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 Alexandria tennis program saw the team portion of its season come to an end in Fargo last Friday, but advanced Jamie Lanoue to section singles and seniors Ellie Ronning and Kaity Peterson to second doubles on Saturday. Ronning and Peterson only played together at first doubles once this season before entering the 8AA-North tournament. Now they'll go into the section meet in Fargo this upcoming Saturday as the top seed from the North. That comes after sweeping four matches in straight sets.
FOOTBALL Alexandria at Brainerd, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Alexandria Home Invite, 9 a.m. CROSS COUNTRY Alexandria Home Invite, 10:30 a.m. GIRLS SWIMMING Alexandria at True Team Meet at DMS, 9 a.m.
The Alexandria football team felt what it was like to play in front of a packed house for homecoming on a Saturday afternoon with the fans behind them this past...
FOOTBALL Osakis at DGF, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Rothsay, 7 p.m. Minnewaska at YME, 7 p.m. WCA at Parkers Prairie, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL B-E at SW State Tourney, TBD BOYS...
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. Fergus Falls, 7 p.m. Osakis at Upsala, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. ACGC, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Alexandria at St. Cloud...
Early season bow hunting can be a fun time of the year to be in the woods. Weather conditions tend to make for comfortable sits as temperatures start dipping down into the 50s and 60s. The constant rains over the last month-plus, though, have made for mosquitoes like I have never dealt with in a deer stand. They were enough to drive me out of the tree after an hour on opener. Since then, I've waited for high winds that will at least minimize their impact on a sit.
Fall is a busy time for those who love the outdoor sports. Hunting seasons are in full swing, and lots of anglers key in on the peak walleye bite that often occurs at this time. Those who save some time for largemouth bass, however, are often rewarded with some great fishing action as well. Much of my fall bass fishing is done on lakes with deep, clear water and prominent deep weedlines. These lakes often harbor good numbers of "largies" that like to roam those weed edges looking for food.
Cornelius Noll and his cousin, Adam Noll, were fishing together on Labor Day on Lake Miltona when they ended the summer with a bang. "(We) were fishing with 6-inch suckers underneath the classic red and white bobbers," Cornelius wrote. "I'd had lots of large follows but no bite lately and had heard the same from others, so I figured we'd change the pace." It worked as Adam brought in the biggest smallmouth bass he has caught to date. The fish measured 20 inches and weighed around 5 pounds.
The Runestone Off-road ATV Riders will close the 2016 season with an annual fundraiser ride this Saturday, Oct. 8 in Garfield. The weekend morning ride begins and ends by Leaf Valley Mercantile on County Road 6 NW and winds through northern Douglas County and southern Otter Tail County up to Inspiration Peak and back. Drawings will be held at the end of the ride at the Mercantile and food will be available for purchase following the ride.
The Osakis volleyball team had a big night before it even started its Prairie Conference matchup against Swanville on Tuesday. The Silverstreaks hosted their "Dig Pink" event to show their support to cancer victims and their friends and family who are affected by the disease. Then after the National Anthem, head coach Kirsten Wessel was honored in a ceremony to recognize her for winning her 175th match in the middle of her 11th season with the Osakis program. It was a surprise to Wessel, who had friends and family from all over the state show up for the occasion.