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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Alexandria's McKenzie Revering was hanging back near the blue line in a one-goal game when she received the puck late in the third period against Moorhead on Tuesday night. The Cardinals' junior defenseman gathered herself and took a couple strides into an opening before firing a wrister past the Spuds' Paige Schmidt. Top shelf. Game over. That made it a 3-1 contest and all but ended any thoughts of a Moorhead comeback. Putting up points has been the norm for Revering through the first four games. That goal was her seventh of the season.
Osakis native Bill Quistorff has seen a lot of success coaching the Rochester Community and Technical College football team at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) level and nothing has changed in his sixth season. Quistorff is in his third season as the head coach and has guided the Yellowjackets to an 11-0 record this fall. Rochester beat the North Dakota State College of Science on November 8 in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference championship game in St. Cloud. The Yellowjackets were trailing 41-22 at the start of the fourth quarter in that game.
Bucks that gain a name after showing up on camera tend to be special deer, and the buck known as Elvis in Todd County definitely fits that description. Alexandria's Calen Burkey and his party of six people that hunt north of Head of the Lakes Resort near Osakis had captured plenty of photos of this deer over the last two years. Hundreds of them, Burkey says. But there was a problem.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced on November 17 that Minnesota firearms hunters registered 118,599 deer through the second weekend of firearms deer season. That's up from 104,785 from the same period in 2014, according to the DNR. "Hunters are seeing more deer this year as we continue to build deer populations across much of the state," Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations program manager, said in the release. "We've again issued a conservative number of antlerless deer permits, and because of this, many hunters are seeing deer they can't shoot.
Fifteen-year-old Clayton Luedeke of Miltona already has two big bucks to his name during his hunting career and the latest would make the most seasoned hunter envious. Luedeke shot this...
Alexandria 11-year-old Bobby Olson experienced some buck fever that turned out to be a blessing in disguise on the firearms opener on November 7. Olson was hunting with his grandfather, Bob Olson, on his grandfather's farm in Douglas County when a six-point buck appeared on opening morning. Bobby shouldered his gun and fired. The shot missed, but his grandpa assured him he would get another opportunity. "They went to camp for some lunch," Bobby's father, Trevor Olson, said of the hunt.
Fifteen-year-old Clayton Luedeke of Miltona already has two big bucks to his name during his hunting career and the latest would make the most-seasoned hunter envious. Luedeke shot this big buck while hunting on the evening of November 11 just north of Miltona. "The buck walked out with his head down," Clayton's brother, Brandon, said. "Clayton was in his stand. When he first saw it, he thought it was a doe until he lifted his head." There was no confusion once that happened. Clayton dropped the 13-point buck from about 120 yards away with one shot.
The Ashby boys basketball team is coming off a 3-22 season that it wants to make sure it improves on heading into this winter. The Arrows lost three players to graduation in Zach Barry, Gavin Saxton and Dakota Fossan but have seven letter winners back. Senior Miles Wing and junior Nathan Cook are two guards who are back as starters.
Kensington's Lindsay Spillman got her first deer while hunting near her hometown during the firearms season. Spillman shot this buck while hunting on November 8.
The Alexandria boys hockey team has heard the rumblings. Players know what the popular opinion is across the state about this year's team. Programs don't generally lose 15 seniors from a 22-4-1 team and not take at least a little bit of a drop in the standings. That's what outsiders assume will happen to Alexandria this winter, and it's a prognosis that hasn't gone unnoticed by these players. "It's all over social media, Twitter and whatnot," senior defenseman Nate Folsom said. "Everyone thinks it's a rebuilding year. We lost 15 seniors. Of course, who doesn't think that?