Alexandria boys loaded with lofty goals again

Alexandria boys golf coach Brady Swedberg has lofty goals for his team again with another deep and talented roster.

Alexandria's Braeden Sladek hits from just off the green during a round at the Alexandria Golf Club on May 20, 2019. Sladek, a sophomore now, is back as one of the top players in the state this year looking to help the Cardinals to another big season. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria boys golf team is ready to build on its history of success with another talented roster that head coach Brady Swedberg believes has an opportunity to compete near the top of the Central Lakes Conference and Section 8-3A fields.

Swedberg has guided teams to two CLC championships and a second, fourth and seventh-place finish at the state tournament in recent years. That doesn’t happen without having multiple athletes in the program who can produce, and he is confident Alexandria has that depth again this season.

“We have 10 or 11 guys who will fight to crack the top six throughout the year,” Swedberg said. “The guys are excited to practice as a team, the van rides, all the little things that come with a high school golf season. But more than anything, they are ready to compete and win golf tournaments as a team again.”

Sophomore Braeden Sladek and senior Grant Rebrovich return with a bunch of experience in big tournaments at the top of the lineup. Senior Wyatt Cavers also has varsity experience to fall back on as he now tries to step into an expanded team scoring role this spring.

“We have some great team leaders, especially our two captains Grant Rebrovich and Braeden Sladek,” Swedberg said. “They are both the lead-by-example type, but aren’t afraid to speak up when needed.”


Swedberg likes the ball-striking ability of guys up and down this roster.

“I expect them to show up every day ready to work and get better, and to be fully prepared physically and mentally for each and every meet,” he said. “I believe if they do that, our three team goals of winning conference, sections and state are extremely attainable.”

Accomplishing big goals like that often come down to play on and around the greens, and Swedberg said guys will focus on that short game in practices early this spring.

“We want to be technically sound, but more importantly, we need to get reps on and around the practice greens with our chipping and putting,” Swedberg said. “Beyond that, we know that the mental game is something that can always be improved. It’s an ongoing battle of controlling emotions, self belief and the will to compete for four straight hours regardless of how it’s going.”

Swedberg sees Brainerd and Sartell as two programs to compete with at the top of the CLC. Moorhead joins all three programs as being potential front runners to win the Section 8-3A meet by the end of the season.


SENIORS - Hunter Brunkow, Wyatt Cavers, Mason Gray, Ethan Johnson, Grant Rebrovich; JUNIORS - Brycen Berg, Andrew Johnson, Peter Sansted, Mason Stennes, Andrew Swedberg; SOPHOMORES - Jacob Balcome, Colton Cavers, Gavyn Jaragoske, Braeden Sladek, Jack Sticha; FRESHMEN - Ryan Albers, Thadeous Anderson, Landon Bradshaw, Andrew Crowser, Brendan Eckstein, Bennett Hagen-Olson, Austen Hegg, Jackson Holtz, Jacob Lanoux, David Malingen, Eric Peterson, Brennan Staples, Caleb Staples, Bralyn Steffensmeier, Kadyn Weber, Ian Winter; EIGHTH-GRADE - Carver Larson, Ashton Sladek

COACHES - Head coach - Brady Swedberg, fifth season; Assistant coach - Josh Lang; Volunteer assistants - Patrick Sieve, Ryan Wagner, Derek Swedberg, Collin Modahl



April 16 at Rich Spring GC, 3:30 p.m.

April 20 at Alexandria GC, 3:30 p.m.

April 26 at Pebble Lake GC, 3:30 p.m.

April 29 at St. Cloud CC, 3:30 p.m.

April 30 at Eden Prairie, 7 a.m.

May 1 at Eden Prairie, 11:30 a.m.

May 3 at Windsong Farms GC, 9 a.m.


May 3 at Sartell, 4 p.m.

May 4 at Willmar, 4 p.m.

May 7 at Pre-section meet at Rich Spring GC, TBD

May 10 at Bemidji Town and CC, 9 a.m.

May 12 at Brainerd, TBD

May 17 at Territory GC, 1 p.m.

May 18 at Brainerd, 9 a.m.

June 1 Sections at Rich Spring GC, TBD


June 2 Sections at Rich Spring GC, TBD

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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