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 15U Babe Ruth baseball team wrapped up its summer by going 1-2 at the state tournament in New York Mills this past weekend. Osakis opened things on the right foot, getting an 8-3 win over Sebeka in the first game. Cold Spring got the better of them in game two by a 5-3 final before West Central Area-Brandon-Evansville knocked Osakis from the tournament with a 4-3 win. The WCA-B-E team finished third at the state tournament.
The Viking Speedway Hall of Fame Night is set for Aug. 5 with two more inductees ready to join 31 others in the local oval's hall of fame. Alexandria's Dave Thoennes and Dave Zimmerman of Elizabeth make up the 2017 class. Both will be honored near the grandstands at the Viking Speedway on Saturday night. Races start at 6:45. Zimmerman climbed into a race car at the age of 15 and stayed behind the wheel for more than four decades, racing at more than 40 tracks in seven states.
STANDINGS THROUGH WEEK NINE (Total score) Jim Syverson/Judy Carlson - 66 Byrne Rising/Gary Kirckof - 52 Rick Maxwell/Kia Larson - 50 Jeff Thompson/Dick Baumann - 49 Dan Larson/Gary Stotesbery - 48 Jerry Nelson/Darren Barten - 40 Dillon Maxwell/Jim Rushford - 35 Randy Mayer/Ryan Siebel - 33 Shane Johnson/Justin Dummer - 31 Kristy Brackett/Justin Schroeder - 25 Mary Botten/Jolene Olson - 23 Mike Thompson/Jeannie Thompson - 17 Brian Larson/Brad Mattocks - 16 Alica Tvrdik/Tammi Klug - 15
Jon Reigstad spends more time teaching the game of golf than playing it himself these days, but the White Bear Lake native was on his game on Sunday. The 96th annual Resorters Golf Tournament got started on Sunday morning with men’s qualifying rounds where two-time defending men's champion Nick Heinen of Edmond, Oklahoma led the field with a 65. Then in the afternoon, it was the Resorters Pro-Am that took center stage under ideal weather conditions at the Alexandria Golf Club.
The level of talent that returns to the Alexandria Golf Course from July 30 through Aug. 5 will match what a lot of players and spectators are used to from this tournament. Back-to-back Men's Division champion Nick Heinen of Edmond, OK headlines the list of returning talents with plenty more high-level golfers filling out each field.
Two Osakis baseball players from this past spring season were recently honored at the annual Diamond King Awards ceremony at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud. Graduated seniors Isaac Infanger and Brady Berberich were among the award winners on July 15. In partnership with the St. Cloud Rox out of the Northwoods League, Hardball Hotel Baseball recognized players who exhibit characteristics among four traits: Humility, accountability, resilience and discipline.
The Parkers Prairie school district will add a couple more athletic options for students to participate in this coming school year. At its July 13 meeting, school board approved a motion to add hockey as part of a cooperative agreement with the Wadena-Deer Creek boys program. The motion to add cross country at Parkers Prairie also passed in what activities director John Noga felt was an easy decision on both fronts.
The Alexandria Blacks Junior Legion baseball team played its final game at the state tournament on Wednesday morning as the team went 0-2 after a loss to St. Louis Park. The Blacks started the tournament on Monday with a 4-1 loss to Prior Lake. They were scheduled to play again on Tuesday before storms delayed that game until Wednesday. That’s where they ran into St. Louis Park and lost a 7-1 game to end the season.
Steve Doerfler of Farmington latched into a big smallmouth bass while fishing on Lake Miltona on July 1. Doerfler was fishing with an artificial worm in four and a half feet of water along some pencil reeds when the fish hit. It measured 21.75 inches. Doerfler brought the fish in for a few photos before releasing it.
Katherine Lannon of Rochester caught this nice sunfish on Lake Cowdry using a jig and a worm earlier this summer.