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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Alexandria girls soccer team came in riding a wave of momentum in the Section 8A playoffs after a dramatic comeback in Detroit Lakes on Saturday. The Cardinals found themselves down 2-0 in that game before storming back to win 3-2 in a shootout. That sent them to the semifinals against top-seeded Sartell, where the Sabres won a 1-0 game to put an end to a memorable run for Alexandria. It marks the fourth straight season that Sartell-St. Stephen will play for the section crown.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team celebrated Senior Night by going back and forth in a 3-2 battle with Wheaton-Herman-Norcross on Monday night. It was one of the more impressive wins of the season for the Chargers (16-10) based on records as the Warriors came into the match at 19-1. That puts them in contention for the top seed in the 6A South with Underwood (19-4).