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The Alexandria boys golf team kicked off its season with top two finishes in two meets on Monday and Tuesday. The Cardinals went to St. Cloud on Tuesday and won with a 324 at Wapicada. That beat Sartell-St. Stephen by four strokes after Alexandria finished second on Monday at Brainerd with a 312. The Warriors won on their home course that day with a 297.
The Alexandria girls golf team looks far and away the team to beat in the Central Lakes Conference after two league meets this season. The Cardinals dominated their opener and won by 15 strokes again on Tuesday at the Rocori Invite. Alexandria shot a 346, while Sartell-St. Stephen was second at 361 and Willmar finished third with a 365. The Cardinals put five players in the top 13 individually and improved their team score by nine shots from the opener in Willmar last week.
Wyoming is a long ways to go for a turkey. That's the common refrain I get from my buddies when I've tried to organize hunts out to Hulett in the northeastern corner of the state. It's a 10-hour trip with a camper behind the truck. They're right. That is a long ways to go for a turkey, but it's also a turkey hunting experience unlike anything I've gotten anywhere else.
Alexandria's Tryg Burgau has caught a lot of baseball games behind the plate during his life, but perhaps none of them held more personal significance than last Thursday's. It wasn't a playoff game with the season on the line. Not even close. It was just the second game of the regular season, a home opener at Knute Nelson Ballpark. The Cardinals opened up the Central Lakes Conference schedule with a 10-2 win over Fergus Falls that night in a game that was never guaranteed for Burgau.
ADAPTED BOWLING Alexandria at Albany BASEBALL Alexandria at Sartell (DH), 4 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Lake Park-Audubon, 4:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Upsala-Swanville, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie at BHV, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska at ACGC (DH), 4 p.m. BOYS GOLF
The Alexandria boys tennis team made easy work of Fergus Falls last Thursday night to pick up its first win in the Central Lakes Conference. The Cardinals took six of seven matches in straight sets on the way to the 7-0 win. The only three setter came at second singles, where Alexandria's Derek Berning bookended his day with 6-0 wins after falling 6-2 to Caleb Danielson in the second set. "Fergus has a very young and up-and-coming team that will be a force in a couple of years," Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. "For now, our guys controlled this match."
BASEBALL Brandon-Evansville at Ortonville, 5 p.m. Ashby at Hancock, 5 p.m. BOYS GOLF Alexandria at Brainerd, 3:30 p.m. GIRLS GOLF Osakis at Melrose, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville at Browerville, 4:30 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD
The Austin and Alexandria baseball teams put up a lot of zeroes during a game played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Friday, but the Cardinals had enough offense to come away with a 3-2 win. Austin (2-3) grabbed a 2-0 lead after half an inning. Jack Dankert led off with a double off of Alexandria starter Blake Anderson. Phillip Zynda doubled three batters later to score him before a ground ball out scored Hunter Guyette with an unearned run after Guyette reached on an error.
The Alexandria adapted bowling teams have jump started their seasons with the CI program getting team wins over Cambridge-Isanti and Wayzata recently and the PI team earning a win against Cambridge-Isanti. Jenica Bostock, Lariah Lien, Austin Ganun and Stephen McCabe were all part of the 400 club against Cambridge-Isanti, while Matt Senstad rolled the high game of 141. Elton Gruber rolled a series-high 414 in the CI Singles Division against Wayzata. ALEXANDRIA SCORES VS. WAYZATA
BASEBALL Parkers Prairie (3-1) 4, New York Mills (2-1) 0 Ortonville (3-1) 7, West Central Area (3-1) 3