Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.
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After leading the West Central Area boys cross country team to a second-place finish at last week’s state meet, John Van Kempen has been named Section 6A Coach of the Year. The WCA boys and girls teams also earned the Academic All-State Gold Award alongside Osakis. The Silverstreaks’ Alison Triebenbach was named Section 6A Assistant Coach of the Year, as well. Bruce Fuhrman of Staples-Motley won 6A Coach of the Year honors among girls teams.
Carter Grove completed his trailblazing season for the Osakis cross country team on Saturday, finishing 69th individually as the first-ever Silverstreak to take part in the Class A boys state meet. “We talked about it being the tip-of-the-iceberg effect,” Osakis head coach Justin Dahlheimer said. “You break these milestones: individually to get here, incrementally get your team here in future years and just set that bar each year a little bit higher.
One win from capping its complete-season turnaround from a year ago with a state tournament berth, a slow start dashed the Section 6AA championship aspirations of the Osakis football team in a 30-16 loss to Pillager at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D., on Friday.
Carter Grove is forging a new path for the Osakis boys cross country team. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the junior will become the first Silverstreak in the program’s young history to compete at the state level, and it’s a culmination of years of work leading up to it.
The Osakis football team is one step away from program history. The Silverstreaks are playing in Friday’s Section 6AA championship against Pillager. With a win, Osakis would end a 13-year absence from the state tournament and return to the game’s highest stage. Now, only the Huskies stand in their way.
The Osakis volleyball team couldn’t muster any momentum on Tuesday in a 3-0 loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the Section 5A quarterfinals in Long Prairie. The Silverstreaks (16-13) shot out with a 7-1 lead in the first set, but it disappeared quickly. The Jaguars (24-4) turned it on them for a 25-20 win, though Osakis head coach Kirsten Wessel was pleased with her team’s play in the opener.
The Osakis football team is one step away from state after upsetting Breckenridge 21-20 on the road Saturday night. “I always hope the boys will respond to adversity with their best, and that is something this team has done really well all season,” Silverstreaks head coach Bill Infanger said. “We did that again (in) this game.”
Seemingly out of nowhere, Tianna Stanek’s career was in serious danger of collapsing to a close on Friday night. The Osakis volleyball team was seven points from a home sweep with an 18-11 lead in the third set, but Browerville-Eagle Valley ultimately forced a fifth and threatened to play spoiler in the Section 5A Tournament. Stanek’s career -- and the Silverstreaks’ season -- was hanging in the balance. But had the thought even crossed her mind?
Carter Grove led Osakis and claimed the final qualifying spot at next week’s state cross country meet with a 16:57.2 time at Thursday’s Section 6A meet in New London. Grove finished 14th individually and again set the school record, this time becoming the first Silverstreak to ever record a time under 17 minutes.
The first three offensive plays for the Osakis football team on Tuesday served as foreshadowing for the rest of the night. First, Luke Imdieke dashed 74 yards own the sideline to the 1. Then Triston Stoetzel punched it in for the touchdown. And, once the Silverstreaks took the ball back after a defensive fourth-down stop, Jacob Backes found the end zone with a 57-yard rush on a jet sweep.