Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.

Morken has been with the Echo Press since graduating with a journalism degree from Augustana College (now Augustana University) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2007. Before that, he grew up in the town of Cottonwood, Minnesota.

Contact him at emorken@echopress.com or by phone at 320-763-1229. Follow him on Twitter @echo_sports.

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Northstar Christian Academy Associate Director Mark Abalan talks about what makes both players stand out after Laubach and Strinden become the first Northstar players taken in the draft for a Knights program that got its start in the fall of 2018.
Mahtomedi used a flurry of three goals at the end of the first period to help secure a 4-2 win over the Cardinals in the third-place game at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.
These two programs last met in the Class A state semifinals on March 9, 2018 when Alexandria won 6-1 to halt a stretch of eight straight seasons where the Hawks had made the state championship game. The Cardinals are eager for another opportunity against a 27-2 Hawks team that has been the favorite to bring home a championship all season.
The Cardinals will face the 27-2 Hawks on Friday at 1 p.m. back at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Otters twice tied the game up in the second period after Alexandria had taken 1-goal leads, but the Cardinals had an answer each time. Gavin Olson's goal ends up the game-winner as he's part of a sophomore class that stepped up with three goals in the section title game.
The Northstar U18 team won its second straight NAPHL Dixon Cup title, while the 16U team made a deep run.
Alex Klimek, Brayden Berg and Beck Liden were part of a 3-0 win for the Knights on Friday afternoon as they helped kick off a bunch of games in Alexandria through Sunday that will honor the local fire and police departments.
From the Cardinals to the Northstar Christian Academy, the North American Hockey League and now the United States Hockey League, Alexandria's Jakob Stender sees his devotion to the game pay off in what he called a "total dream come true" after giving a verbal commitment on Sept. 30 to play Division I hockey at Minnesota State Mankato.
The Cardinals led 4-0 in the second period and rolled to a 5-2 win behind a hat trick from junior forward Nicholas Peterson and a defensive effort that limited the Otters to just eight shots through two periods.
Sigurdson is off to a fast start to the North American Hockey League season with the Anchorage Wolverines, leading the NAHL in goals with 23.