By Mary Ellen Dewey
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

8th grade boys take 3rd

 

Mary Ellen Dewey

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

Moose Lake Willow River eighth grade boys' basketball team played in the Pacesetter State Championship tournament on Sunday, June 10, at Maple Grove Middle School. The Rebels had won Region 4 in the Moose Lake Willow River tournament to qualify to play in the state. The other region winners were Brainerd, Byron, Hutchinson, Detroit Lakes, Deer River, Redwood Falls and Wabasso-Springfield-Sleepy Eye St. Mary's (WSST).

MLWR went against Redwood Falls in their first game. At the half, it was Rebels 29 and Redwood Falls 20. MLWR led the rest of the game and won 60-47. This game put them in the winners bracket. They have gotten to play in this tournament for several years now and have always lost their first game and got sent to the consolation bracket.

WSST defeated Deer River 51-48, so MLWR faced WSST in their next game. The Rebels were down by seven at the half and never really caught up. They came within three points. The final score was Rebels 55 WSST 65 despite 22 points by Phillip Sheetz. The Rebels scored 10 threes in the game. Sheetz had six, Sam Dewey three and Chance Lunde one.


Byron lost to Hutchinson 26-35 in the semi-finals, so MLWR played Byron for the third place overall. At the half it was Rebels 29 and Byron 23. The Rebels made nine threes, Sheetz had five, Logan Orvedahl three and Caden Durkin one. The Rebels won 48-42 and overall third place. The team received a plaque and each player received a medal. Third place qualifies them for a possible invitation to the Great Five-State Championships at the Target Center. The two top Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin teams will play in a two-day tournament later in the summer.

 

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