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The Brandon-Evansville softball team got two wins on Monday that propelled this group into at least a share of the Pheasant Conference championship. The Chargers (14-4, 11-3 Pheasant) ousted Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (9-4, 8-3 Pheasant) 13-2 in five innings after taking the opener 7-6. The Comets came in with just one loss atop the conference but left after falling into third place with West Central Area at 10-3 in second place.
BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Sauk Rapids-Rice (DH), 4 p.m. Osakis @ SJP, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie @ Pillager, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska @ Montevideo, 5 p.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria @ Sauk Rapids-Rice (DH), 4 p.m. Osakis vs. Bertha-Hewitt, 4:30 p.m.
BASEBALL Brandon-Evansville @ Hillcrest, 5 p.m. WCA vs. Hancock, 5 p.m. Ashby @ WHN, 5 p.m. Minnewaska at New London-Spicer, 5 p.m. Osakis vs. Upsala-Swanville Area, 5 p.m. BOYS GOLF Osakis @ Paynesville, 9 a.m.
Anglers didn’t have to battle any wind or rain during Minnesota’s fishing opener this morning. If anything, many were wishing for a little more cloud cover. Temperatures were nearing 80 degrees under sunny skies in the Alexandria area by late morning, and the bite wasn’t near as hot for a handful of anglers on Lake Reno. The body of water is one of the more popular fisheries in the area, but those coming off around 11 a.m. on Saturday were having a tough time figuring out where to find walleyes.
Ben and Ross Anderson were young kids when their dad, Pat, would get them out of bed early in the morning to go down to the ballpark to prepare the field for a game later that day. At the time, they had no choice. Today, they remember back on that and smile. They took a 10-day trip to tour nine different baseball stadiums with their dad in 2011 - Boston, New York, Pittsburgh and Chicago the cities among them.
BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Brainerd, 5 p.m. Osakis vs. Browerville-EV, 5 p.m. WCA vs. Hillcrest, 4 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Sebeka, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS GOLF Minnewaska @ Hutchinson, 1 p.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville @ Ortonville (DH), 4 p.m.
The Alexandria baseball team gave away a two-run lead on Thursday night before taking it back in walk-off fashion in a 4-3 win over Rocori. The Spartans (7-6, 6-6 Central Lakes Conference) scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie things at three apiece. The Cardinals (10-4, 7-4 CLC) didn't waste any time responding as Connor Busse led off with a double before walks from Brock and Blake Anderson loaded the bases with one out. That brought Conner Hammerback to the plate as the senior delivered a walk-off single to score Busse with the winning run.
The Alexandria tennis team ran into a Central Lakes Conference power in St. Cloud Tech on Thursday at the AAHS courts and fell in a 7-0 final. Alexandria sophomore JJ Foster pushed the Tigers the most in his first singles match with Eric Inderieden. Foster forced a tiebreaker in the first set but fell 7-6 (2) before dropping the second set 6-0. Tech took care of every match in straight sets. "I feel our guys played quite well at most every spot, but the Tigers seemed to have an answer for everything we tried," Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said.
The Alexandria girls golf team traveled to St. Cloud on Thursday morning to test itself against a loaded field of competitors and finished fourth at the St. Cloud Country Club Invite. The Cardinals, ranked fifth in the Class AAA Minnesota High School Golf Coaches Association poll, shot a 335 as senior Bridget Amundson won medalist honors with a 75. The only teams in front of them were all state ranked as Detroit Lakes, second in the AA polls, won with a 329. Section foe Buffalo, ranked fourth in AAA, was second at 332 and Forest Lake, ranked third, was third with a 332.
The Alexandria boys golf team has had four Central Lakes Conference meets cancelled this spring and were able to make one of those up on Wednesday in Willmar as the Cardinals expanded their lead in the league with another win. Alexandria shot a 301, beating Brainerd and Sartell by 13 strokes. Fergus Falls rounded out the top four with a 320.