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 Brandon-Evansville softball team improved to 1-1 on the young season on Monday as the Chargers beat Staples-Motley 12-2 in five innings. Brandon-Evansville used 12 hits and the help of six Cardinals' errors to score in every inning but the third. They put up crooked numbers in each of the other four frames with four in the first, two in the fourth and three each in the second and fifth innings. The Chargers countered by playing error-free ball of their own.
The Viking Sportsmen and Douglas County Pheasants Forever team up in a lot of endeavors for the outdoors in the area, and they are doing so again by offering incentives for landowners to plant food plots. The groups are encouraging landowners/operators within Douglas County or within 10 miles of the county to plant one to three acres in wildlife food plots near good winter cover by offering payments of $100 per acre or $50 per acre with free seed.
SOFTBALL Osakis 9, Melrose 6 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...
BASEBALL West Central Area at CGB, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. NYM, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL West Central Area vs. Ashby, 4:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at NYM, 4:30 p.m. TRACK AND...
The West Central Area boys basketball team had another winning season at 16-10 and honored the players responsible for that with their season-ending awards banquet on March 31. Senior Ben Anderson took home the Most Valuable Player Award and joined captains Rylee Peterson and Nathan Wrolson in earning the Leadership Awards. Anderson and junior guard Isaiah Westby were both named All-Prairie Conference, while Peterson was an honorable-mention selection.
B-E's Strese selected to All-NSIC first-team Brandon-Evansville graduate Heather Strese was named the Minnesota State University Moorhead women's basketball team's Offensive Player of the Year and was also an All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first-team selection in her final season. Strese served as one of three team captains for the Dragons and also won the team's Hard Wood Award. FCA camp opportunities
BASEBALL Brandon-Evansville at Ashby, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville at Staples-Motley, 5 p.m. BOYS GOLF Alexandria at Minnewaska, 4:30 p.m.
SOFTBALL Parkers Prairie at Wadena-Deer Creek, 4:30 p.m. PPD BASEBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Pillager, 4:30 p.m. Ashby at West Central Area, 4:30 p.m. PPD
The Brandon-Evansville softball team hosted Minnewaska for a season opener in March, so maybe a combined 26 runs isn’t all that surprising. Just getting a game in at this time...
There are times when athletes can surprise even themselves on the biggest stage. Dylan Larson didn't expect to be at the state meet in the shot put a season ago. His teammate and good friend, then senior Mitch Maday, was more of the favorite to have a qualifying throw after clearing the 50-feet mark during the 8AA True Team meet.