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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More all-section teams were announced for football recently with West Central Area-Ashby and Osakis both seeing players named to the All-Section 6AA squad. The Knights won the section championship and were honored accordingly for that with six players getting named to the team. Seniors Ross Anderson (QB/LB), Kaden Spindler (RB/WR/CB), Brady Sabolik (RB/S), Logan Paulson (OT/DT) and Dawson Staples (TE/DE) joined junior Tanner Bennett (RB/DB) as representatives for WCA-Ashby.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Big Lake, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Park Christian, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at Holdingford, 7:15 p.m. WCA at Parkers Prairie, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at LQPV, 7:30 p.m. DANCE Alexandria at St. Cloud Tech, 7 p.m. BOYS HOCKEY
The Alexandria Blizzard split two games with the Willmar Warhawks this week after Willmar defended its home ice with a 6-2 win on Saturday night. The Blizzard won leading up to Thanksgiving in a 5-3 final on Wednesday.
The University of Minnesota men's basketball team came into this season with as high of expectations as the Gophers have had in more than a decade. Sar far, so good. A win at Providence should hold weight in terms of seeding come March. The Friars have responded to that loss with wins over Washington and St. Louis and are considered to be a team that will finish near the top of the Big East Conference. It's not just that the Gophers had gotten off to a 4-0 start that is encouraging. It's how these players have looked in doing it.
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.
For more than half a decade now, coaches for the Osakis girls basketball team had a pretty good idea of how their players would stack up against the competition. Experience often helps in sports, and the Silverstreaks had it in recent years. Girls who had been through the battles at the varsity level. It led to five straight seasons with at least 20 wins, culminating last winter with a 24-4 mark.
The annual district Elks Hoop Shoot free throw contest will take place at Alexandria Area High School on Jan. 7 at 11:45 a.m. and is hosted by the Alexandria Elks Club, Lodge No. 1685. Doors open for the event at 11 a.m. that day. The free throw contest is open for kids ages 8-13 as the kids compete against those of similar age levels. The contestants' age groups are determined by their age as of April 1, 2018.
The Alexandria Blizzard’s two-game winning streak over Granite City came to a close on Friday night as the West-Division leading Lumberjacks came to town and left with an 8-2 win at the Runestone Community Center.
The Alexandria girls hockey team went on the road on Friday night to face the defending Central Lakes Conference champions and Class AA foe Brainerd-Little Falls.
The Alexandria 200-medley relay team came into the Class A state swim meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center seeded 24th, and that’s exactly where the group finished. Freshmen McKenna Horan and Ashtyn Molesworth joined juniors Addison Rodel and Jadeya Peterson in all of their first trip to state and finished in a time of 1:55.01. They came in with a seed time of 1:53.77 to qualify for state by the time standard at the Section 6 meet.