Maple Grove- Osseo sports shorts

A summary of some of Osseo and Maple Grove teams’ action last week


Boys’ basketball

After opening the season with five straight wins and climbing to the No. 2 spot, the Osseo boys’ basketball team lost two straight games last week.

No. 7 Champlin Park handed Osseo its first loss of the season with a 68-65 home win Dec. 13. Ian Theisen paced Osseo with 30 points but they were not enough as Osseo could not overcome a 39-30 halftime deficit. Wheeler Baker added 17 and Jordan Dembley 10 points.

The next night, the Orioles fell to defending 3AAA champion De LaSalle at the Hopkins Tip-Off Classics 63-55. The Islanders were without their top player Reed Travis but still had great talent. Their quickness and defense held Osseo to its lowest point total of the season. Theisen had another good night as he led the Orioles with 18 points but Dembley was the only other Oriole in double figure with 10 points.

Earlier last week, the Orioles beat Park Center 79-70 and Buffalo 88-67. Theisen and Baker each scored 23 against Buffalo. Baker had 23 and Dembley 17 in the win over Park Center.

Osseo next visits Armstrong Friday, Dec. 20.

Boys’ hockey

Osseo junior Ben Christofferson has emerged as the Oriole top scorer. He scored four goals last week, including a hat trick against No. 3 Elk River. (Sun staff photo by Bob San)

Osseo junior Ben Christofferson has emerged as the Oriole top scorer. He scored four goals last week, including a hat trick against No. 3 Elk River. (Sun staff photo by Bob San)

The Orioles lost twice last week but showed good signs when they scored four goals in an 8-4 loss to No. 3 Elk River last Saturday. Ben Christofferson recorded a hat trick, Brendan Hoben netted one. Rudy Alexander had three assists and AJ Lyons had two. The Orioles were competitive and were outshot 29-20.

Christofferson scored Osseo’s lone goal in its 6-1 loss to Armstrong Dec. 12.

The Orioles will seek their first win this week when they host Champlin Park Thursday, Dec. 19 and Spring Lake Park Friday, Dec. 20.

Girls’ basketball

The Orioles jumped out to a 15-point lead at halftime then fought to hold on to a 53-50 home win over Champlin Park Dec. 13. Azaria Reed led all scorers with 17 points, Ayo Porte, Kiara Russell and Madi Malone chipped in 11, 10 and 7.

Earlier in the week, the Orioles fell behind early and lost to Park Center 68-50. Osseo was led by Reed with 13 points and six rebounds, Malone and Russell chipped in nine points each and Porte added two points, six rebounds and four assists.

Osseo next hosts Armstrong Friday, Dec. 20.

Maple grove

Boys’ basketball

Maple Grove split two conference games last week. The Crimson lost to Armstrong 73-58 Dec. 10. Tywhon Pickford led the way with 15 points, Matt Lingen had 13, Brad Davison 8 and Taylor Schott 7.

Nikko Reed scored 19 points to lead MG to a 59-49 home win over Centennial Dec. 13. Davison, Lingen and Tyler Barker each added nine points.

Maple Grove next hosts Coon Rapids Thursday, Dec. 19 and Minnehaha Academy Saturday, Dec. 21.

Girls’ basketball

Four Crimson scored in double figures in MG’s 79-50 rout of Armstrong Dec. 12. Cora Bourbonais led with 15, Kaela Jones had 14, Julie Hagert 13 and MacKenzie Barta 10.

Three nights later, the Crimson fell to Centennial 68-49. Jones led with 12 points, Bourbonais had 10, Barta nine and Mary Eckberg 8.

Maple Grove next visits Coon Rapids Thursday, Dec. 19.





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