Basketball roundup: 55-point first half leads Osakis boys to victory; WCA girls outlast Osakis

The Osakis boys basketball team dominated in a game against St. John's Prep, while the WCA teams earned wins and the B-E girls pulled out a win over Rothsay.

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Osakis' Drew Imdieke puts up a three-pointer during Osakis' game against Annandale on Dec. 29, 2022. Imdieke made some big plays for Osakis in its 43-40 win. Imdieke had 11 points in Osakis 78-39 win over St. John's Prep on Feb. 2, 2023.
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The Osakis boys basketball team had an efficient shooting night in its 78-39 win over St. John’s Prep on the road on Thursday as it shot 58 percent from the field (30/51) and 59 percent from the three-point line (13/22).

“It was an excellent shooting night,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “It was great to see Mekai [Hoelscher] and Drew Imdieke shoot with confidence after the Holdingford game. When you add Stewart [Jones], Kyle [Mages] and Issac [Maddock] to that mix of making threes, were tough to beat. Our guys played unselfish and moved the ball in transition and the in halfcourt. We had some foul trouble throughout the game and Ben [Berger], Marcus [Wolf], Blake [Bouldin] and Maverick [Roering] did a great job filling in. Overall it was a fun atmosphere as the guys had great energy, and it filtered down to everyone that got into the game.”

Jones led the Osakis offense with 25 points, while Mekai Hoelscher finished with 12 points, and Kyle Mages and Drew Imdieke both had 11.

Osakis improved to 12-4 (5-1 Prairie Conference) with the win, while St. John’s Prep fell to 1-12 (0-6 Prairie).

Osakis has a big battle at the Breakdown’s Winter Lakes Classic in Alexandria on Saturday as it takes on Dillworth-Glyndon-Felton (14-3) at Noon.


Osakis - 55 23 - 78

St. John’s Prep - 18 21 - 39

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 30-51; 3-PT - 13/22; FT - 5/7; Assists - 17; Rebounds - 29; Steals - 8; Blocks -3; Deflections - 5; Fouls - 15; Turnovers - 8

OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Blake Bouldin - 3 points, 1 steal; Stewart Jones - 25 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 deflections; Ben Berger - 1 assist; Seth Staloch - 4 points, 1 assist, 3 blocks, 6 rebounds; Isaac Maddock - 6 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 deflections; Kyle Mages - 11 points, 1 assist, 8 rebounds, 4 steals; Drew Imdieke - 11 points, 5 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Chrisob Sadlemeyer - 1 rebound; Tyler Baumgartner - 2 points; Marcus Wolf - 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 deflection; Mekai Hoelscher - 12 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds; McCarter Kirksey - 1 rebound, Maverick Roering - 2 rebounds

Stark’s 22 points leads WCA girls to win over Osakis

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West Central Area's Claire Stark puts up a shot over New London-Spicer's Ava Carlson (15) during a game on Nov. 29, 2022. Stark scored 16 points in the Knights' 70-43 loss. Stark had 22 points in WCA's 52-45 over Osakis on Feb. 3, 2023.
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Claire Stark had another big night for the West Central Area girls as she posted 22 points and eight rebounds in the team’s 52-45 win over Osakis on Thursday.

Free throws made a big difference in the game. The Knights connected on 13 out of 24 free throws, while the Silverstreaks made just five out of 11 attempts.

“WCA made some late free throws to secure the win,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “Our effort and energy were great, which for the most part, has been a constant for this team all year. We need to carry those things into the next games to come.”

Addison Staples had a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Knights’ win.


Taylor Dirkes led the Silverstreaks in scoring with 18 points while Carlee Mueunzhuber put up 13 points. Kiley Kranz corralled 11 rebounds for the Silverstreaks.

“This was a good competitive game for the girls,” Kalpin said. “WCA has a lot of athleticism and size which made it a challenging task for us. I felt the girls stepped up to the challenge and played well enough to win. We had many scoring opportunities that just didn't fall for us when we needed them. The good thing is that we are creating those opportunities. We need to keep doing what we are doing and trust that shots will fall. The game stayed close throughout the game, and we had late-game opportunities to secure a defensive rebound or make shots that just didn't go for us.”

Osakis (9-8) plays at Barnesville (10-8) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, while WCA (7-10) plays at home against Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (5-12) at 6:30 p.m.

West Central Area - 29 23 - 52

Osakis - 26 19 - 45

WCA TEAM STATS - FG - 17-50; 3-PT - 5-21; FT - 13-24; Rebounds - 41; Assists - 13; Deflections - 9; Steals - 9; Blocks - 1; Turnovers - 17; Fouls - 15

WCA PLAYER STATS - Macy Grosz - 2 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 deflections, 3 steals; Mya Foslein - 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 deflection, 2 steals; Maya Krusemark - 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 deflection; Sydney Ulrich - 2 points; Jayden Styba - 1 point, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block; Addison Staples - 10 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 deflections, 2 steals; Claire Stark - 22 points, 8 rebounds, 1 deflection, 1 steal

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 18-53; 3-PT - 4-22; FT - 5-11; Rebounds - 35; Assists -13; Deflections - 3; Steals - 7; Turnovers - 14; Fouls - 18


OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Hailey Walker - 1 deflection; Madeline Anderson - 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals; Greta Faber - 1 assist; Taylor Dirkes - 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals; Bella Weisser - 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 deflection; Carlee Muenzhuber - 13 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 deflection, 1 steal; Kiley Kranz - 6 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

WCA boys rout Staples-Motley

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WCA's Bryce Kjesbo (white) goes up to block a shot by B-E's Dezmond White (blue) during the first half of WCA's 77-44 win on Jan. 16, 2023. WCA began the game on a 24-0 run. Kjesbo played a big role in WCA's win over Staples-Motley on Feb. 2, 2023.
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The West Central Area boys improved to 13-4 on the season with a 65-38 win over Staples-Motley on Thursday.

"We had a great defensive effort against a very athletic, talented Staples-Motley team,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “They have had good teams like Detroit Lakes and Browerville tied late in the game and played Pequot Lakes, a state tournament team last year, tough until the last ten minutes. They had a big crowd that was very loud in their historic gym. So with that atmosphere, we were happy to see how our guys came out of the gate, and everyone contributed to the win."

The Knights connected on 26 of their 47 shots while holding the Cardinals to 13 of 54 shooting.

Ben Bye finished with 15 points and six rebounds in the win, while Cole Anderson had 12 points, four rebounds, and six assists.

Bryce Kjesbo had a nice game as well, as he had 10 points, five rebounds, and had two steals, while Mitch Dewey finishes with nine points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals, and five deflections.

Cash Nelson finished with six points, while Roman Mihailovschi had five points, three rebounds, and two assists

"We had good minutes from all of our bigs, Ben Bye, Brett Amundson, Damon Sanstead, and Isaac Kreft,” Hunter said. “Roman Mihailovschi and Cash Nelson gave us good bench minutes at the guard positions."


Jacob Strunk finished with four points, five rebounds and four steals. Sanstead and Amundson both had two points, while Nasir Dotts finished with four rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

The Knights host Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (12-6) on Friday at 8 p.m.

B-E girls hold off Rothsay

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Brandon-Evansville's EmmaLee Brethorst drives to the paint during the second half of a game against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Jan. 30, 2023. CGB won the game 64-49. Brethorst had 14 points and made some key shots down the stretch in B-E's 49-44 win over Rothsay on Feb. 2, 2023.
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The Brandon-Evansville girls led by just one point at halftime in its game against Rothsay on Thursday but made the plays needed to defeat Rothsay 49-44.

“The girls came out firing but couldn't get shots to go early. After falling behind 16 to 10 EmmaLee brethorst had 7 consecutive points, and it was a battle the rest of the way. Really proud of how much growth this team has shown.

Kylee Dingwall and EmmaLee Brethorst each had 14 points in the win, while Taylor Dingwall scored nine. Haddy Baune finished with five points, Kayla Bitzan-Anderson had three points, Miak Elmer did as well, and Sydney Schaefer had one point.

B-E (7-11) hosts Underwood (15-3) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Brandon-Evansville - 25 24 - 49

Rothsay - 24 20 - 44

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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