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Sports roundup from Thursday, January 2


West Central Area 65, Osakis 55

The Osakis boys basketball team has shown progress off of last season and that continued on Thursday night as the Silverstreaks stuck with a good West Central Area team before falling 65-55 on the Knights' home floor. 

The Silverstreaks were only down three points at halftime, but the Knights proved why they are 6-1 this season while scoring 40 points in the second half. Drew Fearing led Osakis with 16 points and Hunter Scherr also finished with 13. Jay Zimmerman led WCA with 25 points.

"It was a great back-and-forth battle all night," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "We went up early then we had a few lead changes in the first half. A few starters got into some foul trouble, which allowed them to go on a run in the second half...they are a good team and we hung with them."

Zimmerman ultimately made a big difference for the Knights. He added 10 rebounds to his 25 points as the junior post took advantage of a size advantage down low. 

"I thought Jay really worked hard and decided to dominiate inside," WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. "Dakotah [Kashmark] really distributed the ball well and Austin [Redepenning] hit some big shots to give us some separation in the second half.  Brady Combs also had a good floor game as he led us with 11 deflections, had six rebounds, three steals and added two points."

Kashmark was recognized for scoring the 1,000th point in his career during the Knights' last game against Royalton. The senior guard finished with 10 points against Osakis but found open teammates for 10 assists. Devin Nelson also had a nice night off the bench with 11 points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists. Redepenning was the fourth player in double figures for WCA with 10 points. 

"We had a little bit of rust after not playing a game since December 20 and Osakis is a team that is much improved," Hunter said. "They played very well, but overall, even though we had rust early, we always made the shots and plays we needed to to end the first half and throughout the second half."

John Boogaard had another nice night for Osakis with nine points, two assists and five rebounds. Lane Berberich also added eight points, three assists, four rebounds and three steals. It wasn't quite enough as Osakis fell to 3-8, while the Knights moved to 6-1 with their sixth straight win.

"Fearing had another great game and so did Scherr and Boogaard," Hoelscher said. "Our guys are improving and that's a positive for us. Eventually, we will turn these close games into wins. It's a process."


Ashby 52, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 48

The Ashby girls won their first game of the season on Thursday night with a 52-48 victory over BBE. 

"The girls came out on a mission and played with intensity on the defensive end, which led to some transition buckets," head coach Troy Mickelson said. "Our defense tonight was led by senior Amber Sundal with four steals. Cassandra Jordan also helped on the defensive end and took two charges."

The Arrows led by as many as six in the first half before BBE took a two-point lead into the break. Jordan did her part to make sure that didn't last as she finished with a team-high 13 points. Abbi Ras added 10. Paige Nelson had eight points and Kerstyn Schroeder had eight points and eight rebounds. 

"She crashed the boards hard in the offensive end," Mickelson said. "The game tonight was won on the defensive end. We played extremely hard and left it all on the floor. I am proud of how we handled the pressure late in the game and walked away with a win against a very good BBE team."


United North Central 44, Osakis 24

Osakis' Trenton Coyer returned from an injury to earn a win for the Silverstreaks wrestling team but it wasn't quite enough to overcome United North Central in a 44-24 match on Thursday night. 

Coyer got his team's first win of the match at 120 pounds as he pinned Austin Bacon in 3:04. His brother, Brendon Coyer, followed that up with a 10-0 win at 126 pounds. Ryan Engfer added a pin in just 58 seconds at 138 pounds, but UNC took control from there, winning the next four matches. Two of those were by forfeit. 

Nils Hagen got Osakis' next win at 182 pounds with a 6-3 win over Tanner Bacon and Peter Hagen rounded out the wins for Osakis at 285 pounds with a pin in 3:42.

Minnewaska Triangular

The Minnewaska wrestling team fell 60-16 against a good Dawson-Boyd-Lac qui Parle-Montevideo United team at the Lakers' home tri before falling short in a 46-33 match against Morris Area.

Minnewaska's Joseph Weaver pinned his man in just 40 seconds at 113 pounds to get the Lakers going against Morris Area. Spencer Winter followed with a 3-0 win at 120 pounds to give his team an early lead before Morris won the next five matches. Caleb Blaisdell pinned his opponent at 160 pounds in 4:26. Ryan Stottler did the same at 182 pounds in 1:16 and Kashawn Brown pinned his man in just 38 seconds at 285 pounds. The Lakers' Brad Jacobs also won by forfeit at 195 pounds, but it wasn't quite enought to overcome the strong run by Morris at the middle weights. 

The Lakers got just three wins against Dawson Boyd. Those came from Stottler at 182 pounds as he won in a 10-1 major decision. Jacobs added a pin in 3:41 at 195 pounds and JR Formo pinned his man in 5:57 at 220 pounds.

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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