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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The Alexandria football team gave away a touchdown early in the second quarter on Friday night. With 49 seconds left in the half, they took it back. Cardinals’ senior quarterback Jaran Roste threw an interception to Carter Wolf in a 15-0 game deep in Alexandria territory. Wolf ran it to the Alexandria five-yard line. Two plays later, Kole Nichols punched it in from a yard out.
Thursday's matchup between the Alexandria and St. Cloud Tech tennis teams was a battle of two undefeateds, as the Tigers showed why they have long been the class of the Central Lakes Conference. Tech, ranked as the No. 1 team in the Class AA polls, won 7-0, including six of the seven matches in straight sets.
The Alexandria volleyball team ran into one of the top teams in the Central Lakes Conference and fell in a 3-0 match to Rocori. The Spartans (7-1, 2-0 CLC) won the first set 25-18 before having to fight off the Cardinals (3-5, 2-1 CLC) in the second set 28-26. Rocori took care of the match 25-16 in the third. Celia Blattner led the Spartans with eight kills, while Eleanor Holthaus added seven kills and five blocks. Abby Pohlen led the Cardinals with eight kills and eight digs. Syri Williams finished with 14 digs and Kayla Feldhake set up her teammates with 23 assists.
The Alexandria swimming and diving team ran into another good program in the Central Lakes Conference on Thursday and fell in a 104-78 meet against Brainerd. The Cardinals had three wins on the night, two in the relays and one individually from Hannah Eklund. Eklund took the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.84; well in front of second-place finisher Gabby VanHorn of the Warriors.
The Minnewaska volleyball team won the first set against Benson (1-3) 25-18 on Thursday before the Braves took over from there, winning 25-23, 25-20, 25-17 to take the match. Abby VerSteeg had 12 kills, 14 digs and was 12-for-12 serving to lead the Lakers (0-3). Ellie Danielson added six kills. Bailey Stewart had a team-high 17 digs, and Taylor Amundson had 24 assists. MATCH SUMMARY Benson 3, Minnewaska 1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-17)
The Moorhead football team that arrives in Alexandria tonight, Friday, for a 7 p.m. kickoff will look a lot different than the one that the Cardinals saw in the section championship game last season. The Spuds lost 31 seniors from that group that went to the state semifinals. That includes a starting quarterback, their entire secondary and linebacker unit, their top two running backs and impact players along both lines. Yes, the faces for Moorhead will look a lot different, but Alexandria head coach Mike Empting says don't let looks fool you.
It's only the second week of the season, but Osakis football coach Bill Infanger views this Friday's match-up against Otter Tail Central as an important one in the district picture this fall. The Silverstreaks are riding high after rushing for 381 yards in a 56-14 win at Pelican Rapids last Friday. The Bulldogs are 0-1 after a 26-14 loss to Barnesville, but Infanger expects another good OTC team when the two programs square off at 7 p.m. in Osakis Friday.
The Alexandria Golf Club is planning a future that may not include 14-year head golf professional Ron Rebrovich. That's the way it stands after the club's board of directors voted not to renew Rebrovich's contract during a meeting in late August. Rebrovich said he was called into a meeting with three board members on Aug. 24, where he was told that the club was going to follow a new business model that included taking over the pro shop and hiring a general manager to oversee the club's whole operations.
The fall months have reputations for being some of the best months of the entire year for fishing, as most fish species, walleyes included, are actively feeding during this time. However, simply hitting the water and wetting a line does not guarantee success. In fact, because fall walleyes can be shallow to very deep and everywhere in between, and because they can be caught lots of ways, this can be one of the most challenging times as well. Here are some suggestions for increasing your odds for walleye fishing success this fall.
I walked west under the canopy of the forest trees on a hot day in mid-August to check a camera near a stand I had set earlier this summer. It had been about a month since I last visited this location, so I had high hopes for what might be on that memory card. Instead of a lot of deer, I encountered an entirely different world the closer I got to my stand.