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 and Rocori girls basketball programs are in two very different spots right now. The Spartans went 0-27 a year ago and are just searching for a win to...
Alexandria native Matt Hoelscher is entering his fifth season at the helm of an Osakis boys basketball program that has taken incremental steps to getting to where he wants to be on a consistent basis. Last year's 10-win season and 6-8 mark in the Prairie Conference was a nice jump. Now he has the bulk of that roster back and some younger players he feels can help out. It all adds up to where Hoelscher feels this program is ready to take another leap forward this winter.
BOYS BASKETBALL Osakis at BBE, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Rocori, 7:30 p.m. B-E vs. Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Bertha-Hewitt, 7:30 p.m. GYMNASTICS Alexandria at Melrose...
The Osakis girls basketball team had no problems in its season opener at Benson as the Silverstreaks ran all over the Braves in a 64-30 game. The Osakis defense stymied Benson, holding the Braves to six points in the first half on the way to a 35-6 lead. The Silverstreaks held Benson to 10-of-48 shooting (21 percent) on the night, while hitting on 40 percent (22-of-55) of its own field goals. The Braves had 20 turnovers as Osakis turned those into 20 points in transition.
The Alexandria girls basketball team passed its first road test of the season on Tuesday as the Cardinals opened up the season in Big Lake. Alexandria, ranked second in the Class 3-A polls, led by just three at the half against the 15th-ranked Hornets after jumping out to a 10-point lead. Big Lake rallied to make it a 27-24 game at the break, but Alexandria was too much defensively on its way to a 53-42 win. Defense has been this team's identity in years past, and the Cardinals were once again up to the challenge by holding down the Big Lake offense.
The Alexandria dance team opened up its season with a home Central Lakes Conference meet that saw eight league teams compete. The Cardinals finished sixth in the kick portion of the meet and seventh in jazz after losing a double tiebreaker scenario after tying St. Cloud Apollo for sixth.
Alexandria's Sarah Finley knew her role the last couple seasons as a goaltender for the girls hockey team would be as a backup. The Cardinals had a fixture in net in Amy Jost, the team's MVP-award winner from a year ago and an All-Central Lakes Conference goalie. Jost posted a .936 save percentage and a 1.66 goals-against average in 28 games last winter.
It wasn’t always pretty, but in a season opener, getting a win is all that matters. The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team accomplished that at home as the Chargers beat Park...
The Alexandria boys hockey team is coming off a season that saw the Cardinals go 11-15-1. Competing for the Central Lakes Conference and Section 6A titles are where Alexandria wants to get back to. The Cardinals were forced to play almost entirely with guys who were new to the varsity level last winter. Many of them are back with a chip on their shoulder, hoping to prove last year's losing record was an anomaly. Head coach Ian Resch talked to the Echo Press on the state of this year's team leading up to the Cardinals' season opener last night, Tuesday, at Little Falls.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Big Lake, 7:15 p.m. Osakis at Benson, 7:30 p.m. B-E vs. Park Christian, 7:30 p.m. WCA vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:30 p.m. DANCE CLC Invite at AAHS,...