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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Ask Alexandria's Ben Doherty and Jack Westlund how long they have been playing on the same line in hockey and they just smile and shake their heads. It's pretty much been from the first time they put on skates. "Ten years?" Westlund says. "I can't even remember." It's been long enough for them to develop quite a connection on the ice. "We have great chemistry," Westlund added. "I always know where he is and he always knows where I am."
The Minnewaska girls basketball team continued its impressive season by winning its fourth straight game in a 63-51 victory over Eden Valley-Watkins (9-6) on Monday night. The Lakers (13-4, 5-2 West Central Conference) shot almost 40 percent from the field (23-of-58), including 8-of-20 from three. They also hit on 9-of-14 foul shots. Minnewaska erased a five-point deficit at the half by outscoring EV-W 37-20 over the final 18 minutes.
The Osakis boys basketball team dropped its fourth straight game but not without giving a 12-5 Holdingford team a scare on Monday night. The Silverstreaks trailed by just one at the break and held a second half lead before the Huskers secured a 65-59 win. "We had a six-point lead in the second half and then they had guys make big shots," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "We need to communicate better defensively. If we stay consistent for a full game we can do some great things."
The Alexandria Nordic ski teams traveled to Maplelag Resort in Callaway to preview the section course and compete against the rest of the section field. "Almost all of the Section teams were there, giving us a good idea of what to expect next week for the section race," Alexandria head coach Jeremy Rapp said. "It was a busy day, as there were eight races total in five hours."
The Alexandria girls hockey team got a win over a Class AA opponent in Bemidji on Saturday as the Cardinals used a two-goal second period to earn a 4-2 win. Alexandria got outshot 18-11 in the first period but still held a 1-0 lead after a McKenna Ellingson goal at 5:45. Senior Taylor Coker started in net for the Cardinals and turned away all 18 shots she faced in the first and 29 total on her way to earning the win.
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team came up a little short in a Little Eight Conference game against Underwood last Friday night. The Panthers (7-7, 3-3 LEC) led 28-24 at the half but couldn't hold on in a 56-51 loss to the Rockets (7-6, 5-1 LEC). Megan Benzinger had a game-high 22 points, including six threes for Parkers Prairie. Caroline Carlson added 12 points, while Kathryn Burquest had 10 points and six rebounds. Taylor Leitch led three players in double figures for Underwood with 17 points. Brenna Tinjum added 13 and Sydney Hovland finished with 12.
The Osakis boys basketball team lost its third-straight game in a 46-39 Prairie Conference loss at home to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle last Friday night. The Silverstreaks (5-11, 3-5 Prairie) shot just 34 percent from the field, including 15 percent (3-of-20) from beyond the arc. Osakis limited the Thunder (9-6, 7-1 Prairie) to just nine points in the opening 18 minutes, but was outscored 37-19 in the second half.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team made easy work of a winless Lake Park-Audubon team on Friday night in a 71-24 game. The Chargers started on a 19-2 run and coasted to a 49-12 lead by the break. The win was the fourth straight for B-E to improve to 11-2 overall. "Lake Park is down and has really struggled to score," Chargers head coach Dick Simpson said. "Our depth just kind of wore them down."
Caleb Anderson’s domination of the NA3HL continued on Saturday night as the Sioux Falls, SD native helped the Alexandria Blizzard to a 9-3 win over Minnesota. Anderson had six points...
The Alexandria boys swimming and diving team qualified for the state true team meet as a wildcard team after scoring 1,319 points and finishing fourth at the 5A meet in...