By Irishdew
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebel boys pick up wins over Aitkin, Wrenshall


January 17, 2019

The Moose Lake-Willow River boys’ basketball teams all won their games on Tuesday, January 8 in the Willow River gyms. The Rebels’ varsity got off to a quick start ahead of the Aitkin Gobblers leading 44-19 at the half. MLWR’s defense was suffocating. Aitkin’s shots were contested. The Rebels made 10 of their 12 free throws. Everyone got minutes on the floor. MLWR made six shots from beyond the arc. Aitkin didn’t make a three and only managed 11 points in the second half of the game. Score at the buzzer was MLWR 74 Aitkin 30.

The Rebels are a young team that have been playing together since third grade. The team chemistry has grown over the years. They are proving that age has nothing to do with winning.

Mason Olson led all scorers with 18 points including four threes. Michael Olson had a season high of 13. Adam Dragicevich and Brady Watrin each had 10, Ben Dewey 7, Duane Broughton, Landin Kurhajetz and Logan Orvedahl each had 4, Carter Johnson and Carter Klund each had 2. Watrin pulled down 12 rebounds, Michael Olson 4, Dewey and Dragicevich 3, Mason Olson and Broughton 2, Johnson and Klund 1. Mason Olson, Michael Olson, Johnson, Kurhajetz each had 2 steals. Dragicevich, Watrin, Orvedahl, Ben Dewey, Sam Dewey, Broughton and Klund each had a steal.

The Rebels’ JV also played that same night and had a big win over Aitkin 79-42. The C-team won over Aitkin by about the same margin. The seventh and eighth grade played Two Harbors before the C-team game. Seventh grade won 65-43 and the eighth grade won.

On Friday night, January 11, the Rebels were host to the Wrenshall The Wrens coached by Jon Bartczak. MLWR had a slow start and got themselves in foul trouble that allowed Wrenshall to shoot 23 free throws. At the halfway mark it was Rebels 34, Wrenshall 32. When the Rebels came out of the locker room for the second half they picked up their game and scored 44 points to Wrenshall’s 26 to take the victory by 20, winning 78-58.

This win brings the Rebels’ record to 10-3. Wrenshall and Aitkin have only had one win a piece this season.

Ben Dewey was the scoring leader with 18 including 3 threes. Mason Olson had 14, 12 of which came from the three-point mark. Dragicevich and Watrin had 12 each, Johnson 11, Michael Olson 5, Kurhajetz 2. Keagan Fredrickson-Noyes, in his debut game back since a football injury, scored 2. For Wrenshall, Senior Eli Krisak led with 19. Rebels made 15 of their 19 free throws.

The MLWR’s JV defeated Wrenshall 77-33. Wrenshall does not have a C-team.

Saturday morning seven ninth-graders traveled to Mora’s new wellnesss center to play in a ninth-grade tournament sponsored by the Mora Boosters Club. Their 9:00 am game was with Mora. The Rebels kept switching up their defense and the Mustangs couldn’t get any offense going, scoring only two baskets in the first half. The final was Rebels 77, Mora 14. Scoring leaders were Kurhajetz and Broughton with 22 each. Sam Dewey had 12 and Chance Lunde 10. In the second game they took on Aitkin, Rebels 62 Aitkin 22. The opponent for the last game of the day was Pine City. Rebels won 87-18.

The Rebels are visitors to McGregor (5-6) on Friday. MLWR will host Crosby-Ironton on Tuesday. Crosby-Ironton is ranked sixth in the Minnesota Class AA polls with a record of 10-1.


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