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
Ryan Bruggeman has led Pelican Rapids to a 4-0 start. Photo by Michael Vosburg/Forum
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.
Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.
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