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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CROSS COUNTRY Osakis at Royalton, 4:15 p.m. WCA at Perham, 4 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Osakis at Pierz, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Underwood, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. WCA at WHN, 7:30 p.m.
The Alexandria girls soccer team wrapped up the regular season on Monday night as the Central Lakes Conference champion Brainerd Warriors shut out the Cardinals 2-0. "The girls played 80 minutes with intensity and never let up," Alexandria head coach Tom Roos said. "Knowing that Brainerd would control the play, our hope was that the defense and goalkeeping would be solid and that we would have a few strong opportunities on counter attacks."
The Alexandria boys soccer team passed its final test on Monday night before the playoffs as the Cardinals shut out Brainerd 3-0 in Alexandria. All the scoring came in the second half, jumpstarted in the 63rd minute when Joshua Kietzmann sent a corner kick into Cameron Rice for the Cardinals' first goal. It took just three minutes before Rice added his second goal of the night off of a Jared Schneider assist. Then in the 70th minute, Rice completed the hat trick after receiving a pass from Jack Hilbrands.
Each year the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources releases annual surveys that often paint a bleak outlook for pheasant hunters. The August roadside count that pheasant enthusiasts look forward to every year actually rose in 2016. A mild winter, and a dry, warm spring led to more birds on the ground last fall.
The Alexandria volleyball team hosted its home tournament this past Saturday and came away with a 3-1 record. The Cardinals lost to Morris in the opening round, but followed that up with wins over Grand Rapids, Big Lake and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. Grand Rapids. McKenzie Duwenhoegger led the offense with 27 kills over the four matches. Mia McGrane added 20 kills, while Kendra Hardy had 16 and Mya Lesnar 15. McGrane also had a team-high 43 digs. Devany Johnson added 39 digs, while Erika Roderick set up her teammates with 84 assists.
CROSS COUNTRY Brandon-Evansville at Otter Tail Central, 4 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Henning, 7:15 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Alexandria vs. Brainerd, 7 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Alexandria at Brainerd, 7 p.m. TENNIS Section 6A Tournament in Sartell
The Alexandria girls tennis team had its sights set on getting a rematch with Bemidji in the subsection tournament after falling to the Lumberjacks in a close match earlier this season. That happened in Grand Forks last Thursday, but it didn’t end the way the Cardinals wanted as Bemidji took a 5-2 win to end Alexandria’s team season. That was after the Cardinals swept their first-round match to Detroit Lakes earlier in the day.
The Alexandria tennis team had two doubles teams and two singles players competing to move onto section play as senior Jamie Lanoue accomplished that feat at the subsection singles tournament in Grand Forks. Lanoue defeated her first two rounds of opponents to advance to the semifinal round. She took down Thief River Falls’ Kira Beier in the first round, 6-3, 6-0. Britney Fletcher from Brainerd fell to Lanoue in the second round, 6-3, 6-3.
When the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released its license structure for deer permit areas this past summer, hunters in the Alexandria area were once again afforded the opportunity to take multiple deer in many local zones. On the surface, that seems to be a sign of a healthy herd. Permit area 213, for example, consistently ranks near the top areas in the state in terms of harvest numbers. For many here, having the chance to take an extra doe is justified.
A group of about 12 cyclists gathered at Kensington Rune Stone Park on Sept. 20 for a ride that wouldn't have been nearly as accessible two years ago. Douglas County features some beautiful landscapes centered around its lakes. Fishing and boating enthusiasts flock to the area in the summer. The 55-mile Central Lakes Trail runs through the heart of the area and offers cyclists the chance to take long rides through the countryside. Until recently, though, the opportunities for mountain bikers to find trails specifically designed for them were few and far between.