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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Finally, opening day for the gamefish season, aka "the walleye opener," is here! This is the day many of us have been waiting for since putting the boats away last fall. Now, however, anticipation gives way to action, and having a good game plan for opening day can mean the difference between success and frustration.
Starting this boating season, anyone found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws will not only have to pay the required fines but will also have to complete mandatory...
The Osakis girls track and field team solidified its fourth state true team appearance in the last six years after another impressive win in the Section 5A meet on Tuesday. The Silverstreaks finished with 500 team points. Holdingford was second with 446 and Montevideo was third with 439. "I'm just happy for the girls, especially the seniors," head coach Lee VanNyhuis said. "This will be their fourth state true team in the last six years. It's going to be fun to compete down there again."
The West Central Area and Ashby-Brandon-Evansville track and field teams both competed at the Section 6A True Team meet in Pelican Rapids on Tuesday. The A-B-E girls were sixth (586) and the boys 10th (368), while the WCA girls (569) and boys (563) both took seventh. Frazee won both fields. Emily Carlson of A-B-E paced her team with a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash in 13.48. Aanika Anderson added a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash in 1:05.16.
The Alexandria girls track and field team finished second at the Section 8-3A True Team meet in Brainerd on Tuesday night after racking up 1,052.5 points in the format where every entry in each event scores for each team. The meet, which measures the true depth of each program, was won by defending champion St. Michael-Albertville with 1,093.5 points as everyone competed in some cool and windy conditions.
The Alexandria boys track and field team brought home a second-place finish with 870 team points at the 8-3A True Team meet in Brainerd. Moorhead solidified its spot at state with 919.5 points, while St. Michael Albertville was third with 863 points. The Alexandria boys scores will now be put into a virtual meet against all the other runner-up finishers from each true team section around the state, with the team that wins that virtual meet joining the section winners at true team state in Stillwater on May 20. Teams will find out their fate by the end of the week.
TRACK AND FIELD The Alexandria girls track and field team finished second at the Section 8-3A True Team meet in Brainerd on Tuesday night after racking up 1,052.5 points in...
This Saturday at midnight, there will be anglers backing their boats into waters around Douglas County, and landings on some of the most popular lakes in the area will likely still be filled. There are those who live for Minnesota's fishing opener. The Department of Natural Resources states that Minnesota is ranked first nationally in the sale of fishing licenses per capita. Numbers released by the DNR before the 2015 opener stated that fishing contributes $2.4 billion to the economy in direct retail sales.
The Alexandria baseball team was three outs away from back-to-back wins late last week before Becker scored nine runs in the top of the seventh on Saturday to beat the Cardinals 12-8. Alexandria dominated an 18-2 game against Central Lakes Conference foe Willmar on Thursday. The Cardinals (5-6, 4-4 CLC) were leading 6-3 after putting up four runs in the bottom of the fifth against Becker (6-4) before the Bulldogs erupted to come away with the win. Alexandria pitchers gave up 13 hits and walked six in the game, while Becker also scored six unearned runs.
Alexandria's Mitchell Meier needed just a taste of the atmosphere at Hamline University to realize how badly he wanted to go back. The Cardinal senior made his way through a talented Section 8AA field of 300-meter hurdlers last year to make state for the first time. Records seem to fall each season in St. Paul with the best athletes on display. That talent can be intimidating and encouraging all at once for first timers.