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 Brandon-Evansville cross country teams went to Wadena to run in the Park Region Conference championship on Tuesday as the girls finished fifth and the boys sixth.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team finished off a perfect run through the Little Eight Conference on Tuesday night by sweeping Ashby to wrap up the season at 18-6 overall. The Chargers (10-0 LEC) left no doubt in this one against a 3-19 Arrows team, winning 25-6, 25-12 and 25-18.
The Willmar Cardinals proved to be the top of the field in both the boys and girls races at the Central Lakes Conference championship on its home turf on Tuesday. Willmar won the boys race with 34 points, while Alexandria finished third with 76. Alexandria had four top-10 finishes in the girls race for 52 points, but Willmar used three top-five finishes to win the CLC title with 40 points.
The beginning of a long pheasant season started this past weekend with Minnesota's opener, and from what I saw in the field, there are plenty of birds to chase in areas of good habitat. My Saturday was devoted almost entirely to deer hunting. Back in stand again on Sunday morning, I listened to roosters cackle their way across a field and decided it was time to put down my bow and grab a shotgun.
The Osakis tennis team had already punched its ticket to state as a team. Now Tia Dykema and the doubles team of Shea Olson and Camryn Hoffarth have earned their spots at the state singles and doubles tournament, as well. The final day of the Section 6A Tournament was Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Fargo, where Dykema finished second in singles and Olson and Hoffarth did the same in doubles.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. Fergus Falls, 7 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Morris, 7 p.m. Ashby-Destiny Academy vs. Brandon-Evansville at Ashby, 7:15 p.m. Osakis at Paynesville, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY Alexandria at CLC Championship (in Willmar), 4 p.m.
The Vikingland Curling Club will kick off its 13th season at the Runestone Community Center with learn-to-curl events in the west rink on Oct. 24 and 27.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team went through two winning programs in its last two duals and came out unscathed in five sets in both. The Chargers were tested against Underwood (15-9) on Oct. 9 and won 3-2. After going 3-2 in five matches at a tournament in Marshall this past weekend, B-E edged Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (12-8) in five sets on Senior Night in Evansville.
Two days after the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) announced it would suspend its popular Hides for Habitat Program for the 2018 deer season, the group has changed course. But that still does not guarantee the program will be available around Alexandria this season.
VOLLEYBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. WHN, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. West Central Area, 7:30 p.m. Ashby-Destiny Academy at Henning, 7:15 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY West Central Area at Headwaters Country Club, 4 p.m.