Alexandria Legion baseball catcher Riley Simonson assisted on the final out in his second consecutive game behind the plate. With a Ham Lake runner on first base, Simonson received the pitch from Tate Breitkreutz before throwing the ball to Matthew Carlsen at first base to pick off the runner. "It's a good way to end a game," Simonson said. "Probably the best way to end it other than hitting a bomb. Just happy to get the win."
At the start of the Alexandria Legion baseball season, Matthew Carlsen wasn't in the dugout. The quarterback of the Alexandria Area High School football team missed the first three games of the summer season because he was at a football camp. After starting two games in the infield, he returned to the mound in the third game of the Alexandria Legion Baseball Tournament and threw a complete game shutout. "I felt pretty good," Carlsen said. "It was a huge confidence booster. I think we still need some work at the plate but our defense was top notch."
Alexandria Legion baseball head coach Jake Munsch had a long talk with his team following the 2-1 loss to Elk River in the opening game of the Alexandria Legion baseball tournament. "I talked to them about confidence," he said. "Right now we just don't have it on offense. They have the talent to represent the name on the front of their jerseys. They just don't have a lot of confidence at the plate right now."
Willmar Stingers' co-owner Ryan Voz is continuing a tradition in Alexandria that is bringing Northwoods League baseball back to town, even if it's just for one night. The Alexandria Beetles played in the NWL from 2001 through 2012 before the team was changed to the Blue Anchors in 2013. The Blue Anchors lasted only a couple of seasons before Alexandria lost its NWL team shortly after the 2015 summer season.
Rene Marelic and Brice Gillman enjoy their trips to the annual Lake Osakis Lions Club Walleye Tournament every year. Their ride from the Hutchinson area is even easier when they take home first place. "We love it up here," Gillman said. "The lake has been really good to us. We thought the weather might slow some things down, but it was fine. (The Osakis Lions Club) did a great job with it this year."
Bunker Hills Golf Club is becoming familiar territory for Alexandria girls golfers Ciara O'Connor and Hannah Boraas. Both girls made their second trip to the Class AAA state golf tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday after qualifying individually at the Section 8AAA tournament. "I'm getting more familiar with the course. It really showed today," O'Connor said on Wednesday. "I was disappointed (Tuesday) because I had one of my worst rounds of the year. It felt so good to play like I did today here."
Battling through the losers bracket of the Section 6A baseball tournament has become routine for Parkers Prairie. However, qualifying for the state tournament for the fourth straight year proved to be too tall of a task. The Panthers saw their season come to an end on Friday morning after losing to top-seeded New York Mills (17-4) 2-0. Even though the loss broke a three-year championship streak, senior Travis Yohnke noticed how far this team had come from the start of the season.
It may sound like a broken record hearing about the kind of year Kaye Paschka is having for the Alexandria girls track team That's because she can't stop breaking records. On May 21st in Brainerd, Paschka set a new bar in the 300-meter hurdles that hadn't been touched since 1988. Her time of 44.47 seconds in that race was a CLC and school record. Paschka's fastest times over the last four years will go down as some of the best in school history, but this one hit closer to home.
It doesn't seem to matter what the Parkers Prairie baseball team does in the regular season. As long as they get a bid in the Section 6A tournament they're going to make it count. The Panthers beat the Upsala-Swanville Area Patriots (15-8) 3-1 and are one of the final three teams left in Section 6A. "When you have the pitching like we had today you're going to be in a lot of games," head coach Derek Denny said. "I don't think we gave up an error in either game we played today. Need to get the bats going more but we feel like we're in a good spot right now."
John Schmidt was the last person to leave the court in the Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday night. After the Cardinals suffered a 6-1 loss to Duluth East in the consolation bracket, the Alexandria assistant boys tennis coach stopped near the court's exit and stood near the doorway. For him, it was a moment 43 years in the making.