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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University of Minnesota football coach Tracy Claeys likes the team that he'll put on the field in his first full season as a head coach in the Big Ten. The longtime assistant under Jerry Kill made that clear during a stop in Alexandria on Monday morning. Claeys, who was named the Gophers' head coach on November 11, 2015, was at the Broadway Ballroom to speak at the YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign kickoff breakfast.
The Osakis baseball team continues to show that it's a much-improved team from a season ago when it won just four games. The Silverstreaks have already eclipsed that after running its record to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Prairie Conference with three wins last week. Osakis had an easy 14-4 win over Upsala-Swanville Area on the road on Thursday before sweeping a doubleheader at Staples-Motley 10 and 13-2.
BASEBALL The Osakis baseball team continues to prove it’s a much-improved team from a season ago as the Silverstreaks improved to 6-2 on the season with a doubleheader sweep at...
Alexandria’s Bethany Hasz once again proved herself to be a step ahead of the best distance runners in the state on Friday night.
BOYS GOLF Alexandria at Edinburgh USA, 11:30 a.m.
The Osakis softball team completed a two-win week on Friday night in a 7-4 victory over a section opponent in Sauk Centre. The Silverstreaks are 3-0 in the Prairie Conference, and senior Krista Fearing said their focus right now is on capturing a conference title. That comes first, but a win like they got over the Mainstreeters (3-7) is a nice confidence boost against a team from the 6AA field.
Alexandria's Jake Drew was pitching in a scrimmage against Minnewaska in early April when he experienced the feeling that every pitcher dreads. "I felt fine the first inning," he said after Alexandria's home opener on April 14. "Then about five pitches in, I felt a pop in my elbow. I thought, 'Oh, shoot. This isn't good.' I threw another pitch to see how it would feel and then it just ached. It was a sharp pain in my elbow." Drew has never dealt with arm problems before, but he knows baseball. He understood exactly what that often means for a pitcher.
The Osakis baseball team ran its record to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the Prairie Conference with a 14-4 win over Upsala-Swanville Area on the road on Thursday. Osakis trailed by one early but quickly put guys on base to put pressure on the Patriots. The Silverstreaks led 6-1 through three and a half innings before USA made it 6-4 behind five hits and an error in the bottom of the fourth.
The Ashby baseball team got its first win of the season at the expense of Brandon-Evansville on Thursday night as the Arrows won a 6-4 game. The Chargers cut it to within two runs in the seventh when Taylor Bitzan delivered a two-run single. Brandon-Evansville had the tying run at the plate, but Ashby's Christian Norby struck out the last batter to secure the win.
After two weather postponements earlier in the week, the Osakis softball team got a game in on Thursday and made quick work of Upsala in a 14-1 win in five innings. Jenna Fearing provided a lot of the offense with three hits that included a triple to go along with four RBIs. Morgan Silbernick added two hits and three RBIs, while Ana Chisholm drove in two with a double and Kali Giesler added a hit and an RBI.