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The Parkers Prairie baseball team is on a mission, and Brandon-Evansville was the Panthers' latest victim in an 11-0 game on Monday night. Parkers Prairie senior Andrew Johnson got the scoring started in the first inning when he singled in a run. The Panthers (15-1) added five more in the fourth as Johnson connected for a home run to lead the charge. Devin Glebe, Matt Ferley, Harry Samuelson and Hunter McDaniel all joined Johnson with multiple hits for the Panthers.
BASEBALL Osakis vs. Brandon-Evansville, 4:30 p.m. WCA vs. Parkers Prairie, 5 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Morris, 5 p.m. GIRLS GOLF Alexandria @ St. Cloud, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Hancock, 6A playoffs, 5 p.m. WCA vs. CGB, 6A playoffs, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Swanville, 6A playoffs, 5 p.m. Ashby at Hillcrest, 6A playoffs, 5 p.m. Minnewaska vs. YME, 3AA Playoffs, 3 p.m. Osakis vs. Perham at AAHS, 6AA playoffs, 4:30 p.m. BOYS TENNIS Alexandria Individual Sections - AAHS, 10 a.m.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team dropped its last two games of the regular season but did enough throughout the spring to wrap up the top seed in its subsection. The Chargers (14-6, 11-3 Pheasant Conference) lost an 8-6 game against Parkers Prairie (11-5, 9-5 Park Region Conference) on Friday night. B-E led 4-1 after two and a half innings, but the Panthers scored five in the third and two in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off home run from freshman Reghan DeBoer.
Osakis girls track and field had knocked on the door of a true team state title in recent years. The Silverstreaks finished second twice and in third place once in program history. On Saturday, they broke through with the first team championship of any extra curricular in Osakis history. The Silverstreaks won the Class A championship in Stillwater by edging perennial power Luverne by 1.5 points. The Silverstreaks finished at 388.5, while the Cardinals had 387.
The Alexandria baseball team wrapped up two more wins on Friday and Saturday to move to 14-5 overall. The Cardinals (11-5 Central Lakes Conference) had everything working in both games as they shut out Willmar 8-0 on Friday after taking care of Fergus Falls 9-2 on Thursday. Brock Anderson got a win and eight strikeouts in four innings of work on the mound against Willmar. The junior allowed just two hits and one walk before Tyson Hoelscher worked the final three innings without allowing a hit. His only blemish was one walk.
The Alexandria softball team made quick work of Willmar on Friday night to wrap up the regular season with a 12-7 record overall and a 6-7 mark in the Central Lakes Conference in sixth place. Ellie Ronning, McKenzie Revering and Kendra Hardy all doubled as Ronning drove in three more runs and Hardy brought in two. Calley Richardson added a 3-for-3 day with two runs and two RBIs. Hardy got the pitching win by going four innings. She scattered three hits and three walks in allowing just one earned run.
The Alexandria girls track and field team went to Stillwater on Friday for its first state true team meet experience in more than 20 years and came back with a fifth-place finish out of nine teams. The Class AAA meet features the deepest programs from the biggest schools in the state. Minnetonka won the women’s title with 821.5 points. Wayzata was second (799), Lakeville South third (760) and Mounds View fourth (738.5). Alexandria was next in line with 698 points.
The Alexandria adapted bowling team is always a fixture at the state tournament. The Cardinals were at it again Friday as they put six singles and doubles competitors among the top-10 finishers and four teams in that same category. Sophomore Elton Gruber finished as the CI Division boys singles champion in 2016. On Friday, he came within nine of making it back-to-back titles as Gruber finished second in singles with a 473.
The Osakis girls golf team seems to be peaking at the right time of the season as the Silverstreaks wrapped up their conference schedule on Friday. Central Minnesota Conference teams played in Osakis in the morning before going to the Prairie View Golf Course for Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa’s home meet. The Silverstreaks finished on their home course before taking at BBE.
The Minnewaska girls golf team wrapped up a West Central Conference title on Thursday and cemented four of its players as All-WCC performers in the process. Ashlyn Guggisberg finished as the top player in the league with her 37.8 average. Madi McGinty (41.2), Emily Harste (43.8) and Greta Reichmann (47.3) all joined her among the top 13 golfers that finished as All-WCC performers. The Lakers won the conference title by five points over BOLD after the two teams split nine-hole meets at Benson and Montevideo on Thursday.