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Things might be easing into a normal spring routine for teams around the area after schedules were thrown into a flux with another snow storm last week.
BASEBALL Minnewaska at Sauk Centre (DH), 1 p.m. Alexandria vs. Sartell at the MAC in St. Cloud, 4:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Bertha-Hewitt, 3 p.m. Osakis at LPGE, 4 p.m. Osakis vs. Staples-Motley at LPGE Middle School, 7 p.m. WCA vs. Hillcrest Lutheran, PPD
The Osakis softball team jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Tuesday night but fell short in a 6-2 game against Prairie Conference rival Browerville-Eagle Valley. The Tigers put up crooked numbers with a three-run third and two runs in each of the fifth and sixth to secure the win.
The Osakis softball team had to move what was meant to be a home game with Melrose to the Dutchmen's home field, but the Silverstreaks came back with an 11-5 win in their opener on April 8 in what was the lone game of the week for the team. It took digging out of a bit of a hole. Osakis led 3-0 before a four-run bottom of the second for Melrose. Two runs in the fourth and a six-run outburst in the top of the fifth erased that deficit and sent the Silverstreaks to 1-0.
The Osakis girls basketball team wrapped up its winter season by handing out its team awards as senior guard Tianna Stanek and junior forward Madisen Johanson were both named co-MVPs. Both girls were also named All-Prairie Conference, while freshman guard Alexis Johanson was an honorable-mention selection in the conference.
The Osakis wrestling team named Nathan Kulzer as its MVP this winter season after the junior put together another big season for the Silverstreaks. Kulzer passed the 100-win mark in his career during a triangular at Border West this season. It was part of a year that saw him rack up big numbers on the way to a 29-12 record overall. Kulzer led the team in reversals (24) and also brought home the Phil Benedict Takedown Award for his team-leading 53 takedowns.
A season that ended with a 26-2 record overall left the Osakis boys basketball team with a lot to recognize at its postseason banquet in early April. Junior guard Daniel Savageau brought home the top honor as he was named this team's MVP. He was also named the Prairie Conference MVP after putting up huge numbers this winter. Savageau led Osakis in steals (67), three-point percentage (43.3) and free-throw percentage (86) on his way to averaging 21 points per game. He also added 102 total assists.
The Osakis baseball field still wasn’t quite playable on Tuesday evening, but the Silverstreaks were ready to go again as they moved the game to Upsala and came back with an 8-3 win. It was the second straight game where Osakis got timely hitting, good pitching and quality defense to improve to 2-0.
The Osakis softball team had to move what was meant to be a home game with Melrose to the Dutchmen’s home field, but the Silverstreaks came back with an 11-5 win in their opener on Monday night. It took digging out of a bit of a hole. Osakis led 3-0 before a four-run bottom of the second for Melrose. Two runs in the fourth and a six-run outburst in the top of the fifth erased that deficit and sent the Silverstreaks to 1-0.
BASEBALL Osakis vs. Upsala-Swanville, 5 p.m. WCA at Breckenridge, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Wadena-DC, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska at ACGC, 5 p.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville at CGB, 5 p.m. Osakis at LPGE, 5 p.m.