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 volleyball team opened up its conference season on Tuesday night and made quick work of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in a 3-0 sweep. It was the home opener and Parents Night for the Chargers (2-1, 1-0 Little Eight Conference), and things got off to a bit of a sluggish start. A few unforced errors led to an early deficit in the first set, but B-E rallied with a 25-20 win.
Alexandria’s Jerry Rose did not play much competitive golf for almost 25 years after getting married and raising a family after college at Brigham Young University, but the 59-year-old is making up for lost time in recent years.
The Parkers Prairie football team will head into week two fresh off a dominating defensive performance after a 14-0 win over Wadena-Deer Creek on Aug. 31. Senior Matt Jirik had a lot to do with that. He had a team-high 11 tackles, and Jirik’s second-quarter interception set up the Panthers on the W-DC 15-yard line. It took three plays before Tanner Shaw scored a 7-yard touchdown run to start the scoring. Brendan Johnson threw a two-point conversion to Travis Yohnke, and it was 8-0 at the half.
The West Central Area cross country team was in Breckenridge on Aug. 30 as both the boys and girls came away with their second straight second-place finishes to start the season.
VOLLEYBALL Alexandria at Willmar, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Hillcrest, 7:30 p.m. Osakis at LPGE, 7 p.m. WCA vs. New York Mills, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. BOLD, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Henning, 7:15 p.m. Ashby at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m.
The Alexandria area has become quite a bass destination for anglers in recent years, and more proof of that came with a tour stop on Aug. 31 that featured some of the top anglers in Minnesota and across the Midwest. The Alexandria Chain of Lakes played host to the Classic Bass Champions Tour championship on Friday. Among those in attendance was Seth Feider, a Bloomington native who fishes on the Bassmaster Elite Series. He didn’t fish Friday but was on the water to help promote the stop.
The Evansville Area Sportsmen will host their annual banquet on Sept. 8 at the Railroad and 2nd Event Center in Evansville. Happy hour starts at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Dinner tickets after Sept. 1 are $30 each or $45 for couples dinner tickets. Kids ages 17 and younger get in for $20. Tickets purchased before Sept. 1 are $5 cheaper.
The Alexandria football team watched the video of Andover’s scrimmage on Aug. 25 leading up to Thursday’s season opener, and one thing that stood out to head coach Mike Empting was the play of the Huskies’ defense. Their speed and athleticism on that side of the ball showed up on tape. It did again on game night as Andover used its defense to get a 26-7 win on its home field.
Osakis players and head coach Bill Infanger admitted that Browerville-Eagle Valley surprised them a little bit on Thursday night in the football season opener. This a Tigers team that the Silverstreaks handled in a 33-6 game in the 2017 opener. But this is a different year, a different team for Browerville. That kept the Tigers close, but Osakis still did enough things right to come out with a 14-6 win on its home field.
The Brandon-Evansville cross country team is in its second year of existence this fall and ready to see if kids can take the next step after getting their feet wet in 2017.