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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Jude Pelowski remembers the day his mother died, down to the exact details from seven years ago. It was May 15, and Tamara had come home from an appointment at the hospital. The breast cancer she was diagnosed with in 2005 had spread throughout her body after years of fighting the disease. "It was the first time she came home with oxygen tanks and the whole machine rigged up," Jude said. "I came home and it was a Friday, a nice day. I asked how long she was going to have the machine hooked up, and she said she didn't know."
Two weeks before the season ever started, Alexandria softball coach Randy Albers said he thought he had a team that might take some lumps early but one that should be...
ATIKWA GOLF LEAGUE RESULTS Tuesday Ladies League: INDIVIDUAL NET SCORES – 1st – Deb Herges (31); 2nd – Sue Rishavy, Gale Jackson, Jeannie Krogh (32); 5th – Doris Switzer, Carla...
ALEXANDRIA HORSESHOE LEAGUE Curt Felt Memorial Park Courts: Week Two Results Flippin’ Fabulous (Janet Larson, Tina Matter) def. Coffee Pot Café (Phil Swenson, Jerald Hagen) 8-0 Design Tree (Al Nicholson,...
EAGLES HORSESHOE LEAGUE Thursday Standings after week two (Ringers and overall score) Kia Larson, 11 ringers/Rick Maxwell, 26 ringers - 14 Gary Kirckof, vac/Byrne Rising, 39 ringers - 12 Jim Rushford, 7 ringers/JEff Saiko, vac - 12 Randy Mayer, 11 ringers/Ryan Seibel, 19 ringers - 10 Stacy Hager, 17 ringers/Penny Trenne, 7 ringers - 10 Dan Larson, bye/Bruce Noetzleman, bye - 10 Mike Thompson, 11 ringers/Jeannie Thompson, 3 ringers - 8 points Tammi Klug, 4 ringers/Alicia Tvrdik, 12 ringers - 2
A few tickets have already been punched to the state track meet for the Alexandria boys and girls after the Section 8-2A prelims in Sauk Rapids on Wednesday. Josh Molden built off a strong Central Lakes Conference meet on May 24 by taking second in the triple jump in Sauk Rapids. The junior had a jump of 42-06.25 in the prelims and went even further in the finals with a leap of 43-03.50 to secure his spot at state. Jake Lieberg of Sartell-St. Stephen won the section title with a jump of 46-04.
Alexandria's Devin Crowe and Graham Hegstad saw their season and Cardinal careers come to an end on Wednesday in the Section 8-2A individual tournament. The seniors advanced through last week's subsections and faced off against St. Cloud Tech's Nick Portz and Luke Conboy in the section doubles tournament. The Tigers duo had too much in a 6-3, 6-2 win that finished off the season for Hegstad and Crowe.
EAGLES HORSESHOE LEAGUE (May 23 ringers and season total points) Jerry Zastrow, 26 ringers/Judy Carlson, 14 ringers - 13 points Gary Stotesbery, 21 ringers/Mike Dunn, 21 ringers - 12 points Mary Botten, 19 ringers/Jolene Olson, 18 ringers - 11 points Jim Syverson, 49 ringers/Dale Anderson, 12 ringers - 10 points Shawn Carlson, 11 ringers/Cody Smith, 3 ringers - 9 points Jeff Thompson, vac/Dave Olson, 2 ringers - 8 points Jerry Nelson, 19 ringers/Darren Barten, 16 ringers - 7 points
The Osakis baseball team lost an 8-0 game against second-seeded Pierz in the 6AA playoffs on Tuesday evening to drop to the bottom half of the bracket. The Pioneers are 18-4 with their four losses coming by a combined six runs. They got by Osakis behind a dominant pitching performance from Matt Tautges. The junior went into the seventh inning with a no-hitter before Logan Hartshorn singled with two outs. Brady Berberich struck out to end the game, giving Tautges his 11th strikeout of the night.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team ran into a buzz saw in the form of undefeated New York Mills on Tuesday night as the Chargers lost a 14-4 game to drop into the bottom half of the bracket in the 6A playoffs. The Eagles are 23-0 behind a potent offense that averages 11.5 runs per game. They were at it again on Tuesday as they put up three runs through the first two innings before nine runs in the fifth helped put things away.