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The top-seeded Osakis girls tennis team had its season end in heartbreak on Wednesday as second-seeded Minnewaska beat the Silverstreaks in the Section 6A title match. Osakis had beaten the Lakers 7-0 earlier in the season, but Minnewaska had its lineup ready to go for a rematch. The Lakers took three of four in singles play and two of three in doubles to wrap up their second straight trip to the state tournament. Joelle Thorfinnson got things going with a tight 6-1, 1-6, 10-8 win over Ashley Kraemer at first singles.
BOYS SOCCER Alexandria vs. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, 8A playoffs, 6 p.m. Minnewaska in section play, TBD GIRLS SOCCER Alexandria vs. Crookston, 8A playoffs, 4 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Osakis at Sartell Tournament, 9 a.m.
Osakis head coach Bill Infanger hugged his seniors near midfield for the last time with them wearing a Silverstreaks jersey on Wednesday night. Osakis had earned the right to host...
The Alexandria swimming and diving team wrapped up its dual-meet regular season by lapping Fergus Falls in the pool by a 106-78 score on Tuesday night. "The second half of the meet was where our ladies put away the Otters with some hard work and determination," Alexandria head coach Richard Smith said. "Our first victory was not until the 100 butterfly, where Mikayla Meece won with a 1:07." It was one of two wins for Meece after she took the 100 backstroke with the same 1:07 time. Kaitlyn Meece (6:06.86) added a win in the 500 freestyle, while Hannah Eklund won the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.
Sixth-seeded Parkers Prairie football went on the road and beat third-seeded Pine River-Backus 32-26 in the Section 6A playoffs on Tuesday night. The Panthers (4-5) and Tigers (6-3) both scored four touchdowns, but Parkers Prairie converted all four two-point conversions.
FOOTBALL Osakis vs. Sauk Centre (5-2A playoffs), 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Brandon-Evansville at WHN, 7:30 p.m.
FOOTBALL Verndale 37, Brandon-Evansville 20 The Brandon-Evansville football team saw its season come to an end in a 37-20 game against fourth-seeded Verndale on Tuesday night. The Pirates had beaten...
Changes to the Minnesota spring turkey hunting season could be coming for 2016. It's just a matter of ironing out the details of a proposal. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has asked for public input on what they would like to see in the state's spring season before a committee lays out the plan, which it hopes to release to the public on October 26.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will continue the partial drawdown of Lake Christina in Douglas County. Using Lake Christina's permanent pump system, the lake will be maintained at its lower level throughout the winter and into early summer. "The purpose of the drawdown is to provide ideal conditions that encourage growth of submerged aquatic plants in the early growing season next year," said Nicole Hansel-Welch, DNR shallow lakes program supervisor.
The Osakis cross country teams faced some cold and windy conditions at Royalton on Monday night and came home with a fourth-place finish for the boys and a first-place finish...