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The West Central Area girls golf team finished third out of four teams in some cold conditions at the Ashby Invite at Tipsinah Mounds on Tuesday afternoon. The Knights shot a team score of 506. Ortonville won the meet with a 384 and Ottertail Central shot a 420 to claim the top two team finishes. Rothsay rounded out the team scoring with a 522.
The West Central Area boys golf team got a third-place finish from junior James Wiese in the Quad County Conference season opener at Tipsinah Mounds Golf Course on Tuesday. Wiese battled through the cold and wet conditions to shoot a two-over par 37 on the back nine and finish with an 85. Ottertail Central's Adam Young took medalist honors with a 79 and Pillager's Brady Enneking shot an 84. West Central Area finished fourth as a team with a 380. Ottertail Central shot a 361 to win the event, while Ortonville (363) and Wheaton (370) rounded out the top three.
The Minnewaska girls golf team finished first at the West Central Conference tournament at Minnewaska and again at Morris on Tuesday. The Lakers shot a 180 in Morris behind a 42 from Ashlyn Guggisberg. Emily Harste added a 44, Annika Peterson shot a 46 and Madi McGinty finished off the scorers with a 48. Grace Names (64) and Greta Richman (69) also competed in the Lakers' top six.
The Alexandria boys golf team kicked off the Central Lakes Conference season at the Rocori Invite on Tuesday as the Cardinals try to defend their CLC title from a year ago. Alexandria finished second at the opening meet, shooting a 319. Brainerd was 12 shots better after carding a team score of 307, and Sartell-St. Stephen shot a 333 to round out the top three teams. "Meet medalist went to sophomore Jack Evans of Brainerd with an even par round of 72 in the cold, damp day that saw sun, sleet, rain and a little snow," Alexandria head coach Tom Blank said.
The Alexandria baseball team had no problems in its season and conference opener against Fergus Falls as the Cardinals went on the road to earn a 9-2 win on Tuesday night. "The environment was not ideal for baseball as the wind combined with cold temps, snow and rain made for a difficult night to play," Alexandria head coach Jake Munsch said. "The players did a good job of not letting the cold bother them as they went on to play a good game."
BASEBALL Alexandria 9, Fergus Falls 2 The Alexandria baseball team had no problems in its season and conference opener against Fergus Falls as the Cardinals went on the road to...
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I woke up to what I thought was a dream on the morning of April 6. It wouldn't have been surprising. My mind shifts to turkey hunting quite often at this time of year, so the gobbles I thought I heard at first light could have easily been my subconscious mind slipping to the spring opener. My 3-year-old daughter had gotten sick that night, so I slept next to her in her bedroom that overlooks our back yard. I was just wiping the sleep from my eyes when I heard them again. A gobble instantly followed by another. Maybe I wasn't dreaming.
BASEBALL Alexandria at Fergus Falls, 5 p.m. Osakis at Royalton, 5 p.m. WCA vs. B-EV, 5 p.m. Minnewaska vs. BOLD, 5 p.m. Ashby at Pelican Rapids, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie...