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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BASEBALL Osakis at LPGE, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at CGB, 5 p.m. Ashby at Sebeka (UNC), 5 p.m. WCA vs. St. John’s Prep, 5 p.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria vs. Willmar, 5 p.m...
The perennially tough Osakis girls track and field team looks right on pace to put together a nice run at the 5A True Team meet next week after dominating its home quad with 153 points on Tuesday. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle was a distant second with 62 points, while Ashby-Brandon-Evansville (43.50) and Upsala-Swanville Area (5.50) rounded out the field. Ashby-Brandon-Evansville was led by Jacey Schlosser in the throws. She was first in the discus with a toss of 96-04 and second in the shot put (34-05). Osakis ran away with things behind 13 first-place finishes.
The Osakis boys track and field team got a first-place finish at its home quad for a program that believes it's heading in the right direction. The Silverstreaks won their home meet with relative ease on Tuesday, scoring 111 points in the process. Upsala-Swanville Area was second at 75 and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (54) and Ashby-Brandon-Evansville (28) rounded out the field.
Tuesday was a chance for the Alexandria boys track and field team to see where some athletes could maximize their talents in different events as the Cardinals look toward the championship portion of their season. Alexandria took second among the four teams at its home quad in the process. The Cardinals scored 90.5 points, while Sartell-St. Stephen won the meet with 110.5 points. "It's an opportunity for us to get some data, kind of our final prep toward making some final decisions for our true team lineup," head coach Mike Empting said.
Alexandria's Hannah Quitmeyer stood on the infield at Viking Savings Bank Field with track and field head coaches Meghan Orgeman-Crumb and Mike Empting as the sun set on the Cardinals home quad on Tuesday night. The freshman had just scored in two individual events to help Alexandria to an easy team win. She took third in the 100-meter dash (13.16) and fourth in the 200 (27.58), while also running the first leg of the winning 4x100 relay with Syri Williams, Kaye Paschka and Kelby Olson-Rodel.
The Alexandria adapted bowling team hosted an invite on April 28 with plenty of Cardinal athletes bowling their way to top-10 standings. The Alexandria PI team of Ross Minnerath, Lily Hjelle, Stephen McCabe and Allie Nelson finished sixth after combining for a 1,513. McCabe was fifth individually in the singles competition with a 415 and Minnerath was seventh at 402. The Cardinals' CI team of Nicole Duwenhoegger, Harley Funk, Dalin Reiter and Tyler Rauscher combined for a 1,682. That was good for second place among 15 teams in the field.
The success of the Youth Outdoor Activity Day at the Alexandria Shooting Park the past two summers has caught the attention of people well outside of Douglas County. That was evident by the statewide media that covered it last August, and the 1,391 kids who took part after 542 kids participated in the inaugural event in 2014. The free, five-hour event that is scheduled for August 28 of this year has become an example of how to give kids a taste of what the outdoors has to offer.
Starting on May 4, state parks in Central and Northwestern Minnesota will have sites opened up for reservations for the entire camping season. State parks in Southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area were taking reservations as of yesterday, Tuesday, while parks in Northeastern Minnesota will start taking reservations on May 5. Lake Carlos State Park in Douglas County is included in the central region.
The Parkers Prairie softball team is off to a 4-4 start and has seen its fair share of ups and downs early this spring. The Panthers experienced one of the downs in Brandon last Thursday in a 5-0 loss to the Chargers. They collected just four hits in the game, but head coach John Noga attributed some of that to not seeing live pitching for a week after a doubleheader got rained out two nights earlier. Noga still believes he has a team that can accomplish some things come tournament time.
This is a look at how some area athletes are doing at their respective colleges or in their athletic careers. Similar pieces will run periodically through the fall, winter and spring seasons. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any more detailed information on the athletes listed or the names of other athletes who are playing college sports that you would like to see included in future publications. • Former Alexandria goaltender and baseball player Ben Allen is currently in his first season with the baseball team at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.