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By Shawn Bode
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels 7th graders win Duluth Tournament


December 19, 2019

Shawn Bode

The Rebels donning their championship hats, back: Elliott Wasche, Chase Claussen, Levi Mikrot, Reese Bode. front: Charlie Rigelman, Brady Robbins, Eli Youngs, Chet Geirsdorf-Thompson.

The MLWR 7th grade boys have started the school season 4-0 with wins over Esko, Two Harbors, Duluth Ordean, and Duluth Northstar. A tournament team from this 7th grade group traveled to Duluth East and came out victorious in the Winter City Showdown this Sunday. The Rebels started with a 44-23 win over the Duluth Denfeld Hunters. The Rebels were led by Eli Youngs with 17 and Reese Bode with 16 points. Also scoring were Elliott Wasche with 4, Levi Mikrot 3, Brady Robbins, Chase Claussen, and Charlie Rigelman each with 2.

Game 2 pitted the Rebels against the home team Duluth East, who had routed Thunder Bay 52-11 in their opener. The Rebels disposed of the Greyhounds 49-35 led by Mikrot scoring 21 and Bode 14. Also in the scoring column were Youngs with 6 and Wasche and Claussen with 4 each.

This set up a championship game of the Rebels and Proctor Rails. Proctor had defeated Esko 52-31 and Cloquet 62-54 to reach the final. The were led by a tall athletic kid in Brooks Johnson and played what had been rumored to be a tough 1-2-2 full court press. That press proved to be the Rails' downfall as the Rebels repeatedly beat it and scored off it as well as scoring in their transition game, shooting over 60% for the game. The final score was MLWR 54 Proctor 27. Eli Youngs scored 24, Levi Mikrot 21, Reese Bode 7, and Brady Robbins 2. The Rebels team defense was outstanding with Youngs frustrating the Rails' point guards, Mikrot outplaying Johnson, Bode (10) and Wasche (7) helping control the boards, and Robbins, Claussen, Rigelman, and Chet Giersdorf-Thompson all playing nice help defense.

The 7th grade Rebels are at home for 2 games this week going up against Carlton and Barnum. Then, January 4/5 they will travel to Eau Claire where the tournament team was invited to play in Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota's "Top 32 Tournament" based on their performance last season as 6th graders. This team that loves to run will need some stamina in this tilt as they will be playing 6 to 7 games over 2 days.


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