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By Mary Ellen Dewey
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Pacesetter teams off to state


April 12, 2018

Photo courtesy Mary Ellen Dewey

Front row, left to right: Caden Durkin, Phillip Sheetz, Sam Dewey, and Duane Broughton. Back row, l to r: Coach Randy Peaney, Connor Welch, Logan Ovredahl, Paul Dewey, Zach Youngs, Landin Kurhajetz, Chance Lunde, and Coach Angie Ovredahl.

Fifth grade

Shawn Bode

The Rebel fifth grade boys won the Region 4 tourney this last weekend in Willow River, now qualifying for the Pacesetter state tournament in June. The Rebels got a #2 seed by beating Cloquet, Nett Lake and Byron, but losing to Stewartville in four short pool play games. Highlights in pool play included Chase Claussen hitting two keys buckets to close the win over Cloquet, Reese Bode hitting a last second free throw to beat Nett Lake by one, Brady Robbins knocking in a three against a tough Stewartville team, and Elliott Wasche and Dawson Kracke's tough defense and rebounding leading a team effort to shut down Byron. All 10 Rebel players played a big part in these games.

In the final four, bracketed play, the Rebels were matched up against the #3 seed Cloquet Lumberjacks, who they had split with earlier in the season. The Rebels jumped out to a quick 17-2 lead, but the pesky Jacks fought back behind a hot shooting Battalgia at the same time Rebel shooters were firing blanks. Suddenly it was a 22-20 game and Rebels fans were getting nervous. Suddenly the team D tightened up led by Eli Youngs; Levi Mikrot hit a few keys shots; Bode knocked down a few free throws, and the hometown team ended up victorious, 30-22.

The championship game was probably the young Rebels scrappiest defensive effort they have shown all year. Although his shots weren't falling, it didn't deter Eli Youngs, whose waterbug ball handling and all out creation of mayhem on the defensive end, including double digit steals and rebounds, sparked a victory over the #1 seed Stewartville Tigers, a team that was the state champion last year as fourth graders. Just as key to this win was Levi Mikrot's tough defensive play against an athletic Tiger center who stood four inches taller than the Rebel's tallest player. Mikrot was the top Rebel scorer for each brackets play game. Though it was a close contest, the Rebels led throughout, and came out celebrating a 21-15 victory. Tournament individual scoring: Eli Youngs 11-33 FG's/ 2 threes/ 0-9 FT's/ 24 points. Levi Mikrot 8-22 FG's/ 7-11 FT's/ 23 pts. Reese Bode 4-14 FG's/1 three/ 4-8 FT's/ 13 pts. Elliott Wasche 2-9 FG's/ 4-8 FT's/ 8 pts. Dawson Kracke 2-10 FG's/ 1-2 FT's/ 5 pts. Brady Robbins 2-5 FG's/ 1 three/ 5 pts. Chase Claussen 2-4 FG's/ 4 pts.

Eighth grade

Mary Ellen Dewey

The MLWR eighth grade boys' basketball played in the Region 4 Pacesetter tournament in Moose Lake on Sunday, April 8. The other teams were Rush City, Deer River, Nett Lake and Ely.

The Rebels won all their eight-minute pool play games. They defeated Rush City 15-6, Deer River 12-8, Ely 26-4 and Nett Lake 14-4.

The Rebels were seeded number one and played Ely in the first game winning 66-6. Rush City beat Deer River 29-25, so MLWR played Rush City for the Region 4 Championship. Moose Lake Willow River gentlemen were victorious over the Rush City Tigers 42-18. Welch had one point, Lunde four, Kurhajetz two, Broughton six, Sheetz seven, Dewey seven,and Orvedahl 15.

They will play in the Pacesetter State Championship tournament on Sunday, June 10 in Maple Grove.

Sixth grade

Photo courtesy Mary Ellen Dewey

Front row, left to right: Kobe Kirk, Adam Nuemann, Eli Youngs, Dawson Mortensen, and Kaden Robbins. Back row, l to r: Coach Al VonRueden, Hunter VanHeel, Tyler VonRueden, Joey Steen, Coach Chad Robbins, Nolan Nelson, Luke Dewey, and Paul Dewey.

Mary Ellen Dewey

The sixth grade Moose Lake Willow River boys' basketball team played in the Pacesetter Region 4 playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8 in Moose Lake.

They played in two 16-minute pool play games first to determine the seating. In their first game they defeated Wrenshall 28-4. In the second game the Rebels beat Nett Lake 21-8. These two seated them as the number one team. They played Wrenshall first winning 47-14. Everybody enjoyed a lot of playing time. The Rebels shot 11 free throws. VanHeel had 10 points, Mortenson two, Dewey six, Robbins two, Youngs 10, Nuemann 11, and Nelson 6.

Their last game was against Nett Lake. Rebels won 43-26 for the Region 4 Championship. Steen had two points, Nelson two, Robbins five, VanHeel 16, Dewey six and Nuemann 12. This victory qualified them to play in the Pacesetter State Championship Tournament on Sunday, June 17 in Maple Grove.


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