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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There was about 10 minutes of legal shooting light left when I decided it would be fine to get down out of the stand on September 26. The tendency to think we know what will or won't happen in the deer woods took over. It was 75 degrees, and I haven't had a buck on camera in front of this stand at any point leading up to bow season. Surely, there was nothing coming. My wife, Mali, and I climbed into our two-person ladder stand that evening hoping to at least see a few does and fawns. A doe came through behind us at about 6, but that was it. We were kind of hungry.
Perennial Central Lakes Conference power St. Cloud Tech was at it again on Tuesday night as the Tigers capped off another CLC title-winning season with a sweep of Alexandria. St. Cloud Tech (16-1, 10-0 CLC) finished things off quickly in the singles lineup. The Tigers won every match 6-0, 6-0, except for second singles where Alexandria's Kim Snell managed to take a couple games in a 6-1, 6-1 loss. "Our theme for the night was to compete well," Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. "The Tech singles lineup simply overwhelmed us. Kim Snell was able to muster two games but that was it.
The Alexandria boys soccer team cruised past Central Lakes Conference foe Rocori on Tuesday night in a 6-2 game after falling 3-2 against Sartell-St. Stephen the night before. The usual suspects continued to pour in goals for the Cardinals against the Spartans. Kagan Foster and Devin Crowe each had two goals and an assist to lead the way to the win. Michael Kuhn added a goal and an assist, while Cameron Rice did the same. Graham Hegstad also had two assists in helping Alexandria to the win. The offense made things a little easier on goalie Zach Harstad.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team got off to a slow start but rallied to dominate the next three sets in a 3-1 win over Hillcrest Academy on Tuesday night. The Chargers (9-10, 4-3 Little Eight Conference) dropped a 25-21 first set. It was all Brandon-Evansville after that in 25-18, 25-10 and 25-6 sets. "This evening we had issues in our passing during the first set and struggled to get into system," B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. "We did play hard, though, and our resilience paid off during sets two, three and four. Hillcrest really played well that first set and had a lot of energy.
The Alexandria Blizzard had a chance to sweep previously unbeaten Twin City this past weekend but settled for a split against the Steel after winning an overtime game on Saturday. Things were tied at one apiece heading into the extra session, and it took just 1:46 into overtime before Alexandria came home a 2-1 winner. Connor Busse connected off an assist from Connor Nilson to help the Blizzard salvage a split with the Steel after Alexandria had fallen at home on Friday night in a 5-3 game. Saturday's tilt was even from the get-go with both teams getting 13 shots in the opening period.
BOYS SOCCER Alexandria 6, Rocori 2 The Alexandria boys soccer team cruised past Central Lakes Conference foe Rocori on Tuesday night in a 6-2 game after falling 3-2 against Sartell-St...
The cross country meet at the Greystone Golf Course near Sauk Centre on Tuesday provided the Osakis teams another opportunity to improve. They did just that. In only the second...
BOYS SOCCER Alexandria at Rocori, 5 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Central MN Christian, 4 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Alexandria vs. Rocori, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m. Ashby vs. Rothsay,...
VOLLEYBALL Osakis 3, Pierz 1 (16-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-20) The Osakis volleyball team overcame a 25-16 loss in the first set on Monday night and stormed back to beat Pierz...
During the special resource management deer hunt November 12-15, Glacial Lakes State Park will remain open but visitors are advised to wear blaze orange if they visit while the hunt is in progress. Visitors should check for hunt-related information at the park office when they arrive. Hunts also will take place at other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this fall, and access to the parks will vary.