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 lakes are iced over and the walleye bite is going in full force through much of December during most winter fishing seasons in Minnesota. Drive south on Highway 29 from Alexandria to Glenwood and fish houses are normally scattered all over on Lake Reno. Not this year. Those popular gathering spots on the big-water winter fisheries in the Alexandria area are still waiting for safe ice so anglers can get out on local lakes. "It's really uncommon," Dana Freese of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria said on Tuesday.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Metro, 12:45 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Sartell, 7:30 p.m. WCA at Upsala, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Verndale, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Montevideo, 7:30 p.m...
The Underwood Rockets built a 42-12 lead at the half and coasted to a 72-38 win over Ashby in the Little Eight Conference on Tuesday night. "We struggled at the beginning of the game to get stops on defense and we were stuck offensively for a long time," Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. "We came out of the locker room with a lot better energy on both ends of the floor. Guys were working hard on defense and offense. It was great to see some fight.
The Minnewaska boys basketball team improved to 6-1 on the season after rolling past Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 63-37 on Tuesday night in Long Prairie. The Lakers shot 54 percent from the field (25-of-46), including an efficient 21-of-31 from inside the arc. Austin VerSteeg was the catalyst with a team-leading 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting. He added six assists, three rebounds and three steals.
The Osakis girls basketball team used a 52-point second half to create some distance in a 78-59 road win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Tuesday night. The Silverstreaks (5-0, 2-0...
The Osakis boys basketball team fell behind big in the first half and could never recover in a 66-39 loss on the road against Sauk Centre on Tuesday night. The...
The Alexandria gymnastics team went to Little Falls and came home with a 124.525-94.95 win over the Flyers on Tuesday night. The Cardinals took all three of the top all-around scores. McKena Thoennes was first with 32.375 points. Sydney Quinn took second with 30.575 points and Jacy Roste was third (30.3). Alexandria took all four top spots in each individual event. Abby Forester won the floor routine (7.95). Thoennes was top scorer on the beam (8.475), bars (7.375) and vault (8.7). Thoennes was second on the floor (7.825).
The Alexandria girls basketball team used another solid defensive effort to win its third straight game and move to 3-1 on the season and 3-0 in the Central Lakes Conference after a 67-33 win over Fergus Falls on Tuesday. The game marked the third straight time that the Cardinals have held their opponent to less than 40 points. The Otters fell to 1-5 with the loss. Alexandria led 33-21 at the half and blew things open over the final 18 minutes. Three players finished in double figures as Macy Hatlestad led the way with 16. Kendall Kohler and Kayla Feldhake each had 10 points.
The Alexandria dance team went to Willmar for a five-team invite and finished fourth in both the kick and jazz competitions on Tuesday. "The Cardinals had their best performances of the season thus far," head coach Christine Reilly said. "They improved timing, execution, had fewer mistakes, kick height was better and they performed with confidence. They really came out strong and competed the whole way through.
The Alexandria Nordic ski teams kicked off their season on Tuesday at Andes Tower Hills after a meet that was originally scheduled for Detroit Lakes was postponed. Andes Tower Hills is making snow and the skiers took advantage of the opportunity as Alexandria welcomed Little Falls, Brainerd, Willmar, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Bemidji and Trek North teams for the meet. "The teams raced on the downhill runs at Andes, as they have been making snow when the temperatures have been appropriate to do so," Alexandria head coach Jeremy Rapp said.