By Shawn Bode
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels 6th grade boys sweep at Cloquet


Shawn Bode

Front row Charlie Rigleman, Brady Robbins, Chet Giersdorf-Thompson. Back row Elliott Wasche, Dawson Kracke, Eli Youngs, Reese Bode, Levi Mikrot.

The MLWR 6th grade Rebel boys finished their Great Northwest League season 18-0 after winning a tourney in Cloquet to finish out a snowy February. This pushed their record overall to 29-0. The previous weekend the Rebels boys swept 3 top-rated Wisconsin teams in New Richmond, beating New Richmond 63-41, Hudson (who came into this game also undefeated) 44-38, and Menomonie 48-34.

In Cloquet the Rebels beat Northwestern (WI) in the opener 62-35. Top Rebel scorers were Eli Youngs with 16, Dawson Kracke 11, Levi Mikrot 11, Reese Bode 10, Elliott Wasche 6, and Brady Robbins 6. Mikrot also corralled 10 rebounds and Youngs swept in for 10 steals. In the middle encounter MLWR faced off against host Cloquet and the Rebel D didn't start with their usual intensity, as the Rebels only led 30-20 at the half. The defense picked up in the second half leading to both lay ups and open 3's in transition and the Rebels pulled away with a 58-29 victory. Levi Mikrot scored 26 with 8 boards, Reese Bode scored 18 with 4 steals, Eli Youngs scored 6, had 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals, and Charlie Rigleman pumped in 6 points in the winning cause.

After Rice Lake (WI) toppled Esko 44-32, it was a water cities battle of Moose Lake/ Willow River vs. Rice Lake for the championship. Rice Lake came out strong in the opening 14 minutes taking a 30-26 lead at the half. Then Dawson Kracke, who kept the team alive with three 3's in the first half, played lock down second half defense on the top player the Rebels have faced this season, leading the Rebels to pull away for a 52-36 championship victory. Kracke's game MVP performance ended with 11 points and 6 steals. Mikrot had 12 points and 12 rebounds; Youngs 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists; Wasche 8 points and also outstanding defense; and Bode 7 points, 5 rebounds. Besides tenacious defense and hard blue collar rebounding, the Rebels showed gym rat skill having 6 individuals hit 3's and overall in the tourney shot 16-41 for 39% from behind the arc.

Esko beat Northwestern 36-35 in the third place game. Cloquet beat Proctor 49-42 in the 5th place game. Now that the Rebels have finished league play they head to Hibbing for a tournament next weekend, and then will host a tourney in Willow River March 17.


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