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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...
The West Central Area boys basketball team had another winning season at 16-10 and honored the players responsible for that with their season-ending awards banquet on March 31. Senior Ben Anderson took home the Most Valuable Player Award and joined captains Rylee Peterson and Nathan Wrolson in earning the Leadership Awards. Anderson and junior guard Isaiah Westby were both named All-Prairie Conference, while Peterson was an honorable-mention selection.
B-E's Strese selected to All-NSIC first-team Brandon-Evansville graduate Heather Strese was named the Minnesota State University Moorhead women's basketball team's Offensive Player of the Year and was also an All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first-team selection in her final season. Strese served as one of three team captains for the Dragons and also won the team's Hard Wood Award. FCA camp opportunities
BASEBALL Brandon-Evansville at Ashby, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville at Staples-Motley, 5 p.m. BOYS GOLF Alexandria at Minnewaska, 4:30 p.m.
SOFTBALL Parkers Prairie at Wadena-Deer Creek, 4:30 p.m. PPD BASEBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Pillager, 4:30 p.m. Ashby at West Central Area, 4:30 p.m. PPD