Brady Mages wins MVP honor for Osakis boys

The junior center averaged nearly a double-double in leading the Silverstreaks to 14 wins.

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Osakis sophomore Stewart Jones (left) earned the Silverstreak Award for Osakis boys basketball, while junior Brady Mages (right) was the team MVP. (Contributed photo)

The Osakis boys basketball team had an inexperienced varsity roster coming into the season, but that won’t be the case next winter as this group went 14-6 and is expected to return the majority of its lineup in 2021-22.

Included in that season record was a 10-0 mark in the Prairie Conference as Osakis won the league championship for a fifth straight time.

Junior center Brady Mages stepped into a prominent role and earned the Silverstreaks’ MVP Award after averaging nearly a double-double. Mages put up 13.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in 20 contests. His 197 total rebounds led the team and so did his 57.7% field-goal percentage from two-point range.

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Osakis boys basketball award winners included (left to right) Carter Watnaas, Defensive POY, all-conference; Bauer Klimek, all-conference, top three-point shooter; and Kellen Anderson, Most Improved. (Contributed photo)


Junior Carter Watnaas was the team’s defensive player of the year. Watnaas was second on the team with 136 total rebounds and first in blocks with 27.

Senior Kellen Anderson won the Most Improved Award, and sophomore Stewart Jones won the Silverstreak Award. Anderson averaged 4.5 points and added 45 total rebounds, 33 assists and 19 steals. Jones added 3.1 points per game to go with 31 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals.

Freshman guard Drew Imdieke won a performance award as he led the team in assists with 59. Junior guard Bauer Klimek was Osakis’ leading scorer at 18.9 points per game in 18 games played. That included a team-best 37.2% shooting from three (68-of-183).

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From left to right, Mekai Hoelscher, top free-throw shooter; Drew Imdieke, most assists; Kyle Mages, most steals; and Brady Mages, top two-point field goal percentage, all won performance awards for the Osakis boys basketball team. (Contributed)

Freshman guards Kyle Mages (31 steals) and Mekai Hoelscher (84.6% free throws) also won performance awards.

Brady Mages, Kyle Mages, Watnaas and Klimek were All-Prairie Conference players, while Hoelscher and Imdieke were honorable-mention selections. All six of those guys are expected to return next winter to help the Silverstreaks build on a 14-win season.

OSAKIS BOYS BASKETBALL LETTER WINNERS - Bauer Klimek, Brady Mages, Kellen Anderson, Carter Watnaas, Stewart Jones, Drew Imdieke, Mekai Hoelscher, Kyle Mages


ACADEMIC ALL CONFERENCE - Kellen Anderson, Carter Watnaas, Kyle Mages, Drew Imdieke

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Kyle Mages (left) and Brady Mages were both All-Prairie Conference players for the Osakis boys basketball team in the 2020-2021 season. (Contributed photo)

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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