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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FOOTBALL Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Apollo, 7 p.m. Osakis at Staples-Motley, 7 p.m. B-E at MACCRAY, 7 p.m. Minnewaska at BOLD, 7 p.m. WCA-Ashby vs. Royalton, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie...
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria at St. Cloud Tech, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. Upsala, 7:30 p.m. B-E vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska at Morris Area, 7 p.m. WCA at CGB, 7 p.m...
The Minnewaska volleyball team edged Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City for a West Central Conference win on Tuesday night as the Lakers (2-5, 1-2 WCC) won in five sets. It took a marathon first set that Minnewaska won 31-29 to get the job done. The Lakers followed with a 25-21 win in the second before the Falcons (3-7, 0-4 WCC) rallied with 25-16 and 25-20 wins. That forced a fifth set that Minnewaska won 15-13.
The Alexandria Golf Club will host the second annual Haitian Initiative golf tournament on Monday, Sept. 19. Sign-in is at noon, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start to the event. Cost is $300 for a foursome and $75 for an individual, including golf, a cart and prizes.
The Alexandria volleyball team upped its record in the Central Lakes Conference to 3-1 with a clean sweep of St. Cloud Apollo (0-3) on Tuesday. The Cardinals controlled each set, winning 25-16, 25-16, 25-20. Senior setter Kayla Feldhake had 37 assists and four kills herself. Seniors Abby Pohlen and Jordyn Lamb each had nine kills, while Syri Williams added 14 digs.
The Alexandria girls soccer team was shut out for the fifth time this season on Tuesday as Sartell-St. Stephen took a 1-0 game in the Central Lakes Conference. The Sabres (4-3, 4-1 CLC) broke the scoreless tie with seven minutes left in the game when Brook Walker connected off a Chloe Yilek free kick. That’s all it took on a night when Alexandria managed just three shots on goal.
The Alexandria boys soccer team dropped its third straight game to fall to 4-4 overall and to 2-4 in the Central Lakes Conference after a 3-0 loss to Sartell-St. Stephen. The Sabres (3-3, 3-2 CLC) wasted no time taking control as they scored in the 13th minute to grab the 1-0 lead. They added goals in the 46th and 79th minute to secure the victory. Alexandria’s Zach Harstad was once again kept busy as he saved 18 shots in the losing effort.
Checking the memory card from a game camera can bring about some surprises like the one Doug Schneider of Garfield found in mid-August. Most of those surprises involve an interesting photo of an unlikely animal or a whitetail caught in an unusual position. For Schneider, it was a doe triggering his camera at the exact same time as a lightning strike. Thunderstorms have been frequent around Douglas County over the last month-plus, and the image captured the bolt lighting up his farm site in the middle of the night on his land where Schneider has a food plot planted.
The confidence of the Alexandria defensive players was growing with each possession against Moorhead last Friday night. The Cardinals (2-0) established themselves early. Moorhead punted on its first four possessions, three of which came on three-and-outs. Players came to the sidelines and were a little more fired up after each possession. After the game, the offensive players praised their defensive teammates in the postgame huddle in the north end zone at Vikings Savings Bank Field.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Apollo, 7 p.m. Osakis at Swanville, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at ACGC, 7 p.m. WCA at Ortonville, 6:45 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Bertha-Hewitt, 7:15 p.m. BOYS...