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Girls Basketball: PR-B lost key seniors from section runner-up team

Tiger Girls Basketball

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Some of the PR-B varsity team warms up before practice. Ashley Smith / Echo Journal Correspondent

The Pine River-Backus girls’ basketball team has six letterwinners as they fill roster holes left by a talented graduation class.

“We graduated some talented seniors this past year, so we have many girls who will be filling new roles within our team,” said PR-B coach Tucker Sheley, whose team was scheduled to open against Laporte Monday, Nov. 29. “We’re excited to see who steps up to fill those roles this season. The girls are thrilled for the prospect of a full season this year.”

Last year, a season shortened by COVID, the Tigers finished 7-3 in the Northwoods Conference and 12-9 overall. The team’s returning letterwinners include: Ramsey Tulenchik, Emily Hanneken, Claire

Dahl, Hannah Barchus, Caden Borman and Cate Travis. Others who could contribute are Brianna Hanneken and Alaura Dahl.

Last March, third-seeded PR-B fell 56-46 in overtime against top-seeded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the Section 5A championship game.

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Junior center Ramsey Tulenchik made last year’s Dispatch All-Area team as she averaged 19.1 points, 8.6 rebounds with 52 steals while shooting 52% from the field.

Lisa Toft is an assistant coach for Scheley, a PR-B graduate who is starting his second year as head coach.

Pine River-Backus girls’ basketball

December

3 - Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Pine River-Backus 7 p.m.

7 - Pine River-Backus at Crosby-Ironton 7:15 p.m.

9 - Sebeka at Pine River-Backus 7:30 p.m.

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10 - Lake of the Woods at Pine River-Backus 7:30 p.m.

14 - Pine River-Backus at Wadena-Deer Creek 7:30 p.m.

16 - Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at Pine River-Backus 7:30 p.m.

20 - Pine River-Backus vs. Nevis (Pillager tournament) 6 p.m.

21 - Pine River-Backus vs. Verndale (Pillager tournament) 6 p.m.

January

7 - Cass Lake-Bena at Pine River-Backus 7:30 p.m.

11 - Pine River-Backus at Pillager 7:30 p.m.

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13 - Pine River-Backus at Red Lake 7:30 p.m.

18 - Pine River-Backus at Laporte 7:30 p.m.

20 - Pine River-Backus at Menahga 7:30 p.m.

21 - Pine River-Backus at Blackduck 7:30 p.m.

25 - Nevis at Pine River-Backus 7:30 p.m.

28 - Pine River-Backus at Cherry 7:15 p.m.

31 - Staples-Motley at Pine River-Backus 7:30 p.m.

February

4 - Pine River-Backus at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 7:30 p.m.

8 - Northome-Kelliher at Pine River-Backus 7:30 p.m.

10 - Pine River-Backus at Cass Lake-Bena 7:30 p.m.

15 - Pine River-Backus at Clearbrook-Gonvick 7 p.m.

18 - Park Rapids at Pine River-Backus 7:30 p.m.

21 - Upsala at Pine River-Backus 7:30 p.m.

24 - Pine River-Backus at Browerville-Eagle Valley 7:15 p.m.

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PR-B's Ramsey Tulenchik works on her jump shot at the Tigers' practice. Tulenchik will likely be a driving force on offense for the Tigers. Ashley Smith / Echo Journal Correspondent

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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