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.
Winning three of four matches, the Pine River-Backus Tigers finished third out of 12 teams at the 30th annual Crosby-Ironton volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 19. "Taking third felt good for us after having had such a long week," said PR-B senior Ashley Anderson.
Pequot Lakes finished third while Pine River-Backus was fifth at the eight-team Pine and Lakes volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Pequot Lakes Athletic Center. The Patriots swept through pool play, but lost to Aitkin 14-25, 25-21, 15-8 in the semifinals. Pequot Lakes bounced back by defeating Onamia for third place. "Our match with Aitkin was a good competitive match," said Pequot Lakes coach Kate Dale. "We had some mental lapses in the second and third games. I think we just got tired mentally and weren't thinking about what the smart play was and made some errors.
Annie Semmler put up 25 set assists while her sister Alyssa Semmler knocked down 11 kills and one block to help the Tigers volleyball team to a 3-0 win over the Laporte Wildcats in a season opening Northland Conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 1. "One thing I would say we need to work on is not being as inconsistent as we were," commented senior Allison Anderson. "Quite a bit of the points Laporte got were on our errors so we need to eliminate those and make other teams earn their points." All three games were close with the Tigers winning 25-22, 25-21, and 25-21.
Miah Hansen pitched seven innings, struck out six, walked three, and allowed six hits as the Pine River-Backus Tigers softball team lost to the Frazee Hornets 1-0 in the third round of the Section 6A losers bracket on Tuesday, May 26. The game's only run was scored in the sixth inning for PR-B, which also lost to the Hornets 1-0 earlier in the playoffs. The Tigers had advanced earlier in the day with a 4-3 win over Wheaton-Herman-Norcross. "We played two outstanding games today," said PR-B coach John Riewer.
The Pine River-Backus Tigers softball team advanced to the third round of Section 6A playoffs as they went 1-1 in the double elimination round at Menahga Thursday, May 21. In the first game, the Tigers fell to second-seeded Frazee 1-0 as the Hornets scored in the bottom of the sixth. Miah Hansen pitched all six innings, struck out eight, walked just one, and allowed four hits. Steph DeGrote and Allison Anderson had the only hits for PR-B. In the second game, the Tigers edged No. 4 Nevis 1-0 as they scored in the bottom of the third off a single by Emma Mills.
Joe Davidson took the win as he pitched all seven innings, struck out five, walked none, and gave up nine hits as the Pine River-Backus Tigers varsity baseball team defeated the Sebeka Trojans 4-2 in non-conference action on Thursday, May 21. The Tigers also had nine hits as Evan Gravdahl and Nick Ackerman each went 2-3 and Zach Struss went 2-4 at bat. Sebeka was the first to score as they got one run in the bottom of the third and the Tigers tied it with one run in the top of the fourth.
Liz Downie went 2-3 with a triple and two RBI and Allison Anderson went 2-3 with a double as the Pine River-Backus Tigers won the Upper Mississippi Conference softball championship game against the Northome-Kelliher Mustangs 4-3 on Friday, May 15. Miah Hansen was the winning pitcher, going seven innings, striking out seven, walking four, and allowing three hits. The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, and the Mustangs took the lead 3-2 in the top of the fifth.
Nick Gravdahl went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI and Brenden Fenstermaker was 3-3 with a double and two RBI as the Pine River-Backus Tigers defeated the Northland Eagles 12-7 in non-conference baseball action on Friday, May 15. The win helped the Tigers end a four-game losing streak. PR-B had 14 hits against the Eagles' nine.
The Pine River-Backus Tigers varsity baseball team suffered three losses last week, including falling to Pillager 5-3 in a non-conference game on Friday, May 8, The Tigers assumed a 3-0 lead before the Huskies rallied to win. Nick Gravdahl took the loss as pitcher going six innings as he struck out four, walked four, and gave up six hits. Zach Struss went 2-4, including home run for the Tigers. Pillager's Chris Ringler went the distance with three strikeouts. The Huskies improve to 8-5 overall while the Tigers drop to 6-5 overall.