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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Brad and Carrie Hoppe remember the jokes they heard at one of the first musky shows they ever brought their lures to more than 10 years ago. The idea of using a Mylar plastic called Flashabou had been thought of in the fly-fishing world but hadn't been popular as a form of skirt in the world of musky fishing until the Hoppes tested the waters with it in the early 2000s. Musky lures stand out anyway because of their size. The large blades and bright color combinations that the Hoppes made added to the aesthetics.
The Department of Natural Resources predicted a fairly good opener for Minnesota's waterfowl season this past Saturday, and that proved true for many locally, according to Osakis General Store manager Jed Fiskness. "Sounds like a lot of local birds were around, some teal, mallards, quite a few wood ducks," Fiskness said on Monday. "With the weather we had, they were moving around quite a bit. As usual, the first day of hunting was the best. I live only about two-thirds of a mile from (Lake Osakis), and they were really doing a lot of of shooting out there."
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team secured a Little Eight Conference win on Tuesday night that moved the Chargers to 4-2 league play after sweeping Battle Lake. The Battlers (4-10, 1-4 LEC) couldn't keep up with a B-E team that took charge from the get-go by winning 25-12. It was all Chargers after that as they secured the match with 25-17 and 25-15 wins.
The Osakis volleyball team dropped its first Prairie Conference match of the season on Tuesday night as Royalton outlasted the Silverstreaks in a five-setter. The Royals (7-9, 4-2 Prairie) won the first two sets 25-19 and 25-17 before Osakis (8-8, 5-1 Prairie) rallied. The Silverstreaks won 25-16 and 25-19 in the third and fourth but couldn't come all the way back as the Royals took the fifth set 15-13.
The Osakis tennis team continues to play good tennis down the stretch as the Silverstreaks (9-2) coasted to a 7-0 win over Sauk Centre on Monday night. Five of the seven wins came in straight sets as Shea Olson, Lauren Scherr and Camryn Hoffarth did just that in the singles lineup. Karlee Hoffarth and Kali Giesler and Kiara Hensley and Dinara Dykema did the same at second and third doubles, respectively.
The Alexandria girls soccer team got just one goal on Monday night, but that's all it needed in a 1-0 win over St. Cloud Cathedral. It was a Section 8A victory for the Cardinals (3-5-4) with Alexandria out of the North half and the Crusaders (4-6) out of the South. The only goal in the road win for the Cardinals came in the second half when Elise Anderson made a run down the left flank and found Sydney Drew. She kept the ball moving to Tessa Knoblach, who beat one defender just enough to get the shot off and connect from 18 yards out into the left corner of the goal.
The Alexandria boys soccer team played with fellow Section 8A opponent St. Cloud Cathedral on the road on Monday before falling in a 1-0 game. Cathedral's goal came in the 64th minute on a shot that Zach Harstad got a hand on but couldn't quite keep from reaching the net. It was part of 12 shots for the Crusaders (5-3-1), to Alexandria's (4-6-1) 14.
The Gould Brothers Shooting exhibition show is coming to Alexandria on Oct. 1 at the Alexandria Shooting Park. The professional trick shooters from the Alexandria area will perform at the local park from 10-11 a.m. that Saturday and share their life-changing "secret to success." The event is sponsored by the Alexandria Covenant Church Men's Ministry and all ages are welcome.
The Alexandria Blizzard hockey team split its two games at La Crosse this past weekend after a 5-3 loss at New Ulm Friday. Alexandria (2-2) defeated the Freeze (3-1) 4-2 Sunday with a pair of goals in the second and third periods. Emil Lindfors and Derek Dropik put home back to back scores midway through the middle frame, before Lindfors and Caleb Anderson notched goals in the back half of the final period to pull ahead.
The Alexandria Blizzard lost a 5-3 game at the New Ulm Steel on Friday night after a late rally fell short. The Steel scored two goals in the first period and three more in the second to go up 4-1 at one point and 5-2 after two frames. Alexandria’s Riley Meyer got one back in the third for the Blizzard, but that’s all the closer his team could get. Alex Bowe and Tosten Mann also scored for the Blizzard.