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The Alexandria girls golf team took another step toward a Central Lakes Conference title on Tuesday as the Cardinals went to Brainerd and won by 34 strokes. Alexandria shot a 320, good for the lowest round this team has shot in the last three years. The Warriors were a distant second on their home course with a 354, while Sartell shot a 356.
It took two extra innings and a lot of runs, but the West Central Area softball team moved to 9-1 overall with a 17-15 win over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Tuesday night. The Knights (6-1 Pheasant Conference) found themselves down 14-5 in the third inning after CGB scored 11 runs on seven errors that frame. West Central Area just chipped away, eventually tying the game at 14 in the top of the seventh and getting three strikeouts from Hailey Bennett in the bottom of the inning to force extras.
The Minnewaska softball team ran its winning streak to seven games on Tuesday night as the Lakers swept Melrose (8-2, 5-2 West Central Conference) in a doubleheader by 8-4 and 8-0 scores. The Lakers (11-2, 7-2 WCC) got a combined seven hits from the first three batters in their lineup in the nightcap. Morgan Hess was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Bayley Pooler added three hits, two runs and two RBIs, while Abby VerSteeg drove in two after a two-hit game.
The sixth straight win for the Brandon-Evansville softball team came in five innings on Tuesday as the Chargers breezed past Ashby in an 11-1 game. Brandon-Evansville (10-2, 7-1 Pheasant Conference) scored three runs in the first frame and blew things open with six in the second. Carrigan Okerlund had another big game with a single, a double, three runs scored and two RBIs, while Shyanna Behrens was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two runs driven in.
The Alexandria softball team fell to one of the top teams in the Central Lakes Conference on Tuesday night as a now 9-0 Rocori team came to town and left with an 11-2 win. The Spartans got six dominant innings from senior pitcher Megan Gavin. She struck out 12 in six innings of work, allowing just four hits. She walked four but limited the damage to just one earned run.
Jerry Matison grew up along the Minnesota River where he developed an appreciation for the outdoors. Conservation has been a part of his life from a young age, and that passion only enhanced as he gained more time in his retirement years. At age 82, he's active in local sportsmen's groups and working to obtain legacy funds for local conservation projects. For those efforts, he was awarded this year's Art Engelbrecht Conservationist of the Year Award, given annually by the local Viking Sportsmen's Club.
The Alexandria trap shooting team gathered at the Alexandria Shooting Park on April 24 for its first official week of competition and didn't shoulder a gun for the first 40 minutes. That time was dedicated to more of a classroom setting that eventually trickled out onto the range for more instruction. Where the eyes needed to be focused on the house, the shooter's stance and how to maintain the correct mental status were all points of conversation.
Mike Frisch is in his fifth year hosting School of Fish classes, and he has never had a turnout like he had in Brandon on Saturday. The two and a half hour clinic is designed to teach kids about fishing and equip them with the necessary tools to head onto the water when they're done. School of Fish is mostly conducted throughout towns in Minnesota, but they've been to Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota, as well. Most classes will draw between 20-40 young students. Saturday's clinic at the Brandon City Auditorium brought in 73 kids in grades 3-5.
A day that started with snow in Brandon-Evansville ended with the Chargers baseball team playing a game at Barnesville on Monday evening. Brandon-Evansville (6-4, 5-3 Pheasant Conference) held the Trojans (4-0) to just three hits, but that was enough to get the job done as Barnesville won a 3-1 game.
ADAPTED BOWLING Alexandria vs. Lake City BASEBALL Alexandria @ Rocori, 5 p.m. Osakis vs. Royalton, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Pillager, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska @ Morris, 5 p.m. WCA vs. CGB, 4 p.m. GIRLS GOLF