How many future doctors of engineering do you know that race in triathlons on the side? Meet John Schmidt. A 2008 Alexandria graduate, Schmidt expects to finish his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri late this year. When he's not in the lab, he's training. Schmidt has run in one full marathon and several half marathons and 10Ks. He said he started running as an undergrad student at Gustavus-Adolphus College, but really became interested when he started graduate school at Washington.
The eight golfers in the Junior 10-12 Division who qualified for Wednesday's match play were within a five-stroke margin in their nine-hole qualifying round on Tuesday. Colton Cavers had the top score with a 38 on the back nine at the Alexandria Golf Club, which earned him the second seed since the division's defending champion, Bennett Olson, automatically receives the top seed. Starting on hole 10, Cavers was two-under after four holes before double bogeying on 14 to fall back to par. He bogeyed 16 and 18 and parred the rest to finish with a two-over score of 38.
Maddie Herzog, a soon-to-be senior at Detroit Lakes High School, shot a 71 in the qualifying round of the women's regular division Monday morning to secure the top seed heading into match play. "It was just kind of all clicking yesterday," Herzog said. "I was hitting the ball very well and putting was just working for me."
As far as seeding is concerned, there was just one surprise in the first round of match play in the junior 13-15 division on Tuesday, as the 15th seed, Preslee Yoder, upset second-seeded Blaze Ackerland to move on to the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Carson Herron, No. 3 Davis Johnson, No. 4 Gabe McKeown, No. 5 Ciara O'Connor and seeds 6-8 also picked up wins to stay alive in the championship bracket. Here's how the matches shaped out. HERRON DEF. NELKO, 5-4
Osakis Hawks pitcher Chad Zimmel's efficiency on the mound Sunday against the Kensington Norsemen probably had his leg sorer than his arm on Monday morning. The righty allowed two earned runs on four hits, no walks and no hit batters and struck out four over a complete game of nine innings to help the Hawks to a 4-2 win in Ashby to open the Region 16C Tournament. The hardest hit ball Kensington managed was a comebacker off Zimmel's leg in the eighth inning. The Norsemen scored two in the inning, but Osakis already had four on the board.
Alexandria graduate Liz Schultz is heading into her junior season as a volleyball player for the College of Saint Benedict, but this offseason, she was awarded an opportunity only a handful of volleyball players across the nation receive. She got an email through her head coach saying she was invited to play for a USA national team at an international volleyball tournament in Brazil in June. At first, she and her father, Bill Schultz, weren't convinced, but when she investigated further, she was happy she did.
Glenwood Waterama 10K/5K this Saturday The Glenwood Waterama Rotary 10K and 5K Run/Walk and the Glenwood State Bank Magic Mile is scheduled to take start at 8 a.m. Saturday The race runs along the south shore of Lake Minnewaska and finishes at Glenwood City Park. Race packet pickup is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Pope County Museum parking lot or Saturday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 at the city park. Same-day registration is also available at those times and locations for a $25 fee.
Alexandria pitcher and center fielder Brock Anderson announced his commitment Monday to play baseball at North Dakota State University. The Alexandria American Legion baseball team finished its season on Sunday, so Anderson thought it was a good time to make his announcement. "I've had it in my head for quite some time," he said. "I think they were the right spot for me, and doing it right after the season was over was the perfect time."
Alexandria native Brian Storhaug, 26, covered 800 yards swimming, 14 miles biking and 3.1 miles running in 1:08:41 on Saturday, July 8, to secure his first ever triathlon victory in Clearwater. The event was the second of three in the Graniteman Triathlon Series. Storhaug took seventh in the first one, held at Sturges Park in Buffalo on June 4, before beating the entire field at Warner Lake Park in Clearwater with a personal record time.
Dale Flesner, of Alexandria, carded a hole in one Friday, July 14, at Nordic Trails Golf Course. The ace came on hole eight, and Flesner used an eight iron for the 110-yard stretch to the pin. John Lund, Terry Schake and Pete Anderson were playing with Flesner during the memorable moment.