Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Mary Ellen Dewey
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Rebels claim runner-up title

 

Front: Brady Robbins, Dawson Mortenson, Eli Youngs, Kaden Robbins and Adam Nuemann. Middle: Luke Dewey, Joey Steen, Hunter Van Heel, Tyler Von Rueden and Nolan Nelson. Back: Coaches Pat Dewey, Al Von Rueden and Chad Robbins.

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels fourth grade boys basketball team qualified to play in the Pacesetter Great Four-State Championship tournament held Saturday, July 9, at the Target Center in Minneapolis and the Maple Grove Middle School. There were 80 teams from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa that played to qualify for this tournament.

The Rebels played Central Cass from North Dakota in their first contest at the Maple Grove gym. MLWR started out strong and led at halftime 15-9. Their scoring slowed down in the second half, but they came out as winners 20-16. This win qualified them to play at the Target Center on the floor the Lynx and the Timberwolves play on.

At the Target Center the Rebels faced Brainerd. The Rebels had defeated Brainerd by six in an earlier contest in June. At halftime, MLWR was ahead 12-8. The Rebels' defense and a great effort to stall at the end forced the Brainerd team to try to foul and get the ball back. The Rebels team took care of the ball and won 26-20. This win put them in the championship game at Maple Grove against Pella, Iowa.

The championship game started out strong and the teams played even the first half. The score was Iowa 11 and MLWR 9 at halftime.

Iowa had a very strong defensive team and a big player that kept the team out of the paint and held down the Rebels' scoring. The team was tired and worn down. Pella, Iowa, went on to win the game 31-11 and were the champions.

The MLWR Rebels finished runners-up. MLWR was second out of 80 teams. No. 2 out of all the fourth-grade teams in four states is a great accomplishment.

Team members are Brady Robbins, Dawson Mortenson, Eli Youngs, Kaden Robbins, Adam Nuemann, Luke Dewey, Joey Steen, Hunter Van Heel, Tyler Von Rueden and Nolan Nelson. The coaches are Pat Dewey, Al Von Rueden and Chad Robbins.

 

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