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Boys golf: Cards secure CLC title, set sights on sections

Alexandria's Braeden Sladek sinks a putt on the No. 6 green at AGC on May 20. Sladek finished second in the final Central Lakes Conference individual standings, with his low four scores through the six meets coming in at 2-under par. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria boys golf team is back atop the Central Lakes Conference.

A year after Brainerd won the CLC by three points, the Cardinals put the finishing touches on their championship by winning what was two meets in one in Brainerd on Wednesday.

Programs from outside the conference were also there to form an 18-team invite, while the CLC teams placed their scores against each other in what was a makeup for a previously scheduled league meet. Alexandria won both formats, shooting a 304. Brainerd and Chaska both shot 312 behind them.

“It rained nearly the entire day, and the Legacy (Golf Course) is a tricky course on top of that,” Alexandria head coach Brady Swedberg said. “Scores were high but the guys battled all day.  On a day like this, you just try to keep your hands and grips dry. It was coming down hard enough for a while that just holding onto the club was a challenge.”

Senior Hunter Rebrovich handled the conditions as well as anyone. He won the CLC portion of the meet and was third in the overall invite by shooting a 74.

“Hunter capped off a great stretch of regular season golf,” Swedberg said. “It wasn’t his lowest round of the year, but considering the conditions I’d say it was his most impressive.”

Eighth-grader Braeden Sladek was right behind Rebrovich at 75, while Grant Rebrovich shot a 77 and Noah Boraas a 78 to round out Alexandria’s scoring. Wyatt Cavers shot an 82 and Joe Bigger carded an 88 to finish off the lineup.

On top of winning the team CLC title by six points over Brainerd, Alexandria also had five players finish with All-CLC honors as top-14 individuals in the league. That finish is taken by each golfer’s score to par from their top four scores in the CLC meets, with their high two scores getting thrown out.

Logan Hamak, a sophomore from Sartell, was the overall medalist with his four low scores in the league coming in at 6-under par. Sladek was second with his scores coming in at 2-under. He had a 73 average through all six CLC meets. Hunter Rebrovich (third, 4-over par), Grant Rebrovich (fourth, 11-over par), Boraas (t-sixth, 14-over par) and Bigger (13th, 26-over) also finished with All-CLC honors.

Winning the conference was step one on the list of goals for Alexandria. The Cardinals will now turn their attention to a bigger to-do list with the Section 8AAA Tournament next on the schedule. Alexandria will try to repeat as section champions when teams meet at the Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids May 29 and 30.

“It was nice to cap off the CLC season with a win and maintain momentum,” Swedberg said. “Now we have a week to work and prep for sections. We will continue to build on what we’ve done all year. There’s no doubt the guys will be prepared. It will come down to handling our emotions and decision making. If we do that, the results will take care of themselves.”

BRAINERD CLC MEET

TEAM SCORES - Alexandria - 304; Brainerd - 312; Sartell - 320; Fergus Falls - 338; St. Cloud Tech - 339; Rocori - 346; Willmar - 377

ALEXANDRIA - Hunter Rebrovich - 74; Braeden Sladek - 75; Grant Rebrovich - 77; Noah Boraas - 78; Wyatt Cavers - 82; Joe Bigger - 88

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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