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 Osakis Hawks have high hopes of making a state amateur baseball tournament this season, but they had to make it to the Region 16C Tournament first. Mission accomplished. The...
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Alexandria’s Sue Birhanzel was first in line to talk to Bud Grant and get his autograph when the Minnesota Vikings’ legendary former head coach arrived in town at about 5...
The Alexandria Legion Post 87 baseball team won its opening game of the Sub-State 14 tournament in Thief River Falls on Thursday. Alexandria, the third seed in the eight-team field,...
Pat Colbert, like many Minnesota kids, was a hockey player at heart growing up in Bloomington, but it didn't take him long to gravitate toward tennis. After playing it, he's found a home in the sport for 45 years now. First as a teaching professional. Then by joining the United States Tennis Association, the overall governing body of tennis in the United States, in 1989. Today, he's with the USTA's Northern section where he serves as the junior competition director and the assistant executive director.
The Resorters baseball playoffs will kick off this weekend with spots in the Region 16C Tournament on the line. The postseason starts on Friday night with Kensington going to Ashby for an 8 p.m. first pitch. Saturday features a whole slate of action. After a couple weeks off, the Osakis Hawks will welcome in the Millerville Millers for a 2 p.m. first pitch. Millerville finished as the third seed in the Resorters West after a 7-6 record.
The Alexandria girls basketball team will be a senior-dominated group in the winter of 2017, and the Cardinals are looked upon around Minnesota as a program capable of making a state tournament. That's why they were one of eight Class 3A programs that accepted an invitation to play in the Minnesota Breakdown Summer State Tournament on July 17. Joining them were teams from Winona, Kasson-Mantorville, Grand Rapids, Northfield, Waconia, Hutchinson and Chisago Lakes.
The widely-held assumption among Minnesota sports fans this past year was that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor wouldn't go after the best coach on the open market. Interim head coach Sam Mitchell took over the Timberwolves in a tough situation after the death of Flip Saunders, and led them to 13 more wins than the 2014-15 season. That, coupled with the fact that he has a long history with the franchise, left fans worried that Mitchell would get handed the keys to one of the best young rosters in the NBA despite someone like Tom Thibodeau being there for the taking.
Alexandria's Maurine Hamelau had the attention of the entire pontoon as she battled a fish that had a little more fight to it than the bluegills the anglers had boated previously on Lake Darling last Tuesday. Hamelau, 86, fought the bass out of the weeds and up to the edge of the boat. Alexandria's Tom Honkomp helped out by hoisting it over the edge as Hamelau broke into a smile.
The high school baseball season quickly turned to Legion ball this summer, but with the season over for Osakis the Silverstreaks were finally able to hold their season-ending awards banquet from the spring season. Osakis handed out eight awards, with graduated senior Michael Herringshaw taking home two of them. Herringshaw earned the MVP Award and the Silverstreak Slugger Award after hitting a team-leading .369 in 65 at-bats.