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 Alexandria boys soccer team is 2-0 after the first week of the season. The Cardinals won their season opener in a 2-1 game against East Grand Forks last Thursday. Then on Saturday, they won another one-goal game as Alexandria beat Detroit Lakes 3-2. The Cardinals led the game 2-0 before the Lakers rallied back with goals from Jackson Carlblom and Cole Metelak to tie the game at two apiece.
The Osakis volleyball team jumpstarted its season by heading to a competitive Albany Tournament and coming home with a 1-3 record in its four matches. The lone win came against Braham after tallying 25-12 and 25-19 victories. The Silverstreaks ran into New London-Spicer (25-12, 25-19), Morris (25-9, 25-13) and Rocori (25-12, 25-15) and dropped all of those matches in 2-0 contests.
The Osakis girls tennis team challenged itself in a couple of tournaments last week and came back with a first-place finish in the Hi-Way 10 field and a fifth-place finish at Delano-Orono. The Silverstreaks went up against a host of bigger schools at Delano-Orono as Brainerd (34 points), Orono (27), Roseville (24) and Delano (23) all finished in front of them after Osakis totaled 20 points in the eight-team field.
GIRLS TENNIS Osakis vs. Minnewaska, 3 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY Parkers Prairie at Menahga, 10 a.m. Minnewaska at MACA Invitational, 5 p.m. Osakis, Brandon-Evansville at Morris Invite, 5:30 p.m. West Central Area at Pomme de Terre Golf Club, 5:30 p.m. VOLLEYBALL
The Youth Outdoor Activity Day in Alexandria has grown every year it’s been in existence, and nothing changed on Sunday at the local shooting park. After drawing 2,180 kids for the fourth annual event in 2017, a total of 2,212 kids registered on Sunday. Along with parents and volunteers, 4,050 total people took advantage of the entirely free event hosted by the Viking Sportsmen and Douglas County Pheasants Forever that gives kids countless opportunities to experience outdoor activities.
A new-look Alexandria boys soccer team saw a lot of things to like in its season opener on Thursday night. The Cardinals lost plenty of important seniors from last year’s 10-win team, including a couple of potent scorers in Cameron Rice and Michael Kuhn. There are opportunities for new talent to emerge, and Alexandria got just enough in a 2-1 opening win over East Grand Forks at AAHS.
The Viking Sportsmen group in Alexandria is hosting three seminars this year designed to get more people engaged in the community on topics of hunting and fishing. The first of those came on Jan. 31 when Dean Krebs spoke on big-game hunting in the west. Minnesota Fishing Hall of Famer LeRoy Ras then gave a presentation on May 2 centered around how he goes after walleyes.
Aldon Struchen did not waste any time trying to set the right tone in his first chance at leading his own wrestling program.
Alexandria football coach Mike Empting entered the offseason looking to address a couple of concerns for his team. The Cardinals have put together quite a three-year run on the field. They’ve been to three straight section title games and a state tournament in 2016, but Empting saw a need to get better on the defensive side of the ball.
Losing seasons for any football program can take on two different feelings for players and coaches. Losses piling up are never fun to play through in the moment, but there are those that come with plenty of experienced players on the field where the talent just isn't there. Then there are those where young players are forced to take their lumps with the hope that those lessons will pay off in the future. Osakis believes they experienced the latter in 2017 and will be a much-improved program this fall.