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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Fall is a busy time for those who love the outdoor sports. Hunting seasons are in full swing, and lots of anglers key in on the peak walleye bite that often occurs at this time. Those who save some time for largemouth bass, however, are often rewarded with some great fishing action as well. Much of my fall bass fishing is done on lakes with deep, clear water and prominent deep weedlines. These lakes often harbor good numbers of "largies" that like to roam those weed edges looking for food.
Cornelius Noll and his cousin, Adam Noll, were fishing together on Labor Day on Lake Miltona when they ended the summer with a bang. "(We) were fishing with 6-inch suckers underneath the classic red and white bobbers," Cornelius wrote. "I'd had lots of large follows but no bite lately and had heard the same from others, so I figured we'd change the pace." It worked as Adam brought in the biggest smallmouth bass he has caught to date. The fish measured 20 inches and weighed around 5 pounds.
The Runestone Off-road ATV Riders will close the 2016 season with an annual fundraiser ride this Saturday, Oct. 8 in Garfield. The weekend morning ride begins and ends by Leaf Valley Mercantile on County Road 6 NW and winds through northern Douglas County and southern Otter Tail County up to Inspiration Peak and back. Drawings will be held at the end of the ride at the Mercantile and food will be available for purchase following the ride.
The Osakis volleyball team had a big night before it even started its Prairie Conference matchup against Swanville on Tuesday. The Silverstreaks hosted their "Dig Pink" event to show their support to cancer victims and their friends and family who are affected by the disease. Then after the National Anthem, head coach Kirsten Wessel was honored in a ceremony to recognize her for winning her 175th match in the middle of her 11th season with the Osakis program. It was a surprise to Wessel, who had friends and family from all over the state show up for the occasion.
The Minnewaska volleyball team got a road sweep in the West Central Conference as the Lakers took down Benson on Tuesday. Minnewaska (5-12, 2-7 WCC) ran away with the first set, 25-12. That propelled them past the Braves (3-16, 2-8) as they finished things off with 25-22 and 25-21 wins. The Lakers served 93.1 percent as a team, led by Madisen Hall's 27-of-28 night and three aces. Carley Stewart had a team-high seven kills. Taylor Amundson finished with 20 assists and Bailey Stewart helped the defense with 10 digs. MINNEWASKA 3, BENSON 0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-21)
The Alexandria boys soccer team got its second straight shutout after downing Rocori 2-0 on a cold and rainy night at Alexandria Area High School on Tuesday. The Cardinals (6-6, 4-4-1 Central Lakes Conference) won the conference matchup with scores in the 30th and 61st minutes. AJ Bollman got things going when he scored by collecting a rebound off a Cameron Rice shot late in the first half. Rice then got his own goal when he headed in a shot off a direct free kick from Jared Schneider.
The Osakis tennis players are playing the way they want to be as they near the section tournament after beating a 6A foe in Benson on Monday night. The Silverstreaks (13-2) took three of four in the singles lineup and added two more in doubles to secure the win. "Great win on the road today versus a tough section opponent," head coach Ryan Maddock said. "We are very happy with how this team is performing."
Anyone watching Saturday afternoon's homecoming game between the Alexandria and Bemidji football teams might not have even realized they were witnessing something out of the ordinary. Quarterback Jaran Roste and his teammates have put up some staggering offensive numbers over the last year and a half. There was a 70-point performance against St. Cloud Apollo on Sept. 4, 2015. Another 57 points put up against Bemidji a couple weeks later.
VOLLEYBALL Osakis vs. Swanville, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Benson, 7 p.m. WCA vs. CGB , 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Alexandria vs. Rocori, 5 p.m...
The Alexandria Blizzard dropped its first game against division foe Granite City this past Saturday on the road. A second-period goal for the Lumberjacks' Ryan Smith was the difference in a 2-1 game. Smith scored at 10:27 in the middle frame to erase what had been an early 1-0 deficit for Granite City. Alexandria's Brett Meister scored at 3:13 in the first to give the Blizzard (2-3, 4 points) the lead off assists from Nick Lucas and Tony Haley. A power-play goal by Will Mix at 12:07 in the first tied things up for the Lumberjacks (4-0-1, 9 points).