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Area Boys Basketball: Flyers hang on to top Pioneers

7 area boys basketball teams were in action Friday, Jan. 14

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PIERZ —Jaxon Janski finished with 23 points and Beau Thoma added 19 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as the Little Falls Flyers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 79-73 Granite Ridge Conference victory over the Pierz Pioneers Friday, Jan. 14.
Austin Neu tallied 15 points for the Flyers, who secured their first conference win.
Pierz’s Noah Oberfeld dropped 30 points on the Flyers. Ben Virnig and Ian Oberfeld each added 10 for the Pioneers.

Little Falls 45 34 -- 79

Pierz 30 43 -- 73

LITTLE FALLS

Jaxon Janski 23, Beau Thoma 19, Riley Czech 3, Austin Neu 15, Ethan Poser 3, Carter Gwost 8, Zach Gwost 8. FG 24-53 (45.3 %), FT 23-35 (65.7%). 3-point 8-23 (34.8%). Conference: 1-2. Overall: 3-7. Next: at Albany 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.

PIERZ

Joseph Stuckmayer 3, Andrew Winscher 9, Benjamin Virnig 10, Kirby Fischer 3, Zachary Jones 6, Noah Oberfeld 30, Eugene Skiba 2, Ian Oberfeld 10. FG 20-49 (40/8%), FT 21-28 (75%). 3-point 12-27 (44.4%). Conference: 0-3. Overall: 4-8. Next: at Zimmerman 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Pequot Lakes 50, Thief River Falls 40

THIEF RIVER FALLS —Pequot Lakes’ Eli Laposky totaled 14 points for the Patriots as they beat Thief River Falls 50-40 in a non-conference game Friday, Jan. 14.
Sam Rysavy finished with 10 points for the Patriots as they extended their winning streak to seven games.

Thief River Falls 22 18 – 40

Pequot Lakes 20 30 – 50

THIEF RIVER FALLS

Dylan Hahn 2, Jack Onkka 3, Jack Rosendahl 3, Caleb Rosendahl 3, Jake Friedrich 2, Brady Olson 1, Jack Manning 26. FT 5-9 (56%).

PEQUOT LAKES

Ryan Harmala 5, Nic Kotaska 5, Gavin Kennen 7, Brayden Spiczka 3, Karson Thurlow 6, Eli Laposky 14, Sam Rysavy 10. FT 14-22 (63.6%). Overall: 8-2. Next: hosts Detroit Lakes 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Pine River-Backus 62, Blackduck 55

PINE RIVER — Rian Struss led the Pine River-Backus Tigers with 19 points as they picked up their third straight win after beating the Blackduck Drakes 62-55 in a Northland Conference game Friday, Jan. 14.
Brady Bistrow tallied 18 points for the Tigers while Andrew Bueckers finished with 13.

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Blackduck 23 32 – 55

Pine River-Backus 34 28 – 62

BLACKDUCK

Brennan Kortuem 3, Dante Frank 20, Ridge Flatness 2, Leo Kingbird 23, Owen Wilson 5, Kainen Arp 2.

PINE RIVER-BACKUS

Irvin Tulenchik 4, Brady Bristow 18, Jared Hamilton 4, Andrew Bueckers 13, Robert Bueckers 4, Rian Struss 19. Conference: 4-2. Overall: 6-7. Next: hosts Bertha-Hewitt 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Wadena-Deer Creek 62, Sebeka 22

WADENA — Sixteen different Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines found the scoring column in a 62-22 Park Region Conference victory over Sebeka Friday, Jan. 14.
Payton Rondestvedt led the way with nine points, which was what W-DC’s defense held the Trojans to in the first half.

Sebeka 9 13 – 22

Wadena-Deer Creek 46 16 – 62

SEBEKA

Zackaryas Thornton 2, Casey Blixt 2, Christian Berg 3, Teagen Lee 2, Isaac Kyllonen 13. FG 6-31 (19%), FT 7-9 (78%). 3-point 3-19 (16%).

WADENA-DEER CREEK

Teshe Loer 2, Josh Dykhoff 1, Lyrik Haug 5, Noah Johnson 4, Isaac Christianson 7, Charlie Bushinger 5, D’Andre Hammond 2, Isaac Haman 1, Payton Rondestvedt 9, Josiah Kallevig 2, Peyton Church 5, Simon Kreklau 1, Phillip Ross 6, Jaxson Brown 3, Dylan Wirth 2, Nate Peterson 6. FG 24-62 (39%), FT 10-16 (63%). 3-point 4-17 (24%). Conference: 3-3. Overall: 4-6. Next: vs. Hancock at Perham 11 a.m. Saturday.

NYM 74, Verndale 57

VERNDALE — Brandon Greenwaldt scored 16 points for the Verndale Pirates as they lost 74-57 to the New York Mills Eagles in a Park Region Conference game Friday, Jan. 14.

Ben Brownlow finished with 12 points for the Pirates while Josh Johnson tallied 11.

New York Mills 37 37 – 74

Verndale 21 36 – 57

NEW YORK MILLS

Noah Noffsinger 9, Tate Olson 24, Jonah Johnson 14, Bryan Bohn 2, Jack Peeters 14, Breydon Holtti 2, Braden Partlow 2, Will Oakes 2, Sam Kopveiler 5.

VERNDALE

Jaden Schulke 2, Ben Brownlow 12, Dilan Orlando 5, Tyce Russell 1, Josh Johnson 11, Brandon Greenwaldt 16, Torii Hagen 2, Hunter Umland 1, Corby Kern 1, Austin Ludovissie 6. Conference: 2-4. Overall: 3-7. Next: at Wadena-Deer Creek 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.

Menahga 63, Pillager 52

PILLAGER — Pillager’s Tytan Skeesick tallied 12 points for the Huskies as they were beaten 63-52 by the Menahga Braves in a Park Region Conference game Friday, Jan. 14.
Grayson Beard added 11 points for the Huskies.

Menahga 31 32 – 63

Pillager 23 29 – 52

MENAHGA

Ryan Tolkkinen 8, Knaylor Howard 12, Bodie Berttunen 2, Christian Johnson 4, Connor Korvela 10, Nicholas Wurdock 14, Alec Aho 12. FG 19-45 (42%), FT 17-24 (71%). 3-point 8-15 (53%).

PILLAGER

Grayson Beard 11, Domanick Cabak 5, Zion Loucks 8, Tytan Skeesick 12, Elijah Miller 8, Parker Schaefer 8. FG 18-52 (35%), FT 11-15 (73%). 3-point 5-17 (29%). Conference: 3-2. Overall: 5-6. Next: at Bertha-Hewitt 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.

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