straight sets as Peyton Fischer, Manny Obregon, Will Fischer and Hunter Fischer secured the team win by themselves.