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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Saturday morning in the turkey woods would have been perfect had I had a camera in my hands instead of a bow. As it is, it will have to serve as a lesson learned in my first attempt arrowing a gobbler without the help of a ground blind. The morning started off quietly before a lone gobble to the east had me packing up my hen decoy and going after him. I reached the edge of our property to set up when the toms started sounding off further south. This wasn't going to work. I had to get into another piece of woods if I had any chance of calling them in.
BASEBALL Alexandria at St. Cloud Apollo (DH), 4 p.m. Osakis vs. B-EV, 5 p.m. PPD TO MAY 16 Brandon-Evansville vs. CGB, 5 p.m. WCA at Upsala-Swanville (DH), 4 p.m. Minnewaska...
The Brandon-Evansville softball team used some clutch hits with two outs to help secure an 11-5 win over Wheaton-Herman-Norcross on Friday afternoon. The Chargers scored four runs with two outs in the fourth and two more with two outs in the seventh. That was part of a four-run seventh inning as the Chargers opened up the game to secure the win.
The Alexandria adapted bowling program got a win in the team portion of the CI Division and fell in the team PI Division during a matchup with Albany on April 19. Harley Funk had the game-high for Alexandria with a 123. Stephen McCabe also rolled a 400 series with a 415. McCabe, Allie Nelson (395), Ross Minnerath (345) and Lily Hjelle (277) teamed up to roll a 1,432 team score. The CI team of Crystal Krohnfeldt, Brendan Hargreaves, Matthew Senstad and Abby Neale teamed up to bowl a 1,589. MEET SUMMARY
The Ashby softball team won an 11-8 game against Ortonville behind eight hits and error-free defense. Alena Shores doubled and drove in a run. Riley Zastrow had a triple, two runs and an RBI and Sami Johansen had a hit, a walk and three runs scored. Hannah Ras also had three runs. Taylor Koefod got the win from the circle. She went all seven innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits and five walks, while striking out three.
The Alexandria softball team went to the Rockford Tournament on Saturday and came home with a third-place finish after winning two of three games. The Cardinals bounced back from a 10-0 loss to Rockford in the opening game by beating Holy Family Catholic 8-4 and then Orono 4-2. Alexandria built a 4-0 lead over Orono and held it despite giving up two runs in the seventh. Ellie Ronning had a double, a single, a walk, a run scored and an RBI, while Kelsea Navratil added a base hit and an RBI.
The Alexandria girls golf team came back from the Legacy Course in Brainerd on Saturday with a third-place finish among the 15-team field after shooting a 367. Elk River won the meet with a 343, and Bemidji finished second at 358. "As a team, we were a little disappointed with our scores," Alexandria head coach Tim Zupfer said. "We really struggled on the back nine and posted some high numbers on our scorecards. We had a number of players really play the front nine well."
The Alexandria boys tennis team suffered its sixth loss of the season in a 6-1 defeat to Monticello over the weekend. The Cardinals' lone win came at second singles. Graham Hegstad battled back from a 6-3 loss in the first set to win the second and third by that same 6-3 score. That was a theme of the day as five of the seven matches went to three sets.
A marathon week for the Osakis softball team (5-2) wrapped up by the Silverstreaks taking care of Swanville in a 15-2 game after falling to state-ranked Pequot Lakes on the road 7-0 last Thursday. It was two of four road games last week for Osakis that saw the team finish that stretch with a 2-2 record after beating West Central Area 21-7 and falling to Albany 12-2.
BASEBALL Brandon-Evansville at WHN, 5 p.m. Ashby at CGB, 5 p.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville at Browerville, 4:30 p.m. PPD Osakis vs. Perham, 4:30 p.m. CANCELLED BOYS GOLF Osakis at Blackberry Ridge,...