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The Alexandria boys golf team is heading back to the state tournament, a place this program is no stranger to. The Cardinals shot a two-day total of 612 at the Section 8AAA meet at The Preserve in Pequot Lakes. Moorhead was a distant second at 630. Brainerd shot a 632 and Buffalo rounded out the top four with a 644. It marks the 17th state tournament appearance in Alexandria's program history.
The Alexandria girls golf team shot the lowest score on day two of the Section 8AAA Tournament Thursday, but it wasn't quite enough to overcome defending champion Buffalo. The Bison were 17 strokes up on Alexandria heading into the second round. A 675 total got the job done, as the Cardinals shot a 338 on Thursday but finished with a 686 at The Preserve in Pequot Lakes.
The Alexandria boys track and field team advanced three athletes into Saturday's finals after day one of the Section 8AA meet in Moorhead on Wednesday. Junior Preston Bowden qualified in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Sophomore Daniel Jantzen will join him in the 300-meter hurdles in Sauk Rapids on Saturday, while sophomore Drew Olson qualified for the 100-meter dash finals, as well.
The Alexandria girls track and field team went to Moorhead Wednesday for day one of the Section 8AA meet and had two athletes earn trips to state and more qualify for the finals on Saturday. Senior JeAnna Miller will cap off her career with a trip to Hamline University June 9-10 after securing spots at state in both the high jump and long jump. Miller won the section title in the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 4 inches, which is the state standard. She also jumped 17 feet, 9 inches in the long jump to take second in that event and surpass the state standard of 17-4.
The Thief River Falls softball team defended its home field on Wednesday as the top seed moved within one win of a state tournament after beating Alexandria 16-11. The Cardinals are still alive and will play Sauk Rapids today, Thursday, at 4 p.m. back in Thief River Falls. The winner of that game plays the Prowlers after that. The Cardinals or the Storm would have to beat Thief River Falls twice to win the 8AAA championship.
BOYS GOLF Alexandria - Sections @ Pequot Lakes, 9 a.m. GIRLS GOLF Alexandria - Sections @ Pequot Lakes, 9 a.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria vs. Sauk Rapids at Thief River Falls, 8AAA Tournament, 4 p.m. (Winner plays at 6 p.m.) Brandon-Evansville vs. WCA at Minnewaska, 6A playoffs, 1 p.m. (Winner plays New York Mills at 3 p.m.)
The Alexandria girls golf team is in second place after day one of the Section 8AAA Tournament after a team score of 348. Defending champion Buffalo shot a 331, leaving the Cardinals with a lot of work to do on day two. Bridget Amundson shot a 78 for Alexandria to finish second overall on the day. Lauren Stockmoe is in sixth with an 87 and Alli Prestby shot an 88 and sits in seventh. Ciara O'Connor (21st, 95), Elise Stockmoe (T-22nd, 96) and Anna Jenson (T-26th, 98) rounded out the lineup. Hanna Harin of Buffalo shot a 76 to lead all scorers.
The Alexandria boys golf team is well positioned after day one of the Section 8AAA Tournament that was played at The Preserve on Wednesday. The Cardinals shot a 305, 12 shots lower than second-place Brainerd at 317. Buffalo is third at 318 and Moorhead rounds out the top four with a 319.