The winter sports season came to an abrupt end to high schools throughout the nation due to the coronavirus. In Wisconsin the girls’ State tournament was in progress and the boys’ Sectional action was scheduled when it was decided that risks were too great to continue the seasons. The Osceola Chieftains and St. Croix Falls Saints teams had completed their tournaments when the seasons were closed down.
Osceola and St. Croix Falls had some impressive performances, both as teams and individuals. A total of 17 athletes, 12 from St. Croix Falls and five from Osceola have earned all-conference accolades in their respective sports.
Girls basketball was highlighted by the St. Croix Falls Saints team that won the West Lakeland conference title, going undefeated in conference play for the fourth straight season. The Saints finished with an overall record of 24-2. St. Croix Falls had four team members selected to the all-conference squad including Olivia Miron (first team and co-player of the year), Emily McCurdy first team), Lucia Neuman (second team) and Azalea Edwards (honorable mention).
“My teammates and coaches pushed me in practice, games, and school to be a better person and athlete,” Edwards, a senior, noted. “They have supported me through everything. I am very grateful for all of them.”
The Osceola Chieftain girls’ basketball team struggled through the mid-part of their season but came on strong at the end and notched some nice wins. Osceola had two named to the Middle Border all-conference squad, sisters Emily (honorable mention) and Hattie Fox (second team).
“Being all-conference in the MBC is an honor because there are some great players in this league,” senior Emily Fox said. “I know my teammates and coaches pushed me to be a better player each and every practice and all the extra time I spent in the gym was worth it. I’m glad I got to be a part of such an amazing program.”
The St. Croix Falls wrestlers had another impressive season going undefeated in their new conference, the Heart O’North. The Saints also won their Regional tournament. SCF had five wrestlers place first in their conference meet including Mason Will, Tanner Gaffey, Zack Clark, Kyle Zehm and Luke Thaemert.
“Earning all-conference recognition is never easy and in order to earn it, many hours are required outside of the wrestling room,” Thaemert, a senior, mentioned. “All in all, it’s quite satisfying to see all of the hard work pay off and I am more than humbled through my experience in doing so.”
The Osceola wrestlers placed fourth in the very tough MBC conference tournament and had two wrestlers, Nick Carlson and Thomas Oswald, claim the top spot in their respective weight division. It was the second straight MBC title for both wrestlers.
The St. Croix Falls boys basketball team had a very nice season placing third in the West Lakeland conference with an 8-4 record (17-6 overall). The Saints were led by all-conference performers Kullan Parks (first team) and Declan Greenquist (first team). Both Parks and Greenquist are seniors.
Wins were hard to come by for the Osceola boys basketball team this year, but they did manage to win three more games than they did last season. Senior Logan Maxon (honorable mention) led the Chieftains and was selected to the MBC all-conference squad.
“Even though our wins this year were hard to come by, I still did everything I could to possibly put our team on the winning side,” Maxon said. “Throughout practice I always tried to push myself to become a better player and teammate. I wanted to try and improve not only myself, but the others around me to help us become more successful. Every time I stepped onto the basketball court I had the mentality to do anything and everything to get my team on the winning side. A motto that I like to live by is that you are going to get out what you put in, and that is not only true in the sport of basketball but true in the real world as well.”
St. Croix Falls also had a major impact in the success of the Somerset-Osceola-St. Croix Falls co-op hockey team. The team was anchored by goaltender Kaleb Bents (first team all-conference) from St. Croix Falls. The team won sectionals before falling at the state meet to Northland Pines.
Area sports fans are blessed with not only successful teams but also exceptional athletes both on and away from their respective sports venues. Most of the athletes who were recognized as all-conference this winter compete in spring sports as well. We hope the temporary hold to spring sports is lifted soon.