The Alexandria boys tennis team held its awards banquet after the spring season to celebrate the team's first winning season since 2009. "At the banquet, we talked about evaluating your season and what it will take to get better and compete for a conference title in the coming years," head coach Dave Ronning said. "We feel we have the talent here in Alex, but the guys will have to work harder to get to where they want to be. Three major elements that need work are consistency, footwork, and match play. Another element that will be a key factor is how they practice."
The Alexandria baseball team put together the deepest state tournament run in history this spring, making for some meaningful awards handed out at the end-of-season banquet. Seniors Jake Drew, Connor Busse, Blake Anderson and junior Brock Anderson were named members of the All-Central Lakes Conference team, while Conner Hammerback, Brady Burgau, Carter Stockert and Reed Larson were honorable mentions.
The Alexandria softball team passed out awards to celebrate a 15-9 season, and senior Emma Ziegler was handed the team award for Most Valuable Player. Ziegler had 27 hits in 83 at-bats for a .325 batting average, scored a team-second 27 runs and knocked in nine. She showed versatility in the field by playing shortstop primarily and pitching when needed. She, along with fellow senior Ellie Ronning and junior Calley Richardson, was awarded All-Central Lakes Conference honors, while McKenzie Revering, Kendra Hardy and Allison O'Kane were honorable mentions.
The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville boys and girls track and field teams combined for 25 letterwinners this spring, and just four of the athletes on the roster were seniors Senior captains Madison Krupke, Kylee Hansen, Brett Peterson and Roland Fossel led the young team through a season that showed much improvement and promise for the upcoming years.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team had a very successful season to recognized at its season-ending awards banquet. With an 18-8 record overall, the Chargers finished 11-3 in the Pheasant Conference for a share of the conference title and lost just two Section 6A playoff games, both of which were against New York Mills, which went on to win the Class A state title.
After Connor Kerr won back-to-back chip-offs to advance to the final hole of the Geneva Member Guest Tournament on Saturday, he and his partner, Collin Modahl, weren't going to let final opponents Scott Stockmoe and Dennis Spindler get in their way of winning the title. "He got up and hit a great tee shot, probably the best drive he hit all week, and it left me 255 yards into the wind to the green," Modahl said. "I just told him that any other time I played this hole, I would go for the green in two, and you have to stay true to what your approach is to the game.
As the dust settles from Parkers Prairie winning the Class A state baseball title, the awards for the Panther's work this spring are rolling in, led by the Class A Player of the Year award going to senior Andrew Johnson.
After taking second place in the Pheasant Conference this spring, the Brandon-Evansville baseball team had four players named members of the all-conference team. Seniors Kevin Campbell, Jake Nohre and Austin Bitzan, as well as junior Jake Hintermeister earned all-conference honors, with an honorable mention going to freshman Marshall Riedel. For West Central Area, juniors Nathan Kaye and Levi Larkin were all-conference, and junior catcher Ross Anderson received an honorable mention.
Brandon-Evansville has five representatives on the 2017 Pheasant All-Conference team, including senior Carrigan Okerlund, who was named Conference MVP. The other four include seniors Sadie Roers, Morgan Stelzer and Lizzy Friedrich, along with junior Emily Bukkila. Mikki Pikkaraine, Shyanna Behrens and Kennedy Lund, all seniors, were honorable mentions. The Chargers split the conference title with Hillcrest this spring, as both teams posted an 11-3 record. WCA's McNamara wins Coach of the Year
Alexandria's Braeden Sladek finished second in the Pepsi Little People's Golf Tournament in Quincy, Illinois with a two-round total of 152 last week. The 12-year-old was three strokes shy of first place in Division 5-B, which is made up of kids ages 12 and 13. Dean Greyserman, of Boca Raton, Florida, took first place with a 149.