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Tigers will have new lineup

Pine River-Backus girls’ basketball players include, front row from left: Bailey Wynn and Shelby Adkins. Middle row: Emma Templeton, Sydney Lodge, Emma Barkus, Taylor Zaczkowski, Riley Hirschey, Back row: Anna Felthous, Emma Mills, Gabby Rainwater, Cheyenne Swenson, Annie Semmler, Vivian Bueckers and Alyssa Semmler. Photo by Travis Grimler.

The Pine River-Backus girls’ basketball team will have many new faces coming off an admirable season where the Tigers compiled a 20-8 record.

The team returns just four letterwinners, including junior guard Shelby Adkins who will miss the start of the season as she recovers from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

“Shelby was injured last summer,” said Randy Schwegel, whose PR-B girls have compiled a 196-77 record over the past 10 seasons that he has been head coach. “We will be very young, and we will need to learn quickly.”

Other letterwinners are senior forward Cheyenne Swenson, junior forward Annie Semmler and freshman guard Bailey Wynn.

Non-letterwinners competing for playing time include: Taylor Zaczkowski, Emma Mills, Emma Templeton, Vivian Bueckers, Alyssa Semmler and Gabby Rainwater. Tucker Sheley and Lisa Toft are assistant coaches.

Last season, the Tigers were 14-0 in Northwoods Conference play to capture the league title.

Also last winter, PR-B was seeded fourth and was eliminated in the North Subsection 5A semifinals after a 67-27 loss to top-seeded Browerville.

The Tigers had some key graduation losses, including Megan Felthous, who was selected team and Northwoods Conference most valuable player.

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Pine River-Backus Girls' Basketball Schedule

DECEMBER

8 - Sebeka at Pine River-Backus, 7:30 p.m.

11 - Pine River-Backus at Menahga, 7:30 p.m.

15 - Verndale at Pine River-Backus, 7:30 p.m.

17 - Pine RIver-Backus vs. Cass Lake-Bena at Bemidji, 4 p.m.

18 - Laporte at Pine River-Backus, 7:30 p.m.

21 - Pine River-Backus vs. Isle at Pillager tournament, 6 p.m.

22 - Pine River-Backus vs. Pillager at Pillager tournament, 6 p.m.

JANUARY

7 - Nevis at Pine River-Backus, 7:30 p.m.

9 - Pine River-Backus at Browerville, 4 p.m.

11 - Pine River-Backus at Clearbrook-Gonvick, 7 p.m.

15 - Pine River-Backus at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, 1 p.m.

19 - Cass Lake-Bena at PR-Backus, 6 p.m.

22 - Pine River-Backus at Northome-Kelliher, 7:30 p.m.

26 - Pine River-Backus at Crosby-Ironton, 7:15 p.m.

29 - Blackduck at Pine River-Backus, 6 p.m.

FEBRUARY

4 - Pine River-Backus at Park Rapids, 7:15 p.m.

5 - Northome-Kelliher at Pine River-Backus, 7 p.m.

9 - Pine River-Backus at Blackduck, 5:30 p.m.

11 - Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at Pine River-Backus, 7:30 p.m.

16 - Nevis at Pine River-Backus, 7:30 p.m.

18 - Pine River-Backus at Laporte, 7:30 p.m.

19 - Clearbrook-Gonvick at Pine River-Backus, 7 p.m.

26 - Northland-Remer at Pine River-Backus, 7:30 p.m.

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