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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Alexandria's Tyler Rauscher has seen success in the most commonly defined sense of the word during his years with the Cardinals' adapted bowling team. Rauscher, one of three senior captains this spring with Ryan Frick and David Madison, has been a part of teams that did well at the state tournament. Individually, he finished 15th out of more than 100 bowlers in the singles competition in 2015.
The 36th annual Lake Osakis Walleye Tournament is set for June 18 and 19 with an $8,000 prize going to the first-place team. The entry fee is $350 per team with a limit of 100 teams in the tournament. Cash prizes are paid out to the top 15 teams, ranging from that $8,000 top prize to $350. The cash payout is based on 100 teams, with the payout and number of placements decreasing proportionately to the number of entrants. The official leaving station is at the Osakis city dock. Fishing begins at 7 a.m. both days and ends at 3 p.m.
BASEBALL Ashby vs. NYM, 5 p.m. CANCELLED SOFTBALL Osakis vs. Perham, 4:30 p.m. PPD TO APRIL 25 West Central Area at WHN, 4:30 p.m. PPD TO MAY 10 Minnewaska at...
The Osakis girls track team was third and the boys took fifth at the Marv Meyer Invite in Morris on Tuesday night. The Osakis girls finished with 95 points, while Minnewaska was second (119) and Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta took first. West Central Area (104) won the boys' portion of the meet, while Montevideo was second (78) and Minnewaska took third (60). Osakis finished with 56 points.
The West Central Area baseball team won its season opener in a 6-1 game against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Tuesday night. The Knights' pitching of Ben Anderson and Jordan Beuckens kept the Wolverines scoreless through three innings before the offensive got going for WCA. The Knights scored two in the fifth, one in the sixth and three more in the seventh to take control of the game.
Brandon-Evansville's Carrigan Okerlund was lying on the court in pain after taking a hard fall in a basketball game against New York Mills on Feb. 12, and one of the things immediately on her mind was how this would affect her softball season. The junior three-sport athlete was going up for a layup after getting a steal when she was fouled from behind. The bump in midair sent her off-balance as she landed hard on her right arm. A fractured elbow kept her out for the rest of the basketball season.
A cold, north wind blew on Sunday evening across the bay near Wildridge Campground in the southwest part of Lobster Lake. The ice has been off for almost a couple weeks now, but the cold temperatures aren't doing any favors for anglers looking forward to a rapid crappie bite. My dad, Gary, and I were in the only boat in the bay when we hit the water at about 5 p.m. on Sunday. My first cast resulted in a nice slab for the basket, but they were few and far between after that. We ended up with two for the frying pan and a couple smaller ones that went back in the lake.
The Osakis softball team never trailed in its season opener on Monday night and used a couple of three-run innings to secure a 9-6 win over Melrose. It was a 5-3 Osakis lead entering the sixth inning when the Silverstreaks scored three runs to gain some insurance. Ana Chisholm had the big hit of the frame as her two-run double gave her team all the distance it needed to move to 1-0.
The Alexandria boys golf team got its season started with a nine-hole round at the Minnewaska Golf Course on Monday night as the Cardinals edged the host Lakers by one stroke to secure the win. Alexandria fielded three teams of six players as the top group shot a 161 to the Lakers' 162. Senior Jared Lind led the way with a 38, followed by junior Will Odland's 40. Senior Chad Blank shot a 41 and freshman Noah Boraas carded a 42 to round out the scoring. Minnewaska's Brett Buckingham finished as the meet medalist with a 37.
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team improved to 2-0 with a 10-0 win in five innings against Ashby on Monday night. Junior Kevin Campbell got his second win on the mound as the Arrows tallied just three hits. They also committed six errors defensively as the Chargers took advantage with four runs in the third to open the game up.