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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The Alexandria Blizzard wrapped up its weekend with a two-game split after a 6-1 loss in New Ulm on Saturday that came after an 8-0 win against Rochester on Friday. New Ulm methodically pulled away from the Blizzard with a goal in the first, two more in the second and three in the third that blew things open. Fritz Belisle of Red Wing led the charge with three goals. Emil Lindfors had Alexandria's only goal off assists from Tosten Mann and Connor Nilson at 9:25 in the second period.
The Alexandria Blizzard ran all over the Rochester Ice Hawks on Friday night to up its record to 5-4 on the young season. The Blizzard scored three goals in the...
Alexandria's Steve Henry will remember the first moose he ever shot on a trip to Alaska as much for whom he hunted with as he will because of the animal itself. The bull was a typical Alaska giant - where a legal animal has to have at least a 50-inch antler spread. Henry's had a 54-inch spread.
The Section 8-5A football playoffs are officially set with top-seeded Alexandria earning a bye and facing off against the winner of fourth-seeded Moorhead or fifth-seeded Bemidji (1-7) at home on Oct. 29 at a time that is yet to be determined. The Cardinals beat both teams during the regular season. They took down Moorhead 36-14 on Sept. 9 and the Lumberjacks 69-20 on Oct. 1. The Spuds and Bemidji meet up on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Moorhead.
AREA SCORES St. Cloud Tech 26, Alexandria 19 Osakis 47, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 14 Brandon-Evansville 50, Renville County West 8 Royalton 47, Parkers Prairie 18 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 38, Minnewaska 0 Upsala-Swanville Area 35, West Central Area-Ashby 14
The Renville County West football team beat Brandon-Evansville with a last-second field goal a year ago. On Wednesday, there was no last-second heroics by either team. The Chargers took care of business well before the fourth quarter in a 50-8 win that cemented this team's first 6-2 regular season in program history.
Wednesday's regular-season finale between two undefeated teams in Alexandria and St. Cloud Tech was supposed to be about the offenses. The two programs came in averaging more than 90 points a game between them. In the end, it was the defenses that made the biggest difference in a 26-19 win for St. Cloud Tech that secured a North Central Red District title for the Tigers.
The Alexandria cross country teams opened up the championship portion of their schedule on Tuesday as the Cardinals gathered in Sartell for the Central Lakes Conference meet. The girls came home with a third-place finish after tallying 95 points, while the Alexandria boys finished fourth with 92. The race was run at the Blackberry Ridge Golf Course, a new venue for all racers that Alexandria head coach Travis Hochhalter said was not producing particularly fast times with the rolling hills.
There are days in the woods that are going to be good days regardless of how the hunt unfolds. Oct. 5 was one of those evenings. Temperatures were in the mid-50s with gusting winds. Simply put, it finally felt like deer hunting weather. I had been wrestling with whether or not to sit in the stand that evening. Between work and having two kids under the age of 4, there is always an excuse not to. Luckily, I have a great wife who understands how passionate I am about this. She gave me the OK, which made up my mind.
Fishing success, regardless of the species targeted, involves finding fish and then triggering them into biting. My experiences as a veteran fishing guide and tournament angler make me believe that lots of folks have the skills needed to catch fish. A smaller number of anglers, however, are skilled at finding fish.