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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Shawn Thelen lived almost 10 years in Colorado where he developed a passion for mountain biking. He was 19 when he took up the sport. Now at 42, he's eager to share that passion in Alexandria as the head coach of the newest sport offered to area students in grades 7-12 with the forming of a mountain bike racing club that is part of the Minnesota High School Cycling League. "I love to coach, I love kids, I mountain-bike race myself, and I'm like, 'I want to be the coach for that,'" Thelen said. "That sounds like the coolest sport ever."
The West Central Area baseball team was disappointed in how its season ended on June 9 at the hands of top-ranked Parkers Prairie in the Section 6A championship round. The Knights had chances to win that game and force a decisive game two a day later before falling just short in a 5-4 game. They played 14 innings through mid-80 degree weather after beating Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 7-6 earlier in the day at Morris.
Alexandria’s Jeremy Knight stepped up to the shooting line with four of his teammates on Tuesday for the last day of the eight-day Minnesota State High School Clay Target League...
One out. That’s all that separated the Parkers Prairie baseball team from finishing off a storybook season with the perfect ending. Instead, the 2016 Panthers will take solace in producing...
The Parkers Prairie baseball players don’t really have words to describe exactly what they have been able to do this season. It’s not just the 22 wins, but it’s the...
The Parkers Prairie baseball team has a thing for dramatic moments. The Panthers seem to thrive in those situations, and they did again at the Class A state opener in...
The Brandon-Evansville Clay Target team members are used to performing in some tough weather conditions. Programs throughout the state have no choice but to shoot in them when their name is called. So it came as no surprise that the Chargers were ready for some mist and a strong crosswind during the morning session of the Class 2A Minnesota High School Clay Target League championship in Alexandria on Wednesday.
Eric Griesert remembers the feeling he had when stepping up to the shooting line at the Minnesota High School Clay Target League's 2015 state championship. Osakis was in its first year in the league that continues to grow by leaps and bounds each season. The 2010 season had 340 participants statewide. Last year's state shoot in Alexandria featured almost 6,000 shooters over six days.
Dawson Zuroff of Hebron, North Dakota was vacationing with his family at Brentwood Estate on Big Chippewa Lake when he latched into the biggest bass of his young life. Zuroff was fishing off a dock in about eight feet of water using a jig and a minnow when the largemouth hit. It weighed 4 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 21 inches. Zuroff is an avid fisherman and has caught quite a few species but never a bass of this size, which is why the family brought it back to North Dakota with them to get the fish mounted.
Seven-year-old Chase Walgrave of Shakopee had a memorable day fishing with his grandfather and Alexandria native Randy Mickelson in late May. Walgrave pulled in a 1 pound crappie and a bass that weighed in at 1.5 pounds. The bass lived to see another day, but the crappie provided Chase and his family with a nice meal.