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John Kaanta had a decision to make early Saturday afternoon. The veteran driver lives in Elk Mound, Wisconsin. That’s about a four hour drive from Alexandria, and he still wasn’t sure where he would end up racing by about noon.
LEGION BASEBALL Alexandria Junior Red at Marshall Tournament RESORTERS LEAGUE BASEBALL Alexandria Black Sox vs. Long Prairie Predators, 1 p.m. Osakis Hawks vs. Kensington Norsemen, 2 p.m.
LEGION BASEBALL Alexandria Junior Black at Fargo Tournament Alexandria Junior Red at Marshall Tournament RESORTERS LEAGUE BASEBALL Alexandria Black Sox vs. Sauk Centre Titans, Noon Kensington Norsemen vs. Millerville Millers, 2 p.m.
The Brandon-Evansville-West Central Area Legion baseball team split a doubleheader at Hancock on Thursday night after dropping a 9-1 game in the opener and taking an 8-3 contest in the nightcap. Caden Fernholz of West Central Area was on the mound in game two and made sure Post 188 wouldn't suffer a sweep. He went the first six innings to get the win before Kevin Campbell of Brandon-Evansville came on to shut the door in the seventh. "Caden did a very nice job," head coach Trent Hintermeister said. "Then Kevin pitched the last inning and did his thing."
The Alexandria adapted bowling program had another big season that culminated at the state tournament for plenty of these athletes, and the Cardinals honored many students for their success at the season awards banquet. Nicole Duwenhoegger earned the Most Dedicated Award, while Abby Neale was the most improved athlete. Jon Jahnke finished with the most times in the 400 Club for rolling series of 400 or more in the CI Division, while Matt Senstad took home that honor in the PI Division and Cameron Arndt did the same in the ASD Division.
The Alexandria girls golf team ran away with a sixth straight Central Lakes Conference title this spring, and the Cardinals honored some of the athletes responsible for that with team awards after the season.
The Alexandria boys golf team made it back to the state tournament for the 17th time this season behind a talented group that was honored at the team awards banquet after the season. Four players shared MVP honors for the Cardinals as seniors Will Odland and Blake Bloedorn joined sophomores Hunter Rebrovich and Noah Boraas with that honor.
Brandon-Evansville's Kevin Campbell helped the Chargers baseball team at the plate and on the mound this spring, and he was honored for that by being named the team MVP. Campbell took home a handful of awards from the B-E end-of-season banquet. The senior added the RBI Champ (26), Charlie Hustle, Silver Slugger (.427 average) and Top Gun (2.54 ERA) awards to his name to finish off a strong career in a Chargers' uniform.
When is the last time there has been this much optimism surrounding the Timberwolves and the University of Minnesota men's basketball team entering the same season? Both have had infrequent moments where they grabbed the casual fans' attention. The Timberwolves win over Sacramento on the way to the Western Conference Finals was fun. The Gophers' run to the Final Four is still in our memory bank, even if not in the record books. I can't remember, though, the last time both have seemingly been built to last like they are right now.
LEGION BASEBALL Alexandria Junior Black at Fargo Tournament, TBD Alexandria Junior Red at Marshall Tournament, TBD RESORTERS LEAGUE BASEBALL Osakis Hawks at Ashby A’s, 7:30 p.m. Urbank-Parkers Prairie Bombers vs. Midway Snurdbirds, 8 p.m.