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Tennis preview: Osakis ready for round two

The Silverstreaks head into year two of their restart of the boys team looking to get their players as much experience as possible to help the program keep growing.

Connor Gulbranson
Osakis' Connor Gulbranson reaches for a return during a match against Minnewaska on May 11, 2021. Gulbranson is back as a junior to help lead the Silverstreaks again this spring.
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

OSAKIS — Osakis got its boys tennis program back up and running in 2021 and is now set for the second year in the program's restart. Osakis went 2-12 in 2021, its first season of play since the early 1990s.

“We had a good first season last year,” head coach Ryan Maddock said. “We ended the season with a 2-12 record, but we're very happy to get a couple of team wins.”

The Silverstreaks' main goal, like it was a season ago, is to gain as much experience as they can get.

“Our expectation is to work hard, learn the game and gain experience,” Maddock said. “Our main goal last year and again this year is to keep getting our players as much match experience as they can get, as many are new to the sport. This team needs experience, so every match is a step in the right direction. We are working toward building a team that can be competitive down the road.”

In year two, Maddock said the team aims to improve on serving, returning and footwork.

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The Silverstreaks lost Logan Grove and Jacob Uhl to graduation but still return most of their team from 2021.

“(Jacob and Logan) both had good seasons and we will need some other players to step into their roles this year,” Maddock said. “We return six players from last year's team, so now we do have players who have a year of experience to work with. Our team consists of players who are hard workers and willing to learn and try new things.”

Junior Isaac Maddock is one of three upperclassmen on the team and could make a run to the state tournament this year. Last season, he took third in the Section 8A singles tournament and came within one spot of qualifying for the state tournament.

“He will be a contender in the individual singles tournament again this year,” Ryan Maddock said. “Isaac has a lot of tennis experience and had a strong season last year, finishing with a 15-2 record at 1st singles.”

Ryan Maddock said he’s seen juniors Connor Gulbranson and Marcus Wolf make big strides and will lead the team in the doubles and also playing a little bit in singles competition.

At the end of last season, Isaac Maddock was named the team’s MVP, while now freshman Bryce Moen was named the most improved player.

Osakis is in Section 8A and Ryan Maddock said Minnewaska and Thief River Falls are among the section's top teams.

2022 OSAKIS BOYS TENNIS

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COACHES - Head Coach - Ryan Maddock

ROSTER - JUNIORS - Isaack Maddock, Connor Gulbranson, Marcus Wolf; FRESHMEN - Micah Moore, Bryce Moen, Michael Laumeyer; 8TH-GRADERS - Tyler Stier, Zeke Fiskness, Alekzander Huizar; 7TH-GRADERS - Trent Redetzke, Preston Steinert

OSAKIS BOYS TENNIS SCHEDULE

April 7 at St. John’s Prep, 4:30 p.m.

April 9 at Alexandria Quad, 10 a.m.

April 18 at WIllmar, TBD

April 19 vs Perham, 4:30 p.m.

April 21 at Montevideo, 4:30 p.m.

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April 26 at Foley, 4:30 p.m.

April 28 vs St. John’s Prep, 4:30 p.m.

April 29 at Fergus Falls Triangular, 3:30 p.m.

May 5 at Benson, 4:30 p.m.

May 10 at Minnewaska, 4:30 p.m.

May 12 at New London-Spicer, 4 p.m.

May 13 vs Yellow Medicine East, 4:30 p.m.

May 19 vs Lac Qui Parle Valley, 4:30 p.m.

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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