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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Last week had the potential to be one of the best weeks of the spring for those who love the outdoors. Warm weather finally arrived, which meant the crappie bite was going in full force in the shallow bays on area lakes. That, coupled with the spring turkey hunting opener in Minnesota, meant the chance to spend the evenings in a boat and the mornings chasing gobblers in the woods for some.
The West Central Area boys golf team shot a 387 in Ortonville on Monday evening to finish 10th out of 15 teams at the invite. Jackson Merrick led the way with a 91, while James Wiese shot a 93 and Tanner Johnson a 96. Max Duncan carded a 107, Brady Endreson a 117 and Aiden Winter a 147 to round out the Knights' lineup. "This was a good meet for us to go to because there were a few bigger schools like Morris, Montevideo and Benson there, plus most of our section power teams like Dawson-Boyd, Lakeview, Minneota and LQPV," WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said.
The Osakis boys golf team got its season started last Friday by going to Minnewaska and finishing fifth out of the five-team field in some windy conditions. The Silverstreaks shot a 387 over the 18-hole meet, while Minnewaska defended its home course with a 308. The Lakers were guided by three players in the 70s as Brett Buckingham won medalist honors with a 72, Esten Stensrud added a 76 and Isaac Burgess had a 79. Jake Peters rounded out the Minnewaska scoring with an 81, while Peter Frischmon (85) and Blake Joos (98) also played in the Lakers' lineup.
The Alexandria girls golf team wrapped up its second win in as many Central Lakes Conference meets on Monday night after winning the Rocori Invite hosted at the Rich Spring Golf Club. The Cardinals shot a 367, 11 strokes better than second-place St. Cloud Tech. Sartell rounded out the top three with a 381.
The Ashby baseball team outhit Hancock on Monday night but fell short on the scoreboard in a 2-0 loss to the Owls that dropped the Arrows to 0-4 on the season. The Ashby offense fell victim to a dominant performance from Hancock's Chandler Gramm. The junior struck out 17, walked two and scattered four hits to help the Owls get their first win of the season.
BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Sartell (DH), 4:30 p.m. Osakis at WCA, 5 p.m. Minnewaska vs. ACGC (DH), 4 p.m. Parkers Prairie at NYM, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria at Sartell (DH), 4:...
The Minnewaska softball team snapped a three-game losing streak and is 3-4 overall after going 1-2 last Friday and Saturday. The Lakers beat Breckenridge 9-4, with that win sandwiched around a 10-4 loss to Ottertail Central on Saturday and a 7-4 loss to New London-Spicer on Friday. Carley Stewart had a double and three RBIs in the win over Breckenridge, while Kaitlyn Lange went 2-for-3 with a home run, a run scored and three RBIs. That helped Morgan Hess get the win from the circle after she scattered eight hits and struck out five.
The West Central Area baseball team moved to 2-0 on the season with a seventh-inning rally on Friday night to beat St. John's Prep 5-4. The Knights were trailing 4-2 entering the top of the seventh when they scored three runs to secure the win.
BASEBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Ortonville, 5 p.m. Ashby vs. Hancock, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie at B-EV, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Osakis at Albany, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Browerville-EV, 4 p.m. GIRLS...
The Osakis softball team has been on its game early this spring, outscoring teams 26-8 on the way to a perfect 3-0 start to the season after last week. The Silverstreaks dominated Paynesville 13-0 last Friday after taking care of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle the night before.