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The West Central Area baseball team won its season opener in a 6-1 game against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Tuesday night. The Knights' pitching of Ben Anderson and Jordan Beuckens kept the Wolverines scoreless through three innings before the offensive got going for WCA. The Knights scored two in the fifth, one in the sixth and three more in the seventh to take control of the game.
A cold, north wind blew on Sunday evening across the bay near Wildridge Campground in the southwest part of Lobster Lake. The ice has been off for almost a couple weeks now, but the cold temperatures aren't doing any favors for anglers looking forward to a rapid crappie bite. My dad, Gary, and I were in the only boat in the bay when we hit the water at about 5 p.m. on Sunday. My first cast resulted in a nice slab for the basket, but they were few and far between after that. We ended up with two for the frying pan and a couple smaller ones that went back in the lake.
Brandon-Evansville's Carrigan Okerlund was lying on the court in pain after taking a hard fall in a basketball game against New York Mills on Feb. 12, and one of the things immediately on her mind was how this would affect her softball season. The junior three-sport athlete was going up for a layup after getting a steal when she was fouled from behind. The bump in midair sent her off-balance as she landed hard on her right arm. A fractured elbow kept her out for the rest of the basketball season.
The Osakis softball team never trailed in its season opener on Monday night and used a couple of three-run innings to secure a 9-6 win over Melrose. It was a 5-3 Osakis lead entering the sixth inning when the Silverstreaks scored three runs to gain some insurance. Ana Chisholm had the big hit of the frame as her two-run double gave her team all the distance it needed to move to 1-0.
The Alexandria boys golf team got its season started with a nine-hole round at the Minnewaska Golf Course on Monday night as the Cardinals edged the host Lakers by one stroke to secure the win. Alexandria fielded three teams of six players as the top group shot a 161 to the Lakers' 162. Senior Jared Lind led the way with a 38, followed by junior Will Odland's 40. Senior Chad Blank shot a 41 and freshman Noah Boraas carded a 42 to round out the scoring. Minnewaska's Brett Buckingham finished as the meet medalist with a 37.
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team improved to 2-0 with a 10-0 win in five innings against Ashby on Monday night. Junior Kevin Campbell got his second win on the mound as the Arrows tallied just three hits. They also committed six errors defensively as the Chargers took advantage with four runs in the third to open the game up.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team improved to 1-1 on the young season on Monday as the Chargers beat Staples-Motley 12-2 in five innings. Brandon-Evansville used 12 hits and the help of six Cardinals' errors to score in every inning but the third. They put up crooked numbers in each of the other four frames with four in the first, two in the fourth and three each in the second and fifth innings. The Chargers countered by playing error-free ball of their own.
The Viking Sportsmen and Douglas County Pheasants Forever team up in a lot of endeavors for the outdoors in the area, and they are doing so again by offering incentives for landowners to plant food plots. The groups are encouraging landowners/operators within Douglas County or within 10 miles of the county to plant one to three acres in wildlife food plots near good winter cover by offering payments of $100 per acre or $50 per acre with free seed.
SOFTBALL Osakis 9, Melrose 6 The Osakis softball team never trailed in its season opener on Monday night and used a couple of three-run innings to secure a 9-6 win...
BASEBALL West Central Area at CGB, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. NYM, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL West Central Area vs. Ashby, 4:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at NYM, 4:30 p.m. TRACK AND...