The Osakis boys golf team is going through a youth movement right now as the Silverstreaks try to build up some depth for the future.
Osakis hosted its home Central Minnesota Conference meet on Friday as part of a doubleheader in the league schedule that saw teams play at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the morning. The Silverstreaks finished fifth (203) there but took fourth (186) on their home course. Pierz won both meets and has a 20 shot lead in the overall CMC standings through three meets.
Tanner Mathews is the most experienced senior in the lineup for Osakis, but he was joined by fellow senior Owen Rajdl in the top six in the afternoon. Rajdl shot a 47 in Osakis, while Mathews carded a 53 playing out of the second spot in the lineup. That was after he scored a 55 at BBE in the morning. As a senior who played varsity a season ago, Mathews wants to take on a leadership role with this group as they continue to gain experience.
“I like to teach them all the rules and stuff. With them being young, they’re not fully experienced with the game yet,” he said. “I like to teach them some of those technicalities and hopefully improve their swings.”
Behind Rajdl and Mathews in the lineup on Friday was an extremely young roster in a lot of spots. Jacob Uhl is a sophomore who shot 54 at BBE and 48 in Osakis. Logan Lipke is a freshman playing in the No. 1 spot in the lineup right now. Lipke lived up to that by shooting a team-best 45 in Osakis after carding a 49 at BBE.
Eighth-grader Isaac Maddock and seventh-grader Chase Triebenbach have also played their way into the varsity lineup early in the season. Triebenbach was Osakis’ top scorer at BBE (45) and second-lowest scorer at his home course (46). Maddock shot nines of 52 and 55, while freshman Noah Dirkes shot a 58 at BBE.
“The boys played well today,” Osakis head coach Chris Grove said. “Chase Triebenbach stepped in and had two very good rounds. The team had scores that were a little higher than they wanted this morning in Brooten, but they came home and put up good scores on our course. With the young group, we are still working on getting consistency in their swings.”
Progress is the name of the game for this group throughout the spring.
“We obviously want to do better than last year,” Mathews said. “With all the new players, we have new talent coming in and they’re going to improve for the future. The more practice we get and the better we get, we can hopefully place better in the future.”
Osakis is currently fourth overall in the six-team conference standings. The Silverstreaks won’t compete for a conference or section title this year, but with so many young faces, Mathews sees good things on the horizon for these guys as the young players keep working on their games.
“With the scores they’re shooting now, they’re doing really good,” Mathews said. “In the future, they’re going to improve and hopefully move on to the second round of sections. In the past, we haven’t been able to make it to that second day, so that would be nice.”
TEAM SCORES - Pierz - 175; Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins - 177; Maple Lake-Howard Lake-Winsted-Waverly - 179; Osakis - 186; Paynesville - 202; BBE - 211
OSAKIS - Logan Lipke - 45; Chase Triebenbach - 46; Owen Rajdl - 47; Jacob Uhl - 48; Isaac Maddock - 52; Tanner Mathews - 53
TEAM SCORES - Pierz - 169; K-EVW - 181; Maple Lake-HLWW - 187; Paynesville - 199; Osakis - 203; BBE - 211
OSAKIS - Lipke - 49; Mathews - 55; Noah Dirkes - 58; Maddock - 55; Uhl - 54; Triebenbach - 45