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Dirck Golf Academy taking memberships

The Scott Dirck Golf Academy will be renewing and taking new memberships for the 2013-2014 season.

Memberships run from December 1 to November 30th and include unlimited indoor/outdoor practice time, use of simulators, and range balls all year. Visit or call (320) 219-7677 for more information.

3-on-3 basketball league in Alexandria

Midwest 3-on-3 is hosting 3-on-3 basketball league this fall in Alexandria.

The dates for the second annual Alexandria league are on the Sundays of September 15, 22, 29 and October 6 and 13. They run from 4-9 p.m. and will be played at Discovery Middle School.

Boys and girls in grades 4-12 as of the fall of 2013 can register to play in the tournament. Cost is $55 per player with a $10 online registration fee per team. The Registration deadline is August 25. There will be a $20 late fee for those who sign up after the late registration deadline of September 5.

For more information or to register a team, visit

Alex youth basketball Club meeting

The Alexandria Youth Basketball Club (AYBC) will hold a registration meeting on September 9 from 7-8 p.m. at the Jefferson High School small gym.

The AYBC provides competitive and fun travel opportunities for girls and boys grades 4-8. All players and parents need to attend the meeting. Information sheets and registration forms can be found at

The AYBC is also hiring coaches. Those interested can contact Hal at

ATCC 5K run/walk

The Alexandria Technical and Community Foundation is having a 5K run/walk on Saturday, September 28 with the theme of "Running for Student Scholarships."

The ATCC Foundation awards nearly $400,000 in scholarship funds each year. Proceeds from the event will go toward student scholarships.

Runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome. The race will be professionally chip timed. To register, go to

Businesses and organizations can also get involved by becoming a sponsor at three different levels. Contact Angie Gasior at (320) 762-4677 for more information.

Curry offers fall baseball


Alexandria native and former San Francisco Giants' draft pick Caleb Curry is offering an instructional league for baseball players in grades 7-12.

The league will run on five Saturdays from September 7 through October 5. Grades 7-9 will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with grades 10-12 running from 2 to 5 p.m. at Knute Nelson ballpark.

Former and current professional and collegiate players and coaches are working the league. They will provide an hour of instruction, followed by a seven-inning game. Cost is $100 per player.

For more information or to sign up, contact Curry at (320) 491-2460 or by e-mail at

Evansville sportsmen's


The Evansville Area Sportsmen are hosting their annual fundraising banquet on Saturday, September 14 at the Long Lake Lodge in Brandon.

The banquet will include dinner, prizes and the chance to win a number of different guns. They have room for 150 people and those interested are encouraged to get their tickets early as the cost of dinner tickets increases by $5 each on September 7.

Current cost is $20 each for single dinner tickets. Couples dinner tickets are $35 for two and those 17-and-younger get in for $15. Happy hour starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 7 p.m.

For more information or to get tickets, e-mail or call Rick Evavold at (320) 834-4637 or Lon Lystrom at (218) 948-2249.

PEAK Performance fall

hockey programs

Registration is open for the Heartland Orthopedic Specialist's 2013 PEAK Performance fall hockey programs.

The programs will offer specific hockey skill instruction by former Minnesota State-Mankato hockey player Ryan Severson. Severson also played professionally for three years for the Fort Wayne Komets of the East Coast Hockey League.

The programs start on September 9 and run through October 16 with plenty of options available to fit each person's schedule. For more information, call (320) 335-6064.

Fall soccer academy

The Alexandria Area Soccer Association is holding a fall soccer academy with six sessions that start on September 6 and run through October 8.

The academy will consist of warm-ups, skills and technical training. The six co-ed sessions will be divided into age groups based upon participants in grades K-2, 3-4 and 5-6 as of the fall of 2013.

The deadline for registration is August 30. For more information or to register, visit

Defensive shooting course

The Alexandria Gun Club will hold an introduction to defensive shooting at its outdoor range on Saturday, August 24.

The course is open to those with a carry permit who wish to improve their skills in the use of a handgun for self-defense. It will be led by Kevin Eckhoff, a law enforcement defensive tactics instructor.

There will be two classes from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Each class is limited to 12 people. All shooters must have a suitable defensive handgun.

Pre-registration is required. For more information on what is necessary for the class and to register, contact Jerry Jensen at (320) 762-1333 or Tactical Training Group at (320) 354-4196.

Fall dance team program

Lakes Area Recreation will hold dance team training for girls in grades 7-12 with no tryouts necessary.

The program will serve as a starting point and training for dancers who are either interested in or part of the winter competitive Cardinal dance team.

Basic jazz and kick techniques as well as endurance and stretching will be part of the practices, which will culminate in a performance at a Cardinal football game this fall.

For more information or to register, call (320) 762-2868.

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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