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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A young Alexandria boys tennis team was up to the challenge during Tuesday’s season opener against Monticello as the Cardinals got off to a strong start in beating the Magic 6-1 at AAHS. It’s a new-look lineup for the Cardinals, who lost four good players from a year ago. Included in that was team MVP and an All-Central Lakes Conference player in Devin Crowe.
Alexandria girls basketball coaches Wendy Kohler and Julie Wrobel had already wrapped up Section 8AAA Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Cardinals to a section title. On Tuesday, they added Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association state coach of the year honors to their résumés. Kohler was named the Class AAA Head Coach of the Year, while Wrobel was named the Assistant Coach of the Year at the AAA level.
The Brandon-Evansville school district came into this past winter season with two basketball coaches who had more than 1,000 victories between them. This spring, they are looking to replace both of them. Brandon-Evansville girls basketball coach Dick Simpson resigned in late March with 605 wins on his résumé. Last week, Chargers boys basketball coach John Holsten gave his letter of resignation after nine years with the program and a 459-415 record over 36 years as a head coach with multiple teams.
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team got its season off to a 1-0 start on Monday as the Chargers scored six runs in the sixth inning to secure an 8-4 win at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. There were 10 errors committed by the two teams, but the Wolverines had seven of those to open the door. Brandon-Evansville took advantage in that sixth inning as they bunched together some miscues with some hits to create some distance.
APRIL 4 ADAPTED BOWLING Alexandria at Albany BASEBALL Brandon-Evansville at CGB, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. BHV, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville at CGB, 5 p.m. WCA at Ashby, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie at BHV, 4:30 p.m.
The Alexandria High School archery team was part of the more than 1,500 archers to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program Minnesota state tournament in Duluth this past weekend as the group came home in ninth place out of 29 teams. A team is comprised of 24 archers with the top 12 scores from each team used to determine the overall score. Alexandria was paced by junior Taryn Schmidt, who shot a 287 out of a possible 300. Schmidt shot the 12th best score out of the 760 female shooters at the whole tournament.
SOFTBALL WCA at Breckenridge, 5 p.m. Ashby vs. Frazee, 5 p.m. BASEBALL Ashby at WCA, 5 p.m.
The Osakis track and field teams are the defending Prairie Conference champions and both the boys and girls sent an early message that they'd like to repeat at the outdoor meet. Prairie Conference teams gathered at St. John's University on Friday for the first-ever indoor Prairie Championship meet to kick off their seasons. The Silverstreaks brought home titles on both sides to get things off on the right foot.
TRACK AND FIELD Alexandria at CLC Indoor meet at SJU, 10 a.m.
TRACK AND FIELD Osakis at Prairie Conference Indoor meet, SJU, 5 p.m BASEBALL Ashby vs. Sebeka, 5 p.m.