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 West Central East Pod postseason tournament, hosted by the Osakis legion baseball team, has been postponed to Sunday, July 22. The four-team tournament has also transitioned from double elimination to single elimination. The pod was originally scheduled to begin Friday, but inclimate weather and poor field conditions first pushed back the tournament to Saturday, and then again to Sunday.
Questions and concerns about whether the city should regulate property owners who rent out their lake homes was a prime topic at the Osakis City Council meeting Monday, July 2. The council weighed the pros and cons of VRBO — vacation rentals by owner — in the community. Discussions ranged from their economic advantage to their privacy invasiveness. As it stands, councilmember Justin Dahlheimer said, there are currently no repercussions for those who break the established ordinances.
It wasn’t a fundamental clinic, but the Osakis legion baseball team is just as satisfied with an unorthodox win in Monday’s 11-1 thumping over Hancock in Osakis. “We take advantage of (mistakes),” said Isaac Froemming. “If they make an error, make sure it hurts. We may get another hit or another walk, but whatever it is, we make sure it hurts.”
The Osakis legion baseball team ran a hit parade through Brandon-Evansville-West Central Area on Thursday. Four runs in the second inning was only foreshadowing of what was to come throughout the night, as Osakis clubbed 17 hits and stormed away with a 14-1 victory in Evansville.
When Sophia Yoemans found a pair of hazards and carded back-to-back double bogeys on Wednesday, her chances at the Minnesota Girls Junior PGA Championship came to a turning point. “I had some really bad (holes),” the Red Wing native said. “I could have easily folded and finished with like an 80 or something. But I came back, and you have to forget what’s in the past and look forward… I kind of had a bad streak, but then I came back from that on the back nine.”
The Osakis City Council discussed the possibility of the Osakis Public Works crew getting an extra helping hand in the future. At the June 4 council meeting, Superintendent Greg Gottwald gave a public works report and was asked whether an extra employee in his department would be beneficial.
The Osakis Legion baseball team kicked off the summer season on the right foot last Thursday, June 7, with a 4-2 home win over Glenwood. Carter Rost tossed a complete game for the win, allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out nine. "Carter was on his game, especially early in the game, allowing one hit and tallying seven strikeouts through the first four innings alone," head coach Bill Infanger said. "That allowed us to get a lead, relax and play confident."
The best high school athletes in track and field are ready to head to Hamline University in St. Paul this Friday and Saturday for the state meet, with plenty of local athletes taking part. Bryce Ludwig will compete in both the shot put and discuss at state. In the discus, Ludwig is seeded third out of 17 state qualifiers with a 170-01 distance. It sits behind just Detroit Lakes' Jay Nielsen (176-09) and Burnsville's Kyle Atkinson (170-09). And in the shot put, Ludwig sits fourth out of 16 with a 54-10 seed distance. Atkinson leads that field with a 55-11.75 mark.
The Osakis girls golf team is halfway to hardware. Behind Alayna Eldred, who topped the individual leaderboard by seven strokes, the Silverstreaks are in first place after day one of the Section 6AA Tournament at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course in Sartell.
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.