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Osakis boys return big group from 14-win season

The Silverstreaks had a winning record with a lot of younger players seeing time on varsity last season. Now they hope that same group can take another step forward this winter.

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Osakis guard Kyle Mages splits through the Morris defense during a game played on March 12, 2021. Mages is back as a sophomore for the Silverstreaks after helping them to 14 wins as a freshman last winter. Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

The Osakis boys basketball team has almost its entire roster back from a year ago after going 14-6 overall and 10-0 to win a Prairie Conference championship.

Tyler Hagen, Bauer Klimek, Brady Mages, Chayce Meyer and Carter Watnaas are the seniors for this team, with Klimek, a guard, and Mages, a center, being two of the leading scorers for Osakis last season.

“We have almost all of our guys returning as we only graduated one senior last year, so we have a lot of players with varsity experience,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “Bauer Klimek, Brady Mages, Carter Watnaas, Kyle Mages, Drew Imdieke, Mekai Hoelscher and Stewart Jones have seen the court the most at the varsity level, but we are excited to have Issac Maddock and Grant Mages to add to the mix of rotations.”

Grant Mages didn't play last year due to injury, but he is part of a big sophomore class that will feature multiple contributors this winter. Mekai Hoelscher, Drew Imdieke and Kyle Mages all got big minutes last season as freshmen.

“Our goal is to be competitive each night and put ourselves in a position to win,” coach Hoelscher said. “We like our chances in the conference and feel we're one of the teams to beat in the section.”

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Upsala and Browerville are two of the top teams trying to knock the Silverstreaks from the top of the conference. Hoelscher sees Annandale, Sauk Centre and Albany as teams to beat in an always-competitive Section 6AA field

He likes the way his roster sets up this season if guys can play together well in their roles.

“Consistency, shot selection, and cohesiveness,” Hoelscher said of what the Silverstreaks need to improve upon as the year goes on. “We need to make sure we stay positive when shots are not falling or when calls are not going our way. If we can stay calm when adversity strikes, we like our odds against any team we play.’

2021-22 OSAKIS BOYS BASKETBALL ROSTER

SENIORS - Tyler Hagen, Bauer Klimek, Brady Mages, Chayce Meyer, Carter Watnaas; JUNIORS - Stewart Jones, Isaac Maddock, Maverick Roering, Chrisob Sadlemyer, Marcus Wolf; SOPHOMORE - Ben Berger, Blake Bouldin, Mekai Hoelscher, Andrew Imdieke, Jacob Johanson, Grant Mages, Kyle Mages, Eddie Schmidtbauer, Chase Triebenbach; FRESHMEN - Tyler Baumgartner, Cohen Benson, Landon Chisholm, Austin Dickinson, Bryler Gustafson, Wyatt Klimek, Micah Moore, Gavin Muenzhuber, Seth Staloch, Zain Wright

COACHES - Head coach - Matt Hoelscher, 10th season, 133-105; Assistant coaches - Lee VanNyhuis, Pat Stier

OSAKIS BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Dec. 3 at Eden Valley-Watkins, 7 p.m.

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Dec. 7 at Paynesville Area, 7 p.m.

Dec. 9 at BBE, 7 p.m.

Dec. 10 at St. John’s Prep, 7 p.m.

Dec. 16 vs. Browerville-Eagle Valley, 7 p.m.

Dec. 21 vs. Minnewaska, 7 p.m.

Dec. 29 vs. Rockford at St. John’s University, 7 p.m.

Dec. 30 vs. Providence Academy at St. John’s University, 4 p.m.

Jan. 4 vs. Royalton, 7 p.m.

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Jan. 6 at WCA, 7 p.m.

Jan. 7 at Staples-Motley, 7 p.m.

Jan. 8 at Melrose, 4 p.m.

Jan. 13 at Swanville, 7 p.m.

Jan. 18 vs. Upsala, 7 p.m.

Jan. 21 at LPGE, 7 p.m.

Jan. 25 at Little Falls, 7 p.m.

Jan. 27 vs. Holdingford, 7 p.m.

Feb. 3 vs. St. John’s Prep, 7 p.m.

Feb. 5 vs. Morris Area at Alexandria Area High School, 3:45 p.m.

Feb. 8 at Browerville-Eagle Valley, 7 p.m.

Feb. 10 vs. Pillager, 7 p.m.

Feb. 11 vs. Swanville, 7 p.m.

Feb. 17 at Upsala, 7 p.m.

Feb. 25 vs. LPGE, 7 p.m.

March 1 at Parkers Prairie, 7 p.m.

March 4 at Sauk Centre, 7 p.m.

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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