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The Alexandria boys track and field team finished third at the Central Lakes Conference championship meet on Tuesday after originally believing it had captured the title. Multiple scoring errors were noticed after Tuesday's results were posted, which led to corrections having to be made. Once those were finalized, the Cardinals had 105 points. Rocori won the CLC title with 111.333 points, while Sartell-St. Stephen was second at 107 in a closely contested meet.
The Alexandria boys tennis team's run through the singles and doubles tournament came to an end on Tuesday in Fargo. Sophomore JJ Foster and senior Derek Berning represented the Cardinals in the singles event, while AJ Bollman and Matt Vogel teamed up at one doubles spot, and Grant Storm and Eli Simonson at another. "The guys went in and played tough tennis and ended the year with no regrets," Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team started its Section 6A playoff run by hosting a winless Hancock team and cruising to a 12-0 win in five innings on Tuesday. The Chargers (15-6) scored in every frame, including six in the fourth to put the finishing touches on the win. "It was great to see the girls come out with intensity and play a very solid game to kick off this postseason," B-E head coach Kasi Sieling said. Sadie Roers scattered just four hits and a walk in five innings to get the win. She struck out five.
The Alexandria girls track and field team won the Central Lakes Conference meet on Tuesday at St. Cloud Apollo as the Cardinals memorable season continued. Official scores were not available by Wednesday morning after multiple scoring mistakes during the meet, but the Cardinals were comfortably ahead in the unofficial results.
The Alexandria girls golf team put a bow on its Central Lakes Conference season at the Wapicada Golf Club in St. Cloud with another win after shooting a 335 on Tuesday. The Cardinals were a perfect 7-for-7 in winning CLC meets this year as they wrapped up the league for a sixth straight spring.
Three years ago, I got into some new land for deer hunting that I thought would produce big bucks on a regular basis. I was under the naive impression that all one needs to tag a 10-pointer every year is the right terrain. Not so much. Since then, I've arrowed does late season after striking out on big bucks through November. It has been a humbling experience. One of the primary pieces of land I have access to is the toughest land I have ever bow hunted.
Eight-year-old Taven Maeyaert had some luck fishing on May 15 when he landed this largemouth bass on Lake L'Homme Dieu. "He's pretty pumped about it," his mother, Ashley, said. Minnesota has a catch-and-release season for largemouth and smallmouth bass in this portion of the state through May 26. The regular season with a six-fish limit starts May 27.
Alexandria boys tennis saw the team portion of its season come to an end on Monday as the Cardinals dropped a 6-1 decision to second-seeded Brainerd in its second match. Alexandria, seeded third in the 8AA North, beat Moorhead 6-1 in its opening match in a battle that head coach Dave Ronning said was much closer than the score indicates. "The Spuds played us tough and every singles point was tough to come by," Ronning said.
The Parkers Prairie baseball team is on a mission, and Brandon-Evansville was the Panthers' latest victim in an 11-0 game on Monday night. Parkers Prairie senior Andrew Johnson got the scoring started in the first inning when he singled in a run. The Panthers (15-1) added five more in the fourth as Johnson connected for a home run to lead the charge. Devin Glebe, Matt Ferley, Harry Samuelson and Hunter McDaniel all joined Johnson with multiple hits for the Panthers.
BASEBALL Osakis vs. Brandon-Evansville, 4:30 p.m. WCA vs. Parkers Prairie, 5 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Morris, 5 p.m. GIRLS GOLF Alexandria @ St. Cloud, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Hancock, 6A playoffs, 5 p.m. WCA vs. CGB, 6A playoffs, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Swanville, 6A playoffs, 5 p.m. Ashby at Hillcrest, 6A playoffs, 5 p.m. Minnewaska vs. YME, 3AA Playoffs, 3 p.m. Osakis vs. Perham at AAHS, 6AA playoffs, 4:30 p.m. BOYS TENNIS Alexandria Individual Sections - AAHS, 10 a.m.