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The Alexandria boys track and field team brought home a second-place finish with 870 team points at the 8-3A True Team meet in Brainerd. Moorhead solidified its spot at state with 919.5 points, while St. Michael Albertville was third with 863 points. The Alexandria boys scores will now be put into a virtual meet against all the other runner-up finishers from each true team section around the state, with the team that wins that virtual meet joining the section winners at true team state in Stillwater on May 20. Teams will find out their fate by the end of the week.
TRACK AND FIELD The Alexandria girls track and field team finished second at the Section 8-3A True Team meet in Brainerd on Tuesday night after racking up 1,052.5 points in...
This Saturday at midnight, there will be anglers backing their boats into waters around Douglas County, and landings on some of the most popular lakes in the area will likely still be filled. There are those who live for Minnesota's fishing opener. The Department of Natural Resources states that Minnesota is ranked first nationally in the sale of fishing licenses per capita. Numbers released by the DNR before the 2015 opener stated that fishing contributes $2.4 billion to the economy in direct retail sales.
The Alexandria baseball team was three outs away from back-to-back wins late last week before Becker scored nine runs in the top of the seventh on Saturday to beat the Cardinals 12-8. Alexandria dominated an 18-2 game against Central Lakes Conference foe Willmar on Thursday. The Cardinals (5-6, 4-4 CLC) were leading 6-3 after putting up four runs in the bottom of the fifth against Becker (6-4) before the Bulldogs erupted to come away with the win. Alexandria pitchers gave up 13 hits and walked six in the game, while Becker also scored six unearned runs.
Alexandria's Mitchell Meier needed just a taste of the atmosphere at Hamline University to realize how badly he wanted to go back. The Cardinal senior made his way through a talented Section 8AA field of 300-meter hurdlers last year to make state for the first time. Records seem to fall each season in St. Paul with the best athletes on display. That talent can be intimidating and encouraging all at once for first timers.
The Alexandria boys golf team went to the home course of the Central Lakes Conference leading Brainerd Warriors and came home with another second-place finish to the host team. Alexandria and Brainerd have played to first and runner-up finishes all spring in CLC meets, and the Warriors made sure they defended the Preserve Golf Course with a score of 313. The Cardinals were close behind with a 319. The win gives Brainerd a four-point lead in the league standings with two meets left.
SOFTBALL Alexandria at St. Cloud Tech (DH), 4 p.m. PPD Osakis vs. Swanville, 5 p.m. PPD West Central Area at WHN, 4 p.m. Minnewaska at Montevideo, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie...
The Alexandria boys golf team finished third at the 8-3A pre-section meet at the Greystone Golf Club in Sauk Centre last Friday after shooting a team score of 318. Brainerd won the event with a 303, while Moorhead was not far behind at 309. Freshmen Hunter Rebrovich and Noah Boraas led the way for the Cardinals with a 75 and 79, respectively. Rebrovich placed fourth individually, while Boraas came in 13th out of the 72 golfers in the field.
The Alexandria girls golf team wrapped up a busy weekend with a third-place finish at Geneva after taking the presection meet on Friday at the Greystone Golf Club. The Cardinals shot a 368 at Geneva as Elk River (346) and Rogers (355) wrapped up the first two spots. Onna O'Connor led Alexandria that day with an 89. Lauren Stockmoe shot a 90, and Elise Stockmoe Alli Prestby each shot a 91. It was O'Connor's first time leading the scoring for the Cardinals.
The Osakis track and field teams went to St. John's Prep on Saturday for an eight-team meet and came home with a win on the girls' side and a third-place finish for the boys. The girls scored 163 points to beat Eden Valley-Watkins (147) and the boys finished with 96 points. Maple Lake won the boys' side with 134 points. The Silverstreaks didn't run all their athletes as they taper down to the true team meet this week, but they still had plenty of top finishes. Tiana Stanek won the 100-meter dash in 13.16 seconds, just in front of teammate Makayla Radtke in 13.17 seconds.