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Osakis heads to Albany Tournament for season opener

Silverstreaks make the jump from Class A to Section 6AA this year.

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Osakis' Madison Lipke goes up against the block of Brandon-Evansville in a match on Oct. 27, 2020. Lipke was a big part of last year's team and is back as a junior this fall season to help lead the Silverstreaks. (Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press)

The Osakis volleyball program has played at the Class A level at tournament time in recent years. This year, the Silverstreaks face the challenge of making the jump up to Class AA.

The move to Class AA for the playoffs comes after the Minnesota State High School League moved from three to four classes in volleyball starting this fall.

“In the past, we've played in a lot of tournaments where we competed against those schools," Osakis head coach Mitch McGuire said during the first week of practice. "It's not going to be anything too different in the regular season. I'm really happy about that. The skill level we're at, and the drills we do that translate to game play will make us a competitive team again."

Albany, Foley, Holdingford, Melrose, Milaca, Osakis, Pequot Lakes, Pierz, Pillager, Royalton, Sauk Centre, St. Cloud Cathedral, Staples-Motley and Wadena-Deer Creek are a part of the 14-team Section 6AA.
The Silverstreaks graduated four good seniors off of the 2020 team and have some new faces to mix into their lineup. Lara Drum, Lexi Froemming, Mackenzie Holmquist, Alexis Johanson, Kali Schoeck and Hayleigh Niehoff make up a six-person senior class.

Juniors Kiley Kranz, Madison Lipke and Eva Moore are the only three juniors, while Osakis has a bigger group of sophomores and freshmen coming through the system. The Silverstreaks will lean on some new athletes being ready to step into a varsity role as they try to show they can compete through the Prairie Conference and into section play.

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“The way that we run our drills in how we work together all the time, we are building that skill from 7th grade through varsity,” McGuire said. “We are intermixing those players, so we don't just have a few girls working together, but we have everyone. That really brings cohesiveness through the whole program."

2021 OSAKIS VOLLEYBALL

SENIORS - Lara Drum, Lexi Froemming, Mackenzie Holmquist, Alexis Johanson, Hayleigh Niehoff, Kali Schoeck; JUNIORS - Kiley Kranz, Madison Lipke, Eva Moore; SOPHOMORES - Emma Drum, Sylvia Head, Kiana Kendall, Lydia McLaughlin, Darianea Meyer, Madison Neumann, Emma Nobles, Joslyn Tacker, Eva Van Acker; FRESHMEN - Sira Christians, Greta Faber, Asiah Froemming, Addison Froemming, Josee Hartshorn, Desirae Hendricks, Emma Johnson, Kylee Lebrun, Heather Marquardt, Rachel Moore, Grace Reinke, Grace Rousslang, Charlee Thieschafer, Kyla Thole, Harley Tulio, Alexis Walker; 8TH GRADE - Hailie Baumgartner, Brooklyn Dropik, Brooke Frisell, Paige Lipke, Kaelyn Walker, Zoe Wright; 7TH GRADE - Ally Boyer, Rylee Muzik, Emalyn Palmershein

OSAKIS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

Aug. 27 at Albany Tournament, 8 a.m.

Aug. 31 vs. BBE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 at Upsala, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 vs. LPGE, 7 p.m.

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Sept. 11 at Sauk Rapids-Rice Tournament, 9 a.m.

Sept. 14 vs. Holdingford, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Browerville-Eagle Valley, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 vs. Swanville, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23 vs. Upsala, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Eden Valley-Watkins, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 at LPGE, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 at Swanville, 7 p.m.

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Oct. 12 at Paynesville Area, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 vs. Browerville-Eagle Valley, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 vs. Pierz, 7 p.m.

Oct. 19 at Morris, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21 at Upsala Tournament, 9 a.m.

Oct. 28 Section Tournament, TBD

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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