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The Osakis tennis came back from the Hi-way 10 Tournament in Wadena and Staples on Wednesday with a team title to add to a fast start to the season. Osakis was joined by Staples-Motley, Rocori, Sartell, Detroit Lakes, Wadena-Deer Creek, Perham and East Grand Forks at the tournament. The Silverstreaks had three first-place finishes among the seven spots as Shea Olson won the second singles title, Lauren Scherr the fourth singles, and Karlee Hoffarth and Kali Giesler won at first doubles.
The Viking Speedway saw six more drivers enter victory lane during the Douglas County Fair this past Saturday as the local oval looks ahead to its final regular-season race night this weekend. Kensington's Zach Johnson continued his big season as he won the Modified feature this past Saturday ahead of Brainerd's Tim Johnson.
GIRLS TENNIS Alexandria @ Bemidji Tri, 10 a.m. Osakis @ Staples Tournament, 9 a.m. Minnewaska @ Litchfield Quad, 9 a.m.
EAGLES HORSESHOE LEAGUE STANDINGS AUGUST 21, 2017 Jim Syverson/Judy Carlson - 89 points Rick Maxwell/Kia Larson - 78 Byrne Rising/Gary Kirckof - 74 Dan Larson/Gary Stotesbery - 70 Jeff Thompson/Dick Baumann - 68 Jerry Nelson/Darren Barten - 60 Randy Mayer/Ryan Seibel - 47 Dillon Maxwell/Jim Rushford - 45 Shane Johnson/Justin Dummer - 42 Mary Botten/Jolene Olson - 37 Brian Larson/Brad Mattocks - 33 Kristy Brackett/Justin Schroeder - 31 Alica Tvrdik/Tammi Klug - 27 Mike Thompson/Jeannie Thompson - 25
AUGUST 22 VOLLEYBALL Osakis @ LPGE (scrimmage), 9 a.m. GIRLS TENNIS Parkers Prairie @ Melrose Tri, 2 p.m.
Jenny Estes Hill of Austin, TX has been coming to her family's summer cottage on Lake Cowdry since she was 2-months old. She started catching sunfish when she was 1. Now she prefers going after some of the bigger fish that call these waters home when she is in the Alexandria. Estes Hill caught this 28-inch northern on Lake Brophy on July 17. She was using a jig and a minnow in about 18 feet of water when the fish hit.
The final stop on the 2017 Reel Team Bass Circuit produced a record catch on Lake Ida earlier this August. The local bass tournament circuit started its season on June 3 with a tournament on L'Homme Dieu that saw Cody Rupert and Dustin Ziesemer win with an eight-fish limit weighing in at 25.96 pounds. Anglers moved to Minnewaska on July 8 as Brian Krause and Paul Lewis won with a 25.50-pound bag.
The 11th annual Chargers Golf Tournament to support Brandon-Evansville athletics that was scheduled for Friday, Aug. 25 at 3:30 p.m. has been postponed. The tournament takes place at Pine Ridge Golf Course near Evansville and is a four person scramble. Cost is $60 per person, which includes a cart, 18 holes of golf and a meal. Proceeds from the event go to benefit the Chargers athletic programs. The tournament is expected to be run at a later date this year, but that exact date had not been finalized as of Aug. 22.
GIRLS TENNIS Osakis Home Quad, 8 a.m.
The perennially strong Osakis tennis team is off and running again this season after going 2-0 at the Pequot Lakes Triangular on Saturday. The Silverstreaks beat Perham 6-1 behind a sweep in the singles lineup. They also took care of Pequot Lakes in a 5-2 final with Pequot Lakes taking one each in the singles and doubles lineups. "Nice start to our season," head coach Ryan Maddock said. "Overall, we played well for the first day out." Tia Dykema got off to a nice start with two wins at first singles. She dominated both of her matches, winning 6-0, 6-0.