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By Mary Ellen Dewey
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Young MLWR Rebels play, win


The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels fifth-grade boys basketball team, front: Dawson Mortenson, Kaden Robbins, Eli Youngs, Cobe Kirk, Adam Neumann and Brady Robbins. Back: Coach Al VonRueden, Coach Paul Dewey, Hunter Van Heel, Luke Dewey, Tyler VonRueden, Joey Steen, Nolan Nelson and Coach Chad Robbins.

5th grade

courtesy Mary Ellen Dewey

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels seventh-grade boys basketball team, front: Landin Kurhajetz, Sam Dewey, Phillip Sheetz, Duane Broughton, and Logan Orvedahl. Back: Coach Paul Dewey, Zach Youngs, Ethan Burton, Alex Watrin, Connor Welch, Caden Durkin, and Coach Angie Orvedahl.

The Moose Lake/Willow River fifth-grade boys basketball team won the Pacesetter region championships in Region 7, Grand Rapids, and Region 4, Moose Lake, in April. This qualified them to play in the state playoffs in Maple Grove June 11 and they won, claiming the title of champions of the state of Minnesota. That win qualified them for the Great 4 State tournament, which included North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Those games were Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, in the Xcel Energy Center. As part of the tournament, they attended the Lynx game Friday night.

In their first game Saturday, they took on Lake Mills, Iowa. The Rebels got a slow start. The Xcel court is wide open and it is a big facility; it took the Rebels some time to adjust to their surroundings.

They were trailing 7-10 at halftime. The MLWR fifth-graders are not accustomed to trailing. The Lake Mills defense fouled the Rebels to the bonus in each half. The Rebels were 7 for 12 at the free throw line.

MLWR took over in the second half and the offense started working. The young players got the victory, 25-22.

After the first round of games, the teams were ranked. Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, Iowa state champions, were ranked first, the Rebels were second and Dickinson, Nor


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