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West metro notebook: Osseo guard scores big for dad's team

01/07/2017, 4:38pm CST
By Star Tribune

Zach Theisen is the son of Orioles coach Tim Theisen, who won his 300th career game last season.

The next big name to play for the Osseo boys’ basketball team doesn’t have far to go when it comes to getting advice: Junior Zach Theisen is the son of Orioles coach Tim Theisen, who won his 300th career game last season.

Zach, a 6-1 guard, showed off his shooting touch in leading Osseo to the championship of the Moorhead Holiday tournament.

He made eight of 15 three-point attempts and averaged 33 points per game in victories over Stillwater (99-38) and Moorhead (106-49).

The younger Theisen has topped 30 points three times this season and was averaging 24.8 points per game through Tuesday, helping Osseo jump out to a 7-1 start.

Minnesotans dominate

Minnesotans make up the largest contingent from one state on Team USA’s Womens Under-18 national hockey team playing in the world championships in Zlin, Czech Republic, which opened Saturday and runs eight days.

Of the 22 players on the team, 10 are on current high school rosters: Taylor Heise, Red Wing; Natalie Helsing, Wayzata; Emily Oden, Edina; Madeline Wethington, Blake; Catie Skaja, New Prague; Gabbie Hughes and Anneke Linser, Centennial; Elizabeth Norton, Orono; Taylor Wente, Maple Grove and Grace Zumwinkle, Breck.

Wente and Zumwinkle were named alternate captains.

Rumble champs

Two west metro wrestlers won their weights at the prestigious Rumble on the Red Invitational on Dec. 30 in Fargo.

Waconia’s Garrett Vos defeated Willmar’s Israel Navarro 6-0 in the 120-pound final and Wayzata’s Dan Herda was the 6-3 winner over Bradley Nelson of Aberdeen (S.D.) Central in the 170 final.

Jim Paulsen

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