Osceola girls win MBC volleyball title, state individual golf title on Tuesday

Osceola High School athletes have been on quite a roll this fall and they put together a momentous day on Tuesday.
Osceola sophomore Casey Danielson earned her second straight WIAA Division 2 state championship on Tuesday. Danielson finished with a six under par score for the tournament, with her 138 score winning by seven strokes.
Osceola’s girls also advanced to state as a team, taking fifth place among the six teams competing at state in Division 2.
Also on Tuesday, Osceola’s volleyball team captured the Middle Border Conference championship by sweeping three games at Somerset, 25-23, 25-19 and 25-23. Both teams brought 6-0 records into Thursday’s match.
Osceola is led by seniors Paige Garriga and Lisa Rydeen. Garriga is the most fearsome hitter in the conference. The defending state shot put champion peppered Somerset with her hard hits in Tuesday’s match.
Rydeen is one of the most complete volleyball players in this part of the state. She has a wicked serve that gave Somerset problems all night. She’s an excellent left-side hitter. She’s also a splendid defensive player. One of the turning points in Tuesday’s match where Rydeen made diving saves on two of Somerset’s biggest hits of the night. That kept the play alive for a kill by Kate Grahek in the middle of the second game.
Osceola’s boys soccer team won the Middle Border Conference championship last week. The Chieftains completed their championship with one of the best soccer games ever played in the MBC. In the conference tournament championship game, Osceola and New Richmond battled through regulation and two overtime periods and were still tied 1-1. A shootout was held, with Osceola winning the game in the sixth round of the shootout.
The Chieftain soccer team opened WIAA Division 2 playoffs on Tuesday with a 5-0 win over Spooner. The Chieftains will play at home at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday against Rice Lake in the second round of the regional tournament.

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