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By Dan Lingle
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Polar League puts on season's All-Star Game


March 29, 2018

Dan Lingle

The annual Polar League All-Star Game was held in Two Harbors again this year with representatives from all Polar League teams in attendance. The games were divided into two teams. Barnum, Cook County, Esko, Moose Lake Willow River, South Ridge and Two Harbors represented the large schools. Carlton, Cromwell-Wright, Floodwood, McGregor, Silver Bay and Wrenshall represented the small schools.

The ladies played first game of the night. Millie Groth represented Carlton; Jocelyn Russell played for Silver Bay; Shaily and Teana Hakamaki represented Cromwell-Wright. Mikayla Koivisto, Alexis Stokke and Kennedi Johnson represented Floodwood. McGregor was be represented by Shelby Kelly and Shinaana Secody; Gracie Bergman played for Wrenshall. The large schools were represented by Macy Sunnarborg, Hannah Stark and Bridget Yellin of Esko. Dallis Kukuk played for Moose Lake/Willow River; Carina Hebl and Tori Bott represented Two Harbors. Sophia Eliasen played for Cook County and Celia Olesiak represented South Ridge. Barnum was represented by Mallory Agurkis, with Emily Miletich not in attendance.

The large schools started off strong, with the ladies of Esko dominating the paint and controlling the basket. They jumped to an early lead with some nice inside and outside shooting by all the ladies and controlled a commanding lead going into halftime. In the second half, Teana and Shaily Hakamaki came on strong to bring the small schools within eight points at one time, but the large schools would hold their lead to win the game.

Dan Lingle

Large schools were once again pitted against small schools in the second game. Representing the small schools: Marcus Pocernich, Micah Pocernich and Cameron Cahoon of Cromwell-Wright; Carson Passer of McGregor; Matthew Hey of Carlton; Jeffery Palmer of Floodwood; Jason Blood and Weston Monson of Silver Bay; and Nick Mattson and Tyler Kelley of Wrenshall. Playing for the large schools: Quinn Fisher and Ryan Panstar of Esko; Drake Weets and Tyler Nynas of Barnum; Avery Kosloski and Adam Dragicevich of Moose Lake/Willow River; Nick Carlson of South Ridge; Jayden Ruberg of Two Harbors; and Will Ramberg of Cook County.

The boys' game would be a back and forth battle, as each team would answer basket for basket with each other. The large schools started on top, but the small schools would answer right back - both teams would be evenly matched. Going into halftime, the large schools carried a small lead over the small schools.

All members out on the floor appeared to be having a great time - this would be one of the highest scoring games I have ever witnessed. Both teams would be in triple figures, with the large team ending the night at 109 points to the small schools 105 points.


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