Alyssa Semmler led the Pine River-Backus Tigers with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds as they suffered a narrow 57-50 loss to the Menahga Braves for their first game of the season Tuesday, Nov. 29. The Tigers were only down by two points at the half 29-27, but they had a rough start at the beginning of the second half and had to work their way back from being down by as much as 12 points at one time.
The Pine River-Backus Tigers' volleyball season came to an end Thursday, Nov. 3 with a tough loss to the Braham Bombers 0-3. The Tigers did take second place in the 5A sub-section. Alyssa Semmler led the Tigers with 11 kills, and Shelby Adkins aided with 14 digs and one ace serve. The Tigers fell behind quickly in the first game, but managed to come back a little before taking the loss 18-25.
Annie Semmler led the Pine River-Backus Tigers with 31 set assists, eight blocks, and four ace serves to a 3-0 victory over the Pillager Huskies in the first round of playoffs Friday, Oct. 28. The Tigers narrowly won the first game 25-23, but handled the second game a little more easily as they won 25-19. In the third game the Tigers came from behind, including holding off several game points, to take the win 29-27. Also leading the Tigers were Alyssa Semmler with 13 kills, Bailey Wynn with 16 digs, and Shelby Adkins with 11 digs.
Miah Hansen led the Tigers with 17 kills in a 0-3 loss to the Park Rapids Panthers Monday, Oct. 17, for their last game of the regular season.
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."