Maple Grove to host OMG basketball doubleheader Jan. 4

By Bob San

The very successful Osseo-Maple Grove basketball doubleheader is back.

Maple Grove will host this year’s twin-bill Friday, Jan. 4. The girls’ game begins at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ contest at 8 p.m. The girls’ game was originally scheduled to be played at Osseo but was switched to Maple Grove.

Ian Theisen of the defending state champion Osseo Orioles shoots in a recent game. Theisen and the Orioles will visit Maple Grove Friday, Jan. 4, as part of an Osseo-Maple Grove basketball doubleheader. (Photo by Rich Moll)Ian Theisen of the defending state champion Osseo Orioles shoots in a recent game. Theisen and the Orioles will visit Maple Grove Friday, Jan. 4, as part of an Osseo-Maple Grove basketball doubleheader. (Photo by Rich Moll)

Ian Theisen of the defending state champion Osseo Orioles shoots in a recent game. Theisen and the Orioles will visit Maple Grove Friday, Jan. 4, as part of an Osseo-Maple Grove basketball doubleheader. (Photo by Rich Moll)Ian Theisen of the defending state champion Osseo Orioles shoots in a recent game. Theisen and the Orioles will visit Maple Grove Friday, Jan. 4, as part of an Osseo-Maple Grove basketball doubleheader. (Photo by Rich Moll)

Last year, the two doubleheaders were huge success, drawing big crowds to both.

“I love the doubleheaders,” Osseo boys’ coach Tim Theisen said. “It’s a great way to bring both the boys and girls basketball communities together.

The girls’ game features some of the conference’s top players. Osseo’s Janay Morton and Phillis Webb, both University of Eastern Michigan signees, are the second and third leading scorers in the conference. Maple Grove’s Angie Davison, who is going to Northern Iowa, is one of the top scorers and assist leaders in the league.

In the boys’ game, the Crimson will try to knock out the defending state champion. The Orioles, led by Bridge Tusler and Ian Theisen, opened the season 5-0 until they lost at No. 1 Park Center Dec.18. The Crimson have some top athletes of their own in Brycen Wojta, who leads the league in assists and is third in scoring, Jake Wieneke and Erik Olson, who is the conference top re-bounder.

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