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The Osakis volleyball team has been tested with tight matches in three of the last four, and the Silverstreaks have passed every one of those tests. Osakis won a third match in five sets during that time span as the Silverstreaks (12-8) knocked off Pierz (5-14) to win their eighth straight contest.
The Brandon-Evansville cross country teams were in Wheaton on Saturday for a small invite as the boys won in a three-team field. The Chargers faced athletes from Border West and Tri-State as the B-E boys finished with 32 points. Wesley Siira won the 5K meet in 18:50, while Abram Fossell (19:19) and Logan Froemming (19:22) were second and third. Blake Merritt finished sixth overall in 20:20 and Cole Miller rounded out the field in 20th place (31:13).
VOLLEYBALL Osakis vs. Pierz, 7 p.m. Ashby-Destiny Academy vs. Wheaton, 7:15 p.m. West Central Area at Frazee, 7:30 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Alexandria at Brainerd, 7 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Alexandria vs. Brainerd, 7 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY
The West Central Area football team posted a nice defensive effort on homecoming as the Knights (3-3) knocked off Staples-Motley (1-5) 14-0 on Friday. “Tonight was a learning experience in sloppy conditions,” WCA head coach Nate Wood said. “We saw a lot of good things and things that we need to clean up to be the best team we can. Always nice to get a homecoming win, though. Hats off to Staples, they had a solid game plan and played hard.”
The Parkers Prairie football team suffered another close loss on Friday night, and this one came down to the wire against a now 5-1 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg team.
HOCKEY NorthStar Christian Academy at Minnesota Blizzard (in St. Louis Park), 9:15 a.m.
There was a time in mid-June when there was concern across many parts of the Minnesota pheasant range that huge rainfalls would mean a poor nesting season. While that might have been the case in small pockets of the state, the annual August roadside count came out in early September and pheasants spotted were up 19 percent from a year ago. The roadside counts painted a particularly positive picture for numbers in Douglas County, where birds spotted were some of the highest in Minnesota.
The Osakis cross country teams knew they would be challenged during the 46th annual Lions Meet of Champions in Alexandria on Saturday afternoon, and that proved to be true under cool and cloudy skies at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.
The Lions Meet of Champions is always a solid test for the many programs that run at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center course in Alexandria, and Saturday’s 46th annual meet was no different.
The Echo Press is sponsoring the annual "Hunt Down Your Photos" contest again this year. Hunting and angling themed photos are welcome. Prizes will be awarded as follows: first place, Costa sunglasses ($149 value) from Alex Vision Source; second place, $50 gift certificate to Alexandria Vet Clinic; third place, Yeti cup from Ace Hardware; fourth place, $25 Elden's Fresh Foods gift card.