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The Osakis boys and girls golf teams honored Lexi Dirkes and Chase Triebenbach as their team most outstanding players during the season-ending awards banquet recently. Dirkes, a junior, was an all-conference player this season who tied for 32nd at the Class AA state meet at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan. Dirkes shot a two-day score of 179 (90, 89) in Jordan.
The Osakis baseball team got the fourth most wins in program history this past spring season after going 17-6 overall. That meant there were plenty of players to honor at the Silverstreaks' season-ending awards banquet. Junior pitcher/infielder Carter Rost brought home a lot of those honors. Rost was named the overall MVP of the team, while also taking home the Offensive MVP Award. He led the Silverstreaks with a .415 batting average (34 hits) in addition to tallying 56 total bases, 20 RBIs and 26 runs scored. Rost's overall on-base percentage was a team-leading .490.
The Osakis softball team honored a handful of players to wrap up the spring season, and senior Jaden Klimek took home the top honor of most valuable player. Klimek was named the Prairie Conference Co-MVP after she anchored the Silverstreaks from the circle and the plate. Her performance offensively also earned her Osakis' Silverstick Award as the team's top hitter after she finished with a .429 average (27 hits) that included four doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs.
The Osakis track and field teams combined to break eight school records this season between the boys and girls and both programs handed out awards to honor many of those athletes. In awards voted on by their teammates, Elizabeth Pahl was named the girls most valuable field athlete and Jacob Backes earned the boys' most valuable track athlete after both set two of those school records.
LEGION BASEBALL Osakis at Glenwood, 6:30 p.m. Alexandria Junior Legion Red vs. Bemidji (DH), 4 p.m.
Time was standing still for pro angler John Figi during the final few hours of Friday's opening tournament on the 2019 Classic Bass Champions Tour as he fished the Alexandria Chain of Lakes. Figi, 34-years-old from Bloomington, had an unbelievable morning session and built up a lead in the tournament by lunch. But with the live scoring app allowing everyone to see up-to-the-minute results in this kind of tournament, Figi was able to watch how Jim Moynagh was right on his tail as the day progressed through the afternoon.
Osakis golfers Lexi Dirkes and Kadyn Triebenbach wrapped up their seasons at the Class AA state meet on Tuesday and Wednesday as they competed as individuals at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan. Dirkes shot a 90 on day one and an 89 on day two to finish tied for 32nd with a 179. Triebenbach shot a 94 on the first day and an 89 in round two to finish at 183, tying her for 41st.
The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s championship in Alexandria is off and running with Class 2A teams taking to the range on Tuesday. Day one started with Spring Grove High School shooting a 480 out of a possible 500 from its five highest shooters to take top honors at the Class 1A level. Sophomore Jordan Gjerset of Echo Charter School got the tournament’s first perfect 100 of the tournament on Monday.
Osakis senior Elizabeth Pahl already owned the school records in the shot put and discus going into the Class A state meet this weekend. Her goal was to best those previous marks one last time before leaving the program. She came up just short on Friday but still finished second overall in the discus with a throw of 127-08. On Saturday, she got the personal record she was looking for in the shot put and finished fourth with a toss of 41-11.50.
The finals for the Class A state track and field meet are set, and area programs will be well represented.