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The Alexandria boys came home from Brainerd with a fourth-place finish at the Section 8AAA True Team meet on Tuesday. The Cardinals scored 834.5 points in a format where every finish counts throughout the lineup. St. Michael-Albertville punched its ticket to true team state with a winning total of 1,028 points. Bemidji was second at 938.5 and Brainerd rounded out the top three with 858.5 points.
Alexandria conservation officer Mitch Lawler will drop his boat into the water for the Minnesota fishing opener Saturday morning and head out for one of the busiest weekends of his year. Lawler didn't know exactly which lakes he would hit Saturday, but he'll visit as many of the area's most popular fisheries as possible. Even so, he figures that will be anywhere between four and seven lakes - and that's if his phone doesn't take him elsewhere.
The Osakis baseball team had a chance to get a grip on the Prairie Conference lead but ran into one of the top pitchers in the league against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Tuesday. The Thunder’s Eric Hinnenkamp was dialed in with an opportunity to help his team move into a tie atop the conference standings. He didn’t miss his chance as the senior righty allowed just three hits in a complete-game, 3-0 shutout victory.
Mike Frisch and Bob Jensen of Fishing the Midwest Television recently announced the creation of Fishing the Midwest Radio. Fishing the Midwest Radio is an extension of the long-running and popular Fishing the Midwest Television Series. Fishing the Midwest Radio will run for 13 weeks beginning in the second week of May.
Branden Scheel was the top overall finisher of the 16th annual Chain of Lakes Triathlon that went off under sunny skies this past Saturday in Alexandria. Scheel, 21-years-old from Fargo, finished the swim (600 yards), bike (13 miles) and run (2.8 miles) race in a time of 56 minutes, 35 seconds. That was more than a minute in front of David Lewis, 42, of Nevis in 57 minutes, 54 seconds and Corey Nygaard, 22, of South St. Paul in 58 minutes, 41 seconds.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team's winning streak reached eight games on Monday night as the Chargers got a 3-1 win over Wheaton-Herman-Norcross. Two runs in the first inning for B-E (12-2, 9-1 Pheasant Conference) held up as senior Sadie Roers tossed six good innings. She walked six but allowed just two hits and struck out four on her way to limiting the Warriors (7-9, 4-7 Pheasant) to just the one run. Mikenna Pattrin got the save after a scoreless seventh, despite walking one and allowing one hit. She struck out two.
Anyone interested in management strategies for Lake Christina in Douglas and Grant counties in west-central Minnesota is encouraged to review and submit comments on the updated draft management plan, which makes it easier to initiate lake level drawdowns. Lake Christina, a nearly 4,000-acre shallow lake, is currently managed for the benefit of migratory waterfowl, primarily through periodic drawdowns.
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team found a way to win another close game on Monday night as the Chargers beat Wheaton-Herman-Norcross 6-5 in eight innings after a late rally. Junior Jake Hintermeister had the big hit in a win over West Central Area last week, and he was at it again on Monday. Hintermeister sent his team home walk-off winners with an RBI single that scored freshman Jesse Perleberg after he started the rally with a one-out single of his own in the bottom of the eighth.
ADAPTED BOWLING Alexandria vs. JCC/North Branch BASEBALL Alexandria @ St. Cloud Tech (DH), 4 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Menahga, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Melrose (DH), 4 p.m. Brandon-Evansville @ Lake Park-Audubon, 4:30 p.m. Osakis vs. LPGE, 5 p.m. BOYS GOLF
Even on days when the Alexandria girls golf team isn’t at its best, it has still been good enough to get the job done in the Central Lakes Conference. That’s the way things went at the Alexandria Golf Club on Monday evening as the Cardinals won their fifth straight league meet, despite some scores that were a little higher than expected for head coach Tim Zupfer.