The year 2013 was a busy year for Maple Grove and Osseo senior high school sports. Several teams made it to sections and to state tournaments for their respective sports.
Maple Grove jazz dance team caps undefeated season with state crown — The Maple Grove dance team won the 2013 AAA Minnesota dance team jazz champion at the state meet, culminating an undefeated season. They were led by captains Anna Jergenson, Paige O’Leary, Elena Smale and Madeline Schutte.
Osseo basketball girls take fourth at state tournament — The Orioles were not expected to get back to the state tournament because they lost some top seniors, but led by new head coach John Rieser and Div. I-bound seniors Phillis Webb and Janay Morton, they won their third straight conference title, their second straight section crown and finished fourth at the state tournament.
Crimson Brad Osatiuk takes second at state wrestling — Brad Osatiuk capped a brilliant sophomore season by winning second place at 106 at the state tournament. He is off to another fine start and is undefeated and ranked No. 1 at 113.
Osseo wrestler Carson Brolsma brought home all-state honors — Osseo sophomore Carson Brolsma continued his quest to be among Osseo’s top wrestlers when he took fifth place at 132 pounds at the state meet. He is back looking for more in 2013-14 as he is undefeated and ranked third at 145.
Crimson Brenner Hohenstein splashes to second in state swimming — Sophomore Brenner Hohenstein had an amazing state meet performance to grab second place in the 100 breaststroke final.
Eighth grader first girl to wrestle varsity at Maple Grove — Sarah Tison became the first girl to wrestle in the Maple Grove High School program at any level. The eighth-grader started on junior varsity and in December was called on to wrestle in her first varsity meet against Osseo.
Maple Grove boys’ hockey team rocked by scandal — Last season, the Crimson hockey program was rocked by an off-campus incident in December 2012 that resulted in the suspension of 13 players. The scandal ruined the hockey season, caused embarrassment to the school and community and eventually led to the firing of longtime coach Gary Stefano when the season ended. Former Crimson great Tom Starkey takes over as the head coach.
Osseo graduate plays professional basketball in Australia — Jennie Sunnarborg-Rintala, a 2008 graduate of Osseo High, lived a dream this past year when she played professional basketball in Australia. She played for the Kalamunda Eastern Suns, a professional team in the Women’s State Basketball League located in Perth, on the west coast of Australia.
Osseo’s Phillis Webb wins state 200-meter dash — Phillis Webb concluded her brilliant career at Osseo by winning the 200-meter dash title at the state meet. Webb, who also placed fourth in the 100 and competed in the 400 at state, became the most decorated Osseo track and field athlete of all time.
Crimson tennis boys enjoy best season ever — The Maple Grove boys’ tennis team enjoyed a historic season when it won its first section title to earn its first ever state tournament appearance. There, the Crimson won two of three matches to finish third. Led by top singles Zach Adkins, the Crimson gave departing coach JC Lippold a nice going away present with the school’s first state trophy.
Maple Grove softball team wins fourth at state — The Maple Grove softball team continued the program’s winning tradition by winning the conference and section titles and placing fourth at the state tournament. Pitcher Sydney Smith, catcher Jordan Mauch and outfielder Abby Brunnel led the way.
Orioles 4×200 relay earns silver medals — The Osseo boys’ 4×200 relay of Prince Kruah, Gabe Galamue, Leon Wiagbe and Fawa Oba took home the runner-up medals at the state track meet.
New lights, scoreboard at Osseo High Memorial Field — A new era of Osseo High School baseball and softball officially began May 17 when a dedication of the new lights and a scoreboard at Memorial Field took place, followed by a baseball game. An estimated crowd of 200 Osseo alumni and current students, community people and government officials attended the event.
Maple Grove VFW wins 2013 State Championship — Maple Grove VFW defeated Marshall, Hutchinson, Cretin-Derham Hall to win the state championship. It was a great summer for the local boys as they also had first place finishes in the Monticello Tournament, St. Cloud Tournament and the VFW District 7 Tournament.
Osseo Legion baseball team advances to state tournament — The Osseo American Legion baseball team, sponsored by Osseo Legion Post 172, advanced to the American Legion State Tournament with a 4-0 showing at the Sub-State Region 11 Tournament.
Maple Grove football makes state tournament — The Crimson won the conference with an undefeated 9-0 record and captured the section championship. Sparked by a powerful defense anchored by all-staters Jake Engelken and Emmanual Ehrich, the Crimson earned the school’s first state trip since 2004 and played in the state quarterfinal at TCF Stadium.
Osseo football ends long drought — The Orioles earned the school’s first section title and state tournament berth since 1993 and fulfilled their dream of playing at the Metrodome. Led by quarterback Matt Miedtke, the Orioles also won the conference championship after beating top teams Totino Grace and Andover.
Osseo volleyballers enjoys best season — The Orioles had their best season ever by winning the conference and section crowns and placing third in the state tournament. With seniors Megan Pekarek, Jackie Jones, Jazlynn Tanielu and Touria Techam setting the tone, the Orioles had great team chemistry and went on to a 30-2 record.
Iron 9 leads CI adapted soccer — Despite having only nine players on the roster, the Osseo Area School District CI soccer team capped a brilliant season by placing second at the state tournament. Seniors Kevin Hofer and Tasha Feigh both set school records.
Maple Grove’s Buck third at state swimming — Maple Grove junior Erin Buck had a big state meet. She placed third in the state in the 100 backstroke and tied the school 200 freestyle record set in 2002 by Kristin Carlson.
Former Osseo AD Rich Gladen passes — Osseo lost longtime athletic director Rich Gladen, who died at the age of 75. Gladen served as the Osseo High athletic director and then the district-wide athletic director for 40 years. Gladen loved high school football and was able to attend two Osseo games this fall.