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June will often bring a good walleye bite with it, and action on some area lakes has picked up, according to Shane Gesell of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria. "It has been taking off," Gesell said on Monday morning. "The best lakes that I've been hearing have been Reno and Osakis. Some guys I've been talking to have been finding them in eight to 12 feet, or 15-18 feet is what it sounds like." Pulling nightcrawlers and leeches on Lindy Rigs is the way most anglers are targeting walleyes right now.
ALEXANDRIA HORSESHOE LEAGUE Week Six Results WSN def. Starner Farms, 8-0 Thomas-Lauren Co. def. American Food Group, 6-2 Flippin' Fabulous def. Design Tree, 6-2 Jack's Auto Body and Glass tied with Cenex, 4-4 Coffee Pot Cafe tied with Nerium, 4-4 TOP PITCHERS Janet Larson - 87 ringers, 295 points; Phil Swenson - 75 ringers, 279 points; Al Larson - 72 ringers, 284 points; Gene Eitreim - 71 ringers, 262 points; Gary Boots - 63 ringers, 250 points; Al Nicholson - 54 ringers, 215 points; Tim Bayerl - 227 points; Jerry Werk - 213 points
The Alexandria and Parkers Prairie baseball teams know what their path through the state tournament might look like after the brackets were released for the three classes on Saturday.
The Alexandria softball team had its season ended at the hands of the top seed in the Section 8AAA Tournament on Thursday night. The Cardinals won a 2-0 game against Sauk Rapids-Rice to put them into the championship round against Thief River Falls. The Prowlers had won 16-11 against Alexandria on Wednesday. The rematch had less hits, but the outcome was the same as Thief River Falls won 6-2 to win the championship and move on to the state tournament.
The Parkers Prairie baseball team came out of nowhere to win a section championship in 2016. At that point, they were the hunter. It was a much different scenario this spring. Parkers Prairie was the hunted from the get-go, and aside from two losses, the Panthers handled huge expectations almost flawlessly.
ALEXANDRIA HORSESHOE LEAGUE WEEK FIVE RESULTS Flippin' Fabulous def. Cenex, 8-0 American Food Group def. Nerium, 8-0 Design Tree def. Starner Farms, 6-2 Thomas-Lauren Co. def. WSN, 6-2 Jack's Auto Body and Glass def. Coffee Pot Cafe, 5-3 WEEK FIVE PITCHERS (50 ringers and/or 200 points)
The third annual Douglas County Bow Fishing Challenge is set for this Saturday night as bow fishermen get set to take to lakes all over the county. The event is sponsored by the Brandon Fin and Feathers Club, Leaf Valley Sportsmen, Millerville Sportsmen, Evansville Sportsmen and the Viking Sportsmen Club as the outdoor groups come together in an attempt to have archers remove some rough fish from area lakes.
The Parkers Prairie baseball team had already climbed back from a 4-0 deficit early in Thursday’s must-win game when Casey Peterson stepped to the plate with two runners on. There were two outs and Peterson found himself in an 0-2 count. Instead of simply looking to make contact, the senior shortstop turned on a pitch with his left-handed swing and crushed it over the right-center field fence for a 7-4 lead. The Panthers never trailed against in a 9-6 win over Ortonville that sets up a winner-takes-all game on Friday at 5 p.m. for the Section 6A championship.
The Alexandria baseball program has heard about its state tournament drought for far too long, but the Cardinals don't have to hear about it anymore. For 42 years, Alexandria has been left home from playing on that big stage. Not only did this 2017 team break that streak, it did it in dominant fashion with a 15-6 win over Bemidji at St. John's University on Wednesday to take the Section 8AAA title.
Rarely will a team commit eight errors and find a way to win, but that’s what Ortonville did on Tuesday to advance to the Section 6A baseball championship round.