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Alexandria's Wensia Johnson, JeAnna Miller and Jaran Roste set new records at the USATF Minnesota Association Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships last week at the University of St. Thomas in St.
Did you reel in that huge muskie? Did that largemouth bass give you trouble? Did your child catch their first fish? We know you snapped a photo of the big event, so it's time to "weigh in" and share your fish tale. The Echo Press will be publishing photos and stories of fish caught on lakes in Douglas County and the surrounding area this summer, so make sure we don't miss yours. Send us a photo of your fish, and don't skimp on the details. Include the name, age, hometown, phone number, type of fish, bait used and where the fish was caught.
Brandon-Evansville Legion Post 188 got a hot start to its season with four straight wins recently, defeating Hancock and Clinton before taking both halves of a doubleheader from Glenwood/Lowry. Billie Juul got the win over Hancock 3-2 as he went five complete innings, giving up just four hits and keeping Hancock scoreless. Tom Bosek finished the final two frames, allowing four hits and two earned runs. Post 188 edged out Clinton 5-4 and used a good start by Zach Johnson on the mound to give them the advantage. Johnson went five frames, allowing five hits and one earned run before Reed Hans
Alexandria's Gordy Diekman won his father's tournament as the former Cardinal standout shot an even-par 72 to win the 24th annual Kyle's Lakes Area Classic on May 18 at the Alexandria Golf Club. Diekman was consistent from the get-go as he shot a 36 on both nines. He had birdies on holes two and eight and an eagle on the par-5 12th hole to highlight his round. He hit a 5-wood over the trees to within three feet to set up his eagle putt.
Alexandria senior Beau Backhaus has been selected to play in the 39th annual Play Ball! Minnesota High School Baseball All-Star Series. Backhaus, who anchored the pitching staff for this year's Cardinal baseball team, had an ERA of 2.32 over seven games, pitching 42.1 innings, striking out 18. Twenty members on each of the four teams were selected by a committee of coaches from each area.
The Alexandria VFW 16s captured the tournament title Sunday in their own invitational, defeating Irondale, Shakopee and Delano in pool play before battling Champlin Park for the crown. The 16s opened against Irondale, winning 12-3 in five innings on a new 8-run rule this year. "We got a good pitching performance by Dan Kuhn," said Alex coach Orin Schueler. "Spencer Lucas also went 3-for-3." Next up for the 16s was Shakopee and Alexandria emerged with a 7-2 win behind Micah Hedstrom's pitching performance.
St. Michael-Albertville captured championship honors in the State High School Clay Target Competition Sunday at the Alexandria Shooting Park, while Hasting was second and Hopkins was third. Alexandria finished in a tie for 10th place while Brandon was 16th. Parkers Prairie also competed. Leading the Alexandria contingent was Tyler Floding with a 95, with Patrick McGaffey of Brandon also shooting a 95. Logan Nibbe led Parkers Prairie with an 87. "They shot very well," Alexandria coach Scott Green said. "Last year there was a little more than 50 teams and we finished fifth.
The Alexandria Blue Anchors dropped a pair of games early this week, falling to Willmar 13-5 on Monday and to Duluth 5-4 on Tuesday, dropping the team to 2-10. It's not as if the Blue Anchors aren't hitting. They recorded a total of 27 hits in the two games, but stranded 23 runners in the two outings. The Blue Anchors are hitting the road tonight for a two-game stint in Mankato, then heading to Rochester for another two-game matchup on Sunday and Monday.
The Alexandria 16s VFW baseball team won two and lost two during the Cold Spring tournament last weekend. Alexandria opened with an 8-1 win over St. Anthony as Dan Kuhn tossed a three-hitter to pick up the win. In game two, Alexandria lost to Becker 13-5 as the 16s gave up 12 runs in the third inning. "Becker hit the ball well and we walked a few," said head coach Orin Schueler. The 16s rebounded with a 5-4 win in extra innings over Grand Rapids. "The pitching of Micah Hedstrom was the highlight," said Schueler.
It was a good weekend for the Cardinal girls' track and field participants at the State Class AA meet at Hamline University in St.