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
Week Three Coffee Pot Café def. Starner Farms 8-0 Thomas-Lauren Co. def. Cenex 6-2 WSN def. Design Tree 6-2 Jack's Auto Body & Glass def. American Food Group 6-2 Nerium def. Flippin' Fabulous 6-2 Week Four Cenex def. Starner Farms 8-0 Jack's Auto Body & Glass def. Nerium 8-0 Thomas-Lauren Co. def. Design Tree 8-0 American Food Group def. WSN 7-1 Flippin' Fabulous def. Coffee Pot Café 6-2
The Alexandria boys and girls track teams combined to send nine athletes to the Class AA state tournament after Thursday's Section 8AA meet in Sauk Rapids. The girls finished first as a team with 153.5 points, well ahead of second place Willmar (99) and third place Rocori (72.5). Advancing from the girls team are Syri Williams (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, long jump), Kelby Olson-Rodel (100, 200), Kaye Pashka (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Mya Lesnar (shot put), McKenzie Duwenhoegger (shot put) and Jeanna Miller (high jump, long jump).
The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville track and field team competed in the Section 6A meet on Thursday in Fergus falls, and junior James Strese finished second in the shot put to advance to the state meet. Strese scratched in all three of his discus attempts, but redeemed himself in the shot put by crushing his personal best with a 49-foot, 8-inch throw. He will compete at 3:30 Friday afternoon at Hamline University during the throwing portion of the state meet, and Brandon High School will give him a good-luck sendoff at 9 a.m.
Two vehicles crashed on the intersection of Dittberners Creek Road NW and County Road 14 near Lake Miltona on Saturday afternoon around 3, according to a release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Westbound, Thomas Uhde, 76, was making a left turn onto Dittberners Creek Road when Jeffry Adams, 32 was trying to pass him in the eastbound lane, the release said.
Minnewaska senior Mariah Beckius and freshman Ellie Danielson are headed to Hamline. The two athletes finished in the top two in two of their events Thursday at the Section 6A meet in Fergus Falls to advance to state, which is set to take place June 9-10 at Hamline University in St. Paul. Beckius took the top spot in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.74 and second in the 100, finishing in 13.13 seconds.
The Osakis track and field teams had a successful Section 6A meet on Thursday in Fergus Falls, as three individual athletes and three relays qualified for the state meet by finishing in the top two in each event. On the girls side, senior Jessica Bliese took home the lone first-place finish for the Silverstreaks by taking the top spot in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 11.5 inches. "She's worked really hard this year," head coach Lee VanNyhuis said. "To see her reach her goals, it was awesome."
West Central Area seniors James Wiese and Jackson Merrick played their last round of high school golf on Wednesday in Benson. Wiese finished 13th in the section with a two-day score of 179, shooting a 92 in the first 18 and an 87 on Wednesday. "A lot of guys feel pressure and don't shoot as well the second day so we are proud of James putting together one of his better rounds of the year on this course," Knights head coach Kraig Hunter said. "The cut for going to state was 171 so he missed it by only eight strokes over 36 holes. We are proud of the way he finished his career."
Jessica St. Martin, an eighth grader at West Central Area, finished just eight strokes shy of Class A girls golf state tournament berth by shooting a two-day Section 5A tournament score of 186. "Jessica had a great day," head coach Kari Kreft said. "Often the nerves can get the best of you during tournament play, but Jessica did it the way every coach dreams, playing her own game, working hard for every hole and remembering that it is just another golf course. St. Martin shot a 95 in the first round and a 91 on Wednesday in Benson.
The West Central Area softball team stayed alive through Tuesday's Section 6A play, beating Parkers Prairie 11-0 and Royalton 7-3 to earn another matchup with Brandon-Evansville in the losers bracket semifinal on Thursday. The Knights (17-6) used five doubles to score five runs in the third inning to stretch a 4-0 lead to 9-0, and they scored two more in the fourth to end the game after five innings. Junior Brianna Kreft earned the win in the pitching circle, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out four over five innings.