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 bad week on the Minnesota sports scene got even worse last Wednesday with the news that Gophers football coach Jerry Kill was forced to resign due to health reasons. It seemed unbelievable when the news broke early that morning. It's been obvious since day one that the only way he would step away from coaching football due to his battle with epilepsy is if he simply had no choice, which is what it finally came to last week. Kill's work in turning the Gophers into a respectable program again was inspiring to watch in his five seasons.
SWIMMING AND DIVING Alexandria at CLC meet, Willmar, Noon VOLLEYBALL Alexandria at Bemidji, 8-3A playoffs, 1 p.m. Osakis at Sauk Centre, 6-2A playoffs, 1 p.m. FOOTBALL Minneota (11-0) vs. Browerville...
Alexandria sophomore Keaton Gruber and the Alexandria girls cross country team will run at the state tournament after saving their best for last on Thursday evening. The Cardinals were shooting...
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is providing a timeline and other details about its production of maps for the state's new law requiring vegetative buffers around bodies of water. Full information is available at the DNR's buffer law website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/buffers/index . "We understand people have questions about the buffer initiative," Dave Leuthe, the DNR project manager, said in a release.
FOOTBALL Minnewaska vs. Otter Tail Central at Alexandria Area High School, Class 2-A state playoffs, 7 p.m.
The Osakis volleyball team had one thing on its mind heading into the 6AA-North quarterfinals on Thursday night – earn a shot at top-seeded Sauk Centre. Mission accomplished. The Silverstreaks...
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Thursday night in the opening round of the Section 6A Tournament after falling in three sets at Henning. The Chargers came into the match relatively healthy and feeling ready to go, but junior hitter Kennedy Lund went down with an ankle sprain in the first set and couldn't return. The Chargers were trailing 10-8 at that time and the Hornets didn't let up on their way to 25-17, 25-13 and 25-23 wins. "We brought Madison Quinn in as a sub and she did what we asked of her," B-E head coach Kelly Olson said of replacing Lund.
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.
FOOTBALL Minnewaska vs. Otter Tail Central at Alexandria Area High School, 7 p.m.