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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SECTION 3AA New London-Spicer 3, Minnewaska 0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) 6A SOUTH Brandon-Evansville 3, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 1 (25-23, 17-23, 25-14, 25-18) Henning 3, Parkers Prairie 1 (25-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-23) SECTION 6AA Albany 3, Osakis 0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-21) Sauk Centre 3, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0 (25-14, 25-9, 25-11)
The Minnewaska volleyball team had its season ended at the hands of New London-Spicer in the Section 3AA Tournament on Thursday in a 3-0 sweep. The Wildcats (13-15) won the first set 25-18 before securing the win with 25-20 and 25-22 wins in the second and third. Carley Stewart led the Lakers (6-17) with eight kills. Bailey Stewart had 11 digs and Taylor Amundson finished with 17 assists. NL-S 3, MINNEWASKA 0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22)
The Moorhead football team was fresh off a 48-0 dismantling of Bemidji on Tuesday night when the conversation shifted to this weekend. The Spuds (5-4) wanted another shot at Alexandria after the Cardinals beat them 36-14 when they met on Sept. 9. They will get that opportunity when the two teams kick off on Saturday night at 7 from Alexandria Area High School in the Section 8-5A semifinals.
The Brandon-Evansville football team knows the task at hand on Saturday. It's no longer good enough to play close to a team like Verndale; not for a now 7-2 Chargers program that believes it can beat any team in the section if it plays to its potential.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Willmar at Alexandria, 7:10 p.m.
The Alexandria cross country team will send three athletes to the state meet after both the boys and girls teams finished fifth at the Section 8-AA meet in Little Falls...
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team wanted one more shot at a good Underwood program, and the Chargers will get it after taking care of Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in the 6A-South quarterfinals on Thursday...
VOLLEYBALL Osakis at Albany, 6AA North Tournament, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, 6A Tournament, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Henning, 6A Tournament, 7 p.m. Minnewaska at New London-Spicer, 3AA North...
Shallow lake management activities are underway on Simon Lake in Pope and Swift counties, according to a release sent out by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. A partial, temporary drawdown of the lake using siphon tubes and a portable pump to reduce the volume of water began in early July. A rotenone treatment to reduce fish populations for the benefit of waterfowl is planned for the last week in October. In spring 2017, the DNR plans to restock Simon Lake with northern pike so they can prey on fish that survive the rotenone treatment.
We're inching toward the best time of the year to be in the bowhunting woods, and some might say that we're already there. I know hunters who love the pre-rut portion of the season even better than the rut as bucks start to get on their feet and become more aggressive about claiming their territory and searching out does. Now we just need the weather to cooperate a little bit. This past weekend featured temperatures in the 60s and 70 on Saturday - not exactly ideal weather for getting big bucks on their feet in daylight.