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Alexandria's clay target team had an excellent week two of competition, sweeping 24 of 24 points in Conference 9A to move from second place to first. "I was hoping for a three-point gain on first place McGregor High School, but with great individual and team shooting scores, we were able to pass the McGregor team by one point by [picking up] four points," said coach Scott Green. "I'm very happy with the performance of the team, [especially with] the poor weather conditions we have had to deal with all spring.
They needed the fifth tiebreaker criteria to do it, but the Cardinal boys' golf team held off Willmar to win the 8AA Pre-section golf meet Saturday at GreyStone Golf Club in Sauk Centre. "This meet was actually cancelled a week and a half ago because the course thought they we not be ready by May 4," said Cardinal head coach Rick Larson.
Competing at the Sartell JV Mega Meet Friday, the Cardinal boys' track team got in some extra work as varsity and junior varsity athletes competed together. The Cardinal 4x800 relay team of Trent Piepenburg, Zac Bartolomeo, Grant Rudolph and Brandon Jerde finished first overall, as did Jimmy Pfeffer in the 3,200-meter run, Aaron Steidl in the shot put and Colin Guetter in the discus. The varsity will compete in the Section 8AAA True Team meet tomorrow, Thursday, at Buffalo. SARTELL JV MEGA MEET ALEXANDRIA BOYS' RESULTS 4X100 RELAY - 8.
Because of the multitude of cancellations this spring, the Cardinal girls' track team found themselves at the Sartell JV Mega Meet Friday. "Sartell graciously allowed us to bring our JV and varsity athletes to the meet so that our athletes could have another opportunity to compete together as an entire team," said head coach Megan Orgeman-Crumb.
A 13-0 shutout of Benson improved Minnewaska's record to 5-1 as Mady Phillips handled both sides of the plate in the win. Phillips went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, and added a stellar defensive performance as she allowed just one hit in her four innings on the mound. Minnewaska wasted no time getting on the board after Phillips retired the side in order to open the game. Phillips led off the first with a single, scoring as Lexi Amundson doubled.
Lack of outdoor practice time this spring, as well as the wind and cold on Thursday, didn't seem to concern the Minnewaska girls' golf team, which started its regular season much like last year - setting the pace in the West Central Conference. Ellen Stensrud and Alexis Guggisberg each earned medalist honors as the Lakers won both meets that were scheduled on two separate courses. The Lakers opened with an impressive 31-stroke victory over Paynesville at Benson earlier in the afternoon, led by Stensrud's 4-over-par 40. She was followed closely by Guggisberg, who was one stroke back.
A lot went right for the Cardinal softball team Tuesday afternoon as Alexandria swept Willmar in Central Lakes Conference play 3-0 and 10-0. "Despite only getting to Fleet Farm on the first bus after the brakes locked up, the ladies got good pitching and timely hitting," said Cardinal head coach Randy Albers.
Coming away with an almost identical finish, the Cardinal boys' tennis team claimed its second win over Willmar in four days, edging their opponents 4-3. "The Cardinals did it the same way they did it last Saturday, by sweeping the doubles lineup and getting one of the singles spots," said head coach Dave Ronning. "We went with the same lineup and Willmar changed their second and third doubles teams. "This time the win in singles came from Levi Duwenhoegger at second singles.
After week one of competition, the Brandon-Evansville clay target team leads the 2A Conference with 23 points, while Alexandria is second in the 9A Conference, trailing McGregor, and Parkers Prairie is in fourth in the 1A Conference. Reaching the 25-straight club were Alexandria's Sam Pederson, Tyler Floding and Brandon's Christian McGaffey. Floding and Andrew Rentschler are among the top 25 males in the standings, while Alexandria's Kerri Wilkins is in the top 25 females. MINNESOTA CLAY TARGET LEAGUE 25-STRAIGHT CLUB MEMBERS ALEXANDRIA - Sam Pederson, Tyler Floding. BRANDON - Christ
After being confined to the gym and hallways for seven weeks, the Ashby/Brandon-Evansville track teams stretched their legs at the John Reimer Invitational meet in Pillager last Thursday. "This was a meet like no other," said head coach Jennifer Froemming. "Athletes had to run and throw around five-foot piles of snow around the track. They endured cold weather to put up some great performances.