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Osakis natives Tim Hinrichs and Gary Brekkestran have placed in the money at the Osakis Lions Club Walleye Tournament before, but they had never had a day quite like they had on Saturday. Hinrichs and Brekkestran took home the top honor in the team competition as they brought in four walleyes for a total weight of 14.46 pounds. Part of that bag was a 7.51-pound fish that also won them the $1,260 top-walleye prize. In total, the duo earned a $6,300 payday.
Osakis’ Alayna Eldred pictured a different outcome when she thought about how her last high school round at the state tournament would go.
The Osakis trap shooting team was up against a field of 36 programs during Tuesday’s Minnesota State High School Trap Shooting Championship in Alexandria, and the Silverstreaks finished 26th on varsity. Osakis shot a 438 out of a possible 500. Team scores are comprised of the top five shooters in novice, junior varsity and varsity divisions.
The Osakis girls golf team finds itself in eighth place in the eight-team Class AA state tournament field after the first round. The Silverstreaks shot a 393. Detroit Lakes shot a 321 to lead the tournament by six shots over Marshall. Red Wing is third at 329.
The Osakis girls 4x100-meter relay team huddled up together one last time in the infield at Hamline University after taking fifth place to wrap up the season on Saturday. Three of these four girls will be back, but Grace Walter is a senior. She was fighting back tears as she tried to describe exactly what it meant to finish top five at state with this group of girls in the last race of her high school career.
All things considered, Osakis’ Jacob Backes put together quite a run in the pole vault this season. A lower back injury he suffered his freshman year still lingers with him. To the point where he could not train at all the way he wanted to throughout the season.
Osakis’ Elizabeth Pahl was all smiles as she stepped to the podium on Friday night at Hamline University in St. Paul to accept her fifth-place medal. Pahl has anchored a good Silverstreaks throwing crew all season, and she took advantage at her first shot at state in the discus with a throw of 124-07. Julie Overton won the Class A state title with a throw of 130-08.
Osakis’ Alayna Eldred is one of the eight finalists for the Ms. Minnesota Golf Award. The Ms. Minnesota Golf Committee announced those eight finalists on June 6 after a list of 13 golfers in the state made the watch list earlier in the spring.
Conference champions are crowned. The 100 shooters in Minnesota by average have solidified their spots at the state tournament, and more than 8,100 students are ready to come to the Alexandria Shooting Park over the course of nine days. The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League will hosts teams from 308 schools from June 11-19 for the 2018 Trap Shooting Championship.
Osakis’ Alayna Eldred will get a chance to capture her first state title, and the Silverstreaks team will make a second straight trip to state. Osakis won the Section 6AA meet on Tuesday after shooting a two-day score of 754. That was three shots lower than Milaca at 757, while Albany (764) and Staples-Motley (766) finished off the four-team field that made it to day two.