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The Alexandria softball team celebrated senior night on Tuesday by rolling past Fergus Falls in a Central Lakes Conference doubleheader. It was the fourth straight win for this team after sweeping a doubleheader with St. Cloud Apollo the night before. The Cardinals (6-7, 6-4 CLC) won 17-7 in game one against the Otters (3-15, 2-10 CLC) before an 11-1 win in the nightcap. Both games ended after five innings.
The Alexandria boys track and field team won its home triangular on Tuesday night as the Cardinals showed off their depth with eight total wins and 69 personal bests. That helped Alexandria (80.5 points) edge Willmar (72), while Sartell-St. Stephen rounded out the field with 34.5 points.
The Alexandria girls track and field team had a home triangular on Tuesday ahead of the state true team meet on Friday, and the Cardinals used the warmup to set a couple of school records. Senior Abby Forester cruised past her personal-best in the pole vault by six inches and set a new Alexandria record after clearing nine feet, nine inches. Then in the shot put, junior McKenzie Duwenhoegger eclipsed teammate Mya Lesnar's school record as she threw 44 feet, 7 inches, just barely beating Lesnar with her throw of 44 feet, 5 inches.
Minnewaska has had a good run in its boys sports programs throughout this season. The football team went 7-3 in the fall before the basketball team advanced to the state tournament this winter. Now the baseball team is putting together a winning season after a fifth straight win on Tuesday in a 4-3 game against Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta.
The Viking Speedway completed its second week of the season this past Saturday night as more than 80 cars raced at the track in Alexandria. Local drivers Brady Gerdes of Villard, Jesse Waldorf of Osakis and Mark Blom of Glenwood were a part of the drivers who took the checkered flag in their features. Gerdes won the Modifieds feature as he held off Ryan Mikkelson in second place. Waldorf won the Pure Stocks feature over Tanner Horn in second, while Blom took the Street Stocks feature over Alexandria's Brett Miller in second.
Brandon-Evansville senior Emily Bukkila was recently selected to participate in the Minnesota High School Fastpitch All-Star Softball Series held at Caswell Park in Mankato on June 9. The event is the Saturday after Caswell Park hosts the softball state tournaments June 7-8.
The annual Lakes Area Endurance run in Alexandria is set for June 23 at the YMCA. The event features a half marathon, a 5K and a 1K family fun run. The half marathon kicks things off at 7 a.m. with the family fun run starting at 7:30 and the 5K beginning at 8. Proceeds from the races go to help send local student athletes to Fellowship of Christian Athletes summer camps. Racers should go to www.runthelakes.com to register. FCA camp registration
The Minnewaska softball team upped its record to 7-9 on Monday night with a 9-5 win at Montevideo in West Central Conference play. The Lakers used a six-run fourth inning to propel them to the victory. Adriana Vigil and Cammy Mithun each had two hits and two runs scored, while Jessica Lanoue and Rachel Erickson each drove in two runs to lead the charge. Erickson went seven innings for the win. She allowed four earned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out 12. Minnewaska is back in action tonight when Osakis (6-8) comes to town for a 4:30 first pitch.
The Alexandria girls golf team went to Fergus Falls and the Pebble Lake Golf Course on Monday and scored another Central Lakes Conference win as the goal of a conference title came a little closer. The Cardinals shot a 329, 10 shots in front of Brainerd. That stretched their lead to five points in the CLC with the Warriors sitting in a distant second.
Make it 10. That's what the Brandon-Evansville softball team's winning streak stands at after dominating Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in a doubleheader on Monday. The Chargers (12-4, 11-2 Pheasant Conference) won 17-0 in four innings in the nightcap after a 14-1 win in six frames in the opener. "Our bats stayed hot and the girls hit the ball extremely well in the second game of this