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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This is a look at how some area athletes are doing at their respective colleges or in their athletic careers. Similar pieces will run periodically through the fall, winter and spring seasons. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any more detailed information on the athletes listed or the names of other athletes who are playing college sports that you would like to see included in future publications. • Alexandria's Jaran Roste has helped lead Bethel University to the Division III football playoffs for the ninth time in school history.
The West Central Area volleyball program had three players named to the All-Pheasant Conference team recently. The Knights went 4-4 in the conference this fall season, good for third place behind Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (8-0) and Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (5-3). Seniors Morgan Woodle (OH) and Kaitlyn Sanstead (LB) and junior Haley Bennett (S) guided WCA as all-league performers. Kaleigh Anderson (OH) was also an honorable-mention selection.
Alexandria’s Carter Stockert has watched the North Dakota State University baseball program closely over the last handful of years.
Alexandria’s Kaye Paschka always knew she wanted to continue her athletic career at the college level. It was just a matter of figuring out which sport she would focus on. Paschka loves both basketball and track and field. “I think I always knew in the back of my head that I would do track in college,” Paschka said.
The Alexandria girls hockey team bounced back from a season-opening loss to Class A power St. Paul United by shutting out Class AA’s Moorhead in a 3-0 game on Tuesday night. The Cardinals (1-1) went on the road to get the win and wasted no time getting going. Alexandria outshot the Spuds 11-2 in the first period and grabbed a 1-0 lead when Kaci Trosvig scored off assists from Marki Oberg and Riley Nyberg on the power play.
Late October is the starting point of the time to pull out all the stops when trying to take a big whitetail, and a deer Alexandria's Sean Callahan shot with his bow on Oct. 29 is proof of that. Callahan got in the stand for an evening hunt at about 1 p.m. that day in the northwest corner of an "L" shaped food plot. A mixture of willows and cattails surrounding a pond where deer usually bed was to the north, with an open pasture to the west and houses to the south and east.
Osakis 11-year-old Aubrey Loxtercamp was taught to shoot by her grandpa at an early age. On Nov. 4, she executed a shot on a great buck. Aubrey was hunting with her grandpa, Rick Loxtercamp, near Osakis during the opening weekend of Minnesota's deer firearm season when a group of does and fawns were milling around in front of them. Rick has a rule on his property—no one is allowed to shoot young bucks or fawns. He made an exception for Aubrey last year when she shot her first deer as a 10-year-old, a younger buck. This year was going to be different.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team controlled the Little Eight Conference this fall on the way to a 12-0 league record. At season's end, the Chargers dominated the LEC award honors. Brandon-Evansville had three players earn first-team all-conference—outside hitter Bailey Schaefer, setter Madison Quinn and middle hitter Mikenna Pattrin. The Chargers' Sara Jacobson was also named second-team all conference as the team's libero, while junior right-side hitter Brittany Korkowski earned honorable-mention status.
The Alexandria Mountaineers high school mountain biking team earned a fifth-place finish at the state meet in Mankato Oct. 27-28, and the middle school program joined them in the top five by taking second to wrap up a standout season. The middle school team placed first or second at all five races this year in the Division 2 category. That led them to second place overall in the division's season standings.
B-E boys basketball alumni game set for Jan. 5 The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball program is hosting its third annual alumni tournament on Jan. 5 with all former players invited to take part in the game. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Chargers program, and the first game of the day will start at 9 a.m. and will be played in the Evansville gym. Cost is $10 per player, with the first-place team earning a $100 prize.