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Area BOYS BASKETBALL: Weber, Caleb Janson elevate Pierz

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Area BOYS BASKETBALL: Weber, Caleb Janson elevate Pierz
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

PIERZ — The Pierz Pioneers won for the second time in as many nights as Preston Weber finished with 27 points and Caleb Janson added 25 in a 83-41 win over Staples-Motley in a non-conference matchup on Friday.

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The Pioneers won for the eighth time in their last nine games, while the Cardinals dropped just their second game in their last five.

Kyle Jansson added 17 points for the Cardinals and was followed by Grant Longbella with 10.

Staples-Motley 25 16 — 41

Pierz 52 31 — 83

STAPLES-MOTLEY

Kyle Jansson 17, Shane Suess 3, Brian Huber 1, Jordan Wick 2, Dennis Vasquez 2, Jalen Busker 2, Grant Longbella 10, Zach Borders 4. FG 9-33 (27 percent), FT 11-15(73 percent), 3-point baskets: 4-16 (25 percent). Overall: 4-12. Next: at Crosby-Ironton 7:15 p.m. Friday.

PIERZ

Jess Kasper 8, Dylan Smieja 7, Preston Weber 27, Caleb Janson 25, Michael Marshik 4, Tyler Kieffer 2, Ian Engen 4, Logan Meyer 6. FG 29-52 (56 percent), FT 10-19 (53 percent), 3-point baskets: 5-21 (24 percent). Overall: 12-4. Next: host Eden Valley-Watkins 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. .

Verndale 64,

Menahga 65

MENAHGA — Dallas Ehrmantraut led all scorers with 13 points, and Aaron Denny added 10, as Verndale was edged 65-64 by Menahga in a Park Region Conference game Friday.

The Braves’ Tanner Schwartz hit a last-second shot for the win. The Pirates led 40-32 at the half but were outscored by nine in the second half.

Menahga 32 33 — 65

Verndale 40 24 — 64

MENAHGA

Markus Tolkkinen 11, Austen Schwartz 6, Tanner Schwartz 13, Brandon Junes 5, Rylan Aho 4, Austin Rudquist 3, Levi Schwartz 6, Stetson Burkman 14, Justin Luedke 2. FG 24-56 (42 percent), FT 11-21 (52 percent), 3-point baskets: 6-20 (30 percent).

VERNDALE

Christian Siedschlaw 5, Marcos Gomez 9, Dallas Ehrmantraut 19, Josh Gilb 8, James Kveton 5, Travis Lollar 8, Aaron Denny 10. FG 26-60 (43 percent), FT 7-17 (41 percent), 3-point baskets: 5-18 (27 percent). Conference: 3-4. Overall: 4-10. Next: host Underwood 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Wadena-Deer Creek 61, Nevis 34

WADENA — Ben Birch scored 20 points, leading the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 61-34 victory over the Nevis Tigers in a non-conference game Friday.

Ryan Redfield added 14 points for the Wolverines, who had lost four straight, followed by Andrew VanErp with 13 and Evan Van Erp with 12.

Wadena-Deer Creek 28 33 — 61

Nevis 9 25 — 34

NEVIS

Matt Gustafson 13, Gerald Beckerleg 1, Gavin Becker 3, Taylor Chase 9, Jacob Keranen 8.

WADENA-DEER CREEK

Andrew VanErp 13, Ryan Redfield 14, Ben Birch 20, Evan VanErp 12, Matt Paulson 2. Overall: 6-11. Next: at Detroit Lakes 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Faith Christian 56,

Lake Region 55,

ANKENY, Iowa — What comes around goes around.

The Lake Region Christian Hornets won at the buzzer Thursday at the Faith School tournament.

Friday, the tables were turned as the Hornets lost at the buzzer when Trevor Roelofs banked in a 30-footer to give Faith Christian a 56-55 win.

Daniel Newton led LRCS with 25 points. Patrick Trout added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Josh Gazelka collected 11 rebounds for the Hornets.

Faith Christian 29 27 — 56

Lake Region 26 29 — 55

FAITH

Trevor Roelofs 21, Justin Childs 2, Jed Fry 9, Mitch Wolbert 6, Micah Andrews 18.

LAKE REGION

Daniel Newton 25, David Jensen 9, Josh Gazelka 6, Patrick Trout 13, Corbin Moore 2. FT 11-20. Overall: 8-6. Next: at Faith School tournament, Ankey, Iowa, 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

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