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.
Zachary Stennes couldn't quite keep up with the defending champion Bennett Olsen in Saturday's Junior 10-12 Division championship match. Olsen parred all seven holes the two competitors played, so three Stennes bogeys were enough for Olsen to take the 3-2 win. Last year's 10-12 championship was between the same two players, with the same result. "It felt pretty good going into today knowing I beat him last year," Olsen said. "All I had to do was make pars, and my putter was pretty good."
The four semifinalists in the Men's Senior Division were cut down to two Friday, and they're both from right here in Alexandria. The first, fourth-seeded Steve Herzog, beat Rick Vanyo 5-3. Vanyo, of Circle Pines, was coming off his big Thursday win in which he knocked out the defending champion of the division, Greg Mattson, but Herzog was quick to chop down Vanyo's momentum Friday and held him to just one win in the match.
Top seeded Parker Hill and seventh seeded Joseph Bigger will meet for the Men's Regular Division first flight finals Saturday morning with a 7:30 tee time. Hill, hailing from Maple Grove, proved his worth as the No. 1 seed by beating No. 16 Ted LaFave, No. 8 Nate Martin and No. 4 Nicholas Adams on the way to the finals. Bigger, on the other hand, had to upset No. 2 Mitchell Rice in the quarterfinals after beating Jordan Krulik in the opening round and Vinson McStott in the semifinals.
Top-seeded Carson Herron was eliminated in the semifinals last year in the tournament, but he wasn't about to let it happen again on Thursday as he jumped to a 3-up lead after five holes and sailed to a 3-2 win over Gabe McKeown, the fourth seed from Lenexa, Kansas. Herron's opponent in Saturday's finals will be Davis Johnson. Johnson defeated Blake Stedronsky in his semifinal match in 19 holes. Herron and Johnson tee off at noon from hole 1 today. Here's a closer look at how they got there. Herron def. McKeown, 3-2