Girls golf: Silverstreaks are conference champs
The Osakis girls golf team walked away from a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader last Friday with a conference championship title.
Osakis took first place by 17 strokes for a final score of 1,259. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa followed with a 1,276.
“The girls were coming in with a little bit of a lead against their rival B-B-E. Our hope was to win at home and increase our lead by seven to 10 strokes so that we would feel confident and comfortable on (B-B-E’s) home course because we knew that they always play well on their home course,” Osakis head coach Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach said. “It worked out well for us.”
The Silverstreaks started the day with a win by 10-strokes on their home course. The Silverstreaks then took second at B-B-E, falling behind B-B-E by seven strokes, but they were still able to come away with the overall title.
“I’m just super proud of my team and how hard we’ve worked to get that conference title. It’s a really great way to cap off my senior season with that,” Alanya Eldred said.
Eldred was the medalist for both meets, shooting a 38 at home and a 34 at B-B-E.
“I don't want to say I had pressure because it was my home meet, but it was kind of like my last tournament ever at home and I just didn’t perform like I was hoping I would. I only hit one green in regulation and I happened to three-putt that green, which was frustrating,” Eldred said. “I felt a lot more relaxed at B-B-E and obviously my score reflected that.”
Eldred along with two other Osakis athletes, sophomore Lexi Dirkes and freshman Kadyn Triebenbach, were all-conference. Eldred earned all-conference honors as an eighth-grader and has accomplished that every year since. She finished the season as the conference medalist with a 36.5 average.
“That’s hardly heard of in any sport, so that is quite an honor for her to be all conference that many years in a row” Engfer-Triebenbach said. “It’s kind of crazy.”
Dirkes finished third individually in the CMC with an average of 42.8. Triebenbach took eighth place with an average of 45.3.
After finishing up conference play, the Silverstreaks turn their sights to Section 6AA play. Last year, the Silverstreaks won the section title by 19 strokes.
“We need to defend our title (at sections),” Engfer-Triebenbach said. “Hopefully we’re able to do that. Everybody needs to be on their game. We’re going to be up against some truly tough competition.”
Osakis tied Staples-Motley in pre-sections play earlier in the season and narrowly lost to the Cardinals on their home course.
“I think it was really good confidence for us to see that we can compete with (Staples-Motley). I didn’t play my best at presections and Kadyn didn’t play her best that day, so we all know we can drop quite a few strokes,” Eldred said. “We know we have an incredibly good chance to win. We just have to play level headed and play our game.”
Eldred would love nothing more than to make it back to state with her teammates again.
“I think a huge strength for us this year has been the team work aspect of it,” Eldred said. “In past years, we've had one or two girls that are there to just be in golf or there to just be on a team but every one of these girls wants to work hard and we all want to make it to state again.”
Eldred is hoping to take home another section title individually and make another state run. She has been to state for the past five years. The previous two years, she has tied for third place.
“I just want that title so bad, so I’ve been working as hard as I can to get to that point,” Eldred said. “I think the frustration of having two third-places just pushes me to work harder and harder and gives me great motivation. I have been frustrated the past two years but the girls that have beat me out were great players and now they’re great college players, so I feel like this year might be my year.”
The Silverstreaks have found plenty of success this year and hope to find more down the road but it’s been about more than just low scores and titles, Engfer-Triebenbach said. They’ve been enjoying every step of the way.
“They just really get along well and enjoy each other’s company,” Engfer-Triebenbach said. “It’s really nice not only because I have a daughter on the team to see this team dynamic but there's laughter, there’s enjoyment in practice and in the van. That’s a breath of fresh air.”
The Silvestreaks head to Detroit Lakes to play at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. They head to Blackberry Ridge for sections on June 4th.CMC TEAM STANDINGS - Osakis - 1st, 1,259; B-B-E - 2nd, 1,276; Pierz - 3rd, 1,372; HLWW - 4th, 1,513; Paynesville - 5th, 1,553; Kimball-EVW - 6th, 2,019; Maple Lake - 7th, 2,100B-B-B MEET RESULTS - B-B-B - 1st, 169; Osakis - 2nd, 176; Pierz - 3rd, 192; Paynesville - 4th, 205; Howard Lake-Waverly - 5th, 211OSAKIS AT B-B-B RESULTS - Alayna Eldred - 34; Lexi Dirkes - 42; Kadyn Triebenbach - 46; Lexi Randall -54- Katie Helm - 54; Marissa Reilly - 55OSAKIS MEET RESULTS - Osakis - 1st, 186; B-B-E - 2nd, 196; Pierz - 3rd, 210; HLWW - 4th, 228; Paynesville - 5th, 238