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Alexandria native Tom Lehman is putting together a solid 2017 season on the PGA Champions Tour after tallying five top-10 finishes so far this season. Lehman won at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic in March. His season might have been highlighted to this point at a major championship this past weekend after he tied for fourth place at the U.S. Senior Open Championship with Fred Couples. Kenny Perry won the championship by two strokes over Kirk Triplett after shooting a bogey-free round on the final day to post a final score of 264.
The Alexandria Junior Blacks Legion baseball team went 1-3 during a trip to Fargo for a tournament last Thursday through Saturday. The Blacks lone win came against Harrisburg by a 10-1 score in the finale on Saturday after dropping a 3-1 game to St. Michael-Albertville, a 10-9 game to Fargo and an 8-0 game to Moorhead earlier in the week. Alexandria's Adam Hoeper tossed five good innings in the win over Harrisburg. He allowed just two hits and a walk, while striking out five.
LEGION BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Moorhead, DH, 5 p.m.
The best muskie bite of the year tends to be in the late fall as the coveted trophy fish starts taking in as much food as possible before the freeze up, but that doesn't mean they aren't ever worth the effort in June. Dakota Schlangen has learned that first-hand this spring. The 16-year-old from Alexandria, along with his friends and family, has had quite a first month of the season.
In reality, a fishing jig is a pretty simple device. A chunk of lead with a hook molded into that lead. Pretty simple, but probably the lure that has accounted for more fish catches than any other lure! Here are this angler's favorite methods for fishing jigs for various fish species during summer. Jigging crappies Summer means crappies roaming the weedlines on many Midwestern lakes.
RESORTERS LEAGUE BASEBALL Millerville Millers vs. Ashby A’s, 7 p.m.
The Alexandria Junior Red Legion baseball team was in Marshall over the weekend where the group of freshmen brought home a title after four wins. The Reds knocked off a team from Watertown, South Dakota in a 5-1 game on Sunday to earn the title. Alexandria has now been in three championship games in its three tournaments this summer. This was the first win after taking two runner-up finishes.
LEGION BASEBALL Brandon-Evansville at Osakis, 6:30 p.m. Glenwood-Lowry at Wheaton, 6:30 p.m. RESORTERS LEAGUE BASEBALL Carlos Cougars at Urbank-Parkers Prairie Bombers, 7 p.m.
Shawn Krueger was in a jam in his first inning of relief as the Alexandria Black Sox took on the Long Prairie Predators in Resorters Baseball League action on Sunday. The Predators had been shut out by Chris Curry for six innings, but two walks to start the seventh brought in Krueger to the mound.
John Kaanta had a decision to make early Saturday afternoon. The veteran driver lives in Elk Mound, Wisconsin. That’s about a four hour drive from Alexandria, and he still wasn’t sure where he would end up racing by about noon.