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By Irishdew
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebel hoopsters win first two


December 6, 2018

Photo by Watrin 6 Photography

Brady Watrin putting up two points in the Rebels' season opening game against the East Central Eagles. Rebels took the game with a final score of 91-41.

The Moose Lake Willow River boys’ basketball team is fun to watch! They are fast-paced with intense defense and the offense never stops moving. They are a young team. Adam Dragicevich and Carter Klund are the only two seniors. The juniors are Ben Dewey, Michael Olson, Eli Werner, Logan Privette and Keagan Fredrickson-Noyes. The sophomores are Brady Watrin, Mason Olson, and Carter Johnson. There are five freshmen: Phillip Sheetz, Sam Dewey, Logan Orvedahl, Duane Broughton and Landin Kurhajetz. Student manager is Senior Logan Peterson. Coaches are Wes Cummins, Paul Dewey, Will Carlson, Paul Olson and Randy Peaney.

The team opened their season against the East Central Eagles, Thursday, November 29. The Rebel boys were anxious and ready to get the season started. The Rebels attempted 61 two-point shots making 32 and shot 25 three-point shots making 14, shooting 52 percent for both categories. Rebels had success at the free-throw line shooting 14 of 20 for 70 percent. The half-time score was 58-23 MLWR and at the final buzzer it was Rebels 91-Eagles 41.

Scoring for the Rebels were Mason Olson with 20, Watrin and Dragicevich each with 14, Orvedahl 10, Michael Olson seven, Ben Dewey six, Sheetz and Johnson with five, Klund and Werner each with three, and Kurhajetz sinking four at the line. Dewey had five assists and Watrin four. Watrin had four steals and Dewey with three. Watrin led with six rebounds, Johnson and Dragicevich each had five and Dewey three. Three-point goals were sunk by eight Rebels with Mason Olson making six. The Eagles were led by Barrett Peterson with 15 and Dylan Fratzke with eight.

Before the varsity game the junior varsity defeated East Central 78-18 and the C-team won 82-15. The seventh and eighth grade teams were in Duluth at North Star Academy. The eighth-grade won 73-5 and sevens won 55-8. Coach Cummins said, “All the boys’ teams won this week. Rebel basketball is starting to see the fruits of its labor.”

The MLWR teams traveled to the Rushford the next day, Friday, November 30. The Rebels had a shoot around that evening. The Rushford-Peterson staff provided a breakfast Saturday morning and a tour of their new school. The Rebel girls won their game at noon and the boys followed at 2. Rushford-Peterson Trojans also have a young team with only one senior, Landon Skalet.

Photo by Watrin 6 Photography

Senior Adam Dragicevich reaches to the basket, flanked by two Rushford-Peterson players.

MLWR got off to a slow start. With 10 minutes left in the first half, they had scored only nine points but then the pace started to pick up and they led 33-26 at the half. The second half was fast-paced with MLWR ahead the entire time. But with 12 seconds left to play the Trojans took the lead, shooting a free-throw to go ahead 61-60. Watrin dribbled the length of the floor scoring a layup to take the lead back by one point. The Trojans inbounded the ball and threw it the length of the floor out of bounds. Nobody had touched it, so the Rebels got possession under their own basket with 1.4 seconds left on the clock. Dewey made a quick lay-up to win 64-61.

Scoring was led by Dragicevich with 18, Mason Olson 15, Orvedahl 14, Watrin eight, Michael Olson three, Dewey, Johnson and Kurhajetz each with two. Mason Olson made four three-pointers and Orvedahl three. The Rebels free throw shooting was 45 percent (nine for 20) to the Trojans 80 percent (16 for 20).

Leading scorers for the Trojans were sophomore Luke O’Hare with 16 and Skalet with 13.

The boys take on the Barnum Bombers at home (Willow River) on Friday, December 7. C team and JV games start at 5:45.


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