Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Mary Ellen Dewey
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Boys off to Great Five State playoffs

 

Mary Ellen Dewey

Front row, left to right: Kaden Robbins, Adam Neumann, Brady Robbins, Luke Dewey, Cobe Kirk, Dawson Mortenson, and Eli Youngs. Back row: Coach Chad Robbins, Joey Steen, Nolan Nelson, Tyler Von Rueden, Hunter Van Heel, Coach Al Von Rueden, and Coach Paul Dewey.

Moose Lake Willow River sixth grade boys' basketball team played in the Pacesetter State tournament on Sunday, June 17, at the Maple Grove Middle School. They qualified to play there by winning the Region 7 tournament held in Moose Lake Willow River in April. There are eight regions in the state and the other region winners were: Nett Lake, Lake City, Thief River Falls, Eden Valley-Watkins, St. Joseph's Waconia, Climax-Fisher/NCW, and Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial (LCWM). The format is two sixteen minute halves with stop time at one minute in the first half and three minutes at the end of the second half. Free throws are shot after six team fouls and they are two shot free throws.

The Rebels first contest was against LCWM. At half time the Rebels were ahead 18-7. MLWR went on to the victory, winning 33-24.

The Rebels needed to win the next game to get into the championship. Their opponent was Climax-Fisher who had defeated Detroit Lakes in over-time by one in the Moorhead regional tournament. It was a tightly called contest and Climax-Fisher got into foul trouble early. At the halfway mark, the game was tied at 22. Climax-Fisher's big guys had to take the bench for a while because of their fouls. The Rebels took advantage of that and were leading by more than 10 the last five minutes of the game. Everybody got to play and the scoring was fairly even. Luke Dewey had 11, Hunter Van Heel 10, Nolan Nelson nine, Eli Youngs seven, Kaden Robbins four and Adam Neumann two. At the buzzer, the Rebels won 43-35. This win put them in the championship game against Lake City.

Lake City had a very talented team. The Rebels had played them earlier in the year in Rochester. In Rochester, the Rebels were winning with a few seconds left in the game and Lake City shot a buzzer beater to win by one. Sunday, the lead went back and forth the entire game by one or two points. At the half, it was Rebels 23, Lake City 22. In this game, the scoring was not fairly even. Van Heel had 25 of the team total 40 points. Lake City's go-to player had 20 points. The game could have gone either way, just depended upon when the buzzer rang. Lake City won 43-40 and the state championship. MLWR Rebels are second in the state of Minnesota.

Both the teams will be participating in the Great Five State games on July 14 and 15 at the Target Center and Maple Grove Middle School. They will be playing against the state champions of Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

 

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