After a 5-2 win over Detroit Lakes on Friday at Alexandria Area High School, the Alexandria boys tennis team earned the third seed heading into the Section 8AA Tournament. At first singles, Cardinals sophomore JJ Foster cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over DL's Tanner Doppler. Derek Berning won his second singles matchup by a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Garrett Knopf, while Matt Vogel beat Connor Froke 6-2, 6-1 at third singles. Wade Smith took the lone singles loss but made it close. He dropped the first set 6-4, came back to win by the same score and lost the third set 7-5.
The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville girls track and field team took home the Pheasant Conference Title on Wednesday, scoring 165 points to edge out West Central Area (130) and the rest of the field. Senior Madison Krupke had as good a day as an athlete can have at a meet, sweeping her events with first-place finishes in the 300-meter hurdles (50.96), 200-meter dash (29.00), long jump (15 feet, 5.75 inches and triple jump (33 feet, 6.5 inches).
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team lost a heartbreaker on Thursday, losing to Pheasant Conference and Section 6A opponent Hancock by a score of 4-3 in eight innings. "Another tight game that could have gone either way," head coach Brian Perleberg said. "We played well enough to win and put ourselves in position to score in seven of the eight innings, but couldn't get it done when we needed to."
The Brandon-Evansville softball team lost to a solid Morris-Area-Chokio-Alberta squad by a score of 11-4 on Thursday, the team's first loss at home since April 11. The Chargers (14-5) never had a lead as they gave up three runs in the top of the first, but they were able to keep it close to head into the seventh inning with a 4-4 game. "Morris is a very athletic, well-coached team with a solid lineup from top to bottom," B-E head coach Kasi Sieling said. "We hung right with them for six innings tonight, but just weren't able to hold them in the seventh."
Although there is one more Central Lakes Conference meet to go, the Alexandria girls golf team was able to claim the title after another first-place finish at Fergus Falls on Thursday. The team posted a score of 330, which was 22 strokes better than Sartell and 26 better than Brainerd. Alexandria senior Bridget Amundson was the tournament's medalist with a 77, carding a 39 on the front nine and a 38 on the back.
The Osakis baseball team faced a challenging opponent in No. 3 Pierz on Thursday. They led 1-0 for most of the game but couldn't hang on, as the Pioneers scored two in the sixth and three in the seventh to take a 5-1 win. We competed well against the No. 3-ranked team in the state," Streaks head coach Shad Schmidt said. "Pierz is a great team and they made adjustments to Jeff (Piekarski) and the ump's strike zone and broke through in the sixth. We played well, really. We just didn't get enough offense going. It was a good test for us going into playoffs next week."
The Minnewaska softball team finished its regular season with a record of 16-4 after a 15-0, four-inning win over Renville County West on Thursday. Morgan Hess pitched all four innings and allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out three Jaguars hitters. According to minnesota-scores.net, Minnewaska will be the second seed out of the 3AA-North Subsection with a section record of 4-2, and Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta will get the top seed as they finished 13-4 overall and 5-2 in the section.
After playing a few games for the Minnewaska Area softball team last season, Morgan Hess tore her ACL and was forced out of the lineup for the rest of the year. This year as a senior, she's putting in more than enough work to make up for time lost to the injury.
The West Central Area boys track and field team had a good amount of breathing room at the Pheasant Conference meet on Wednesday, taking first place by 42.5 points over second-place Wheaton-Herman-Norcross. In relays, the 4x100 team of Jake Drechsel, Cole Redepenning, Tyler Onstad and Robert Sewell, the 4x200 team of Drechsel, John Barber, Tyler Onstad and Sewell and the 4x800 team of Kaden Spindler, Benett Grove, Austin Clavin and Chris Onstad all took first place.
The Alexandria boys tennis team played two matches against Brainerd on Tuesday at Fitness Evolution in Sartell, falling 6-1 and 7-0. The Cardinals' lone win on the day came from Wade Smith in the first match at fourth singles. Smith beat Patrick Morghan in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.