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The Parkers Prairie softball team scored six runs through the first two innings to take a lead it never relinquished in a 10-4 win over Wadena-Deer Creek on Monday night. The Panthers got a lot of production throughout the top and bottom of their order. Kendra Thoennes had three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored out of the second spot in the lineup, while Kathryn Burquest was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs from the third spot.
The Ashby baseball team outhit Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 10-6 but fell on the scoreboard in a 5-4 game to the Comets. Eric Amundson gave the Arrows a good showing on the mound. The senior gave up just two hits and no earned runs with one walk and one strikeout during four innings of work. He also went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles. Christian Koefod took the loss for Ashby after lasting three innings. He walked six, struck out three and allowed five runs.
The New York Mills baseball team scored six runs through the first three innings and put things away with a six-run fifth in a 12-2, five-inning win over Brandon-Evansville on Monday. Sam Hendrick got the job done for the Eagles on the mound as he collected the win. Robbie Juul took the loss for the Chargers on a night when walks and four errors hurt Brandon-Evansville's cause.
The Alexandria boys tennis team ran into a buzz saw in the form of the Brainerd Warriors on Monday night in a 7-0 loss. The Warriors won all seven matches in straight sets. The closest Alexandria came was a 6-2, 6-4 match at third singles that Matt Vogel dropped to Erick Stout. The Cardinals could muster no more than four points at any other position.
The Alexandria boys golf team took second at a Central Lakes Conference meet at Blackberry Ridge on Monday as the Cardinals shot a 311, six strokes off of first-place finisher Brainerd. The Warriors and Cardinals look to be the two teams vying for the CLC title early on. Brainerd holds a two-point lead in the overall conference standings right now with four meets left to play.
The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville boys and girls track and field teams finally got some ideal weather conditions when they traveled to Wadena for the first-ever Sam Kelderman Memorial Meet. Kelderman was a student-athlete for the Wadena-Deer Creek track team who was killed in a car crash this past winter. The school used a moment of silence to honor his memory before the meet.
SOFTBALL Alexandria at Rocori, 5 p.m. Osakis vs. Royalton, 5 p.m. WCA at Browerville-EV, 4 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Pillager (DH), 4 p.m. Ashby vs. WHN, 5 p.m. Minnewaska at...
TENNIS Brainerd 7, Alexandria 0 The Alexandria boys tennis team ran into a buzz saw in the form of the Brainerd Warriors on Monday night in a 7-0 loss. The...
University of Minnesota football coach Tracy Claeys likes the team that he'll put on the field in his first full season as a head coach in the Big Ten. The longtime assistant under Jerry Kill made that clear during a stop in Alexandria on Monday morning. Claeys, who was named the Gophers' head coach on November 11, 2015, was at the Broadway Ballroom to speak at the YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign kickoff breakfast.
The Osakis baseball team continues to show that it's a much-improved team from a season ago when it won just four games. The Silverstreaks have already eclipsed that after running its record to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Prairie Conference with three wins last week. Osakis had an easy 14-4 win over Upsala-Swanville Area on the road on Thursday before sweeping a doubleheader at Staples-Motley 10 and 13-2.