The Minnesota Project has been a staple of the sixth-grade social studies curriculum in Pine River-Backus for decades. Many of my students have parents who completed the project when they were in sixth grade in our district. Many of these parents still have the project in their possession many years later.
Top-seeded Browerville defeated No. 8 Pine River-Backus 78-46 in the North Subsection 5A quarterfinals on Thursday, Feb. 27. Cody Hansmeyer had 25 points to help Browerville win its eighth straight. Konrad Bueckers and Shane Sepin each had 10 points PR-B, which finishes the season 6-21 overall. Both teams were able to get descent looks at the basket, but while the top-seeds were able to knock down their opportunities, PR-B’s shooting was off all night.
Red Lake soundly defeated the host Pine River-Backus Tigers 79-45 in a Northland Conference game on Friday, Feb. 14.
Pine River-Backus boys’ basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 73-57 non-conference win over Sebeka on Monday, Feb. 3. Zach Struss sparked PR-B with 18 points while Konrad Bueckers added 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. “The kids played well, but we do need to work on finishing the game,” said PR-B coach Shaun Howard. “This was a nice win as we’re playing against some big schools right now. We have a stretch of tough games in February.”
Mitchell Blaha’s 23 points paced the Verndale Pirates to an 83-67 win over the Pine River-Backus Tigers on Friday, Jan. 24. The Tigers were led by Zach Struss with 16 points and Konrad Bueckers with 14. Eric Blaha contributed 18 points for the Pirates, who improved to 14-3. PR-B, 2-13 overall, was postponed both against Pillager on Monday, Jan. 27, and Park Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 28, but scheduled to play at Pequot Lakes on Thursday, Jan. 30. Verndale 40 43 — 83 PR-Backus 35 32 — 67 VERNDALE
Zach Struss scored 25 points to lead the Pine River-Backus boys’ basketball team past Laporte 68-55 in Northland Conference action on Monday, Jan. 20. The Tigers, 1-7 in the conference and 2-11 overall, were scheduled to face Cass Lake-Bena on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and then play at Verndale on Friday, Jan. 24. Struss also grabbed seven rebounds while teammate Konrad Bueckers had 11 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and six steals for the Tigers. Tony Pederson had seven points and nine rebounds for PR-B.
Pine River-Backus sophomore Megan Porta qualified for the Class A state track and field meet in the Discus after she placed in the top two at the Section 6A meet at the University of Moorhead on Thursday, May 30. The Tigers had three athletes compete in the section meet. Porta was joined by Brandon Mager, who qualified in the triple jump and the 300-meter hurdles, and T.J. Lukanen, who qualified in the 3200 meter (2-mile run).
The ninth-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers were defeated by the lopsided score of 73-29 in their East Subsection 5A quarterfinal boys' basketball game against the much favored top-seeded Barnum Bombers in Barnum on Thursday, March 7. Barnum showed why they were a top seed in the subsection, as they are a very strong team on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. They were able to force turnovers and took advantage of the extra offensive possessions to keep the score in their favor for all of the game.
The ninth-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers boys’ basketball team upset No. 8 East Central 55-46 in the first round of the East Subsection 5A playoffs on Monday, March 4, in Sandstone. The Tigers, 2-25 overall, advance to the subsection quarterfinals against top-ranked Barnum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7. East Central finishes the season 1-22 overall. Beau Howard scored 18 points and Zach Stuss added 16 points for the Tigers, who were ahead 25-18 at the half. Howard also had five assists.
The visiting Isle Huskies defeated the Pine River-Backus Tigers 94-69 on Friday, Feb. 22. The Tigers fall to 1-24 overall, and were scheduled to finish the regular season at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Feb. 26. Isle got out to an early lead, based on tough defense and an inside presence on offense. The Tigers got into foul trouble early, preventing any momentum that they tried to get going.