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The Alexandria VFW 15s dropped a couple of games against the Willmar I team on June 21 as Alexandria went on the road and came home with 11-3 and 10-0 losses. Willmar jumped out early in the nightcap with four runs in the second and five more in the fifth. That erased what had been a 2-0 lead for the 15s after a half an inning. Luke Levasseur had two of Alexandria's three hits in that game, while Caden Schuenert and Zack Klitke each walked twice.
Alexandria's Terry Martell was part of the group that helped put together the format of the Challenge at Geneva golf tournament that has been in place for four years now. On Saturday, he was a part of the group that won it. Martell, a member at the Geneva Golf Club, joined forces with his brother-in-law, Joe Geris, to win a final shootout against 12 other two-person teams in the annual member-guest tournament at Geneva. "It's kind of fun," Martell said of the win. "To be in this position is pretty nice."
A Minnesota State High School Clay Target League season that started with more than 10,000 shooters finished off on Saturday with the best teams and individuals all gathered at the Minneapolis Gun Club.
The Alexandria Legion Post 87 baseball team is ready to put behind a school season that didn’t go the way players and coaches had hoped for as they get set to try to make their fifth straight summer state tournament in the coming months. Post 87 is on its way to another solid summer after sweeping Perham to get things going and now going 3-1 in its own 16-team tournament this weekend. Alexandria won its pool on Friday and Saturday with a 3-0 record after beating Worthington 15-1, Maple Grove 12-3 and Rochester 10-9.
The annual Awake the Lakes Festival in Alexandria is underway today, Saturday, with a full slate of activities for people of all ages to take part in near Big Ole...
Shawn Thelen lived almost 10 years in Colorado where he developed a passion for mountain biking. He was 19 when he took up the sport. Now at 42, he's eager to share that passion in Alexandria as the head coach of the newest sport offered to area students in grades 7-12 with the forming of a mountain bike racing club that is part of the Minnesota High School Cycling League. "I love to coach, I love kids, I mountain-bike race myself, and I'm like, 'I want to be the coach for that,'" Thelen said. "That sounds like the coolest sport ever."
Alexandria's Kallista Roers was a little apprehensive to have her grandparents come to Tuesday's Minnesota State High School Clay Target League championship. She says she gets nervous with people watching her shoot. If that was the case on Tuesday, she did a good job of hiding it.
The West Central Area baseball team was disappointed in how its season ended on June 9 at the hands of top-ranked Parkers Prairie in the Section 6A championship round. The Knights had chances to win that game and force a decisive game two a day later before falling just short in a 5-4 game. They played 14 innings through mid-80 degree weather after beating Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 7-6 earlier in the day at Morris.
Alexandria’s Jeremy Knight stepped up to the shooting line with four of his teammates on Tuesday for the last day of the eight-day Minnesota State High School Clay Target League championship at the local shooting park. The morning rounds featured some ideal conditions with sunny skies and a light wind. That meant those who wanted to be in contention for the overall high gun award likely had to take advantage. Knight did. He powdered everything that flew in front of him on his way to busting all 50 clays in the morning.
One out. That’s all that separated the Parkers Prairie baseball team from finishing off a storybook season with the perfect ending. Instead, the 2016 Panthers will take solace in producing...