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 St. Cloud Tech tennis team swept Alexandria on Thursday evening as the perennially tough Tigers controlled the singles lineup and won some close matches at doubles. Alexandria’s first doubles team of Grant Storm and Eli Simonson bounced back from a 6-0 loss in the first set to push Nick Portz and Nate Trewick in the second, where the Tigers duo needed a tiebreaker to win 7-6 (6). Alexandria’s AJ Bollman and Jacob Partington also challenged their opponent at second doubles before falling 7-5, 6-2.
Nearly every marathoner who qualifies for and runs the Boston Marathon does so with something specific in mind that they want to accomplish during this prestigious race. Those goals run the gamut from winning it to not worrying at all about one's time. Those who have run through the packed crowds along the course say it's an event that can inspire, challenge and reward a distance runner like few others.
APRIL 21 BASEBALL Osakis at Melrose, 4:30 p.m. WCA at Kimball Area, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Wadena-DC, 4:30 p.m. BOYS GOLF Osakis at Minnewaska, 11 a.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Hancock, 5 p.m. Osakis at Browerville-EV, 5 p.m.
ADAPTED BOWLING Alexandria vs. Fergus Falls/Simley BASEBALL Alexandria at Bemidji, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at OTC, 4:30 p.m. Osakis vs. LPGE, 5 p.m. WCA vs. Hancock at Chokio-Alberta, 4 p.m. Ashby vs. WHN, 5 p.m.
The West Central Area golf teams went to the Balmoral Golf Course near Battle Lake on Tuesday as the girls came home in third place out of the three programs who fielded full teams. The WCA boys were fifth with a 392 in a meet hosted by Underwood. Ottertail Central won the boys meet with a 330 behind meet medalist Adam Young and his 76. James Wiese led the Knights with a 90, while Jackson Merrick shot a 92. Max Duncan shot a 100 and Alex Endreson rounded out the scoring with a 110. Aiden Winter finished off the lineup with a 152.
The Minnewaska softball team swept two games of a doubleheader with ease against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, winning game two 11-0 after taking game one 11-1 on Tuesday.
The Alexandria boys golf team welcomed in Willmar on Tuesday for a Central Lakes Conference matchup that the road Cardinals won 5-2. Willmar swept the singles lineup in straight sets as Peyton Fischer, Manny Obregon, Will Fischer and Hunter Fischer secured the team win by themselves.
The Alexandria girls golf team looks far and away the team to beat in the Central Lakes Conference after two league meets this season. The Cardinals dominated their opener and won by 15 strokes again on Tuesday at the Rocori Invite. Alexandria shot a 346, while Sartell-St. Stephen was second at 361 and Willmar finished third with a 365. The Cardinals put five players in the top 13 individually and improved their team score by nine shots from the opener in Willmar last week.
The Alexandria boys golf team kicked off its season with top two finishes in two meets on Monday and Tuesday. The Cardinals went to St. Cloud on Tuesday and won with a 324 at Wapicada. That beat Sartell-St. Stephen by four strokes after Alexandria finished second on Monday at Brainerd with a 312. The Warriors won on their home course that day with a 297.
Wyoming is a long ways to go for a turkey. That's the common refrain I get from my buddies when I've tried to organize hunts out to Hulett in the northeastern corner of the state. It's a 10-hour trip with a camper behind the truck. They're right. That is a long ways to go for a turkey, but it's also a turkey hunting experience unlike anything I've gotten anywhere else.