Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.
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The 38th annual Lake Osakis Lions Walleye Tournament will take place on June 16 on Lake Osakis, with first place reeling in a maximum $8,000 prize. The tournament has changed to a one-day event, and it will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The weigh-in headquarters will be at the city dock, on the south side of Lake Osakis, where contestants will start and finish the day. Registration must be received by 5 p.m. on June 15, and the field is limited to the first 100 two-person teams. The fee is $325 per team, which includes entry into the Large Walleye Contest.
The Lakes Area Snowmen took down the Minot Oilers 40-26 on Saturday, June 2, in Minot, N.D., to pull even atop the Midwest Premier Football West Division standings. Quarterback DJ Elliott threw for 225 yards, totalling two touchdowns in the air and another with his legs to counteract one interception. Sean Hayden was Elliott’s most popular target, as Hayden had the two receiving scores on 123 yards. Deangelo Brackins led the ground game with 115 rushing yards and another two touchdowns, as well.
The West Central Area softball team clinched its best season in more than a decade when it beat Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 22-1 last Thursday, but it was cut short with the ensuing 15-0 loss to New York Mills in the Section 6A Tournament championship at Minnewaska Area High School. "While it was hard to have our season end, we take great pride in knowing we had a fantastic season and took home a runner-up plaque to display in the school," WCA head coach Vanessa McNamara said. "The last time WCA took home this award was in 2007."
The Osakis baseball team saw its season come to an end Friday with a 2-0 loss to Kimball Area in the Section 6AA Tournament in St. Cloud, falling for the second straight game and dropping out of the elimination bracket. “We just lost our offensive game the last two games,” Osakis head coach Shad Schmidt said. “We just could not get the big hit when we needed. We hit a lot of balls hard today, just right at their defense.”
The Minnewaska Area boys and girls track and field teams earned six spots at the state meet during Thursday’s Section 6A Meet at Minnewaska Area High School. The top two finishers in each event qualify for state, as do those who record better finishes than the state qualifying marks.
The Osakis baseball team suffered an 8-1 setback in the Section 6AA Tournament with a loss to Foley in St. Cloud on Thursday. “We played a pretty good game overall,” Silverstreaks head coach Shad Schmidt said. “We out-hit Foley (and) they committed more errors, but we didn’t get the big hit when we needed it and they did.”
The West Central Area baseball team bounced back from a walk-off home run to stay alive in the Section 6A Tournament in Morris on Thursday. After a 7-5 defeat against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the day's opener, the Knights took down Ortonville in a convincing 9-2 win to extend its season from the elimination bracket.
After day one of the Section 8AA meet, the Alexandria girls track and field team has a second-place spot and one state qualifier. McKenzie Duwenhoegger locked up her place at state in the discus with a personal-best throw of 144-4. The Cardinals as a team, meanwhile, have 22 points to trail only Willmar's 31 after four of 18 events.
After day one of the Section 8AAA boys golf tournament, Ben Dirck and Alexandria lead the field. Dirck shot a 72 at Rich Spring Golf Course in Cold Spring on Wednesday, topping the individual leaderboard and pacing the Cardinals to a team score of 300 that topped the 11-team field.
Brock Anderson was nearly untouchable on Wednesday. Just ask his 18 strikeout victims. Behind the senior southpaw’s one-hit, complete game brilliance, the Alexandria baseball team advanced in the Section 8AAA Tournament with a 3-0 win over Fergus Falls at Knute Nelson Ballpark.