The 2018 spring sports season has officially ended for the Osceola Chieftains and the St. Croix Falls Saints. With the spring sports season now history the fall sports season unofficially begins. Although the teams are not practicing yet you can be sure that several individual athletes are already honing in on the coming season. That’s how you get better. That’s how you may become an all-conference athlete.
Osceola and St. Croix Falls had a combined 54 athletes earn all-conference accolades in the spring season. Osceola competes in the Middle Border conference and St. Croix Falls in the Lakeland conference. Three teams, Osceola boys and girls track and field and St. Croix Falls girls track and field all won their respective conferences in 2018. The Chieftain boys and girls teams each went on to claim the Regional title as well.
“It has been a fun season and I’m glad that all my hard work was able to pay off and earn me the (individual) conference title,” Osceola senior Jack Feldt said.
Both schools had an individual Sectional qualifier in golf, Jacob Hall for the Chieftains and Chance Belisle for the Saints. Belisle, a senior, finished his career at Sectionals while Hall will be back next year as a sophomore.
Both the Osceola and St. Croix Falls softball teams were doing some rebuilding in 2018. Although there were no conference titles in that sport there were some highlights for both schools. The Chieftains were able to upend longtime nemesis Baldwin-Woodville late in the regular season. Although the Saints didn’t win as much as they had hoped for, Annalise Parks was named all-conference for her fourth straight season.
“Earning this award four years in a row just shows that all the work I have put in was paying off,” Parks noted. “I could not have done it without all my inspirational coaches and hardworking teammates pushing me these last four years.”
“It was a great last achievement to have been awarded all-conference to finish out my last season and softball career,” Chieftain pitcher Holly Grengs said.
St. Croix baseball player Jameson Kahl had a similar feeling after concluding his stellar Saints athletic career.
“It means a lot because I have put a lot of time into baseball,” Kahl said. “Really I couldn’t have done it without all my teammates, coaches and parents always pushing me to become a better player and person. Receiving this award is great and I’m really happy to achieve this award.”
With the seniors moving on to their respective career endeavors it is now time for the underclassmen to step up and prepare themselves for the fall sports season. The sports fans in the area are blessed to be associated with some top notch schools with quality athletes, on and off of the field. When you see these great performances all year long you need to remember that these things just don’t happen. The athletes, coaches and family members work to make it a reality.