by Bob San
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Osseo will invade Maple Grove Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the popular basketball doubleheader between the two rival schools. The girls’ game will be played at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at about 8.
The girls’ game features two relatively young teams trying to replace the graduation of a strong senior classes. Both teams won the first two games.
The Orioles are the three-time defending conference champions and two-time defending section winners. They are led by senior returning point guard Madi Malone and senior forward Ayo Porte. Sophomore transfer guard Kiara Russell, who played on the Bloomington Kennedy team that lost to Hopkins in last year’s state final, gives Osseo a big boost.
The Crimson are also rebuilding and are led by senior guards Kaela Jones and Cora Borbonais and talented junior forward Julie Hagert.
The boys’ game features a powerful Osseo squad ranked No. 2 in the state against an inexperienced Maple Grove team. Osseo, the defending conference champ, has returning starters in senior center Ian Theisen, senior scoring guard Wheeler Baker and senior forward Matt Miedtke. The Orioles have demolished their first three opponents.
The Crimson, 2-2, do have great size in senior post Jake Sterling and sophomore post Reed Nikko and senior forward Matt Lingen. Freshman guard Brad Davison already has shown his ability to score and quarterback the offense in the early season.
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