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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Osakis 11-year-old Aubrey Loxtercamp was taught to shoot by her grandpa at an early age. On Nov. 4, she executed a shot on a great buck. Aubrey was hunting with her grandpa, Rick Loxtercamp, near Osakis during the opening weekend of Minnesota's deer firearm season when a group of does and fawns were milling around in front of them. Rick has a rule on his property—no one is allowed to shoot young bucks or fawns. He made an exception for Aubrey last year when she shot her first deer as a 10-year-old, a younger buck. This year was going to be different.
BOYS HOCKEY NorthStar Christian Academy at Pilot Mound (Man.), 12 p.m.
GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING Alexandria section finals at Sartell; 11 a.m. dive finals, 3 p.m. swim finals Morris-Minnewaska section finals, 10 a.m. BOYS HOCKEY NorthStar Christian Academy at Pilot Mound (Man.), 7 p.m. Alexandria Blizzard at Granite City, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY
BOYS HOCKEY Alexandria Blizzard vs. Granite City, 7:10 p.m.
Osakis’ Tia Dykema went 1-1 at the Class A state singles tournament on Oct. 25 as she won her first match before falling in the quarterfinals. Dykema, a sophomore who is playing in her third singles tournament, beat Ally Agerland of Holy Family Catholic in a 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-4 three-setter. That sent her to a quarterfinals match against Litchfield’s fifth-seeded Elise Bierbaum, where Bierbaum won in a 6-0, 6-2 final.
The Osakis girls tennis team will be playing for a state consolation title after a 1-1 day to open the Class A State Tournament on Tuesday. The Silverstreaks started their day at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis in Minneapolis with a 7-0 loss to Litchfield, but Osakis recovered with a 5-2 win over East Grand Forks in the consolation semifinals.
The Osakis volleyball team took care of business in its Section 5A opener on Thursday night. The Silverstreaks, 15-12 and seeded second in their pod, were the heavy favorites against seventh-seeded Upsala, and they made sure the match didn’t linger. The Cardinals (4-21) fought through the last couple sets but Osakis won 25-15, 28-26, 29-27.
VOLLEYBALL Osakis vs. Upsala, Section 5A Tournament, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross, Section 6A Tournament, 7 p.m. Minnewaska at MACA, 7 p.m. West Central Area at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, Section 6A Tournament, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Henning, Section 6A Tournament, 7 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY
Minnewaska 33, Benson 13 Osakis 55, Wadena-Deer Creek 12 Hancock 43, Brandon-Evansville 12 Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta 11, West Central Area 8 Mayer Lutheran 43, Parkers Prairie 30
FOOTBALL Brandon-Evansville at Hancock, Section 4 9-Man Quarterfinals, 6 p.m. Osakis vs. Wadena-Deer Creek, Section 6AA Quarterfinals, 6 p.m. West Central Area at Morris Area, Section 6AA Quarterfinals, 6 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Benson, Section 5AA first round, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Mayer Lutheran, Section 4A Quarterfinals, 7 p.m.