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 third annual Douglas County Bow Fishing Challenge is set for this Saturday night as bow fishermen get set to take to lakes all over the county. The event is sponsored by the Brandon Fin and Feathers Club, Leaf Valley Sportsmen, Millerville Sportsmen, Evansville Sportsmen and the Viking Sportsmen Club as the outdoor groups come together in an attempt to have archers remove some rough fish from area lakes.
The Parkers Prairie baseball team had already climbed back from a 4-0 deficit early in Thursday’s must-win game when Casey Peterson stepped to the plate with two runners on. There were two outs and Peterson found himself in an 0-2 count. Instead of simply looking to make contact, the senior shortstop turned on a pitch with his left-handed swing and crushed it over the right-center field fence for a 7-4 lead. The Panthers never trailed against in a 9-6 win over Ortonville that sets up a winner-takes-all game on Friday at 5 p.m. for the Section 6A championship.
The Alexandria baseball program has heard about its state tournament drought for far too long, but the Cardinals don't have to hear about it anymore. For 42 years, Alexandria has been left home from playing on that big stage. Not only did this 2017 team break that streak, it did it in dominant fashion with a 15-6 win over Bemidji at St. John's University on Wednesday to take the Section 8AAA title.
Rarely will a team commit eight errors and find a way to win, but that’s what Ortonville did on Tuesday to advance to the Section 6A baseball championship round.
The spring baseball season isn't over for Alexandria, but the summer season is already going for some area teams. The Junior Legion Red team consisting of freshmen players has six games under its belt. The Reds are 4-2 after winning games over Minor, ND 10-5, Fargo, ND 9-1, Brandon Valley, SD 10-1 and Perham 10-5. Their losses came in an 8-2 game to Perham and a 4-1 game against Bismarck.
The Lakes Area Snowmen coasted to a 2-1 record this past Saturday as the local Midwest Premier Football League team won 60-0 over the Bismarck Wolves (1-2). Lakes Area's DeAngelo Brackins had another big game despite only playing the first half in the blowout. Brackins, a native of Kankakee, Illinois had 125 yards and two rushing touchdowns, 80 yards receiving and a score and a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown, according to head coach JJ Kern. He also added a safety defensively. "That was a half's worth of work," Kern said.
The Osakis girls golf team sits 18 strokes ahead of the field after day one of the Section 6AA Tournament on Monday. The Silverstreaks shot a 370 at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell as Staples-Motley shot a 388. Other teams advancing to day two of the meet are Foley (398) and St. Cloud Cathedral (400).
BOYS GOLF Osakis - Sections @ Blackberry Ridge GIRLS GOLF Osakis - Sections @ Blackberry Ridge BASEBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, 6A playoffs, 2:30 p.m. at Minnewaska High School Brandon-Evansville vs. Ortonville, 6A playoffs, 5 p.m. at Minnewaska High School
BOYS GOLF Osakis - Sections @ Blackberry Ridge GIRLS GOLF Osakis - Sections @ Blackberry Ridge
The Alexandria boys golf team is heading back to the state tournament, a place this program is no stranger to. The Cardinals shot a two-day total of 612 at the Section 8AAA meet at The Preserve in Pequot Lakes. Moorhead was a distant second at 630. Brainerd shot a 632 and Buffalo rounded out the top four with a 644. It marks the 17th state tournament appearance in Alexandria's program history.