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 football coach Mike Empting talked at length after last season about how proud he was of the 2014 senior class for what it meant to the Cardinals program. Alexandria was coming off back-to-back two win seasons and Empting admitted the Cardinals had to reexamine some things within the program to create an atmosphere in which kids wanted to play. That was a message he relayed to last year's seniors, and it's one they took to heart. The Cardinals started having fun again by playing for each other.
It's Saturday tomorrow. It's also Halloween. With that, those young and old rejoice. It's always nice when an occasion like this falls on a weekend. No school or work to get up for the next day. Adults can enjoy their festivities into the night. Kids can enjoy their candy and stay up late. This year, we get an extra hour of Halloween night fun because daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. You can set your clock back an hour before going to bed on Saturday. I haven't been to a good ol' fashioned Halloween party since shortly after my college days.
CROSS COUNTRY Alexandria at section meet, Monticello, 3:30 p.m. Osakis at LPGE, Section 6A meet, 4 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Osakis vs. Pierz, 6AA playoffs, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Henning, 7 p.m.
Alexandria's Larry Novotny couldn't have known when he first met Flip Saunders how the future Timberwolves coach would impact his life. All he knew at the time was that it was pretty cool living next to a former point guard from the University of Minnesota. That was 1977, and Saunders had just taken his first head coaching job in basketball at Golden Valley Lutheran College. Novotny was a freshman whose floor included a lot of former all-state high school basketball players.
The news of Flip Saunders' death at age 60 hit all Minnesota basketball fans hard on Sunday afternoon. It didn't matter if you had met him or not. If you were a Minnesota fan over the last 40 years, you realized how important Saunders was to the entire basketball culture in this state. I scrolled through the tributes to Flip on social media after learning of his passing. Shock seemed to be the initial reaction from most.
Looking for your hunting stories The Echo Press wants to hear your hunting stories this fall. Whether it’s a big buck, a first deer, a fall turkey – every hunt...
Late-October rolled around last fall and it was like I was hunting in a different world for whitetails. I had always read about hunting over scrape lines and what that could mean for bringing in a big buck, but I had never been in a position to try it. The small piece of private land I had hunted didn't ever have many active scrapes created by mature bucks. It wasn't until last year on a new piece of land that I noticed the ground getting torn up. It seemed to happen overnight. One weekend there was no sign of any activity.
VOLLEYBALL Hancock at West Central Area, 6A Tournament, 7 p.m. Ashby at CGB, 6A Tournament, 7 p.m. Ortonville at Parkers Prairie, 6A Tournament, 7 p.m.
The Minnewaska football team earned its first trip to the state tournament since the 2000 season after beating Paynesville 34-30 on Saturday afternoon at St. John's University. The two teams...
The Minnesota Flying Aces built a 2-0 lead after the first period and never looked back in a 5-3 win over the Blizzard on Friday night. Alexandria was down 4-0...