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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BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Sauk Rapids-Rice, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. St. John’s Prep, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. CGB, 7:30 p.m. WCA at Swanville, 7:30 p.m. Ashby vs. Battle Lake, 7:15...
There will be community fan buses going to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul for the opening round game of the Class A girls hockey tournament on Wednesday. The...
BOYS BASKETBALL Minnewaska vs. Benson, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Minnewaska at LQPV, 7:30 p.m.
The Alexandria girls basketball team had a couple big tests late last week as the Cardinals tested themselves against Class 4A's Edina after playing Brainerd on Friday night. Alexandria (16-6, 12-1 Central Lakes Conference) stuck with the Hornets (12-10) on Saturday in a 43-35 loss that was part of the Breakdown Winter Lakes Classic at AAHS. That came after they handled Brainerd for the second time this season in a 75-63 game.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team lost an overtime game at New York Mills last Friday night and lost an important player for the season, as well. Junior guard Carrigan Okerlund suffered a broken arm during the game after gathering a steal and going in for a fastbreak layup. She was fouled in the air and came down hard on her arm. Okerlund is a part of the starting lineup and a three-point shooting threat for the Chargers. She hit four triples and had 16 points in a win over Parkers Prairie last Thursday.
The Montevideo girls basketball team beat Minnewaska 74-57 on Friday night after outscoring the Lakers 44-27 after halftime. Carley Stewart and Taylor Amundson had 15 and 14 points, respectively, to help lead the Lakers. Abby VerSteeg added 11 points, while Ashlyn Guggisberg finished with seven. GAME SUMMARY MONTEVIDEO 30 44 - 74 MINNEWASKA 30 27 - 57 MINNEWASKA TOTALS - FG - 18-57; Three-point FG - 9-22; FT - 12-21; Rebounds - 17; Assists - 13; Blocks - 3; Turnovers - 13
The Ashby boys basketball team fell in a 61-40 game to Pelican Rapids on Friday night. Pelican Rapids led 34-20 at the half and continued to pull away in the second half. "We were out of sync tonight," stated Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick. "Offensively, we just weren't clicking and makes were tough to come by. Defensively, I thought we played fine, but when you aren't making shots, it is tough to get set up defensively over and over again."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sent out a release last week reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program is Friday, Feb. 26. The USDA called it one of the most competitive general sign-up periods in history, in part due to a statutory limit on the number of acres that can be enrolled in the program. The most competitive applications will be those that combine multiple conservation benefits such as water quality and wildlife habitat.
The Alexandria girls basketball team stuck with Class 4-A’s Edina on Saturday as part of the Breakdown Winter Lakes Classic at Alexandria Area High School. The Cardinals (16-6) stayed within...
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Twin City 4, Alexandria 3 The Alexandria Blizzard lost a 2-0 lead in the third period on Friday night as Twin City came back for a 4-3 win...