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Sports roundup from Saturday, September 7


The Osakis volleyball team challenged itself by playing some tough competition at the Howard Lake-Waverly Tournament on Saturday and finishing with a 2-2 records.

The Silverstreaks beat Buffalo Lake-Hector 25-18 and 25-23 in the opening match. They then outlasted Howard Lake-Waverly in two games (25-17, 25-19) to set up a match-up against Class AAA's Monticello. Osakis got within 25-19 in set one before falling 25-14 in the second set. The Silverstreaks then played in the third-place match, where they fell 25-17, 25-18 to Norwood Young America.

"We had the most phenomenal start to our tournament today," head coach Kirsten Wessel said. "I've never coached a team that started a day out with so much enthusiasm. That energy helped throughout the day as we started off with two wins before meeting up with Class AAA Monticello...overall, I am proud of these girls for their performance today."

The Minnewaska volleyball team got its first wins of the season, beating Ashy 2-0 and Rosholt, South Dakota 2-1 in the Wheaton-Herman-Norcross Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

The Lakers then fell 2-1 to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley but bounced back with a 2-0 win over Hankinson to wrap up their day with a third-place finish overall.


Pine River-Backhus 38, Prairie Valley 22

The Prairie Valley Nighthawks fell to 0-2 on the season on Friday night with a 38-22 loss to Pine River-Backhus.

The Tigers built a 22-0 lead and turned that into a 38-0 advantage by the half. Prairie Valley had a fumble that was returned 70 yards for a touchdown in the opening half and two more interceptions late in the half, with one of those leading to the final score of the game for Pine-River Backhus.

The Nighthawks did everything they could to battle back in the final two quarters. Skyler Meiners scored from three yards out to get them on the board before he added another touchdown, this time from two yards away, to make it 38-14 late in the third quarter. Meiners then hit Kyle Schlosser for a touchdown pass that made it 38-22 after the extra point.

The Nighthawks ultimately had no chance of overcoming seven turnovers on the night. They rushed for 221 yards and threw for an additional 98, but those takeaways by Pine River-Backhus was the difference in the game.

"It is very difficult to come away with a victory when you turn the ball over seven times," head coach John Sieling said. "[We] dug a hole that was too deep in that first half. Their inspired play in the second half is something to build on for the upcoming games."

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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