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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Minnesota firearms hunters registered 128,174 deer through the third weekend of firearms deer season, up from 112,715 from the same period in 2014, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced in a release last week. Hunters have harvested 145,383 deer so far during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons. That's up from the 2014 to-date harvest total of 128,134. Preliminary numbers show that the number of deer registered rose 13.5 percent from 2014. Buck harvest during the firearms season was up 18.4 percent from last year.
The Osakis wrestling team opened up its season with a fifth-place finish at the Sauk Centre-Melrose Early Bird Invite last Wednesday. The Silverstreaks finished with 95 points. Rocori won the meet with 199, while Sartell-St. Stephen (190) and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (177) rounded out the top three. Senior Brendon Coyer got his 150th career win on his way to a second-place finish at 132 pounds.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Granite City 4, Alexandria 2 The Alexandria Blizzard had a three-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Granite City on Saturday night as the Lumberjacks won a...
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Granite City, 7:30 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. New Prague, 6:30 p.m. GYMNASTICS Alex at Perham Invite, 8 a.m.
The Alexandria Blizzard won its third straight game on Wednesday night before heading into a showdown at Granite City this Saturday. Breezy Point (9-8-4) and Alexandria (7-10-1) were tied at...
GYMNASTICS Alex at Perham Invite, 6 p.m.
The Alexandria boys hockey team knows the challenge at hand is to replace 15 seniors from a 22-win team a year ago. The guys responsible for doing that are eager for their chance. "We got a bunch of young kids coming in this year that I'm not worried about stepping up," senior defenseman Nate Folsom said from practice on November 13. They're real good players. ... It's going to be a great year." That's the attitude the Cardinals took into the season opener at Little Falls this past Tuesday night.
The Alexandria girls hockey team has a lot of reasons for optimism this season after returning 15 letter winners from an 18-win team. The Cardinals finished as last year's Class A consolation champions and have gotten off to a great start to this winter season. They are 5-1 after outscoring teams 26-11. That helped earn them a 11th-place ranking in the November 18 Let's Play Hockey polls. "I think we knew that we could be this good," junior defenseman McKenzie Revering said after beating Moorhead 3-1 on November 17.
The Alexandria dance team lost just two letter winners from last year's group and has some higher expectations for both the jazz and kick teams as a result. The Cardinals will have to replace Lyndsey Harp and Brooke Rinicker from last year's roster but will do so with a group of 12 letter winners leading the way.
Alexandria wrestling coach Tom Ellison likes the team he has at his disposal this season as the Cardinals try to improve upon a 7-10 record from a year ago. "This team is a very dedicated bunch," Ellison said. "Led by our captains Blake Olhausen, Ben Johnson and Adam Johnson, they really have a no-nonsense approach to preparing themselves. It all boils down to how hard do you want to work, and this team is ready to push the limit on hard work." The veteran presence within this group lies through its middle weights with those captains all manning spots within that stretch.