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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VOLLEYBALL Osakis at Albany Tourney, 9 a.m. GIRLS TENNIS Alexandria Home Quad, 10 a.m. Osakis at LPGE Quad, CANCELLED
The Alexandria volleyball team has opened up the regular season against perennial power Marshall every season since 2006, but the Cardinals instead welcomed in a section foe to get things going this fall. They were set to see the Tigers last night, Tuesday, at home. Last Thursday, they welcomed in Bemidji and came away with a 3-1 win after putting away the fourth set 25-16.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. Bemidji, 7 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Alexandria vs. EGF Senior, 5 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Alexandria vs. EGF Senior, 7 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS Osakis at Delano Tourney, 9 a.m...
Nearly 20 kids ran across the infield to get to the south side of the Runestone-Go-Kart Association track for the playing of the National Anthem last Wednesday. They stood at attention and stared at the flag, waiting until the final note played through the speakers. Then with a dash, they raced back across the infield with smiles on their faces, peeking over their shoulders to see how fast they had to run to beat the friend behind them.
Tayte Lecy of Avon had a productive day on Lake Mary while fishing the Alexandria Area recently. Lecy, 11, was using a crankbait in 12 feet of water on Mary when he brought in three nice walleyes for the stringer.
It was around 8 p.m. on a hot day in mid-August when I was rocking my 5-month-old to sleep in our porch and a knock came at our door. I walked over with Kyla in my arms to see a young guy waiting for me. I knew before even opening the door what this was about. Geese had been landing in the wheat field just east of our house in the mornings and evenings and the start of early goose season is not far off.
GIRLS TENNIS Parkers Prairie at Melrose, 2 p.m.
If having seniors all over the field is a key to success in high school football, then the Parkers Prairie Panthers should feel pretty good heading into this fall. Parkers Prairie has starters back all over the place. Many of those are the 12 returning seniors who 40-year head coach John Sieling said will lead this group throughout the season. Most of them were big parts offensively and defensively as juniors on a 4-6 team that won a playoff game in 2015.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that it has begun work on a new statewide deer management plan. A release issued Aug. 22 said that the plan will be a multi-phase project that will emphasize opportunities for citizens to give their input and be involved. "The DNR values the statewide significance and cultural traditions surrounding deer, and recognizes the importance of hearing from all citizens who have a stake in how deer are managed," Adam Murkowski, DNR big game program leader, said in the release.
In a tournament that for more than 35 years has been reserved for ballparks across the Twin Cities Area, this weekend was the Lakes Area’s time to shine. That’s exactly what the Urbank Goldtimers did as the topped-seeded group of the four area teams that hosted the Minnesota Senior Men’s Amateur Baseball Association’s (MSMABA) first two rounds of the state tournament on Saturday and Sunday.