Osakis junior guard Mara VanNyhuis battled some injuries early in her career as she worked to get back and make an impact for the Silverstreaks basketball program.
VanNyhuis felt good on the court this past winter as she was named Osakis’ MVP at its season-ending awards banquet. She led the team in three-point shooting (31.7%, minimum 35 attempts) and rebounding (113). VanNyhuis averaged 10.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
VanNyhuis and fellow junior Alexis Johanson both earned All-Prairie Conference honors, while senior Grace Oeltjen was an honorable-mention selection. Johanson led the team in scoring at 11.5 points and steals with 2.3 per game. She also grabbed 6.2 rebounds a night.
Oeltjen earned the Defensive Player of the Year Award from her team, and she also posted a team-high 50 assists to go along with 1.7 steals per game. Hayleigh Niehoff was the team’s top free-throw shooter at 76.1% on her way to averaging 6.5 points a night.
Junior guard Tessa Stanek earned the team’s Most Improved Award as she became an important fixture for this team more and more as the season progressed. Stanek averaged 5.1 points and 1.2 steals a game.
Senior center Kadyn Triebenbach rounded out the Silverstreaks’ team award winners with the Silverstreak Award after she led Osakis in field-goal percentage (47.2%) among players with a minimum of 50 shots.
Osakis had an impressive senior nucleus in the classroom too as Triebenbach, Brooke Breiter, Anna Wolf and Julianna Collins all earned academic all-state honors.
The Silverstreaks finished the season with a 10-8 record overall and a 6-2 mark in the Prairie Conference. That was good for second in the league behind Browerville-Eagle Valley (16-4, 7-1 Prairie).
Osakis will return a good bulk of its roster next winter, but will have to make up for the graduations of Triebenbach, Breiter, Collins, Oeltjen and Wolf.