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By Irishdew
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Seventh grade Rebels qualify for Great Five-State tournament



(Pictured Left to right) Front row: Adam Newumann, Cobe Kirk, Dawson Mortensen, Luke Dewey, and Kaden Robbins. Back row: Coach Al Von Reuden, Coach John Neumann, Hunter Van Heel, Nolan Nelson, Levi Mikrot, Tyler Von Reuden, Joey Steen and Coach Chad Robbins.

The Moose Lake Willow River Rebels' seventh grade boys' basketball team won the Region 4 tournament held in Willow River in April and qualified to play in the Pacesetter state tournament Sunday, June 23, at the Maple Grove Middle School. The tournament was stacked with great teams, several teams they had defeated in past years. Stewartville, St. Joseph-Waconia, Paynesville, Nett Lake, Byron, Brainerd, and Annandale were the winners in the other seven regions.

The Rebels had to play Annandale in the first round. They have played Annandale several times in the past. Sometimes Annandale wins and sometimes the Rebels come out on top. The Rebels shot 14 free throws, making six. With a minute left in the game, it was 22-21 Annandale. The Rebels had to foul to get the ball back and stop the stall by Annandale. Annandale made eight of their eleven from the line. Annandale won the game 28-21. This loss dropped the Rebels down to the consolation bracket. Nolan Nelson had 10, Hunter Van Heel 4, Adam Neumann 3, Tyler Von Rueden and Kaden Robbins each with 2.

The young Rebels had to play Byron in their next contest. Byron had lost to Brainerd 50-28 in their first game. At half-time, the Rebels led 23-20. They went on to win 40-34. The win put them in the consolation championship. Nelson had 11, Neumann 10, Van Heel 9, Luke Dewey and Robbins 4 each, and Levi Mikrot with 2.

The Rebels took on St. Joseph-Waconia for the consolation title. This was a very low scoring game and the Rebels played great defense. At the half, the Rebels were leading 14-11. MLWR shot nine free throws, making five. St. Joseph-Waconia was one for two from the line. At the buzzer, MLWR Rebels were the champions, winning 28-25. The team had very even scoring, with Van Heel with 8, Dewey 7, Neumann and Nelson 5 each, and Robbins 3.

The Rebels were awarded the Wild Card spot in the Great Five-State tournament which will be held at the home of the Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves, Target Center and Maple Grove High School, July 13-14. They will compete against the winners of Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa state championships. They will also be introduced before the Lynx game.


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