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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FOOTBALL Osakis vs. Sauk Centre (5-2A playoffs), 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Brandon-Evansville at WHN, 7:30 p.m.
FOOTBALL Verndale 37, Brandon-Evansville 20 The Brandon-Evansville football team saw its season come to an end in a 37-20 game against fourth-seeded Verndale on Tuesday night. The Pirates had beaten...
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will continue the partial drawdown of Lake Christina in Douglas County. Using Lake Christina's permanent pump system, the lake will be maintained at its lower level throughout the winter and into early summer. "The purpose of the drawdown is to provide ideal conditions that encourage growth of submerged aquatic plants in the early growing season next year," said Nicole Hansel-Welch, DNR shallow lakes program supervisor.
Changes to the Minnesota spring turkey hunting season could be coming for 2016. It's just a matter of ironing out the details of a proposal. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has asked for public input on what they would like to see in the state's spring season before a committee lays out the plan, which it hopes to release to the public on October 26.
The Osakis cross country teams faced some cold and windy conditions at Royalton on Monday night and came home with a fourth-place finish for the boys and a first-place finish...
The Alexandria girls soccer team won a 6-0 decision against St. Cloud Apollo last Friday night to help in its quest to secure the top seed in the subsection. Hayley Burns, Karsen Granning and Sonja Johnson had two goals apiece to lead the way. Burns and Granning also added assists, while McKenna Smith and Laura Dahlquist each had an assist, as well.
The Alexandria boys soccer team gave defending state champion St. Cloud Apollo everything it had last Friday night before falling 2-1 in overtime. The Cardinals had lost 6-2 against the Eagles earlier in the season, but fought back on Friday after Apollo scored eight minutes into the game. Graham Hegstad set up a Kagan Foster goal with a well-placed throw-in that Foster headed into the net. "It was a battle from here on out," head coach Cahil Collins said. "Late in the first half, Josh Molden was lost for the remainder of the game to a knee injury. He should be back in action soon.
BOYS SOCCER Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Tech, 7 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Tech, 5 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Osakis at Royalton, 7:30 p.m...
The Section 8-2A Tournament opened and closed for the Alexandria tennis team with the Cardinals pushing top-seeded Thief River Falls before falling just short in a 4-3 match last Friday. The Cardinals got there by beating Fergus Falls by that same score earlier in the day. Alexandria had lost to Thief River Falls in a 5-2 match earlier in the season. The Cardinals got one win back, but couldn't quite grab a decisive fourth to extend their season. Ellie Ronning, Kim Snell and Josie Nelson all won in singles play to give their team a chance at the upset.
The Alexandria volleyball team had a busy weekend with five matches that included a four-set win over Fergus Falls on Friday night and a third-place finish in the Cardinals' home tournament on Saturday. The only loss of the weekend came in a 2-1 decision against a 20-1 Grand Rapids team. The Cardinals won the first set 25-17 before falling 25-22 in the second. A decisive third set went to Grand Rapids, 17-15. "Despite losing the match, it was an extremely exciting and entertaining one to watch," Alexandria head coach Becky Schlichting said.