Miah Hansen finished with a total of 49 kills and 12 blocks as the Pine River-Backus Tigers went 2-4 at the Brainerd Volleyball Invitational Saturday, Oct. 15. The Tigers first split with Brainerd winning 25-23 and losing 19-25. The Tigers lost their second game to Monticello 19-25 and 19-25, and won their third game against Zimmerman 25-21 and 25-11. The Tigers fourth game was a loss to Dassel-Cokato 18-25 and 16-25. The Tigers defeated Zimmerman a second time for their fifth game, losing the first match 20-25 but winning the next two 25-16 and 15-11.
Bailey Wynn led the Pine River-Backus Tigers over the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves 3-0 with 11 kills for the PR-B homecoming Friday, Oct. 7. "Playing Walker was very fun, especially because we got to play in front of the whole school," commented Wynn. "As a team our biggest area of work is still our energy. We go through spells where we don't have any energy and it's during these spells that we don't play as a team."
Emma Mills helped lead the Pine River-Backus Tigers with six ace serves, four digs, three kills, one block, and one set assist over the Clearbrook-Gonvick Bears 3-1 for a Northwoods Conference win Thursday, Sept. 29.
Alyssa Semmler pounded 13 kills to help lead the Pine River-Backus Tigers over the Northome-Kelliher Mustangs 25-15, 25-17, and 25-11 Thursday, Sept. 22. "I feel like our team played good this week," commented Semmler. "The team has improved a lot since the beginning of the year. We are starting to play smarter, and we have been working on our digs and our passing. There is still a lot to be done if we want to get where we want to be. But overall we have improved greatly since the beginning."
Miah Hansen led the Tigers with 27 kills, nine blocks, six digs, and five ace serves as the Pine River-Backus Tigers went 3-1 to place second out of 12 teams at the annual Barb Neprud Volleyball Tournament at Crosby Ironton Saturday, Sept. 17.
Corina Ruud led the visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots with 11 kills and Quinn Kratochvil had 29 set assists to help the Patriots to narrow victories 25-23, 25-21, and 25-19 over the Pine River-Backus Tigers volleyball team in non-conference action on Thursday, Sept. 8. "It was a great game and really competitive," said Patriots' coach Kate Dale. "Both side played really well, and we managed to come out on top. There were a lot of good rallies and plays by both teams, and it was really a lot of fun to watch."
Senior Miah Hansen slammed 19 kills and blocked three hits to help lead the Pine River-Backus Tigers to a victory over the Laporte Wildcats in their first game of the season Tuesday, Aug. 30. "Getting that first win of the season was definitely a good confidence booster for us", commented Hansen. "We still need to work on making sure we are getting our serves in and to the spots they are supposed to go, and keeping our energy up the whole time we are playing which I think is something we've actually improved a lot on from previous years."
The Pine River-Backus Tigers finished sixth after losing to New York Mills 13-1 in the Class A state softball consolation game played on Friday, June 10, at Caswell Park in North Mankato. "If you had told me at the beginning of the season that we would be playing in the state tournament, it would have been the farthest thing from my mind," said PR-B head coach John Riewer, whose squad finished 21-9 overall after its first state appearance. "Did I think we could make? Yes, because Miah Hansen is a very capable pitcher and we just need to play defense to back her up.
Miah Hansen pitched six innings and struck out two in the Tigers' 13-1 loss to the New York Mills Eagles to take sixth place at the Class 1A state softball tournament Friday morning, June 10, in North Mankato. "If you had told me at the beginning of the season that we would be playing in the state tournament, it would have been the farthest thing from my mind," said Coach John Riewer. "Did I think we could make? Yes, because Miah Hansen is a very capable pitcher and we just need to play defense to back her up.
The second-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers' softball team is going to the state tournament for the first time in program history after coming from behind to defeat the top-seeded Sebeka Trojans twice for the Section 5A title on Thursday, June 2, at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.