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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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.
Success in early-season pheasant hunting is often about timing. Corn is still plentiful in most of pheasant country at this time of year, and it was no different in the southwestern portion of the state on the Oct. 15 opener. That's where I met up with my dad at 8:30 a.m. so we could be in the field the minute the clock struck nine.
Adam Klepetka is an example of the kids that Shawn Thelen and other coaches in the Alexandria Area Youth Cycling program were hoping to attract to their sport - students who weren't necessarily seasoned bikers. Klepetka, a 15-year-old sophomore, had played football and sprinted in track, but he had never tried an endurance sport quite like mountain biking. "I haven't even had a bike since I was like 7," Klepetka said.
Brandon-Evansville 36, Hancock 12 Osakis 56, Benson 12 Paynesville Area 42, Minnewaska 14 Breckenridge 41, West Central Area-Ashby 6 Parkers Prairie 26, New York Mills 6
Things didn’t start well for the Brandon-Evansville football team in the 9-Man, Section-4 playoff opener on Tuesday, but it’s how things ended that matter. Hancock surprised the Chargers with an onside kick right off the bat that ricocheted off a B-E player and into the hands of the Owls. Forty-six yards later, quarterback Kaleb Koehl made it 6-0 on a touchdown run from the 4-yard line on fourth down.
The Alexandria football team couldn't dwell on its first loss of the season with the playoffs right around the corner after a 26-19 defeat at the hands of St. Cloud Tech last Wednesday. The Cardinals (7-1) jumped right back into things over the fall break, watching video on Thursday. Practice followed on Friday morning. It was back to work with their sights set on a section title.
FOOTBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Hancock, Class 9-Man, Section 4 playoffs, 6 p.m. Osakis vs. Benson, 5AA playoffs, 7 p.m. West Central Area-Ashby at Breckenridge, 6AA playoffs, 6 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs...
The Minnewaska volleyball team ended its regular season by losing a 3-1 match to Montevideo on Monday night. The Thunderhawks (12-15) finished things off with a 25-21 win in the fourth set to secure the win. Abby VerSteeg and Carley Stewart led the Lakers (6-16) with seven kills apiece. VerSteeg added 23 digs, while Taylor Amundson had 21 assists and Bailey Stewart led the defense with her 24 digs.
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.