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Alexandria's Mitchell Meier needed just a taste of the atmosphere at Hamline University to realize how badly he wanted to go back. The Cardinal senior made his way through a talented Section 8AA field of 300-meter hurdlers last year to make state for the first time. Records seem to fall each season in St. Paul with the best athletes on display. That talent can be intimidating and encouraging all at once for first timers.
The Alexandria boys golf team went to the home course of the Central Lakes Conference leading Brainerd Warriors and came home with another second-place finish to the host team. Alexandria and Brainerd have played to first and runner-up finishes all spring in CLC meets, and the Warriors made sure they defended the Preserve Golf Course with a score of 313. The Cardinals were close behind with a 319. The win gives Brainerd a four-point lead in the league standings with two meets left.
SOFTBALL Alexandria at St. Cloud Tech (DH), 4 p.m. PPD Osakis vs. Swanville, 5 p.m. PPD West Central Area at WHN, 4 p.m. Minnewaska at Montevideo, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie...
The Alexandria boys golf team finished third at the 8-3A pre-section meet at the Greystone Golf Club in Sauk Centre last Friday after shooting a team score of 318. Brainerd won the event with a 303, while Moorhead was not far behind at 309. Freshmen Hunter Rebrovich and Noah Boraas led the way for the Cardinals with a 75 and 79, respectively. Rebrovich placed fourth individually, while Boraas came in 13th out of the 72 golfers in the field.
The Alexandria girls golf team wrapped up a busy weekend with a third-place finish at Geneva after taking the presection meet on Friday at the Greystone Golf Club. The Cardinals shot a 368 at Geneva as Elk River (346) and Rogers (355) wrapped up the first two spots. Onna O'Connor led Alexandria that day with an 89. Lauren Stockmoe shot a 90, and Elise Stockmoe Alli Prestby each shot a 91. It was O'Connor's first time leading the scoring for the Cardinals.
The Osakis track and field teams went to St. John's Prep on Saturday for an eight-team meet and came home with a win on the girls' side and a third-place finish for the boys. The girls scored 163 points to beat Eden Valley-Watkins (147) and the boys finished with 96 points. Maple Lake won the boys' side with 134 points. The Silverstreaks didn't run all their athletes as they taper down to the true team meet this week, but they still had plenty of top finishes. Tiana Stanek won the 100-meter dash in 13.16 seconds, just in front of teammate Makayla Radtke in 13.17 seconds.
BASEBALL Brandon-Evansville at HLA, 5 p.m. WCA vs. Hancock, 4 p.m. Ashby vs. Ortonville, 5 p.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. WHN, 5 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Staples-Motley, 5 p.m. Ashby at Ortonville,...
David Jensen is preparing to compete in an ironman race in Boulder, Colorado this August, so his win in the Chain of Lakes Triathlon in Alexandria on Saturday could be...
The Osakis girls golf team moved back into second place in the Central Minnesota Conference standings after taking second in Kimball on Thursday with a team score of 189. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Osakis are separated by just three strokes in the overall standings as the Jaguars recaptured the lead in the CMC after three meets by winning with a 183 on Thursday.
The West Central Area boys golf team got a second-place finish from junior Jackson Merrick in Long Prairie on Thursday as the Knights took fifth as a team at the Quad County meet. Merrick finished with an 86 after finishing things off with a 40 on the back nine.