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The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action


February 28, 2020

Thursday, Feb. 20

Boys Basketball



Randy Wimmer poured in 26 points and Hunter Holmes added 20 for the Wrens, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Tigers nine-point halftime lead. Also scoring for Wrenshall were Austin Larva (11), Kaden Oleson (5), Isaiah Johnson (4), plus Zeke Rousseau and Mason Perry (3).

South Ridge-66

Hill City-43

The Panthers rolled out to a 30-18 halftime lead and put the hammer down in the second half to come away with a 23-point win. Ben Wood led a balanced Panther scoring attack with 16 points. Also scoring for South Ridge were Austin Josephson (9), Kaden Palmi (8), Tristan Johnson and Aaron Bennett (7), Noah Sertich, Mason Lane and Zach Morse (5), Nick Larson (4) and Slayton Stroschein (2).

Girls Basketball



The Cardinals raced out to a 30-point halftime lead and handled the Huskies with ease as Taya Hakamaki poured in 30 points and Shaily Hakamaki tossed in 19 points. Also scoring for Cromwell-Wright were Sascha Korpela (7), Brandi Collman (5), Amber Collman and Andrea Pocernich (4), plus Jordan Jokinen and Jose Jokinen (3).

Duluth Marshall-69


The Eskomos couldn’t find a defensive answer to stop the Hilltopper duo of Gianna Kneepens and Grace Kirk who each recorded 28 point nights. Esko was led by Sarah Wagemaker with 17 points, Kristy DeMuth with 14 points and 13 points from Jayden Karppinen. Also scoring for Esko were Brenna Stark with six, and two each for Alia Gabel, Avery Kuklinski and Mallory Sunnarborg.


Duluth Denfeld-42




Fond du Lac-34

Thursday, Feb. 20

Girls Basketball



The Lumberjacks were led by the hot scoring touch of Maddie Young who finished with 19 points in a game Cloquet led by nine points at the half. Also scoring for Cloquet were Kate Owens (6), Cristina Genita (5), Justice Paro (4), Caley Kruse (3) and Gracie Meagher (1).


Moose Lake/Willow River-61

The Rebels led by five points at halftime, but were unable to hold the lead against the Huskies despite 20 points from Natalie Mikrot and 11 by Emily Bohnsack. Also scoring for the Rebels were Ella Rhoades (8), Alivia Mallory (7), Monica Mikrot (5), both Maci Kukuk and Sarah Christy (4) and Skyla Thompson (2).

Friday, Feb. 21

Boys Basketball



The Lumberjacks were within striking distance at halftime, but a big Bemidji second-half run helped solidify the victory. Adam Schneider led Cloquet with 18 points, Nathan Blatchford added 13 and it was 11 for Tyler Issendorf. Also scoring for Cloquet were Alec Turnbull (7), plus Dylan Heehn, Jack Sorenson and Caleb Hanson (4). The Lumberjacks rode the the team bus to St. Paul to watch part of the girls hockey game before riding to Bemidji, so a little fatigue was understandable.

South Ridge-71


The Panthers continued to build on their 10-point halftime lead and won going away over the Timberwolves. Austin Josephson and Ben Wood led the way for the Panthers with 22 and 20 points respectively while Kayden Palmi chipped in with 13 points. Also scoring for South Ridge was Mason Lane (9), Zach Kubat (3) and both Jaxson Bennett and Nick Larson (2).



The Eskomos held a one point halftime lead but Perham outscored Esko by two in the second half as the sixth ranked Yellowjackets were able to come out of Esko with the win. Both Eli Blue and Paton Wefel scored 12 points for Esko with Riley Fischer added 11 points. Also scoring for Esko were Cade Berger (3), Preston Lowe (2) and Braden Gabel (1).


Fond du Lac Ojibwe-80

East Central-46


Girls Basketball


South Ridge-50

The Panthers were up by four at halftime, but the Timberwolves rallied for the victory. Adelia Olesiak and Svea Snickers led the Panthers with 15 and 12 points respectively. Also Scoring for South Ridge were Paris Fierkelepp (9), Phylesha Preston (8) and both Alana Young and Raina Schneider (3).

Silver Bay-66

Fond du Lac Ojibwe-60

Saturday, Feb. 22

Boys Basketball



The Cardinals struggled to stop Asher Zubich of the Rangers who tossed in a game-high 36 points. C-W’s Gage Zoeller nearly matched Zubich with a 35-point effort while Micah Pocernich added 20 and Taye Anderson finsihed with 11. Also scoring for Cromwell-Wright were Ethan Shelton (9) and Garrett Zoeller (6).

Monday, Feb. 25

Boys Basketball



Trailing by seven points at halftime, Barnun turned up its defense in the second half and pulled out an impressive nine-point victory. The trio of Joe Peterson, Jake Hultgren and Blaze Hurst were on fire for Barnum as Peterson poured in 19 points and both Hurst and Hultgren provided 18 points in the win. Also scoring for Barnum were Willie Richardson (8), Reed Kornovich (7) and Max Moors (1).

North Woods-80


The Bulldogs stayed close to the highly ranked Grizzlies and trailed only 37-35 at halftime, but North Woods picked up its scoring in the second half and outpaced the Bulldogs by 21 points to win. Five different players were double-digits for the Grizzlies. The only two in double-digits for Carlton were Cade Northrup with 21 and Ben Soderstrom with 16 points. Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Ryan Gray and Austin Parker (5), Justin Swanson while Spencer Rousseau (4) and Trevor Ojibway and Matt Santkuyl (2).



Leading by six at halftime, the Cardinals pulled away by outscoring the Bluestreaks by 16 points in the second half. Micah Pocernich finished with 24, Gage Zoeller added 19, it was 14 for Taye Anderson and Ethan Shelton recorded 12 points to lead the Cards. Also scoring for C-W were Garrett Zoelle (6) and Ben Hansen (3).



Payton Wefel tossed in 30 points to lead the Eskomos. Riley Fischer added 18 points and Preston Lowe also was in double-digit scoring with 10 points. Other Eskomo scorers included Eli Blue (7), Jonah Randa (4) plus Conner Lahti, Braden Gabel and Cade Berger (2).

South Ridge-73

Lakeview Christian-48

With four players in double figure scoring, the Panthers proved too much for the Lions despite trailing by a point at halftime. The Panthers outscored the Lions 35-9 in the second half behind 21 points by Jaxson Bennett, 17 from Austin Josephson, 16 from Ben Wood and 13 points from Kayden Palmi. Also scoring for the Panthers were Nick Larson (4) and Aaron Bennett (2).



Girls Basketball

Regular Season

Moose Lake-Willow River-62

Rush City-61

The Rebels held on for the one-point win after leading by three at halftime. Macie Kukuk and Natalie Mikrot had 22 and 20 points respectively. Other Rebels scorers included Alicia Mallory (8), Grace Stephenson and Monica Mikrot (4), Skyla Thompso (3) and Sara Christy (1).

Section 7A Play-In Games

Hill City/Northland-78

Fond du Lac Ojibwe-44

FDL fell behind by eight at halftime, but a strong second half by the Storm proved too much for the Ogichidaa to overcome. Tannia Misquadace led the FDL offense with 17 points, it was 14 for Cheyenne Olson and Solai Mohr added 13 points.

Silver Bay-50


The Wrens held a six-point halftime lead but were unable to hang on against the Mariners. Janae Sjodin led the Wrens with 22 points. Also scoring were Alexis Perry (9), Hannah Lattu (8), Taylor Bryce (5) and Frenchie Klimek and Samantha Nyberg (2).

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Boys Basketball


North Branch-78

The Lumberjacks had double-digit scoring from five different players. Adam Schneider finished with 21, it was Alec Turnbull with 18, Tyler Issendorf recorded 17, Dylan Heehn had 15 and Jack Sorenson added 12. Nathan Blatchford added five and Caleb Hanson scored two for the Lumberjacks.


Fond du Lac Ojibwe-55

Two Harbors-83



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