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Roundup: Osakis, Minnewaska test themselves in season openers

Silverstreaks feature new-look lineup after graduating five regulars from last year's section championship team.

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Mara VanNyhuis

Osakis girls tennis coach Ryan Maddock said that the Silverstreaks’ schedule this year was going to prepare them well for the Section 6A Tournament by playing many good opponents.

Osakis felt that right away as the Silverstreaks went 1-2 at the Pequot Lakes Quad on Aug. 20.

“We had a good first day of matches,” Maddock said. “While we only came away with one team win, we were happy with the efforts of our team today. The competition level today was really good, so in the long run days like today will be good for us.”

Osakis is replacing five regulars from last year’s section championship team. That includes No. 1 singles player Tia Dykema, and Maddock said many girls on Friday were getting their first varsity action or moving up in the lineup.

Mara VanNyhuis has moved into that No. 1 singles spot. She went 1-2 on Friday, beating Hill Murray’s Emma Vaske 6-1, 6-2 in a match Osakis won 4-3. Thief River Falls beat the Silverstreaks 6-1, and Pequot Lakes won by that same score.

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“Kennedy George and Larissa Hoffarth had a strong day going 2-1 at No. 1 doubles with the only loss coming in a 16-18 super tiebreaker for the match versus Hill Murray,” coach Maddock said. “Mara VanNyhuis and (8th-grader) Leah Maddock (at No. 2 singles) had good days as the new top of our singles lineup. They both came away with one win and were both close to having wins against Thief River Falls. Lexi Spychalla had a good win at 3 singles versus Hill Murray, as did Makenzie Lien and Tessa Stanek at 2 doubles.”

OSAKIS 4, HILL MURRAY 3

SINGLES - No. 1 - Mara VanNyhuis (O) def. Emma Vaske, 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 - Leah Maddock (O) def. Cate Kangal, 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 - Lexi Spychalla (O) def. Olivia Ketz, 6-4, 4-6, 11-9; No. 4 - Liv Klepac (HM) def. Madeline Anderson, 6-3, 6-2

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Clarie Rubischko/Mackenna Foley (HM) def. Kennedy George/Larissa Hoffarth, 6-4, 5-7, 18-16; No. 2 - Tessa Stanek/MaKenzie Lien (O) def. Stephanie Melby/Liz Lafeber, 6-4, 2-6, 10-8; No. 3 - Meghan Rose/Rachel Herrmean (HM) def. Hatti Schmidtbauer/Madi Collins, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-7; Exhibition - Brenna Moen/Lauren Anderson (O) def. Lacey Bassebach/Rily Lefenau, 6-2

PEQUOT LAKES 6, OSAKIS 1

SINGLES - No. 1 - Megan Miller (P) def. VanNyhuis, 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 - Carly Chaney (P) def. Maddock, 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 - Quinn Trottier (P) def. Stanek, 6-2, 6-2; No. 4 - Riley Fogarty (P) def. Madeline Anderson, 6-0, 6-1

DOUBLES - No. 1 - K. George/Larissa Hoffarth (O) def. Kelbee Lampi/Lexi Peterson, 7-5, 6-4; No. 2 - Payton Mudgett/Allyson Yahn (P) def. Spychalla/Lien, 6-2, 4-6, 10-8; No. 3 - Ellie Ouradnik/Aubrey Wiezek (P) def. Bria Hoffarth/Schmidtbauer, 6-2, 6-1; Exhibition - Jordan Gartneh/Gabby Ziesner (P) def. Brenna Moen/Madi Collins, 6-4

THIEF RIVER FALLS 6, OSAKIS 1

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SINGLES - No. 1 - Brooklyn Broadwell (TR) def. VanNyhuis, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); No. 2 - Bell Hamre (TR) def. Maddock, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6; No. 3 - Avery Skaar (TR) def. Stanek, 6-2, 6-2; No. 4 - Braylee Wienen (TR) def. Madeline Anderson, 6-2, 6-2

DOUBLES - No. 1 - K. George/Larissa Hoffarth (O) def. Abby Flaagan/Jacey Novak, 6-3, 7-5; No. 2 - Janae Johnson/Paige Weets (TR) def. Spychalla/Bria Hoffarth, 6-0, 6-3; No. 3 - Emma Christianson/Stephanie Dagg (TR) def. Moen/Schmidtbauer, 6-4, 6-1; Exhibition - Madi Collins/Lauren Anderson (O) def. Ingrid Anderson/Dani Niebuhr, 6-3

Lakers fall in close battle

Minnewaska, the team that has gone back and forth with Osakis for Section 6A in recent years, opened its season and fell in a close 4-3 final to Park Rapids this weekend.

Leah Hagen and Megan Thorfinnson got singles wins for the Lakers at the third and fourth spots in the lineup. Sydney Dahl and Alia Randt got Minnewaska’s third win in doubles.

PARK RAPIDS 4, MINNEWASKA 3

SINGLES - No. 1 - Abby Morris (PR) def. Alissa Thorfinnson, 6-2, 6-2; No. 2 - Morgan Koppelman (PR) def. Addy Randt, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (1), 10-8; No. 3 - Leah Hagen (M) def. Natalie Harvey, 6-2, 6-2; No. 4 - Megan Thorfinnson (M) def. Shailyn Hayes, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 11-9

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Rachael Herman/Mickey Clark (PR) def. Maddie Thorfinnson/Olivia Richards, 6-3, 7-6 (7); No. 2 - Sydney Dahl/Alia Randt (M) def. Abby Runyan/Emmy Goochey, 6-4, 6-4; No. 3 - Macy Goochey/Emily Schulz (PR) def. Olivia Bleick/Grace Jensen, 6-4, 6-4

MINNEWASKA GIRLS TENNIS SCHEDULE

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Aug. 20\u0009at Park Rapids Invite, 10:30 a.m.

Aug. 21\u0009at Park Rapids Invite, TBD

Aug. 25\u0009at Litchfield Quad, 9 a.m.

Aug. 30\u0009at Brainerd Quad, 9 a.m.

Aug. 31\u0009at LQPV, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 2\u0009at Sauk Centre, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 7\u0009vs. YME, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 9\u0009at Melrose, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 14\u0009vs. MACCRAY, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 16\u0009vs. Osakis, 4 p.m.

Sept. 18\u0009at Litchfield Quad, 9 a.m.

Sept. 20\u0009at New London-Spicer, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 21\u0009vs. Morris, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 23\u0009at Benson, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 28\u0009vs. Montevideo, 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 2\u0009Conference tournament at Minnewaska, 8:30 a.m.

Oct. 4\u0009at Staples-Motley, 4 p.m.

Oct. 7\u0009Section 6A Tournament, TBD

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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