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 Jackson Thompson prepares to compete at state in the pole vault. Thompson tied for seventh place. The boys 4x100 meter relay set a new school record and also placed seventh at state. Joseph Mikrot broke a decade long school record during the state 800 meter race.

Members of the Moose Lake Willow River’s track and field team were in the Minnesota State High School League’s Track and Field state tournament last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 9, 10, and 11, in St. Michael-Albertville.   

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For the first time in Rebel history, the Moose Lake Willow River softball team traveled to North Mankato to play at Caswell Field in the state softball tournament, finishing with a 26-5 record and a state runner-up trophy. 

The coaches of the baseball program at Moose Lake Willow River are proud of the work and effort the boys put in this baseball season. 

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The Moose Lake Willow River Rebels’ softball team had to play eight games to win the Section 7A playoffs and the ticket to play in the Minnesota State High School League’s state softball playoffs at Caswell Fields in Mankato. on June 9, and 10.  

Barnum student Mark Hall heads to state in the discus event Friday, June 10. The sophomore has competed in the discus off and on since seventh grade. 

Moose Lake Willow River Rebels’ baseball team started playoffs on Tuesday, May 31, in the first game at Wade Stadium in Duluth against the Proctor Rails.  

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The Bombers won against Floodwood last Tuesday at their home field. It was their first game for the section playoffs.  The Bombers had 14 hits and 11 walks in a 26 - 4 victory against a youthful Floodwood pitching staff with lead-off hitter Katelyn Buell leading the way with three hits and o…

Moose Lake Willow River’s baseball team was on the road last week, playing in Aitkin and Cloquet. 

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Moose Lake Willow River’s 7A softball playoffs started on Tuesday, May 24, in Willow River, where they took on Cook County and defeated them 10-0 in six innings. 

On Monday in a home game against the South Ridge Panthers, KayeLea Poirier had a career day at the plate in going five for five to help lead the Bombers softball team back from a six-run deficit. Poirier had three RBIs and scored three times also. The Bombers found themselves down by six in …

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Moose Lake Willow River Rebels’ baseball team was scheduled to play six games this past week and got five in between downpours, winning three. 

Moose Lake Willow River softball team is ranked first out of the 116 Minnesota Class A softball teams. They finished the regular season with a record of 17-3, winning five games this week.

On Friday night, May 6 the five highest averaged Men’s bowlers from Route 61 Lounge and Bowl in Moose Lake, MN bowled against the five best bowlers from McGregor Lanes in McGregor, Minn. In a tradition that the owner, Joe Jirovec, helped start with the Moose Lake area bowlers in 2015, it usu…

Due to the storms and abundance of rain, the Moose Lake Willow River Rebels’ baseball team only got one game in the past week, and it was a big one. They played the McGregor Mercuries in an early 12:30 p.m. home game, winning 16-6 in six innings.  

Solid pitching and timely hitting secured four victories for the Barnum team this week.  

Saturday, May 9, the Moose Lake Willow River Rebels’ softball team were in Proctor 7AA at the Terry Egerdahl Field with artificial turf. The Rebels haven’t played on turf in a couple years. The Proctor Rails won the game 3-1. Proctor’s QRF ranking is first in Minnesota in AA schools with a r…

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The Moose Lake/Willow River athletes performed well during their home meet. Left to right: Jakob Mossberg, Joseph Mikrot took first place for the boys 800m and second for the boys 1600m, Amelia Olson took third in both the girls 800 and 1600m.  Jackson Thompson took first with the boys pole …

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Over 120 people laced up their running shoes and competed at the 20th Moose Run. The kids’ race was smaller than normal, said Byron Kuster, a race organizer. The race was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 and was a virtual event in 2021. 

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The Moose Lake Willow River baseball team played four games in Moose Lake this week. The Rebels defeated Cromwell-Wright 15-1 and Carlton 12-5, but fell to Pequot Lakes 9-0 and Mesabi East Giants 21-5.  

The softball ladies for Moose Lake Willow River played four games this past week, winning three of them. They defeated Eveleth-Gilbert 8-0, Carlton 2-0, Virginia 15-0, and lost to Cloquet in 10 innings 4-5.  

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Moose Lake Willow River softball team played three games all on their home field in Willow River, winning all three. On Wednesday, April 27, the Rebels won 20-0 in four innings in an early-start game at 1:30 p.m. with Cook County. At 4 p.m. the Rebels took on Silver Bay, winning 13-0, in six…

Moose Lake Willow River boys’ basketball program held their annual awards night in the school auditorium. 

The Moose Lake Willow River Rebels’ baseball team had a good week, winning two out of three games. On Tuesday, April 26, South Ridge High School came to the City of Moose Lake Field to take on the Rebels and Silver Bay came on Wednesday, April 27. The Rebels had a road trip to Eveleth-Gilber…

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Barnum track and field athletes endured chilly temps during the April 26 meet at Esko. The meet was hosted by Two Harbors but moved to Esko due to poor track and field conditions. Tuesday’s meet marked only the second meet of the year due to weather related cancellations. 

The Bombers softball team beat the Bulldogs 3-1 on Thursday, April 28 in a classic pitching duel.  Barnum’s pitcher, Mendota Castonguay, pitched six innings and gave up one run on four hits, 11 strikeouts and zero walks.  Abby Mitchell pitched for Carlton and gave up three runs on four hits,…

The Bombers lost to Esko 12-2  on Thursday, April 21 with a sparse three hits.  The girls played on Esko’s heavy wet field and couldn’t manage a way to keep any momentum going with two runs on five base runners.  Dana Buell was in right field and provided the only bright spot on an otherwise…

Describe the make-up of this year’s varsity team, such as key players, up and comers, age and skill levels, etc.

The Moose Lake/Willow River baseball team brings back a lot of experience, said varsity Head Coach Spencer Clough. 

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Describe the make-up of this year’s varsity team, such as key players, up and comers, age and skill levels, etc.

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My assistant coaches are Courtney Oetterer, Randy Siltanen and Christy Jones, said Dustin Collelo, head coach. He shared his thoughts with the Star Gazette as the team begins the new season.

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This year’s Barnum Track and Field team is coached by Rich Newman and assisted by Coach Bonneville, Coach Youngberg, Coach Wyman and Coach Riihilouma.  Newman provided these insights on the upcoming season:

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Several area schools including Moose Lake had the opportunity to participate in the first track and field meet inside the gym at the University of Wisconsin, Superior on Saturday, March 26. Teams ranging from Silver Bay to Cromwell-Wright milled around as they participated in races, practice…

The Moose Lake Willow River’s head coach, Wes Cummins, announced that he was resigning from his coaching duties, the day after the Pequot Lakes Section 7AA playoff game. 

The Moose Lake Willow River Rebels boys’ basketball season came to an end Tuesday, March 15, in the Romano Gym at University of Minnesota Duluth in front of a crowd of about 800.  Pequot Lakes won 66-59. Pequot Lakes went on to eliminate the number one seeded team, Esko, and is heading to st…

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It’s playoff time! Moose Lake Willow River boys’ basketball team (19-8) won the first two section playoff games this past week. On Thursday, March 10, they were host to the Mesabi-East Giants winning 109-58. On Saturday, March 12, they traveled to Hermantown to face the Virginia Blue Devils …

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“Whenever things feel tough or I feel tired, I tell myself ‘the cream always rises to the top’ for motivation,” said Rayna Klejeski. The Barnum junior reached a huge milestone as a basketball player when she scored her 1,000 point at a playoff game last week.

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The Rebels’ seniors were honored before the varsity contest by Coach Wes Cummins on Friday, March 4. The Moose Lake Willow River boys’ basketball team has nine seniors on their squad this year: Phillip Sheetz, Logan Orvedahl, Duane Broughton, Sam Dewey, Conner Welch, Chance Lunde, Mizh Mille…

The Moose Lake Willow River’s boys’ basketball team had a road game in Proctor and were at home against Pillager. The Rebels defeated the Proctor Rails 87-52 and the Pillager Huskies 76-55. 

The Moose Lake/Willow River Lady Rebels season comes to an end as they dropped their 1st playoff game to the Crosby/Ironton Rangers on Thursday, March 5th in Crosby.

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The crowds ebbed and flowed as they admired and laughed at the row of 25 creative cardboard and duct tape sleds at the Denham Run Bar and Grille. Some were an obvious nod to Red Green, including popular quotes from the television show. Others were minimal effort with a few pieces of cardboar…

Moose Lake Willow River boys’ basketball team was host to the Cloquet Lumberjacks on Wednesday, Feb. 23, this past week because of weather postponement. Pequot Lakes came to Moose Lake on Friday, Feb. 25. The games were both competitive and showcased team intensity, speed, ball control, and …