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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CROSS COUNTRY WCA at Canby, 4 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Brandon-Evansville at WHN, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie at WCA, 7:15 p.m.
The second and third seeds in the Section 8A-North playoffs met in Fergus Falls on Saturday, and it was as close as one might expect between the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy and Alexandria boys soccer teams. The Comets have put together a strong season at 16-2, and they extended it at least one more game by coming away with a 5-4 win.
Sauk Rapids-Rice 38, Alexandria 36 (F/OT) Minnewaska 48, Osakis 13 Brandon-Evansville 70, Laporte 14 Parkers Prairie 35, New York Mills 6 West Central Area-Ashby 40, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 14 Sauk Centre 39, Morris Area 8
The Alexandria football team fought back from a 22-6 deficit on Friday night at Sauk Rapids-Rice only to see that rally end in heartbreak during overtime. The Storm (4-3) got the ball first in the extra session and scored on a Nathan Waldorf reception. Anthony Massman caught the two-point conversion to make it an eight-point lead.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria vs. New Ulm, 7:10 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Alexandria at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, 1 p.m. Section 8A playoffs
Osakis football has a young team this year that needs to play clean in all phases to give itself a chance to win, and it didn’t happen on Friday night. That spelled doom against a good Minnewaska team. Osakis had four turnovers in the first half against the now 5-2 Lakers. One set up Minnewaska at the Osakis 12-yard line and led to an 11-yard touchdown pass from Matt Gruber to Jackson Johnsrud. Another came on a fumble that went up in the air and right into the arms of Ryan Amundson for a 67-yard touchdown return.
Richmond's Albie Kraemer carded a hole-in-one while golfing at the Atikwa Golf Club in Alexandria on Oct. 12. Kraemer was golfing with Jack Torborg, Doris Torborg and Kathy Kraemer and used a seven iron on the 115-yard eighth hole.
The Viking Speedway had a beautiful couple days of weather for its season-ending Fall Classic this past Friday and Saturday and drivers came out in full force to take advantage of that. Ryan Schmitz, speedway president on the nine-member board of directors, said 171 cars came out for the main shows on Friday and Saturday. "That was great," Schmitz said. "What we were shooting for was to get cars there, and we were very happy with the turnout. Not only the number of cars, but any time you have three, four national champions racing there, it's pretty good."
This is a look at how some area athletes are doing at their respective colleges or in their athletic careers. Similar pieces will run periodically through the fall, winter and spring seasons. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any more detailed information on the athletes listed or the names of other athletes who are playing college sports that you would like to see included in future publications. • Alexandria's Megan and Bethany Hasz had breakout freshman seasons in the Big Ten for the University of Minnesota cross country team, and they haven't slowed down as sophomores.
The Alexandria football team has a lot to play for over the final two weeks of the regular season, and it starts with a contest at Sauk Rapids-Rice tonight. The Storm are 3-3 this season and coming off a 34-6 loss to St. Cloud Tech (4-2) last week. It's been years since Alexandria and Sauk Rapids-Rice have met on the field.