Basketball roundup: Osakis girls clinch conference title, Alex girls rout Hutchinson

The Osakis girls earned a 30-point victory to clinch the Prairie Conference title outright, while the Alexandria girls earned a 25-point win to move to 20-4 on the season.

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Osakis' Kiley Kranz (left) puts up a shot in the lane in the second half of the team's 57-41 win over LPGE on Jan. 9, 2023. Kranz made all eight of her shots and both her free throws and scored 18 points in Osakis's conference clinching 56-26 win over Swanville on Feb. 16, 2023.
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The Osakis girls basketball team has captured the Prairie Conference crown after defeating Swanville 56-26 on Thursday.

“This was a solid game for us from start to finish,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “With this win, the girls won the Prairie Conference outright, which is a great accomplishment for this team.”

Swanville (11-11, 2-6 Prairie) was held to 7-of-28 shooting from the field and committed 27 turnovers.

“Throughout the game, we played excellent defense and moved the ball well offensively,” Kalpin said. “All the girls played well and contributed to this win. It was good to see how many team assists we had, 19, and how those were distributed among all the players. It was a fun game to be part of and to see the girls step up to the challenge on the road.”

Osakis (11-12, 7-1 Prairie) shot 23-of-46 from the field and were led by Kiley Kranz on offense who was a perfect 8-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line and led the team with 18 points and six rebounds.


Taylor Dirkes joined her in double figures with 14 points, along with 14 points, six rebounds, six assists, and seven steals.

“Individually, Kliey Kranz had a perfect night shooting the ball, and Taylor Dirkes had a great floor game,” Kalpin said. “This was just a great win in which all the girls collectively played well."

Osakis hosts its regular season finale against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (17-4) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

Osakis - 32 24 - 56

Swanville - 10 16 - 26

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 23-46; 3-PT - 5-17; FT - 5-6; Rebounds - 27; Assists - 19; Deflections - 8; Steals - 19; Turnovers - 15; Fouls - 10

OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Hailey Walkers - 1 rebound, 1 deflection; Madeline Anderson - points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 deflection; Greta Faber - 1 point, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 deflection, 2 steals; Taylor Dirkes - 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 7 steals; Kaelyn Walker - 1 assist; Bella Weisser - 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Stephy Marthaler - 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Carlee Muenzhuber - 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 deflections, 1 steal; Kiley Kranz - 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 deflection, 4 steals; Dariana Meyer - 2 points; Maggie Dirkes - 4 rebounds, 1 assist

Alexandria girls take care of Hutchinson

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Alexandria's Ella Steussy (left) drives the ball up the floor while Willmar's Deshawna Hodges (right) defends during the second half of Alexandria's 77-54 win on Jan. 27, 2023. Steussy had a nice all-around game for Alexandria in its 71-46 win over Hutchinson on Feb. 16, 2023.
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The Alexandria girls basketball team took care of business at home on Thursday against a Hutchinson lineup that featured a DI commit, Brynn Beffert (Lafayette College).


Alexandria improved to 20-4 on the season with a 71-46 win over Hutchinson.

The Cardinals jumped on the Tigers early as they held a 42-22 halftime lead.

Hadley Thul and Chloe Scholl each had 19 points for Alexandria. Scholl finished with 10 rebounds on the night, which gave her a double-double, while Thul had eight rebounds.

Allie Haabala had 14 points and five assists in the game, while MaCee Linow had 12 points, Kate Hennessy had three, while Camree Miller and Ella Steussy had two as well.

Thul had three steals, two blocks, and six deflections on the night, while Hennessy had one block.

The Cardinals (20-4, 12-0 Central Lakes Conference) round out their season with a road game against Fergus Falls (6-16, 3-9 CLC) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. and a home game against Brainerd (9-14, 5-6 CLC) on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:15 p.m.

Osakis boys light up the scoreboard against Upsala

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Osakis' Isaac Maddock (left) goes up for a contested shot over Melrose's Gor Reuy (right) in the early stages of a game on Feb. 14, 2023. Maddock knocked down some key free throws in Osakis' 46-43 win. Maddock had 17 points in Osakis' 77-46 win over Upsala on Feb. 16, 2023.
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The Osakis boys shot the ball well (30-for-47) in its game on Thursday, which was a 77-46 win at home over Upsala (5-16, 3-6 Prairie Conference).

“It was a fun night as we honored the seniors, and they all got in the scoring column,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We were sluggish to start but then turned it on the last four minutes of the half and continued the momentum in the second half.”


Osakis has six seniors on its roster, Stewart Jones, Isaac Maddock, Maverick Roering, McCarter Kirksey, Chrisob Sadlemyer, and Marcus Wolf.

12 different Silverstreaks got in the scoring column, led by Maddock’s 17 points and Jones’ 13.

“It was great to see Marcus, Maverick, Chrisob, and McCarter get onto the court and do some positive things for us,” Hoelscher said. “They're good kids that work hard in practice and are always cheering on their teammates even though they don't get as much playing time as others do, so it was great our fans and players could return the favor

Grant Mages nearly had a double-double, as he finished with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Kyle Mages had eight points and eight rebounds.

Osakis (17-5, 4-1 Section 6AA) host Sauk Centre (15-6, 4-1 Section 6AA) on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:15 p.m.

Upsala - 20 26 - 46

Osakis - 33 44 - 77

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 30-47; 3-PT - 9-20; FT - 8-13; Assists - 18; Blocks - 4; Rebounds - 39; Steals - 9; Deflections - 7; Fouls - 12; Turnovers - 17


OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Stewart Jones - 13 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 deflections; Grant Mages - 9 points, 4 assists, 10 rebounds; Seth Staloch - 8 points, 2 blocks, 3 rebounds, 1 deflection; Isaac Maddock - 17 points, 2 rebounds, 1 deflection; Kyle Mages - 8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 deflection; Drew Imdieke - 6 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound; Jacon Johanson - 2 points; Chrisob Sadlemyer - 2 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound; Tyler Baumgarten - 1 assist, 1 steal; Marcus Wolf - 2 points, 2 blocks, 2 rebounds; Mekai Hoelscher - 3 points, 6 rebounds, 2 deflections; McCarter Kirksey - 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound; Maverick Roering - 4 points, 2 rebounds

Mid-first half run helps Hancock girls down B-E

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B-E Sydney drives to the hoop in the first half of the team's 81-51 loss on Jan. 10, 2023. Schaefer had 13 points in B-E's 65-44 loss to Hancock on Feb. 16, 2023.
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Midway through the first half, the Brandon-Evansville girls trailed by just four points to the defending Class A state champion, Hancock but a big 12-0 run sealed what would be a 65-44 for Hancock in Evansville.

“[After that run] we played them pretty much even the rest of the game,” B-E head coach Steve Schreiber said. “I really appreciate these girls and how hard they play for me even when things aren't going perfectly. They do a great job of listening to me at halftime and really try hard to make adjustments. I've loved watching them all grow through the year.”

Kaitlyn Rohloff led the Hancock (19-3, 17-1 Section 6A) offense with 15 points, while Sydney Schaefer had a team-high 13 for B-E (7-15, 5-13 Section 6A).

The Chargers host Bertha-Hewitt (6-17) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

B-E - 21 23 - 44

Hancock - 38 27 - 65 

HANCOCK SCORING - Kaitlyn Rohloff, 25; Kaitlyn Staples, 17; Misty Zempel, 5; Brooke Versteeg, 15; Autumn Hubbard, 1; Kaylynn Christenson, 2


B-E SCORING - Grace Otto, 2; Taylor Dingwall, 3; Sydney Schaefer, 13; EmmaLee Brethorst, 8; Haddy Baune, 6; Kylee Dingwall, 4; Mia Emter, 8

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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