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 Clay Target team members are used to performing in some tough weather conditions. Programs throughout the state have no choice but to shoot in them when their name is called. So it came as no surprise that the Chargers were ready for some mist and a strong crosswind during the morning session of the Class 2A Minnesota High School Clay Target League championship in Alexandria on Wednesday.
Eric Griesert remembers the feeling he had when stepping up to the shooting line at the Minnesota High School Clay Target League's 2015 state championship. Osakis was in its first year in the league that continues to grow by leaps and bounds each season. The 2010 season had 340 participants statewide. Last year's state shoot in Alexandria featured almost 6,000 shooters over six days.
Dawson Zuroff of Hebron, North Dakota was vacationing with his family at Brentwood Estate on Big Chippewa Lake when he latched into the biggest bass of his young life. Zuroff was fishing off a dock in about eight feet of water using a jig and a minnow when the largemouth hit. It weighed 4 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 21 inches. Zuroff is an avid fisherman and has caught quite a few species but never a bass of this size, which is why the family brought it back to North Dakota with them to get the fish mounted.
Seven-year-old Chase Walgrave of Shakopee had a memorable day fishing with his grandfather and Alexandria native Randy Mickelson in late May. Walgrave pulled in a 1 pound crappie and a bass that weighed in at 1.5 pounds. The bass lived to see another day, but the crappie provided Chase and his family with a nice meal.
Matthew Mickelson of Maple Grove, great-grandson of Alexandria's Ruth Amundson, was fishing on Lake L'Homme Dieu on May 27 when he latched into a nice northern. The 13-year-old landed the 8 pound fish and added it to the stringer.
Weather conditions looked promising for the second annual Douglas County Bow Fishing Tournament heading into the weekend. The hot and muggy temperatures can be great for getting rough fish into the shallows. Wind, though, is always the great equalizer, and that's what bow fishermen dealt with on Saturday night on lakes all over the county. Of the 18 boats that competed in the tournament, one overcame that better than any. Connor Lausch, 23, of Fergus Falls, Dylan Satter, 19, of Dent and Joe Lorentz, 18, of Dent ran away with first place after shooting 92 fish.
The Alexandria track and field team was well represented at Hamline University in St. Paul for Friday’s first day of the Class AA state track meet. Most of the day was devoted to prelims to determine which athletes would move on to compete at Saturday’s finals.
The Alexandria VFW 15s baseball team swept a doubleheader against Morris to open up the summer season last Tuesday, winning the nightcap 9-2 after winning 14-4 in the opener. The 15s had seven hits and eight walks in game two as they scored five runs through the first two innings and added four more in the fourth. Braden Anderson was 3-for-3, while Isaac Sanow and Jack Allen walked twice and Shawn Johnson reached base on three free passes to help with the win.
Alexandria’s Megan and Bethany Hasz came up just short in their bid to capture a 1-2 finish in the 3,200-meter run at the Class AA state meet in St. Paul...