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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CROSS COUNTRY Alexandria at CLC meet, Boulder Ridge, 3:25 p.m. Osakis at Kimball, 4 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Alexandria at Fergus Falls, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska at Morris, 7:15 p.m.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team jumped out of conference to take on a good Wheaton-Herman-Norcross team on Monday and fell in three sets to the 16-4 Warriors. Wheaton had to fight for things in every set. The Warriors took the first and third by 25-22 and 25-23 scores, respectively. They sandwiched a 25-19 win in the second set in between those.
CROSS COUNTRY WCA at Canby, 4 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Brandon-Evansville at WHN, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie at WCA, 7:15 p.m.
The second and third seeds in the Section 8A-North playoffs met in Fergus Falls on Saturday, and it was as close as one might expect between the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy and Alexandria boys soccer teams. The Comets have put together a strong season at 16-2, and they extended it at least one more game by coming away with a 5-4 win.
Sauk Rapids-Rice 38, Alexandria 36 (F/OT) Minnewaska 48, Osakis 13 Brandon-Evansville 70, Laporte 14 Parkers Prairie 35, New York Mills 6 West Central Area-Ashby 40, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 14 Sauk Centre 39, Morris Area 8
The Alexandria football team fought back from a 22-6 deficit on Friday night at Sauk Rapids-Rice only to see that rally end in heartbreak during overtime. The Storm (4-3) got the ball first in the extra session and scored on a Nathan Waldorf reception. Anthony Massman caught the two-point conversion to make it an eight-point lead.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. New Ulm, 7:10 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Alexandria at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, 1 p.m. Section 8A playoffs
Osakis football has a young team this year that needs to play clean in all phases to give itself a chance to win, and it didn’t happen on Friday night. That spelled doom against a good Minnewaska team. Osakis had four turnovers in the first half against the now 5-2 Lakers. One set up Minnewaska at the Osakis 12-yard line and led to an 11-yard touchdown pass from Matt Gruber to Jackson Johnsrud. Another came on a fumble that went up in the air and right into the arms of Ryan Amundson for a 67-yard touchdown return.
Richmond's Albie Kraemer carded a hole-in-one while golfing at the Atikwa Golf Club in Alexandria on Oct. 12. Kraemer was golfing with Jack Torborg, Doris Torborg and Kathy Kraemer and used a seven iron on the 115-yard eighth hole.
The Viking Speedway had a beautiful couple days of weather for its season-ending Fall Classic this past Friday and Saturday and drivers came out in full force to take advantage of that. Ryan Schmitz, speedway president on the nine-member board of directors, said 171 cars came out for the main shows on Friday and Saturday. "That was great," Schmitz said. "What we were shooting for was to get cars there, and we were very happy with the turnout. Not only the number of cars, but any time you have three, four national champions racing there, it's pretty good."