Tigers 57, Mustangs 45 Alyssa Semmler led the Tigers with 17 points to a 57-45 win over the Northome-Kelliher Mustangs Friday, Feb. 5. "It was good to get a win, but we had way too many turnovers and we definitely need to work on that", commented Coach Randy Schwegel. Gabby Rainwater aided the Tigers with 10 points including going 8-8 from the free throw line and nine rebounds. Park Rapids 33 30 - 63 Pine River-Backus 11 15 - 26 PARK RAPIDS
The Pine River-Backus girls basketball team fell to Crosby-Ironton in their first game last week, but bounced back with a commanding win over Blackduck. Tigers 54, Rangers 68
The Pine River-Backus dropped two of their three games last week, including their first conference loss of the season. PR-B 38, Nevis 37 Alyssa Semmler led the Tigers with 13 points and seven rebounds as they narrowly defeated the Nevis Tigers 38-37 on Thursday, Jan. 7, to stay perfect in the Northwoods Conference. Bailey Wynn aided the Tigers with nine points and Gabby Rainwater added seven points and nine rebounds. The first half ended with the Tigers down 16-18 and Nevis slowly lengthened their lead until the Tigers were down by 10 points.
Pine River-Backus' Alyssa Semmler led the Tigers with 11 points and six rebounds in a 38-37 win over the Royalton Royals in the third-place game of the Fornshell Christmas Classic girls' basketball tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Semmler was also chosen to the all-tournament team for her part in the victory. The Tigers were leading 16-14 at halftime, and were only up by one point with 16 seconds left in the game when Bailey Wynn was fouled and made both free throws to give the Tigers a three-point lead. The Royals managed one layup, but the Tigers were able to hang on for the win.
Pine River-Backus' Bailey Wynn had a team-high 12 points and four assists in a 71-42 loss to the Menahga Braves on Friday, Dec. 9. "I think starting 0-4 is rough, although we have a really young team and not a very deep bench, but our girls are working really hard to prepare for each game, even our bench", said captain Annie Semmler. "We played better in the second half against Menahga because we finally realized it takes a team to succeed, not just each individual.
The Pine River-Backus Tigers stayed within a point of the Pequot Lakes Patriots for the first 10 minutes of the season opener on Tuesday, Dec. 1, but after that they slowly lost ground in a 72-31 non-conference loss. Haley Wiebolt was the high scorer for the Patriots with 22 points, including four 3-pointers, and Corina Ruud added 15 points and 13 rebounds. "We used to be a big rivalry that was actually pretty fierce and we're still rivals in that we always try to play harder when we're facing each other," said Patriots' coach Jon Dale, whose team built a 39-17 halftime lead.
Mistakes cost the second-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers as they were upset by the No. 3 Laporte Wildcats 3-2 in the East Subsection 5A quarterfinals on Thursday, Oct. 29. Miah Hansen led the Tigers with 29 kills, Alyssa Semmler tallied 22 kills and 14 blocks, and Annie Semmler aided the Tigers with 41 set assists. The Tigers won the first game 25-20, lost the second and third 30-28 and 25-21, won the fourth 25-19, and narrowly lost the final game 16-14. "This year we were a young team for the most part, but that didn't stop us," said senior Allison Anderson.
The Pine River-Backus volleyball team ended the regular season with 25-13, 25-18 and 25-18 win at Clearbrook-Gonvick on Monday, Oct. 12. The Tigers finished second behind Nevis in the Northwoods Conference with a 6-1 record. PR-B, which end the regular season 18-10 overall, will next compete in the Section 5A playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 27. "Tonight was a good way to end the regular season, as we played all 15 kids," said Tigers coach Josh Hirschey. "Overall, it has been a challenging year in a lot of ways, but I'm proud of our team.
Miah Hansen led the Tigers with 18 kills as they defeated the Blackduck Drakes 25-19, 25-16, and 25-18 for the Pine River-Backus homecoming match on Friday, Oct. 2. Annie Semmler had 30 set assists and Alyssa Semmler added 13 kills for the Tigers, who improved to 5-1 in the Northwoods Conference. PR-B, 14-7 overall, were scheduled to face Sebeka on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and then play at the Long Prairie/Grey Eagle tournament on Saturday, Oct.
Annie Semmler racked up 38 set assists and Alyssa Semmler slammed 20 kills as the Pine River-Backus Tigers earned a critical win 3-2 over the visiting Park Rapids Panthers in a non-conference match on Monday, Sept. 28. "It was a lot of fun tonight," said Tigers' coach Josh Hirschey. "I'm really proud of our team for hanging in there for five games. That was probably more important than the win for us." "We have a ton of respect for Park Rapids, and we were fortunate to get a win.