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The undefeated record for the Osakis boys basketball team was not threatened on Friday night as the Silverstreaks dominated again, this time beating Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 65-33.
The Osakis girls basketball team has prided itself on continuing to play hard throughout a difficult season in terms of wins and losses. The Silverstreaks (5-16) went through a 10-game losing streak from Dec. 20 through Jan. 25, but even within that they saw some good defensive efforts. Six times during that stretch, they held an opponent to less than 50 points.
HOCKEY Alexandria Blizzard at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Brainerd, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m. Osakis at LPGE, 7 p.m. WCA vs. Norman County East, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Melrose, 7 p.m.
The Osakis wrestling team got a tournament win under its belt on Wednesday night before running into a buzz saw in second-seeded Minnewaska. The Silverstreaks were seeded seventh in the 5A field and took care of 10th-seeded Ortonville in a 54-24 final. That sent them into a match-up with the Lakers, where Minnewaska won 76-6 to secure its spot in the section semifinals that will be wrestled in Benson on Friday night.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Sartell-St. Stephen, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m. Osakis vs. Melrose Area, 7 p.m. WCA vs. WHN, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Fergus Falls, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m.
The Osakis girls basketball team (4-16) got its second win in the last three games after taking care of Staples-Motley (6-14) in a 47-40 final on Tuesday. The Silverstreaks held the Cardinals to 33 percent shooting (14-44), including 1-of-10 from three to grab the victory.
If there was a team in the Prairie Conference that had any chance of stealing a league title from Osakis, it was likely Royalton. Turns out not even the Royals (13-6) can keep up with the now 19-0 Silverstreaks. Royalton came into Tuesday night’s game on its home court at 7-1 in league play and trying to tie Osakis atop the Prairie standings, but the Silverstreaks dominated in a 61-33 final.
The opening rounds of the Section 5A wrestling tournament that was scheduled to take place at Minnewaska Area High School today, Tuesday, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 13. Osakis was scheduled to take on Ortonville in the opening round, but Ortonville closed school on Tuesday due to the weather. These two teams will match up at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, with the winner taking on second-seeded Minnewaska immediately after that.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Moorhead, 7:15 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Underwood, 7:15 p.m. Osakis at Royalton, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Ashby, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. WCA, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. Staples-Motley, 7 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Becker, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. WHN, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Breckenridge in Fargo, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Becker, 6 p.m. Minnewaska at YME, 4:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Ada-Borup, 6 p.m. HOCKEY