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SECTION 6A CHAMPIONS

PANTHERS THREE-PEAT AFTER DEFEATING NEW YORK MILLS 14-2

The Panther baseball team is headed back to the State Tournament for the third time in as many years, after defeating New York Mills on Friday. However, this time, the Panthers will be defending their state title from a year ago.

"I'm so impressed with how these guys battled all week. To come out then today against a good team and hit the ball like we did is incredible! These guys are fighters and have a never quit attitude. Haggs was awesome on the mound and the defense solid! Austin's catch in center was amazing. Brock stepped up and was solid filling in for Brady. These boys can play!" ~ Head Coach Derek Denny

Parkers began the season with just three starters returning from a year ago, and after a slow start to the season, pulled together for an exciting playoff run to capture the Section 6A Title.

The Panthers will begin State Tournament play in Chaska on Thursday, June 14th, with opponent to be determined.

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Simonson is MVP  for Cardinal Tennis

Friday, June 1st the Boys’ Tennis Award Banquet was held for the Alexandria Cardinals. Their overall record was 14-12, conference record 5-7, a tie for 3rd with Willmar and Sartell.

Letter Winners: Matt Vogel, James Foster, Jacob Partington, Alex Jost, Grant Storm, Eli Simonson, Zach Wosepka, Hunter Croonquist, Treyton Thompson, Gannon Lueck, Chris Bienusa, Pieter Mulder, Andrew Wegner, Dylan Nelson, Jacob Siira , Ethan Johnson

JV Most Improved: Ethan Johnson; JV Hardest Worker: Kevin Dau; Conference Honorable Mention: Matt Vogel, Zach Wosepka; All Conference: Eli Simonson, Grant Storm; Varsity Most Improved Player: Hunter Croonquist; Varsity Hardest Worker: Zach Wosepka; Varsity Most Intense Player: Grant Storm; Varsity MVP: Eli Simonson Varsity Most Wins: Eli Simonson, Zach Wosepka - 15; 2019 Captains: James Foster, Zach Wosepka

Varsity Records:  Matt Vogel: 10-15; James Foster: 13-10; Jacob Partington: 14-13; Alex Jost: 11-10; Grant Storm: 14-10; Eli Simonson: 15-12; Zach Wosepka: 15-11; Hunter Croonquist: 14-9; Treyton Thompson: 7-9; Gannon Lueck: 11-12; Chris Bienusa; 12-5; Pieter Mulder: 3-4; Dylan Nelson: 2-3; Andrew Wegner: 1-3; Jacob Siira: 1-0; Ethan Johnson: 1-0

The tennis team celebrated the 2018 season with an awards banquet recently. It was their second straight winning season for the guys, and it was a season which saw them playing 26 matches in a very short period of time. Once the snow was gone they had about four weeks to play these matches, a grueling task for any player. “I am so impressed with the way these guys fought every match, and kept up with their school work,” said Coach Dave Ronning.

“At the banquet we talked about the choices we make and what choices they are going to have to make in order to get back to the top of the CLC, and maybe a section title. These guys are not far away from those achievements and this is a group that can surely accomplish such a feat. We graduate just two seniors in Grant Storm and Matt Vogel. Both were captains this season and were a vital part to the success we enjoyed. Both Matt and Grant played at the top of our lineup all season playing first singles and first doubles in every match. We also talked about the foundation that Grant and Matt have built for our program, not only being successful players but also being strong leaders and good role models for the younger players. The legacy they have built will prove successful for our program for years to come.

Three of our major award winners will be back next season. Hunter Croonquist was awarded the most improved player award as he continued to work on his game and his style of play all season. Zach Wosepka was our hardest worker and he came ready to work and play every day whether it was practice or matches. Our MVP was Eli Simonson and with his versatility being able to play at a high level at both singles and doubles he is poised to have a very successful senior season next year. Eli is a player that gives us a ton of options, where we can put him in singles and load our doubles with the other players, or he can be dominate at doubles with a lesser player so we can put the rest of our strengths into singles and the other two doubles spots. Our captain’s for the 2019 season will be JJ Foster and Zach Wosepka, the players voted them in and they will be great leaders for this team. They have both already expressed their desire to lead a good offseason workout for the returning players and that is what it will take for us to achieve our goals. With a strong group of juniors returning and a very talented freshman class the future looks bright for these guys, but they will have to believe in each other, and they will have to put the work in.”