Alexandria seniors Jake Drew and Connor Hammerback had performances at the Class-AAA state baseball tournament that merited membership to the all-tournament team. Against St. Thomas Academy, Drew went 1-3 with a double and a run scored, and he struck out the side in a scoreless seventh inning to close out the 7-2 win. He followed that with a two-double game against Hibbing with two RBIs and a run but took the loss on the mound. In the season finale, he went 3-for-4 with two more doubles, a home run, five RBIs and two runs scored.
Six years ago, Sam Lange was months away from his first season coaching the Brandon-Evansville girls junior high and C-team. After doing that for three seasons and moving to JV for three seasons, he's now months away from coaching some of the same players this year in his first season as the girls varsity head coach.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team will have a new head coach on the sideline this winter, as Trent Hintermeister is taking over the helm of the boys program. "I've always had a love of basketball and I've always kind of known that I was never a good enough player to ever make a life out of playing basketball, so I knew that eventually coaching would be in my future," he said.
The Alexandria trap team took first place among the Section 8A teams on Monday at the Alexandria Shooting Park to advance to the state shoot Saturday at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. Adam Zimmerman secured the overall high gun position on the day, leading the Cardinals and the rest of the field with a perfect score of 100 targets busted. The top five scores for each team are totaled together, and Alexandria finished with a 484 to edge Buffalo (477) for first place.
Alexandria seniors Bridget Amundson and Lauren Stockmoe finished high enough in the Section 8AAA tournament to advance to the state meet, held at Bunker Hills Golf Course on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13 and 14. Amundson finished in 17th place with a two-day score of 160, carding an 80 in each round. "Bridget saved her best play for the final nine holes, as she recorded a one-over-par 37," head coach Tim Zupfer said. "Her high school career ended with a birdie on her final hole.
Minnewaska senior Ashlyn Guggisberg had a two-stroke lead going into the second day of the Class AA state golf meet on Wednesday at Ridges at Sand Creek, but Visitation's Anni Heck shot a 69 in day two to win the individual state title by three strokes. Heck took the top spot with a two-day total of 144, while Guggisberg had a 147. "I played well throughout the whole tournament," Guggisberg said. "I was disappointed at how close I was, but Anni played amazing so I give it to her for that."
The Alexandria boys golf team finished the Class AAA state meet with a score of 641 to finish seventh after Wednesday's final round at Bunker Hills Golf Course. The Cardinals had a tough day on Tuesday and the woes continued into day two and they couldn't get anything to go right. "It's a challenging golf course with some swirling winds, so it was challenging out there," head coach Brady Swedberg said. "It basically came down to the fact that we had very little experience in big tournaments. It's just something that you have to go through."
The Osakis Lions Club is holding the 37th annual Lake Osakis Walleye Tournament this Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18. The top three teams will receive plaques and cash prizes of up to $8,000, $5,000 and $3,000, respectively, depending on the number of teams that enter. The limit of teams is set at 100. The festivities of the event start Friday, June 16 with a 5 p.m. social hour at Osakis VFW, with a mandatory rules meeting and banquet to follow at 6:30. The fishing itself starts at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and weigh-ins are at 3 p.m. both days.
The Osakis girls golf team had the top score in each day of the Section 6AA tournament to win the title and advance to the state meet. The team's first day score of 370 at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell was 18 strokes ahead of Staples-Motley, and a second day score of 379 was enough to take the section title. Junior Alayna Eldred shot a 77 on Day One and an 87 on Day Two for a two-day total of 164 to take medalist honors by one stroke over Sauk Centre senior Morgan Kranz.
The Alexandria Eagles Club is hosting a pork chop fundraiser for the horseshoe league from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Eagles. JUNE 5 STANDINGS