by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Osseo High boys’ basketball team has lost its all-time leading scorer Ian Theisen indefinitely with torn ligaments in his ankle.
Theisen suffered a high ankle sprain in the holiday tournament and missed 4 and a half games. He returned to action in the Jan. 9 game against Coon Rapids and became the school’s all-time top scorer by scoring 18 points. He played against Elk River on Jan. 14 and scored 15 points. But in the Jan. 17 game against Anoka, Theisen played for about 30 seconds before experiencing pain and left the game.
Osseo coach Tim Theisen said upon examination, it was discovered that Theisen had torn ligaments in his ankle and will be out indefinitely.
“We don’t know when Ian will be back,” coach Theisen said. “He could be out the rest of the season or he could be back in 2 1/2 , three weeks. But it will be at least two weeks.”
Theisen’s latest injury is another blow to the Orioles, who lost senior forward Matt Miedtke to an ACL injury in December. Theisen’s return in early January gave Osseo hopes for a strong run for the conference and section titles. With Theisen sidelined again, the Orioles will have to dig deep.
Coach Theisen feels his players have what it takes to continue to play at a high level. In fact, the Orioles are riding a seven-game winning streak.
“Losing two all-conference players is a huge blow but we are still doing well,” said coach Theisen. “Senior Wheeler Baker has really stepped up and showed that he is one of the best players in the state. He is averaging 25 points and is scoring from the perimeter and taking it inside. And our role players have really stepped up.”
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