The always-successful Osakis girls tennis program is looking to put together another run this fall after filling up the trophy case in 2018.
Last season included tackling almost every challenge put in front of them. The Silverstreaks were 20-5 overall and finished sixth at the Class A state tournament after winning the Section 6A title and the Prairie Conference championship.
Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock has racked up a lot of those seasons with a 219-40 career record in his 13th year as head coach of the Silverstreaks. He has eight full-time varsity starters back on this year’s team, along with Lexi Spychalla, Brittany Dietrich and Ellie George who were all part-time starters in 2018.
Osakis is already 1-1 after starting the season against two good teams on Aug. 16 when the Silverstreaks fell 6-1 to Pequot Lakes but beat Thief River Falls, 4-3.
“We expect good things to happen and to have a successful season,” Maddock said. “We return a lot of quality players and one of the top players in our section in Tia Dykema. Tia will return to her No. 1 singles position for the fourth year in a row and along with trying to lead her team to a section title for the third year in a row, she will be looking at advancing to state individually for an amazing fourth year in a row.”
Dykema, a junior, joins seniors Camryn Hoffarth and Alexa Lien, juniors Sydney Rach and Kadyn Triebenbach, sophomores Mara VanNyhuis and Kennedy George and freshman Larissa Hoffarth as the returning starters who form the core of the Silverstreaks lineup.
“Camryn and Alexa are our two seniors who are both coming off of strong seasons a year ago,” Maddock said. “Camryn advanced to state individually in doubles with Shea Olson and will be looked to as the anchor of our doubles lineup. Alexa will be a key player in our singles lineup, helping Tia anchor the top of our singles lineup. Tia, Camryn and Alexa are our most experienced players and will be looked at to help lead a team of talented players.”
Olson and Lauren Scherr are two important players to replace after both were some of the better players in the conference and section last year.
“We are hoping to have a few girls make the jump from having success in the lower part of the varsity lineup to having that same success higher up in the lineup,” Maddock said. “We feel that we have some good candidates to make that jump.”
A program does not consistently put together winning seasons without having good players coming up through their youth system. Maddock feels they have that again this year as some younger players look to add depth to an already solid core.
“Our girls play a lot of tennis,” Maddock said. “They hit the ball well and are strong servers. We return girls with a lot of big-match experience and have some good prospects to go along with them. Along with having success at the varsity level, we have had a lot of success at the junior varsity and junior high levels.”
Perennial Section 6A contender Minnewaska figures to be the team for the Silverstreaks to compete with again come tournament time. Maddock sees Parkers Prairie as another top team in the Prairie Conference.
2019 OSAKIS VARSITY TENNIS ROSTER - SENIORS - Camryn Hoffarth, Alexa Lien
JUNIORS - Brittany Dietrich, Tia Dykema, Jayden Hensley, Sydney Rach, Kadyn Triebenbach, Helena Zajac
SOPHOMORES - Kennedy George, Makenzie Lien, Hatti Schmidtbauer, Lexi Spychalla, Mara VanNyhuis
FRESHMEN - Ellie George, Larissa Hoffarth
COACHES - Head coach - Ryan Maddock; Assistant coaches - Amy Infanger, Pat Stier
OSAKIS GIRLS TENNIS SCHEDULE
Aug. 19\u0009Pine City Tournament, 9 a.m.
Aug. 21\u0009Staples-Motley Tournament, 9 a.m.
Aug. 22\u0009Delano Tournament, 9 a.m.
Aug. 23\u0009LPGE Quad, 9 a.m.
Aug. 29\u0009Osakis Triangular, 2 p.m.
Sept. 5\u0009Osakis Triangular, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 7\u0009at Alexandria Triangular, 10 a.m.
Sept. 12\u0009vs. Montevideo, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 17\u0009at Minnewaska, 4 p.m.
Sept. 19\u0009vs. Pierz, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 21\u0009LPGE Tournament, 9 a.m.
Sept. 26\u0009vs. Benson, 4 p.m.
Sept. 28\u0009at Elk River Quad, 8 a.m.
Oct. 1\u0009at Foley, 4 p.m.
Oct. 3\u0009Section 6A Quarterfinals