Micah Friez covers Bemidji State basketball and BSU for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Beaver basketball updates.
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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.
Section 5AA championship No. 1 Paynesville Area 56, No. 2 Minnewaska 0 Section 6AA championship No. 1 Pillager 30, No. 3 Osakis 16
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.
The Minnewaska football team will get its chance to take back the Section 5AA crown from Paynesville Area on Friday night. The 8-2 Lakers are matching up with the 7-2 and defending section champion Bulldogs in the section title game, where Minnewaska will get a crack at its first state berth since the 2015. And the team they beat in that section championship? None other than Paynesville.
The West Central Area cross country teams are making a habit of competing at the state level. Both the boys and girls teams qualified for Saturday’s Class A state meet, and they’re bringing in a combined 24 years of state experience.
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.
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 Alexandria girls cross country team is adding the newest chapter to its storied history on Saturday. The Cardinals are back at the state meet for the second consecutive year and 23rd time in program history, where they hope to continue a legacy built by the runners who came before them.
Parkers Prairie assistant coach Paul Walsh was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Rob Fornasiere Assistant Coach of the Year award by the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association on Oct. 27. Walsh has been the Panthers’ junior varsity coach for 14 seasons as well as an assistant for the varsity squad, which has most recently included a 2017 state championship and three straight Section 6A titles from 2016-18.
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.