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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Homecoming games tend to bring with them a little more enthusiasm no matter what kind of a season a team is having. For Alexandria, the opportunity to play on Saturday afternoon makes the Cardinals the only show in high school football in the area. Add to it the fact that they are a 4-0 team putting up a district-best 47.8 points per game, and it should make for an exciting atmosphere when Bemidji comes to town for a 2 p.m. kickoff this weekend.
It's cliché in football to say that success starts up front at the line of scrimmage, but most clichés in sports are clichés because they're true. The Brandon-Evansville football team believes wholeheartedly in that popular gridiron mantra. Players and head coach Tim Pattrin are quick to say where three straight dominant wins and a 3-1 record through four weeks has originated.
FOOTBALL Osakis vs. Frazee, 7 p.m. B-E vs. BLH, 7 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Sauk Centre, 7 p.m. WCA-A vs. BBE, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at KMS, 7 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS...
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at B-EV, 7:30 p.m. B-E vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Melrose, 7 p.m. WCA vs. Ortonville, 7 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Alexandria at...
Football - Offense - Chris Backes, QB, St. Cloud Tech: Finished 28-of-43 passing with 339 yards and rushed 22 times for 117 yards and two scores in a win over Rocori. Football - Defense - Mitch Zayas, Sartell: Eight solo tackles, three assisted tackles and four tackles for loss against Bemidji. Boys soccer - Offense - Aden Davis, Brainerd: Scores four goals and had two assists last week. Boys soccer - Defense - Gabe Villalobos, St. Cloud Tech.
The Alexandria swimming and diving team got off to a dramatic start that propelled the Cardinals to a 101-79 victory over Little Falls on Tuesday night. The 200-medley relay team won by a margin of .17 seconds as Mikayla Meece, Hannah Eklund, Abby Bartosiewski and Ashtyn Molesworth set the tone for the meet. Meece went on to win the 200 IM in 2:26.97 and the 100 butterfly in 1:08.18 in a 1-2 finish in that event after Bartosiewski took second in 1:11.34. Rachel Kriese added a win in diving with 192 points and Joslyn Kent was second with 175.90 points.
Brad and Carrie Hoppe remember the jokes they heard at one of the first musky shows they ever brought their lures to more than 10 years ago. The idea of using a Mylar plastic called Flashabou had been thought of in the fly-fishing world but hadn't been popular as a form of skirt in the world of musky fishing until the Hoppes tested the waters with it in the early 2000s. Musky lures stand out anyway because of their size. The large blades and bright color combinations that the Hoppes made added to the aesthetics.
The Department of Natural Resources predicted a fairly good opener for Minnesota's waterfowl season this past Saturday, and that proved true for many locally, according to Osakis General Store manager Jed Fiskness. "Sounds like a lot of local birds were around, some teal, mallards, quite a few wood ducks," Fiskness said on Monday. "With the weather we had, they were moving around quite a bit. As usual, the first day of hunting was the best. I live only about two-thirds of a mile from (Lake Osakis), and they were really doing a lot of of shooting out there."
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team secured a Little Eight Conference win on Tuesday night that moved the Chargers to 4-2 league play after sweeping Battle Lake. The Battlers (4-10, 1-4 LEC) couldn't keep up with a B-E team that took charge from the get-go by winning 25-12. It was all Chargers after that as they secured the match with 25-17 and 25-15 wins.
The Osakis volleyball team dropped its first Prairie Conference match of the season on Tuesday night as Royalton outlasted the Silverstreaks in a five-setter. The Royals (7-9, 4-2 Prairie) won the first two sets 25-19 and 25-17 before Osakis (8-8, 5-1 Prairie) rallied. The Silverstreaks won 25-16 and 25-19 in the third and fourth but couldn't come all the way back as the Royals took the fifth set 15-13.