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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A local football officiating crew has become a fixture at the high school prep bowl in Minnesota. Alexandria's Jeremy Anderson has brought a crew to the Twin Cities for the state football championships five times since 2010. This year's group included Anderson and fellow Alexandria residents Pete Grove and John Hoven, Jim Meissner from Brandon and Mike Arvidson from Parkers Prairie. Arvidson and Meissner were new to Anderson's crew for the playoffs this season. The group worked the Class 9-Man championship at TCF Bank Stadium on November 13 between Grand Meadow and Underwood.
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team had some new players earning expanded roles on varsity this season, but there was a seasoned veteran back at the setter position to calm things on the court. Junior Kylee Hansen took on that role and earned this team's Most Valuable Player Award in the process.
The Alexandria boys basketball team came into the season with lofty expectations. Talk of a 20-win season and a trip to the state tournament were the goals set out by players at the start of practice. In order to accomplish those, the Cardinals know they need to have players step up into bigger roles. Alexandria lost seven seniors from last year's team, including forwards Joe Gorghuber, Tyler Owen and John Oberg.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. Ashby vs. CGB, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Hillcrest, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Osakis at Morris Area,...
Minnesota firearms hunters registered 128,174 deer through the third weekend of firearms deer season, up from 112,715 from the same period in 2014, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced in a release last week. Hunters have harvested 145,383 deer so far during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons. That's up from the 2014 to-date harvest total of 128,134. Preliminary numbers show that the number of deer registered rose 13.5 percent from 2014. Buck harvest during the firearms season was up 18.4 percent from last year.
The Osakis wrestling team opened up its season with a fifth-place finish at the Sauk Centre-Melrose Early Bird Invite last Wednesday. The Silverstreaks finished with 95 points. Rocori won the meet with 199, while Sartell-St. Stephen (190) and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (177) rounded out the top three. Senior Brendon Coyer got his 150th career win on his way to a second-place finish at 132 pounds.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Granite City 4, Alexandria 2 The Alexandria Blizzard had a three-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Granite City on Saturday night as the Lumberjacks won a...
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Alexandria at Granite City, 7:30 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. New Prague, 6:30 p.m. GYMNASTICS Alex at Perham Invite, 8 a.m.
The Alexandria Blizzard won its third straight game on Wednesday night before heading into a showdown at Granite City this Saturday. Breezy Point (9-8-4) and Alexandria (7-10-1) were tied at...
GYMNASTICS Alex at Perham Invite, 6 p.m.