Basketball roundup: Osakis boys rout Swanville; WCA boys shut down Ashby, B-E tops Underwood

The Osakis boys beat Swanville by 41, while WCA's Jake Strunk had 10 steals in WCA's win over Ashby, while B-E grinded out a 17-point win over Underwood.

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Osakis' Isaac Maddock puts up a three-pointer in the second half of Osakis' 73-64 win over DGF on Feb. 4, 2023. Maddock made three three-pointers in the win at the Winter Lakes Classic. Maddock had 17 points in Osakis' 73-32 win over Swanville on Feb. 10, 2023.
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The Osakis boys basketball team was in sync on Friday as it picked up a 73-32 win on the road over Swanville (10-9, 4-5 Prairie Conference).

“It was a great team win as guys shared the basketball and made the extra pass to find open teammates,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “Issac Maddock got us going right away by making some threes, and then Mekai Hoelscher followed up by making a few of his own. It then opened up the middle. The Mages boys and Seth Staloch did a nice job of working together to get open shots around the rim. We got them out of their zone, and it opened up driving and passing lanes for Stewart Jones and Drew Imdieke.”

The Silverstreaks (14-5, 6-2 Prairie) jumped out to a 39-11 lead at halftime.

“Our defensive pressure allowed us to get out in transition, and we rebounded well,” Coach Hoelscher said. “We made them defend the entire length of the court and were able to wear them down even when we subbed in. Marcus Wolf, Maverick Roering, and McCarter Kirksey rebounded very well and had some good passes. Chrisob Sadlemyer was active on both ends of the floor, and Blake Bouldin, Jacob Johanson, and Tyler Baumgartner all made impressive plays when they were in.”

Isaac Maddock led the Osakis offense with 17 points, while Kyle Mages had 16, Stewart Jones had 12, and Mekai Hoelscher had 11.


Osakis hosts Little Falls (13-6) on Monday at 7:15 p.m.

Osakis - 39 34 - 73

Swanville - 11 21 - 32 

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 29-52; FT - 6-13; Assists - 20; Blocks - 4; Rebounds - 39; Steals - 9; Deflections - 5; Fouls - 9; Turnovers - 14

OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Stewart Jones - 12 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds; Grant Mages - 2 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 deflection; Seth Staloch - 5 points, 2 blocks, 3 rebounds; Isaac Maddock - 17 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 3 steals, 1 deflection; Kyle Mages - 16 points, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 deflection; Drew Imdieke - 7 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 2 deflections; Chrisob Sadlemyer - 1 assist, 3 rebounds; Marcus Wolf - 4 points, 3 rebounds; Mekai Hoelscher - 11 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds; McCarter Kirksey - 2 points, 2 rebounds; Maverick Roering - 2 points, 4 rebounds

Jake Strunk’s stifling defense helps WCA defeat Ashby

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WCA's Jake Strunk makes a steal during the first half of the team's 77-44 win on Jan. 16, 2023, over B-E. WCA held B-E scoreless for the first seven minutes of the game. Strunk had the second highest single game steal total, 10, in WCA's 62-30 win over Ashby on Feb. 10, 2023.
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West Central Area’s Jacob Strunk had one of the best defensive efforts in school history on Friday as he recorded 10 steals in the team’s 62-30 win over the Ashby Arrows.

“We had good energy, active defense, shared the ball well, and got to play 15 players in the game,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. "We had a really balanced team rebounding effort with several guys getting 3-5rebounds."

Strunk’s 10 steals in Friday’s game is the second-most in one game in school history. Strunk finished with a double-double, 10 points, and 10 steals.


Ben Bye also had four steals in the win.

“Jake and Ben did a really good job in the back of our press,” Hunter said.

WCA (14-7) had a 30-19 rebounding edge and took care of the ball well. WCA only turned the ball over 12 times while it forced 22 turnovers.

Bryce Kjesbo led the scoring effort for the Knights with 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting and shot a perfect 2-for-2 from the three-point line and 3-for-3 from the free thrown line. Cole Anderson added 14 points, while Bye had 11, Mitch Dewey had six, and Hanson had four.

“I thought Mitch Dewey played one of his best games of the year running our offense, playing with efficiency, not turning the ball once. He was stellar on the defensive end containing their explosive guard Easton Nelson and he was also rebounding the ball well from the guard position with 3 rebounds. We had good bench minutes helping our first half defensive effort from Sam Hanson, Cash Nelson, Brett Amundson and Damon Sanstead."

Richie Johnson was the leading scorer for Ashby (5-12) with nine points, while Jake Norby had eight, Kellen Dahlen had five, Brodie Ecker had three, Bradee Christianson had three, and Easton Nelson had two.

WCA plays at Minnewaska (1-20) on Friday at 7:15 p.m. Ashby hosts Battle Lake (16-4) at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

B-E boys complete sweep of Underwood

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B-E's Tanner Riedel puts up a corner three-pointer during overtime of a game against Parkers Prairie on Jan. 24, 2023. Riedel made the three-pointer and that was the final points of the team's 68-64 win. Riedel had 17 points in B-E's 64-47 win over Underdwood on Feb. 10, 2023.
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The Brandon-Evansville boys completed the regular season sweep of Underwood (9-10, 6-7 Little Eight Conference) with a 64-47 win on Friday.


“I thought we played much better as a team,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “We competed for the whole game and didn't let missed shots affect the rest of what we wanted to do. We ended up making a couple of adjustments at halftime that helped us extend our lead in the second half. Underwood is a very skilled team. They have a lot of players who play the game the right way. They are going to be a very scary team for years to come.”

B-E (6-13, 4-8 Little Eight) shot 24-of-61 from the field (39.3 percent) and held Underwood to 29.5 percent shooting (13-of-44). B-E had a 32-10 edge in points in the paint, and a 41-27 rebound edge. B-E had 15 second chance points, while Underwood had zero.

The Chargers host Border West (16-2, 11-0 Little Eight) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

B-E PLAYER STATS - Micah Fuller - 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 deflections, 1 steal; Riley Perleberg - 2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Brady Perlerberg - 4 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists; Tanner Riedel - 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 deflections, 2 steals; Carter White - 2 rebounds, 1 deflection, 3 steals; Dezmond White - 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 deflections, 1 steal; Kian Gackle - 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 deflections, 1 steal; Nathan Anderson - 2 points, 3 rebounds; Lucas Fuller - 1 point, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Aaron Gillespie - 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 deflection

Other area basketball scores from Friday, Feb. 10 -

Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (15-4) 63, Parkers Prairie (7-10) 47

Park Christian (17-5) 58, Brandon-Evansville (7-14) 38
Minnewaska (9-12) 71, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta (5-16) 42
Menagha (11-9) 38, Osakis (10-11) 28

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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