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By Irishdew
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

MLWR 7th grade are consolation champions of Great Five States



Front Row: (left to right) Adam Neumann, Dawson Mortensen, Eli Youngs, Brady, Cobe Kirk, Luke Dewey and Kaden Robbins. Back Row: Coach Jon Neumann, Coach Al Von Rueden, Tyler Von Rueden, Joey Steen, Levi Mikrot, Nolan Nelson, Hunter Van Heel, and Coach Chad Robbins.

The MLWR Rebels' seventh grade boys' basketball team qualified to play in the Pacesetter Great Five State Championship tournament on July 13 and 14 at the Target Center and Maple Grove High School. The other qualifying teams were Watertown, SD; Jamestown, ND; Paynesville, MN; Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, IA; Lisbon, ND; Brainerd, MN; and Cashton, WI.

MLWR played South Dakota's state champions, Watertown, in the first round of the tournament on the Target Center court. At the half, Watertown led 19-13. In the second half, the Rebels only scored four times. Watertown scored six times and made two free throws. The Rebels couldn't catch-up and lost the game 34-22. This loss dropped them down to the consolation bracket. Watertown went on to defeat Jamestown and Brainerd to become the Five-State Champion.

In the second round of the tournament, MLWR was paired against Paynesville. The Rebels led by 4 at the halfway mark 17-13. In the second half, Nelson and Van Heel were five for seven from the line. The Rebels retained the lead and won 31-23. The scoring had Adam Neumann with 9, Hunter Van Heel 8, Nolan Nelson 6, Luke Dewey 5, and Eli Youngs with 3.

That win put the Rebels in the Consolation Championship. They faced Cashton, WI. Cashton had lost to Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, IA in the first round and defeated Lisbon, ND in the second round. Cashton played intense defense and were always slapping at the ball, trying to knock it out. At half time, Rebels were ahead by a basket 15-13.

In the second half, Cashton was intense, with hands on defense and three-on-one under the basket. With seconds left on the clock, Cashton had the ball and led by three, 32-29. Dewey got the ball and drove down, draining a three to tie the game in regulation. Cashton could not score in overtime and Van Heel and Neumann made four free throws to win the consolation championship. Van Heel had 9 points, Neumann and Youngs 8, Nelson 6, and Dewey 5.

Sunday night the team had tickets to the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercuries contest. MLWR Rebel Dawson Mortensen was selected to be out on the court to shake hands with one of the Lynx players when they were introduced. He received a Lynx t-shirt and a basketball.


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