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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For more than half a decade now, coaches for the Osakis girls basketball team had a pretty good idea of how their players would stack up against the competition. Experience often helps in sports, and the Silverstreaks had it in recent years. Girls who had been through the battles at the varsity level. It led to five straight seasons with at least 20 wins, culminating last winter with a 24-4 mark.
The annual district Elks Hoop Shoot free throw contest will take place at Alexandria Area High School on Jan. 7 at 11:45 a.m. and is hosted by the Alexandria Elks Club, Lodge No. 1685. Doors open for the event at 11 a.m. that day. The free throw contest is open for kids ages 8-13 as the kids compete against those of similar age levels. The contestants' age groups are determined by their age as of April 1, 2018.
The Alexandria Blizzard’s two-game winning streak over Granite City came to a close on Friday night as the West-Division leading Lumberjacks came to town and left with an 8-2 win at the Runestone Community Center.
The Alexandria girls hockey team went on the road on Friday night to face the defending Central Lakes Conference champions and Class AA foe Brainerd-Little Falls.
The Alexandria 200-medley relay team came into the Class A state swim meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center seeded 24th, and that’s exactly where the group finished. Freshmen McKenna Horan and Ashtyn Molesworth joined juniors Addison Rodel and Jadeya Peterson in all of their first trip to state and finished in a time of 1:55.01. They came in with a seed time of 1:53.77 to qualify for state by the time standard at the Section 6 meet.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Granite City, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Alexandria vs. South St. Paul, 2 p.m.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. Granite City, 7:10 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Alexandria at Brainerd, 7:15 p.m.
Whitetail deer are prevalent around the Alexandria area, but Kevin Kotts of the Department of Natural Resources in Glenwood can think of only a couple of cases where a mule deer has been seen in the area. Now he can add another one to the list. Alexandria's Jeff Klug sent a photo to the Echo Press Newspaper on Nov. 15 of a spike buck muley.
The Eagles Horseshoe League wrapped up its season recently with an awards banquet to honor some of the top finishers from the 2017 summer. Jim Syverson and Judy Carlson won the league title as a team, while Rick Maxwell and Kia Larson were second and Byrne Rising and Gary Kirckof finished third. In the team double-elimination playoffs, Justin Dummer and Shane Johnson took home the title. Carlson and Syverson were second and Dylan Maxwell and Jim Rushford finished third.