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.
- Member for
- 4 years 1 month
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team hadn't shot the way the Chargers believe they are capable of shooting from the field through two games, but they were still 2-0 after a 47-40 win over Hancock last Friday night. Brandon-Evansville overcame 28-percent shooting from the field by outscoring the Owls by nine at the free throw line. The Chargers were 13-of-27 from the stripe, while Hancock finished 4-of-6. "We haven't shot very well the first two games," B-E head coach Dick Simpson said. "We're better shooters than that. I think that will come around sooner or later here.
The Alexandria dance team went to Detroit Lakes this past Saturday and came home with a second-place finish in kick and fifth in jazz among the five Class 2-A teams at the invite. "It was a small invite but an important one for the Cardinals because all but one of the competitors (Moorhead) is in the same section," head coach Christine Reilly said. "The team was hoping for the win [in kick], but Pequot Lakes beat them by a mere seven points out of a possible 500." Reilly viewed the meet as a big step forward from the season opener.
BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. WHN, 7:30 p.m. Ashby at New York Mills, 7:30 p.m.
The Osakis boys basketball team got its first win of the season by defeating Bertha-Hewitt 70-39 on Saturday night in Bertha. The Streaks (1-2, 0-1 Prairie) were led by junior guard Zach Weir with 14 points, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, and junior guard Jacob Jones with 13 points and five steals. "We shot the ball well against their zone and once they extended their defense, we were able to hit our post players for some easy baskets," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. Twin City, 7:10 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Little Falls, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at Bertha-Hewitt, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. NL-Spicer at SMSU, 4:30 p.m. DANCE Alex...
The West Central Area-Ashby-Evansville wrestling team swept its second straight triangular to start the season as the Knights beat Barnesville 43-21 and Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale 54-18 at the Barnesville Tri. "After Tuesday's home triangular and a great Wednesday morning workout, our young men were anxious and ready to take on the Barnesville Trojans and the BHV Raiders," head coach Brandon Gruchow said.
The West Central Area boys basketball team improved to 2-0 on the young season by breezing past St. John's Prep with a big first half on Thursday night. The Knights put up 54 points in the opening 18 minutes to take a 25-point lead into the break. They got outscored 29-23 the rest of the way, but it was far too late for the Johnnies to make up that kind of ground. "St. John's Prep was 2-1 coming into the game.
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team used its swarming defense to secure 21 steals and cruise to a 2-0 record after beating Pine River-Backus 62-33 on Thursday. The Panthers led 36-12 at the break and coasted to the win behind four players in double figures. Caroline Carlson and Kathryn Burquest each had 11 points, while Sierra Nori and Megan Dreger chipped in 10 each.
The Alexandria girls hockey team trailed 1-0 after the first period on Thursday night but came back with three goals in the second on its way to a 4-1 win at River Lakes. Sam Mugge scored on the power play for River Lakes to make it 1-0 with 32 seconds left in the opening frame. It was all Alexandria after that. Mari Wosepka battled behind the net and found Allison O'Kane driving down the middle of the slot. O'Kane knew what to do with it as she went five-hole to beat the goalie and even things up at one apiece at 8:39 in the second.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced awards of nearly $371,000 to 22 shooting range projects across the state through a shooting range grants initiative approved by the 2014 Legislature. The Alexandria Shooting Park was included in that as the local park received $6,012. "The 22 projects provide safe and accessible recreational shooting opportunities throughout Minnesota, with an emphasis on enhancing youth participation opportunities," said Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range program coordinator, in the release. Development of the grants program follows a significant rise in