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Tennis: Osakis wraps up another standout team season with run to 6A title match

Defending section champion Litchfield was too much for the Silverstreaks in the finals on Tuesday, but Osakis finished another winning season with an 18-7 overall record.

Bella Weisser
Bella Weisser
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ROGERS — The Osakis tennis team wrapped up another standout team season on Tuesday in Rogers by making another run to the Section 6A championship.

The Silverstreaks met up with Litchfield in a rematch of the section championship a year ago. The Dragons went on to finish second in the Class A state tournament last season, and they will have an opportunity to make another run after beating the Silverstreaks 6-1 in this year’s finals. Litchfield got to the championship with a 7-0 win over Minnewaska in the semifinals.

“We had a great win over (New London-Spicer) in the semis,” Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said. “All the girls played well. Litchfield was just too good for us today, but we feel that reaching the section finals in this section is a great accomplishment for this team.”

Osakis’ win against Litchfield came from freshman Bella Weisser at No. 4 singles. She took a 6-3, 6-4 match from senior Kaitlyn Palmer.

Freshman Leah Maddock also played a close two-setter against the Dragons’ Ryanna Steinhaus at No. 1 singles, but Steinhaus won 6-4, 6-3.

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The Silverstreaks had lost to New London-Spicer in the regular season, but they avenged that with a 5-2 win in the semifinals on Tuesday. Osakis swept the singles lineup with wins from Maddock, Larissa Hoffarth, Bria Hoffarth and Weisser. Brenna Moen and Jaclyn Dietrich also got a third-doubles win in straight sets.

“We had a really good year, finishing 18-7 playing a lot of Class AA schools and top-10 Class A schools this year,” coach Maddock said. “We had lost to NL-S 5-2 a few weeks ago, so it was nice to flip that score today.”

It was another talented group of seniors that helped lead the way for Osakis. Larissa Hoffarth, Ellie George, Madi Collins, Lyndsey Middendorf, Ambrosia Steinbrecher, Kayla Kulzer and Cora Mathews all helped continue this program’s perennial success.

“They were really good to work with and will have good things ahead in their future as they are hard workers and kind, talented people,” Maddock said.

SECTION 6A FINALS

LITCHFIELD 6, OSAKIS 1

SINGLES - No. 1 - Ryanna Steinhaus (L) def. Leah Maddock, 6-4, 6-3; No. 2 - Karlee Prahl (L) def. Larissa Hoffarth, 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 - Isla Dille (L) def. Bria Hoffarth, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 - Bella Weisser (O) def. Kaitlyn Palmer, 6-3, 6-4

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Lauren Erickson/Olivia Olson (L) def. Ellie George/Madeline Anderson, 6-3, 6-4; No. 2 - Sophie Stilwell/Trinity Hawes (L) def. Madelyn Collins/Lauren Anderson, 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 - Amelia Benson/Emma Anderson (L) def. Brenna Moen/Lyndsey Middendorf, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

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SECTION 6A SEMIFINALS

OSAKIS 5, NEW LONDON-SPICER 2

SINGLES - No. 1 - Leah Maddock (O) def. Mya Mayhew, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 - Larissa Hoffarth (O) def. Amyra Gamez, 7-5, 6-1; No. 3 - Bria Hoffarth (O) def. Ella Wieland, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 - Bella Weisser (O) def. Emily Ruter, 6-2, 6-3

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Brooke Adelman/Delaney Hanson (NLS) def. Ellie George/Madeline Anderson, 6-1, 6-4; No. 2 - Jordan Proehl/Avery Dierenfeld (NLS) def. Madelyn Collins/Lauren Anderson, 6-4, 6-1; No. 3 - Brenna Moen/Jaclyn Dietrich (O) def. Brianna Wileman/Madisyn Claseman, 7-5, 6-1

LITCHFIELD 7, MINNEWASKA 0

SINGLES - No. 1 - Ryanna Steinhaus (L) def. Megan Thorfinnson, 6-4, 6-2; No. 2 - Karlee Prahl (L) def. Alia Randt, 6-0, 6-3; No. 3 - Isla Dille (L) def. Olivia Danielson, 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 - Kaitlyn Palmer (L) def. Jayda Kolstoe, 6-3, 6-1

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Lauren Erickson/Olivia Olson (L) def. Olivia Bleick/Sydney Dahl, 6-0, 6-3; No. 2 - Sophie Stilwell/Trinity Hawes (L) def. Grace Jensen/Zoey Elwood, 6-2, 6-3; No. 3 - Amelia Benson/Emma Anderson (L) def. Katy Vold/Avarie Uhde, 3-6, 6-4, 10-7

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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