Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. 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 Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.
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Carter Grove broke his own school record by 20 seconds on Monday, pacing the Osakis cross country teams at the Pierz Invitational. Grove finished in 17:30.9, which put him ninth individually and led the Silverstreak boys to eighth place in the 18-team field. The Osakis girls finished 11th out of 14 teams behind Grace Oeltjen’s time of 22:28.5, which led the Silverstreak pack in 40th individually.
The Osakis girls tennis team cruised to a 6-1 win over Benson-KMS on Monday in Benson. At top singles, Tia Dykema set the tone with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Sophia Curiel. Alexa Lien and Kennedy George followed suit at Nos. 3 and 4 singles, respectively, beating Stacy Johnson 6-0, 6-0 and Anna Samuelson 6-3, 6-1. At No. 2 singles, Gracie Lenz picked up the Braves’ lone point of the match with a 7-5, 5-7, 10-8 win over Lauren Scherr.
Jacob Backes and the Osakis football team set the tone early and often on Friday night in Benson. When the Braves attempted a fake field goal attempt from the 3 on their first possession, both Backes and Jarret Seela were there to bat the ball away from the intended receiver. The Silverstreaks then marched 97 yards in seven plays, finished off by a 49-yard touchdown run from Backes.
The Osakis volleyball team kept Swanville on its heels Thursday night, and the Silverstreaks turned it into a 3-0 sweep in Osakis. “These girls started strong tonight. Things really seemed to click,” Silverstreaks head coach Kirsten Wessel said. “Our passers worked hard to get our setter the ball, and she did a nice job of spreading out Swanville's blockers by getting the ball to several hitters. She kept the defense guessing.”
The Osakis volleyball team started out on a roll Tuesday night, but a 2-0 lead over Browerville-Eagle Valley disappeared and flipped into a 3-2 loss in Osakis. “We started out strong and didn't finish strong. We need to be more consistent with maintaining our level of play,” Silverstreaks head coach Kirsten Wessel said. “We need to maintain momentum for more of the match than we did.”
Carter Grove’s fourth-place finish was the boost that the Osakis cross country team needed at the LPGE Invite. “Carter Grove had another outstanding race,” Osakis head coach Justin Dahlheimer said. “Carter pushed the pace from the get-go, and that determined approach led him to his fastest time on that course and a medalist position.”
The Osakis volleyball team went 2-2 at the Sauk Rapids-Rice tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8, falling 2-1 to Foley and 2-0 to Annandale but recovering with 2-0 wins over Kimball Area and Little Falls. “We played some very good teams at this tournament,” Silverstreaks head coach Kirsten Wessel said. “This team plays very well together and communicates well on the floor. It’s fun for these girls to play tough competition and hang in there with them.”
The fifth annual Moonshine Madness festival came to life on Saturday in downtown Osakis. The event featured chainsaw carvings, inflatables, live music and more. Hundreds came out to take in the celebration.
The Osakis volleyball team dug itself into trouble Thursday night, and the hole was too deep to recover from in a 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-22) home loss to Royalton. “We missed a lot of serves, and that hurts. We also were a little hesitant on defense at times, and that’s something we can’t do, against a good team like that especially,” Silverstreaks head coach Kirsten Wessel said. “They were just able to stop (our) momentum by finding open spots on the floor and getting a point.”
The Osakis volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in Osakis. “We were ahead 18-9 in the first game. We were playing with a ton of focus and made very minimal mistakes,” Silverstreaks head coach Kirsten Wessel said. “They were able to chip away and make a comeback.” The Eagles flipped their first-set deficit into a 25-21 win, and then added to it with 25-16 and 25-14 victories to clinch the sweep.