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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Fans who like pins got what they came for as Osakis hosted West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville for a dual on Tuesday night. Ten of the 14 weight classes were decided by falls. Most of those went to WCA-A-B-E as the Knights finished off a 54-24 win over a young Osakis lineup.
I have kept a log that tracks buck sightings during each of the last three bow hunting seasons in order to try to detect if there are any annual patterns that happen on the land I hunt. Some of these are actual encounters in the stand. Some are taken from game-camera photos. The bucks I make note of are ones I believe to be 3.5-years of age or older. I'm looking for multiple bits of information—what was the date, time, temperature, wind speeds, barometric pressure?
The Northstar Knights hockey team went to Chicago this past weekend and won the ProStock Prep Tournament after beating Loyola Academy 4-0 in the finals. Linemates Joey Dosan, Jens Richards and Jackson Vercellono all scored in the championship. Alexandria’s Truett Olson created the final goal when he created a turnover and set up Connor Kemp for the score.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Apollo, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m. Osakis vs. Browerville-EV, 7 p.m. Minnewaska at New London-Spicer, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. Ashby at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team was holding opponents to just 35.8 points per game coming into Monday night, but this looked to be one of the better tests of the early season for the Chargers. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley was 4-1, having only lost to West Central Area last Thursday night. The Wolverines had no answer for the Brandon-Evansville defense, though, as the Chargers stymied them all night in a 38-27 win.
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team hosted its annual invite on Friday and Saturday as the Knights brought home a third-place finish and Alexandria finished seventh out of nine teams. The Knights scored 176 points as Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa won the event with 213 and Ottertail Central was second at 205.
The Milwaukee Power got out of Alexandria with a weekend split by taking a 3-0 game on Saturday night after falling 5-3 the night before. It was 1-0 after one period before the Power scored twice in the third to secure the win. Benjamin Beversdorf, Maris Graudins and Nick Roberts all found the back of the net for Milwaukee.
The Minnewaska girls basketball team wrapped up its week with a third straight win, this one coming against previously unbeaten Lakeview in a 49-40 game on Saturday. The Lakers (4-1) shot just 25 percent from the field (15-59) but held the Lakers (4-1) to 21 percent (12-57). Junior forward Ellie Danielson led Minnewaska with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Aubrey Kaczmarek was Lakeview’s only player in double figures with 10 points.
The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team stymied Rothsay on Friday night as the Chargers (3-1) won their third straight game with a 56-28 win over the Tigers (1-4).
The Alexandria girls basketball team used an easy win over St. Cloud Tech last Friday night to move to 3-0 on the season. The Cardinals jumped on the Tigers (1-3) from the get-go and coasted to the 73-32 victory. Four Alexandria players reached double figures as McKenzie Duwenhoegger (15), Emily Jones (12), Kaye Paschka (12) and Ella Grove (10) led the charge offensively. Duwenhoegger added 10 rebounds and five steals to her line.