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Winter Sports roundup: Part 2

Winter Sports roundup: Part 2

The end of the winter season is annually one of the most exciting times of the year on the sports calendar, and this year has been no exception. Programs and activities across Osseo Area Schools have represented our district with skill and hard work all season long, and it has culminated with postseason success for many. Here’s a look back at the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) state meet appearances from district individuals and teams whose sports have completed the postseason. 

Girls basketball:

The MGSH girls basketball team made it to the state tournament after beating Mounds View, 80-48, in the Section 5AAAA championship game March 7 to notch the team’s first section title since 2019. They defeated Lakeville North in the quarterfinals round of the AAAA state tournament on March 13, 56-55, sealing the win with a basket just as the clock ticked down to zero. The Crimson kept up the pressure on Hopkins throughout the semifinals game March 14 but ultimately fell to the number-one seeded team, 84-78. Maple Grove faced off against Saint Michael-Albertville for third place on March 16, falling 72-54 and earning a fourth place finish.  


Boys basketball:

Competition was fierce among the district’s three teams this season. On March 9, Maple Grove Senior High bested Osseo Senior High’s team in the final second of their Section 5AAAA semifinals game, 61-60. Top-seeded Park Center awaited the Crimson on March 15 for the section championship, and the Park Center Pirates emerged victorious after a hard-fought game, 63-58. 

Park Center took on Eagan in the quarterfinals round of the MSHSL AAAA state tournament March 20, falling to the Wildcats 73-70.

Park Center had three student athletes named to the Star Tribune’s All-Metro team: Casmir Chavis to the first team and two honorable mentions: Jackson Fowlkes and Chiang Ring. Maple Grove also had an honorable mention to the team in Henry Stang. 


Earlier state tournament appearances:

Dance: 

MGSH’s jazz dance won second place in the AAA state meet on Feb. 16 at Target Center in Minneapolis. This was the second consecutive top-two finish in jazz for the defending state champions. 

Girls hockey: 

The MGSH girls hockey team advanced to the Class AA state tournament this year. The Crimson fell to Minnetonka 2-1 in the quarterfinals round of the MSHSL state tournament on Feb. 22, but they came back to defeat Northfield 7-2, then Roseau 4-1 to become the state’s 2024 Consolation Champion on Feb. 24.

Two of the team’s players, Bella Shipley and Dani Strom, were named members of the 2024 All-Metro team.  

Nordic ski:

Osseo Area Schools sent two skiers to the MSHSL state nordic ski competition Feb. 14-15 at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik. 

Kenton Prudhomme, a junior from Maple Grove Senior High (MGSH), placed 60th in the boys Pursuit race, which includes both a classic and freestyle 5 kilometer race. Quinlan Rundquist from Osseo Senior High (OSH) came in just nine seconds behind Prudhomme for 61st place. 

Boys swim and dive:

Highlights from the 2024 state competition include:

The OSH relay team of Brandon Kot, Mason Krings, Brady Landstad and Alex Kosel placed 15th in both the 200 medley and 400 free relay races
Benjamin Pei of MGSH placed 13th in the 200 freestyle
Kosel of OSH placed 16th in the 500 freestyle
Krings of OSH placed 15th in the 100 breaststroke 

Boys wrestling: 

Two MGSH and one Park Center Senior High (PCSH) wrestlers advanced to the MSHSL state wrestling tournament Feb. 29-March 2: Connor Peterson (MGSH) in the 145 weight class, Jackson Sanders (PCSH) in the 152 class and Ben Schultz (MGSH) in the 215 class. Schultz, a junior, finished in second place. 

Adapted floor hockey (cognitively impaired): 

The Maple Grove Crimson team, made up of members from MGSH, OSH and Park Center Senior High, earned a place at the 2024 floor hockey state tournament. They lost to the Dakota United Hawks team 9-6 in the quarterfinals round March 8 at Coon Rapids High School, then moved to the consolation bracket March 9, where they defeated the South Suburban Jets 13-10 and later the Mankato Knights 10-9 for a consolation winner championship.

Adapted floor hockey (physically impaired): 

The Maple Grove Crimson team lost a close game 4-3 in the quarterfinals round on March 8 at Coon Rapids High School. They then went into the consolation bracket against the South Suburban Flyers, where they won 12-3, then defeated Minneapolis South 7-1 to become the tournament’s consolation winners. 
 

the second place winning wrestler along with other teams who made state appearances this winter