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 Minnesota DNR released its August roadside survey results on Monday with the state's pheasant index down 26 percent from a year ago and a loss of habitat continuing to take its toll.
The Alexandria volleyball team came back from the annual Eden Prairie Tournament on Saturday with a 2-2 record. The Cardinals lost in three sets to Minnetonka (25-9, 22-25, 15-6) and to Hill Murray (25-16, 25-23) in two, but ousted Buffalo (25-16, 26-24) and Cambridge-Isanti (25-17, 25-13) in two sets themselves. Alexandria totaled 69 kills in the four matches. Kendra Hardy and McKenzie Duwenhoegger each had 22 of those to lead the way at the net. Hardy also added a team-leading six blocks, while sophomore setter Erika Roderick set up her hitters with 69 assists.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. Willmar, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. LPGE, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville @ Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m. Ashby vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. West Central Area @ New York Mills, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. BOLD GIRLS TENNIS
The Osakis football team jumped on Browerville-Eagle Valley from the first quarter on, and the Tigers never had an answer on Friday night. These two teams have a long history with each other, but the move to districts and Osakis jumping to Class AA have pushed them off each other's schedules in recent years. Browerville-Eagle Valley was 9-4 in 2016 and made it to the Class A state tournament. The Tigers were no match for the Silverstreaks on Friday in the opener as Osakis won a 33-6 game.
Alexandria 34, Andover 28 Osakis 33, Browerville-Eagle Valley 6 West Central Area-Ashby 14, Breckenridge 6 Parkers Prairie 41, Wadena-Deer Creek 20 Verndale 36, Brandon-Evansville 26
Alexandria football players were dropping to the ground one right after the other on Friday night needing to be stretched out.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria @ Eden Prairie Tournament, 9 a.m.
The races at the Viking Speedway this past Saturday were supposed to come with track titles on the line during the final regular-season race night.
The Geneva Golf Club wrapped up its member-member tournament this past weekend as the team of Brad and Nic Hanson took home the title.
The Alexandria volleyball team dropped to 0-2 on the season after falling in four sets to Sauk Rapids-Rice on Thursday night. The Cardinals' only win came in the third set with a 25-18 victory. They dropped the first set 25-16 and the second 25-20 before the Storm (1-0) put things away with a 25-22 win in the fourth.