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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The Alexandria boys’ soccer team started their season 1-1 after losing the season opener to St. Louis Park but rebounded to beat Detroit Lakes. The Cardinals will play their first...
The Prairie Valley football team is aiming for a championship in their first season in a new conference. The Nighthawks entered the North Star Conference on a one year commitment...
The Alexandria football coaches guarded against the heat this week by not practicing in full pads leading up to their season opener in Moorhead tonight. Turns out that was much to the dismay of the players who are itching to get into a game setting for a season that features a new feel in a lot of different ways.
VOLLEYBALL Marshall 3, Alexandria 0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-16) The Cardinal volleyball team had things going early on in game one before falling 25-23 in what became a sweep for the...
Athletes and unified partners from the Alexandria Lakes Area Special Olympic Golf Team competed with teams from Fergus Falls and Moorhead at the Nordic Trails Golf Course on July 25...
ALEXANDRIA HORSESHOE LEAGUE ROUND 2 PLAYOFFS Ron's Warehouse 6, Cenex 2 — Game 1 — Ron's 208, Cenex 190; Game 2 — Ron's 193, Cenex 170; Game 3 — Cenex 192, Ron's 182. Ron's won total points 583-552. RON'S — Mike Edwards 46 ringers, 211 points; Bill Thoennes 37 ringers, 177 points. CENEX — Mike Wegener 31 ringers, 173 points; Chuck Betterman 13 ringers, 85 points
Osakis' Drew Fearing couldn't believe the letter he got in the mail a few weeks ago inviting him to participate in a one-day camp at Target Field. Twins scout Mark Wilson saw Fearing play during the Class A state tournament this past spring, where he made a nice impression. Fearing also plays through the Minnesota Blizzard Baseball Academy in the winter and owner Adam Barta had a conversation with Wilson about Fearing's ability. The sure-handed shortstop has stats that compare to almost anybody across the state at the Class A level.
Alexandria's Logan Doyle suffered a setback after just getting his college basketball career started during summer practices for the South Dakota State men's basketball program in mid-July. Doyle was going through team activities when he suffered a knee injury that is expected to keep him out of practice until at least November. The 6'8" forward was sprinting down the court near the baseline when he planted and tried to cut. Doyle dislocated his patella on the play. He tore his medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) and also suffered two bone chips.
The Alexandria football team wasn't content with looking at a 2-8 season in 2012 and chalking it up as just a result of being too young across the board. The Cardinals had to play a lot of sophomores last year, especially on defense, but what the coaches found when they did an autopsy of their season is that things went deeper than that on the offensive side of the ball. "One of the things I think we discovered offensively is teams have really kind of solved the riddle as far as what we were doing," head coach Mike Empting said.
Alexandria's Brock Wood had no intention of letting Hodgkin's lymphoma dictate the way he lived his life from the day he was diagnosed last fall. It ultimately did, though. It hasn't touched his adventurous spirit. Instead, it gave him an opportunity to turn the adventure of a lifetime into something much bigger than himself. PADDLING WITH A PURPOSE Before he was ever diagnosed with cancer, Brock and his dad came up with the idea to kayak the length of the Mississippi River this summer.