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 initial harvest numbers through the first two days of the Minnesota firearms deer hunting season were down 3 percent, but that doesn't mean nice bucks didn't fall. There are always plenty across the state and in this area. For a few younger hunters, this fall proved to be especially lucky.
Alexandria senior Hannah Eklund wanted a section title in the 100 breaststroke on Saturday afternoon at the Discovery Middle School pool.
The firearms deer hunting season is a sacred holiday for many of the hunters who don blaze orange and take to the woods for a season that just wrapped up this past Sunday.
The Alexandria Blizzard has settled into an early-season groove after winning its fifth straight game with a sweep of a 0-16 Chicago Bulldogs team and a 10-1 win over Willmar this past weekend. Alexandria (10-6, 20 points) dominated both weekend games in Chicago, winning 12-1 on Sunday after a 6-0 win on Saturday. The story of both games is on full display in the shot disparity between the two teams: On Sunday, it was Blizzard 81, Bulldogs 18. Saturday was much of the same as Alexandria outshot Chicago 88-12.
The number of deer registered through the opening weekend of firearms season Nov. 12-13 was down 3 percent from a year ago. The Minnesota DNR released its initial harvest numbers last week, with firearms hunters registering 68,958 deer during the first two days of firearms season. Of the deer harvested, 67 percent were bucks, compared to 68 percent of the first weekend harvest of 2015.
Alexandria swim coach Kathy Walker had a lot on her mind as she walked her dog early Saturday morning. The Cardinals were hosting the Section 6A meet at Discovery Middle School later that day, and she was running through her mind where her team might finish. They had taken seventh a year before, so fifth would be a nice jump, she thought.
The Alexandria football team saw first hand on Saturday what all the fuss was about with top-ranked Elk River. The Elks (11-0) came into the game averaging 455 rushing yards per contest. They had 370 at the half as Elk River grabbed a 39-8 advantage and never wavered in a 60-36 win in the Class 5A quarterfinals at St. Cloud State University.
Ben Beyer couldn't be caught in the Class AAA state quarterfinals on Friday night in Alexandria. The senior running back for Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton rushed for a 64-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Senior quarterback Ethan Edeen then hit him up the middle for a 66-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. It was part of 133 all-purpose yards for Beyer in the first half as the Rebels (11-0) built a 22-8 lead and went on to win 43-20 against Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (9-2).
The College of Saint Benedict (2-0) and Concordia College (1-0-1) in Moorhead women's hockey teams will play at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria on Saturday at 5 p.m. It's...
McKenzie Revering and Jake Drew were joined by family and friends at Alexandria Area High School on Friday morning for a signing ceremony that was a little extra special given the circumstances both are going through. The two Alexandria seniors inked their letters of intent to further their athletic and academic careers at Division I schools on what was the third day of the early signing period for seniors. Drew will play baseball at North Dakota State University, while Revering will go to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for women's hockey.