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 confidence of the Alexandria defensive players was growing with each possession against Moorhead last Friday night. The Cardinals (2-0) established themselves early. Moorhead punted on its first four possessions, three of which came on three-and-outs. Players came to the sidelines and were a little more fired up after each possession. After the game, the offensive players praised their defensive teammates in the postgame huddle in the north end zone at Vikings Savings Bank Field.
Checking the memory card from a game camera can bring about some surprises like the one Doug Schneider of Garfield found in mid-August. Most of those surprises involve an interesting photo of an unlikely animal or a whitetail caught in an unusual position. For Schneider, it was a doe triggering his camera at the exact same time as a lightning strike. Thunderstorms have been frequent around Douglas County over the last month-plus, and the image captured the bolt lighting up his farm site in the middle of the night on his land where Schneider has a food plot planted.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Apollo, 7 p.m. Osakis at Swanville, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at ACGC, 7 p.m. WCA at Ortonville, 6:45 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Bertha-Hewitt, 7:15 p.m. BOYS...
The Parkers Prairie football team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 30-14 win over Kimball Area on Friday, a week after running all over Wadena-Deer Creek 48-14. The Panthers outscored Kimball 16-0 in the second half after the game was tied at 14 at the break. Kimball scored on a 31-yard touchdown pass and again after a fumble deep in Panthers' territory for their scores. Harry Samuelson hit Travis Yohnke from 21-yards and 60 yards for the Panthers' first-half touchdowns. They added a two-point conversion connection on the second score to tie things at 14 apiece.
The Alexandria tennis team hosted a home invite on Saturday and came away with a 2-1 record after taking care of Sauk Centre and Crookston. The Cardinals' only loss of the day came in a 6-1 match against state-ranked Delano to end the invite. Alexandria's win in that match came at third doubles, where Laura Wilmesmeier and Brianna Holm got a 6-1, 6-4 victory. Wilmesmeier had three wins on the day to help the Cardinals improve to 11-2 overall.
The Alexandria Blizzard opened up its season with a road win at Breezy Point on Saturday as the Blizzard held on for a 5-4 win. Alexandria led 3-1 after two periods behind Alec Seeger, Mack Strong and Dawson Ellingworth goals. It was 5-1 less than four minutes into the third as David Carey got in on the scoring with two goals.
VOLLEYBALL B-E at Hancock, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS Osakis at Pierz, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska at NLS, 4:30 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY Osakis at LPGE, 4:30 p.m.
The Alexandria boys soccer team couldn't find the back of the net in a 2-0 loss against St. Cloud Tech on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers jumped out early with goals in the eighth and ninth minutes. That lead held up as the Tigers continued to pressure the net all day. Alexandria's Zach Harstad was peppered with 23 shots, turning aside 21 of those. It was the second straight loss for Alexandria after the Cardinals lost in overtime last Thursday as St. Cloud Apollo's Graham Virtue scored the game-winner in the extra session off an assist from Logan Lommel.
The Alexandria girls soccer team (1-3-3) played to a 1-1 tie against Central Lakes Conference foe St. Cloud Tech on Saturday afternoon. The game was scoreless 20 minutes into the second half before Alexandria's McKenna Smith got behind the defense and was fouled outside the penalty area to set up a free kick. Smith sent a shot over the Tigers' wall that the Tech keeper couldn't handle cleanly. Four Alexandria players converged on the rebound, and Maggie Slagle knocked it in for a 1-0 lead.
The Osakis volleyball team went to the Sauk Rapids Tournament on Saturday and lost 2-0 to Pipestone and Dassel-Cokato and 2-1 to Braham, while getting its lone win against Little Falls in a 2-1 match. "We did some very good things today and also had some moments that could've been much better," Osakis coach Kirsten Wessel said. "The main thing is that we learned a lot today about what we are capable of, both the ups and downs." Wessel liked the way the Silverstreaks played in the loss to a good Pipestone team.