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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Osakis’ Joachim Wiener was on his way to a Vikingland Builders Association meeting in Alexandria before 6 a.m. on Oct. 10, but he didn’t even make it down his driveway.
Wins and losses for the Alexandria volleyball team have depended a lot on the kind of energy the Cardinals have on a given night.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Tech, 7 p.m. Section 8, Class 3A Tournament
The West Central Area football team is the second seed in the Section 6, Class AA playoffs and continued a good stretch of play with a 30-13 win over seventh-seeded Osakis in the opener on Tuesday night.
The Brandon-Evansville football team is as motivated as ever to accomplish a goal that has been years in the making. The Chargers want to experience playing at the FargoDome with a section championship on the line. They don’t intend to let anyone stand in their way of that this season, certainly not seventh-seeded Wheaton-Herman-Norcross. The Chargers dominated the Warriors (2-7) in the Section 4, 9-man opener on Tuesday in a 60-6 final.
I have hunted a piece of land for four years now, and I am still poring over aerial photos leading up to the biggest week of the season. We can always learn more about the terrain we hunt, even on properties we tend to get comfortable on. In the last eight months, I have pinpointed a few different stand locations and developed different access and exit strategies that I never really thought about before.
There was a time when Simon Lake in Pope County served as a productive waterfowl lake for species such as canvasbacks and bluebills. That changed with the presence of rough fish in the shallow lake contributing to turbid water conditions. In an attempt to get it back, the lake was designated for the purposes of wildlife management in 2014. Now the Department of Natural Resources in Glenwood has made more progress toward the goal of improving water quality and regenerating plant growth to make the lake more appealing to waterfowl again.
After a seven-win season in 2016, players and coaches from the West Central Area volleyball team set a goal of finishing with a .500 record this fall. The Knights assured themselves of at least that by getting a playoff win on Monday night. West Central Area, seeded seventh in the Section 6A South Tournament, took care of Ortonville in five sets in the opener to set up a second round matchup with second-seeded Breckenridge.
FOOTBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross, 6 p.m. Section 4, 9-man playoffs Osakis at West Central Area, 6 p.m. Section 6, Class AA playoffs Minnewaska vs. Benson, 7 p.m. Section 5, Class AA playoffs Parkers Prairie at Upsala-Swanville Area, 7 p.m. Section 4, Class A playoffs TENNIS
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team went to Battle Lake on Monday for the Section 6A-South opener hoping to steal one in a matchup of two closely seeded teams. The Chargers had beaten the Battlers (13-12) in four sets on Oct. 3 but came into the tournament as the ninth seed. Battle Lake was the eighth seed after winning its last three matches of the regular season. That momentum carried over as the Battlers swept the Chargers to advance to a second-round matchup against top-seeded Underwood.