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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Former Alexandria Beetles player Lucas Duda will play in a World Series with the New York Mets this season after playing a big role in getting his team there in game four of the National League Championship Series. Duda all but ended things himself on Wednesday night against the Cubs as the Mets swept Chicago. Duda, a 2006 Alexandria Beetles alum, had a three-run home run in the first inning of Wednesday's 8-3 win and added a two-run double in the second inning.
Sometimes things simply come together without much planning. Alexandria's Lauren Niska and McKenzie Revering have played on the ice together from the time they were young, but they didn't talk much about extending that connection on the blue line in college. They both had the same goals of reaching that next level — Division I would be the pinnacle. They put in the hours to get there. Training, camps, showcases, national tournaments — they did it all and got noticed by college coaches.
The Moorhead football team won't have much bulletin board material to lean on heading into the Section 8-5A title game in Fergus Falls on Friday. Alexandria players said all the right things after handling Bemidji 49-35 in the section semifinals. Well coached, fundamentally sound, multiple athletes on offense and defense — that's how Alexandria's junior quarterback Jaran Roste summed up a Spuds team that moved to 9-0 with a 41-27 win over Sartell-St.
The Minnewaska football team kept its celebrating to a minimum after punching a ticket to the section title game on Tuesday night in the 5-2A playoffs for the first time...
Sliding into a blind is a special feeling for almost all hunters, and it's definitely an opportunity that Alexandria's Neil Klimek and his family don't take for granted. Neil, who many people in Alexandria know through him working at Walmart in town, has cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair his whole life. It hasn't stopped him from pursuing a passion for hunting. For years, Klimek has been hunting with the United Foundation for Disabled Archers (UFFDA), a group that was founded by Glenwood's Dan Hendricks.
The Osakis football team saw its season come to an end last Wednesday, but a positive step for the future might have been the play of sophomore wide receiver Josh Peterka in the loss. Peterka had the Silverstreaks' only touchdowns of the night, and they came on two very similar plays. Both times, he got a step on his defender down the sidelines and senior quarterback Haden Hendricks was there to hit him in stride. Peterka hauled them in for touchdowns of 35 and 32 yards. "Haden just threw a perfect ball to me," he said.
I snapped the action shut on my Browning Citori after placing a couple of four-shot steel loads into each barrel for the first time this season. It was a crisp Friday morning with a light northwest breeze. Perfect for my yellow lab, Ole, to work into the wind as we walked along a ditch cutting through a recently combined corn field. It was almost 11 a.m. Many of the birds would already be feeding in the fields, but this narrow buffer of CRP was perfect for one hunter and a dog.
Alexandria's Ellie Ronning wrapped up her first season playing at first singles by finishing fourth overall in the Section 8AA individual tournament. The junior made steady progress all season and showed that by winning her first match on Saturday against St. Cloud Tech's Kate Inderieden. Ronning dominated the first set 6-0 before Inderieden came up just short in a 7-5 second set. That set up a matchup against the south subsection's top seed in St.
The Osakis volleyball team traveled to Sartell-St. Stephen over its break from school last week to test itself at the Sartell-St. Stephen Tournament on Thursday. The Silverstreaks came home with a 2-2 record from the event, beating Mound Westonka and Foley 2-0 before falling 2-1 against Sartell-St. Stephen and 2-0 against St. Cloud Cathedral. "Today was a great day for a tournament for us," head coach Kirsten Wessel said. "Having this toward the end of the season will help us gear up for our postseason play. We started out aggressive and had a lot of energy right from the start.
The top-seeded Osakis girls tennis team had its season end in heartbreak last Wednesday as second-seeded Minnewaska beat the Silverstreaks in the Section 6A title match. Osakis had handled the Lakers 7-0 earlier in the season, but Minnewaska had its lineup ready to go for a rematch. The Lakers took three of four in singles play and two of three in doubles to wrap up their second straight trip to the state tournament. "Minnewaska played a great match today," Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said.