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Wins are starting to pile up for the Alexandria girls' golf team as the Cardinals wrapped up their week with a couple more victories on Friday and Saturday. Alexandria went to Staples to play in a 12-team meet at the Vintage Golf Club on Saturday. It was the third meet in three days for the Cardinals, but they showed no signs of fatigue with a winning score of 344. That came a day after they took the pre-section meet at Long Prairie with a score of 351 behind medalist Amanda Bigger. Bigger shot an 81 on both Friday and Saturday, with her score at Staples earning her second place.
The Alexandria softball team went a long ways toward establishing itself as the team to beat in the Central Lakes Conference last week. The Cardinals were three outs away from being swept by Sauk Rapids-Rice at home last Thursday night. Instead, Alexandria rallied for seven runs to salvage a split. That momentum carried over to a big road game against Rocori that saw the Cardinals win 5-1 and finish the week with a 7-1 record in the CLC. "The pressure is on us right now," junior catcher Emily Kuennen said after the win over Sauk Rapids-Rice last Thursday.
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team swept a couple of high-scoring games against Wheaton-Herman-Norcross last Thursday night. The Chargers used eight-run innings in both games to come from behind and win. They put up eight in the bottom of the fifth to win 12-9 in the opener before doing the same in the sixth of the nightcap during a 12-7 victory. "I was very proud of the mental toughness the guys showed tonight during some tense situations throughout the doubleheader against a solid Wheaton ball club," head coach Brian Perleberg said.
Cold and wet conditions greeted participants of the 11th annual Chain of Lakes Triathlon on May 4, but Marcus Stromberg battled it to finish first overall in a time of 0:59.52. The 36-year-old from Buffalo beat out Joe Schneiderhan of Alexandria and David Lewis of Nevis, who finished second and third in the overall male race, respectively. Schneiderhan crossed the finish line in 1:01.51 and Lewis wasn't far behind at 1:02.41. Former Alexandria Cardinals swimmer Angie Hop, now of Rosemount, won the overall female division in a time of 1:11.41.
Alexandria's Parker Bowden completed an improbable seventh-inning rally on Friday night as the junior delivered a two-out base hit that sent his team home a walk-off winner in a 4-3 game against Rocori. The Cardinals went into their final at-bat trailing by three after future North Dakota State University pitcher Reed Pfannenstein put up six straight zeroes for Rocori. Alexandria finally got to him in the seventh. The Cardinals got back-to-back singles from Jeff Swedberg and Nick Knoblach to start the frame.
The Cardinal baseball team remained perfect in the Central Lakes Conference with a 13-2 win over Sartell on Tuesday night. Alexandria put everything together in the easy win over the Sabres. The Cardinals committed just one error. Blake Stockert took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and the offense pounded out 14 hits. Stockert was one out away from completing the five-inning no-hitter before Sartell broke it up with a single that scored two unearned runs.
Eric Branch got the only win for Alexandria on Tuesday night as the Brainerd tennis team handed the Cardinals a 6-1 loss in the Central Lakes Conference. Branch took care of Peyton Argir at fourth singles by a 6-1, 6-4 score. The Warriors won every other match in straight sets. "Brainerd took it to us bad on our home courts and this is hard to swallow," Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. "Our guys had a rough night and look to get the bad taste out of our mouths when Apollo comes to town on [Thursday]." BRAINERD 6, ALEXANDRIA 1 SINGLES - No. 1 - OJ Kremer (B) def.
The Alexandria boys' golf team got off to a slow start in the first Central Lakes Conference meet of the season on Monday as the Cardinals finished fifth at Sartell. Alexandria finished with a team score of 328 behind a 77 from senior Nick Brundell. St. Cloud Tech was 16 shots better with a 312 that was good enough to win the meet. Sartell shot a 318 and Willmar rounded out the top three with a 320. "We are now going to play only four CLC meets, which makes each meet that much more important," head coach Rick Larson said.
The Alexandria girls' golf team has been a consistent front-runner in the Central Lakes Conference and this year should be no different. The Cardinals return an experienced lineup and played like it in winning the first CLC meet of the season on Monday. Alexandria shot a 325, 12 shots better than second place Rocori on the Spartans' home course. Senior Brynn Novotny led the charge behind a 79 that tied her for medalist honors.
The Carlos Cougars got the Resorters baseball season going with a 6-2 win over Urbank-Parkers Prairie this past weekend. Mark Hillesheim got the win after allowing no hits through four innings. He walked two and struck out three before Nate Hoelscher, Jason Schueler and Matt Hoelscher closed out the game over the final five frames. Nate Hoelscher had three RBIs to lead the offense.