Tigers Remain Perfect in Conference Miah Hansen struck out 11 batters and gave up just three hits as the Pine River-Backus Tigers 10-runned the Northome-Kelliher Mustangs 10-0 Thursday, April 21. Only three of the Tigers' runs were earned runs as the Mustangs had eight errors. Annie Semmler and Miah Hansen both went 2-4 at bat with doubles and Hansen had two RBIs, and Ashley Anderson went 1-2 with a triple and one RBI. Kelliher/Northome 0 3 8 PR-Backus 10 6 2 6 innings
Tigers 22, Panthers 4 Miah Hansen struck out seven batters as the Pine River-Backus Tigers easily defeated the Cass Lake-Bena Panthers 22-4 for their first game of the season Thursday, April 14. Alexus Reddick led the Tigers at bat going 3-3 with three RBIs and three stolen bases, Allison Anderson went 2-3 with a double and one RBI, and Cheyenne Swenson went 1-1 with a double and one RBI. Pine River-Backus 22 9 2 Cass Lake-Bena 4 3 4 (5 innings)
PR-B 17, Nevis 9 Spencer Richards and Joe Davidson each hit home runs for the Pine River-Backus Tigers as they defeated the Nevis Tigers 17-9 for their first game of the season Tuesday, April 12. "We worked on our approach to hitting before this game", commented Coach Steve Snavely, "and it paid off with 17 hits and 17 runs." Joe Davidson pitched all seven innings, struck out 12, walked one and gave up nine hits. Also aiding the Tigers at bat were Zach Struss who went 3-4 with two RBIs and Nick Ackerman who went 4-6 with one RBI. PR-Backus 17 16 4
The seventh-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers lost to the second-seeded Verndale Pirates 62-28 in the Subsection 5A quarterfinals on Thursday, March 3. "Verndale has a good team, and yes, we got beat, but we've still got some fundamental stuff to work on and we're going to get better," said PR-B coach Randy Schwegel, whose team finishes 13-16 overall. "We had a pretty good season, and we're definitely going to work hard this summer to improve."
Bailey Wynn led the No. 7-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers to a 64-51 win over the No. 10 Laporte Wildcats in a North Subsection 5A play-in game on Monday, Feb. 29. Annie Semmler added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Alyssa Semmler scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Tigers, who improved to 13-14 overall. PR-B will be playing at second-seeded Verndale at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. Laporte 20 31— 51 PR-Backus 27 37— 64 LAPORTE
Shelby Adkins led the Pine River-Backus girls' basketball team with 15 points, but the Tigers fell to the Clearbrook-Gonvick Bears for the second time this season 42-36 on Friday, Feb.19. "Actually, it was a great game," said PR-B coach Randy Schwegel. "I think this was one of the best games we've played all year. We played well defensively, and the girls really stepped up as we tried out some new defensive tactics, including shutting down Clearbrook's top scorer, Liz Bodensteiner, in the second half."
Tigers 59, Drakes 38 The Tigers easily handled the Blackduck Drakes for their eighth win in the Northwoods Conference Tuesday, Feb. 9. Alyssa Semmler and Wynn each finished with 17 points and Semmler also grabbed 11 rebounds for the Tigers. Adkins added 14 points and Gabby Rainwater finished with 13 rebounds to aid the Tigers in the win. The Tigers are 8-3 in the conference. Blackduck 19 19 - 38 Pine River-Backus 28 31 - 59 BLACKDUCK
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.