Pelican Rapids and Park Christian enter the boys rankings, while Hawley and Ada-Borup fall out.
Barnesville knocks Hawley out of the rankings with a 50-46 win on the girls side.
Hawley has struggled early. The Nuggets (1-2) have already matched their loss total from last season. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum
1. Perham (4-0)
This week: At Crosby-Ironton Tuesday, host Pelican Rapids Friday
Perham keeps on rolling with a 61-46 win over Crookston to move to 4-0 overall. Once again, the Yellowjackets got contributions all over the court. Nick Bahls finished with 14, Eli Beachy and Hunter Salath had 13 and Sam Muer had 11.
Perham has a big week with Crosby-Ironton and Friday’s matchup with Pelican Rapids.
2. Battle Lake (3-0)
This week: At Barnesville Tuesday, host Parkers Prairie Friday
Battle Lake rolled Ashby (83-46) and Rothsay (78-33).
Nick Trosdhal had a monster game against Ashby, dropping 30 points and hauling in seven rebounds. Tyler Ukkelberg had a monster week, scoring 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals against Ashby and putting up 20 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and five steals against Rothsay.
3. Fergus Falls (3-1)
This week: Host Alexandria Tuesday, Host St. Cloud Tech Friday
The Otters dropped their first game of the season to Brainerd 53-47. Austin Rund had 12 points and 15 rebounds, but had to sit with foul trouble. It’s tough for the Otters to compete without him. Someone else will have to step in.
4. Pelican Rapids (4-0)
This week: At Perham Friday
Pelican Rapids has beaten Wadena-Deer Creek, Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal, Park Christian and Barnesville to open the season and are winning by an average of 27.25 points.
Ryan Bruggeman has been incredible. Against W-DC he had 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. He also had 24 points against Park Christian.
5. Park Christian (3-1)
This week: Host Lake Park-Audubon Thursday
Hunter Nickel (42) had a triple-double in a big win over Ada-Borup for Park Christian. Photo by Dave Samson/Forum
Teams like Hawley and Ada-Borup aren’t going to go away, but it’s hard to overlook the Falcons after they topped Ada-Borup – ranked 7th in Class 1A AP polls – Monday in overtime.
They were able to do that with Matt Moberg – leading scorer from last season – scoring just 10 points. Hunter Nickel can fill up a stat sheet. He had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks against Ada-Borup and the Falcons are set at point guard for a long time with sophomore Zach Kvalvog.
1. Fergus Falls (2-0)
This week: Host Willmar Thursday, host Detroit Lakes Saturday
Brianna Rasmusson had 15 assists for Fergus Falls in a win over St. Michael-Albertville. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum
After dismantling Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 67-31 to open the season, the Otters knocked off the Class 4A, No. 8-ranked St. Michael-Albertville squad 72-51.
University of North Dakota commit Bailey Strand set a single-game school record with 38 points in the win over St. Michael-Albertville. She also tied the school record with eight 3-pointers. Brianna Rasmusson had 15 assists and nine points in the win over St. Michael-Albertville and Anna Monke (University of Minnesota-Duluth commit) has had double-doubles in both games this season.
2. Ada-Borup (28-4 in 2012-13)
This week: At Park Christian Tuesday, host Waubun Friday
Still no games played for Ada-Borup yet. The Cougars have been to state six times since 2006 with two state championships and last season’s runner-up finish.
Even better news for Ada-Borup is they went 28-4 and played in the state title game with one senior. Granted, losing their leading scorer Megan Kolness hurts, but the team returns everyone else, including point guard Monica Vega, who does everything on a basketball court, and forward Heidi Eggen and guard Shaina Stevenson, both of whom averaged double digits in points at the state tournament.
3. Pelican Rapids (2-0)
This week: Host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Tuesday, Red Lake at Bemidji State Saturday
So much for saying Mackenzie Korf is going to have trouble without sister Madison Korf and Sommer Haugrud. The sophomore put up a school record 41 points in the Vikings opening win over Frazee.
4. Barnesville (2-0)
This week: At Graceville against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Tuesday, host Perham Thursday
The Trojans returned six players with varsity experience this season, but lost Sydney Boom, who was all-conference and the team leader.
Holly Vancura had 14 points and eight assists in the Trojans’ opening win over Brandon-Evansville. She’s their size. The Trojans used a big 50-46 win over Hawley to crack the rankings. Perham will be a big game for the Trojans
5. Underwood (1-0)
This week: Host Parkers Prairie Thursday, host Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal Saturday
The Rockets opened the season with a 57-38 win over Rothsay.
Knocking on the door
Perham went 2-23 last season. The Yellowjackets have already surpassed their win total, winning three straight. A win against Barnesville Thursday would be big.
This group turned around the volleyball team at Perham, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see them carry that over to the basketball season.
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LONDON – Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been banned from entering Britain to promote his book due to changes in the country’s immigration laws, British media reported on Tuesday.
The American boxer and convicted rapist is currently in Paris having been due to arrive in Britain this week to plug his new autobiography “Undisputed Truth”.
New immigration rules, however, mean anyone with a previous conviction resulting in a jail sentence of more than four years is barred from entering the country.
Tyson, 47, was sentenced to six years in the 1992 for raping an ex-beauty queen.
“There was a change in the UK immigration law in December 2012 of which we were unaware,” his publisher Harper Collins was quoted as saying.
“For this reason Mike had to change location to Paris to salvage his press obligations for the UK.”
Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion of the world in 1986, at age 20, and was the first heavyweight to own all three major boxing world title belts a year later.
The British Home Office confirmed it had changed the rules last year.
“We would not comment on the details of an individual case,” it said in a statement.
“We reserve the right to refuse entry to the UK to anyone who is convicted of serious criminal offences.
“In December 2012 we toughened up the rules on entering the UK, replacing the previous discretionary approach with a clearer, stronger framework including mandatory refusals based on the length of, and time since, sentence.”
Tyson has fought in Britain before, defeating Julius Francis in Manchester in 2000 and Lou Savarese in Glasgow the same year.
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not have surgery on his sprained right foot after an initial round of tests showed no Lisfranc injury.
Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press reported Tuesday that Peterson’s playing status will be determined if and when he gets out of walking boot. A team official confirmed that the results of further testing on Monday indicated that Peterson will not need to have surgery to repair the injury.
Peterson suffered a mid-foot sprain when his right foot was trapped under Baltimore Ravens linebacker Arthur Brown while being tackled early in the second quarter of Sunday’s snowy 29-26 loss.
“They ruled (a Lisfranc injury) out and, of course, that was one thing that will pop up in your mind,” Peterson said Monday. “That’s one thing I didn’t want to hear so it feels good to have that cleared out.”
Coach Leslie Frazier also said Monday that the team’s record would be a factor in how they proceed with Peterson over the rest of the season.
With the Vikings (3-9-1) officially eliminated from the playoffs, Peterson was asked if it would be best to just shut himself down for the rest of the season, regardless of Monday’s MRI results.
“No, no, not at all,” said Peterson, who had just seven carries for 13 yards, the second-lowest total of his career behind only the three yards gained as a rookie at the San Francisco 49ers. “You should have seen me in (the locker room) trying to get back out there.”
GRAND FORKS – University of North Dakota men’s hockey sophomore forward Bryn Chyzyk, facing a charge of theft of less than $250, has been suspended indefinitely from the team.
Chyzyk, 21, pleaded not guilty to the offense Monday in Grand Forks Municipal Court.
Chyzyk was arrested at 1:41 a.m. today at the Valley Dairy store at 1220 University Ave. on a report of “larceny theft,” according to the police log.
He ran out on a taxi bill.
“It was from downtown to the Valley Dairy, probably about four bucks,” said Mike Swehle, owner of S&S Taxi, who said one of his drivers was victimized by Chyzyk. “He ran into the Valley Dairy.”
Chyzyk was booked into the county jail about 2:10 a.m. on a city charge of theft of services of under $250.
He appeared this morning in municipal court and was released pending his next appearance, which would be a bench trial before a city judge on Feb. 19.
A year ago, Chyzyk was one of three freshman hockey players carried back to his campus dorm extremely intoxicated by older players, who were charged with obtaining liquor for underage people and suspended for a game. Chyzyk and three other freshman players were cited for underage drinking, pleading guilty to the Class B misdemeanor.
Cited again for being a minor in possession of alcohol in April 2013 after the hockey season, Chyzyk would have scholarship money taken away, UND coach Dave Hakstol told the Herald at the time. Two other players were similarly cited in April.