The Minnewaska football team finished 2-7 overall a season ago and 2-4 in the conference. This year, with 21 returning letterwinners, second year head coach Jeremy Christensen thinks they can improve on that.
When walking in the Gophers' athletic facilities at Mariucci Arena, it's not often that Dr. Jerod Ochsendorf enters a room without a greeting of a hug, or at least a big smile and a handshake. The chiropractor from Alexandria has been a familiar face among Gopher men's hockey players and faculty for several years. When word gets around the arena that he's in the training room to do adjustments, it doesn't take long for them to start trickling in.
Beau Louis Jones shows off a largemouth bass caught off Louis and Barb Seesz's dock on Lake Latoka on August 7.
Teyte Lecy, 12 of Avon, recently caught a nice stringer of walleyes and bass on Lake Mary using a crankbait in 13 feet of water.
As a team with depth, full returning offensive and defensive lines and a chip on its shoulder, the Brandon-Evansville football team is focused and ready to get the season started. That was apparent to head coach Tim Pattrin after the first two practices. "It's great to get going again," he said on Tuesday. "We've had a great start. We had a good camp in July and they picked up right where they left off. We have a really veteran group. They know what they're doing. It's exciting."
A hole in one isn't a common feat. Many avid golfers never achieve it. On July 29 at a tournament at Minnewaska Golf Club, Evan Peters and Brian Verkinderen were in the same group and they both aced hole 9. Full disclosure, this was the Waterama Big Cup Scramble, so the holes were about twice the diameter of a regular golf cup. But where difficulty is lacking in the holes' size, organizers made up for it with their placement.
The Alexandria 11U AAA baseball team won the Minnesota Sports Federation state title by beating Mankato in the championship Sunday, July 30, by a 6-2 score. The team opened the tournament with Friday's pool play and went 3-0, posting victories over Sauk Rapids (20-10) in the morning, New Ulm (2-0) in the afternoon and Eden Prairie (23-0) in the evening. Their work in pool play earned them the second seed in the championship bracket, and with that came a bye to the semifinals, where they beat Eden Prairie again but that time by a narrow 5-4 margin.
The Alexandria Horseshoe League wrapped up its singles tournament recently as Janet Larson took home the Class A title with a perfect 4-0 record. Larson tallied 454 points behind 66 percent ringers. Second place in Class A was her husband, Alan Larson, with a 3-1 record and 424 total points. Mike Edwards won the Class B title with a 4-0 record and 541 points. The Class C title went to Kelsey Nordick at 5-1 with 640 points, while Devin Stone won the Class D championship with a 3-1 record and 403 points. ALEXANDRIA HORSESHOE LEAGUE SINGLES TOURNAMENT RESULTS
With a fourth place finish in Big Lake, Brian Storhaug, of Alexandria, wrapped up first place overall in the sprint distance of the Graniteman Triathlon Series recently after taking seventh in Buffalo and first in Clearwater. The 26-year-old finished the 800-yard swim, the 14-mile bike and the 5-kilometer run on the Big Lake course in 1:06:15, winning his age division (25-29) and knocking nearly two and a half minutes off his first place time at Warner Lake Park in Clearwater on July 8.
Almost $5 million is now available to support landowners in meeting the requirements of Minnesota's buffer law, according to the Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District. The buffer cost-share program funds were approved at the June meeting of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. These Clean Water Funds were passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton at the end of the 2017 legislative session. Douglas SWCD will be receiving a total of $25,000 to provide cost-share for landowners to establish buffers which are required by law.