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The Carlos Cougars were six outs away from advancing to the state tournament before things got away from them in the eighth inning on Saturday. The second seed out of the Resorters East field led 2-0 at that point as they tried to hold on against Pelican Rapids in the Region 16C elimination game. Alexandria native Danny Kuhn dominated the Lakers through seven innings.
Waterfowlers in Minnesota don't have long to wait with the regular season opening on Sept. 24. Those hunters will have similar bag limits and season dates that were in place last year. "All signs point to this being a great year for duck and goose hunting," DNR waterfowl specialist Steve Cordts said in a release by the DNR last week. Here's a look at the waterfowl seasons and limits: Duck season will be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones. • In the north zone, duck season is Sept. 24-Nov. 22.
Ron Krog was a stock car driver himself back in the day, but behind the wheel isn't where he's made his name around the Midwest. It's behind the mic. His voice — self-described as high-pitched and excitable in his early days to calmer and more of a storyteller today — has him still working as the voice of four race tracks in Alexandria, Willmar, Fergus Falls and Glyndon at age 66. That's made him a recognizable name for race fans around the area.
Missy Erickson got back on the bike and experienced some success again with a first-place finish at the U.S. Elite National Championship in the women's elite scratch race on July 29. The race ran in the rain, which Erickson noted is a dangerous task when it comes to track racing and the speeds that they reach.
The Viking Sportsmen recently honored the Jim Lais family with a memorial plaque in recognition for Jim Lais' dedication and many years of service to the local outdoor group. Jim served 40-plus years with the local outdoor group. He was involved with taking seniors and kids fishing, the fish-stocking efforts in area lakes, pheasant releases, community fish fries and planting food plots. Awarded the plague in Jim's honor were Janette Lais, David Lais, Jackie Bauer, Norma Lais, Tim Lais and Susanne Lais.
Four Alexandria Swim Club members had busy weekends as Nicholas Chromey and Mikayla Meece swam at the senior state meet and Kali Sayovitz and Nicolas Welle competed at the Central Zone meet. Chromey's best finish in the five events he competed in came in the men's 15-16 100-meter breaststroke where he finished second in the finals with a time of 1:08.83. That's after taking third in the prelims with a time of 1:10.49. The Cardinal swimmer also grabbed a third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke in 2:30.99.
Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota is a special place. This reservoir on the Missouri River was one of the country's premier walleye fishing destinations in the 1980s and '90s as a lot of big walleyes drew anglers from near and far. A series of low water years, however, led to a decline in the numbers and size of the fish. Now, however, the water is back, and so are the walleyes!
The Resorters Golf Tournament crowned seven champions in championship flights and many others in flights throughout their divisions. Edmond, Oklahoma, native Nick Heinen won the Men's Division title, and his brother, Alec Heinen, took home the consolation title after falling in championship flight play. He beat Jacob Baker in that championship match. Here's a look at all the flight winners from each class. MEN'S DIVISION FLIGHTS
Nate Adams of Maple Grove has dominated the junior ranks of the Resorters Tournament over the last handful of years. The 15-year-old already had Junior 10-12 Division titles to his name after winning in 2012 and 2013. Now he adds a third championship after outlasting top-seeded Cecil Belisle of Red Wing in a 3-2 match on Saturday. "That's really cool, being up there with some of the great players who have played here," Adams said of winning his third Resorters title. "Putting three championships to my name, that's really awesome, and I'm hoping for more."
Becker's Greg Mattson doesn't have to play second fiddle anymore. After six runner-up finishes in the Resorters Tournament over his many years in the field, Mattson grabbed that elusive title by taking a 2-1 match against Jim Arnold in the Senior Division on Saturday at the Alexandria Golf Club. "Finally," Mattson said. "I got it off my back." He had to do it against another Resorters veteran who has had his share of second-place finishes over the years, too. Arnold and Mattson both played well all week, and Mattson was just a little steadier in Saturday's finals.