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The Alexandria girls golf team hosted an invite at the Geneva Golf Club two days ahead of its Central Lakes Conference meet at the Alexandria Golf Club and came away with a first-place finish on Saturday. The Cardinals Black team shot a 335 to beat Elk River by 10 strokes in the seven-team field. Rogers was third at 350, and the Alexandria Red team shot a 422 to come in seventh.
BOYS GOLF Alexandria @ Fergus Falls, 8:30 a.m. GIRLS GOLF Alexandria Invite @ Geneva, 9:30 a.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria Invite, 10 a.m. BOYS TENNIS Alexandria Invite, 10 a.m. Minnewaska @ Montevideo Tournament, 9 a.m.
The Parkers Prairie baseball team is the new top-ranked team in the Class A polls that were released on May 3 by Let's Play Baseball. Springfield (5-2) came into the season ranked number one after winning the Class A title over the Panthers (8-1) a year ago. Parkers Prairie was ranked second in those preseason rankings and has rattled off seven straight wins now after dominating Bertha-Hewitt 15-4 in five innings on Thursday.
Katie Merrick, Lexi Poyzer and Jessica St. Martin all finished in the top six of the individual standings to lead the West Central Area girls golf team at the Border West Invite on Thursday. Merrick shot a 50 to finish third and help the Knights to the win as the only varsity team with a full roster. Poyzer shot a 52 in fifth place and St. Martin had a 53 in sixth. Ortonville's Karina Kafka (40) and Alisah Ross (47) were the top two scorers in the meet. Libby Poyzer shot a 57 for WCA. Katie Wrolson had a 58, and Emily Courrier shot a 72 to round out the lineup.
The West Central Area boys golf team came home from the Long Prairie Invite with a third-place finish on Thursday after Jackson Merrick took sixth individually. Merrick shot a 90, while teammate Kaden Spindler shot his best round of the year with a 93. Ottertail Central won the meet, while Pillager was second in the team standings.
The Alexandria boys golf team wants to compete for a section championship this season, and the Cardinals look like they could be right there later this spring after the results at pre-section. The 8AAA field gathered at The Preserve Golf Course in Brainerd Thursday as the Cardinals shot a 309 to finish in second place. That was just two shots off Brainerd in first as the Warriors carded a 307.
The Buffalo girls golf team is the Section 8AAA frontrunner after winning two straight section titles, and the Bison made another statement on Thursday by winning the pre-section meet with a 343. Alexandria was 12 shots behind at 355 as all 12 section teams gathered in Brainerd at The Preserve. The Cardinals' Bridget Amundson was meet medalist as the senior shot a 40 on the front and a 39 on the back for a 79.
The Alexandria softball team got back above the .500 mark and snapped a two-game skid in the process after a 12-7 win over Willmar on Thursday. Alexandria used a six-run fourth inning to open things up a little and added three more runs over the next two innings. The Cardinals (5-4, 2-4 CLC) pounded out 15 hits. McKenzie Revering led the charge with three hits, including a double, to go with two runs and two RBIs. Allison O'Kane, Ellie Ronning, Calley Richardson, Kendra Hardy and Sydney Christenson all had two hits apiece and combined for six RBIs and seven runs scored.
The Alexandria baseball team has yet to let a losing streak develop this season as the Cardinals bounced back from a loss to Rocori with a walk-off win over Willmar on Thursday.
BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Pequot Lakes, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Ashby @ Minnetonka HS, 11 a.m. Osakis @ Bertha-Hewitt, 4:30 p.m. WCA vs. LGPE Parkers Prairie vs. OTC, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Paynesville, 4:30 p.m. BOYS GOLF