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"Coach" Nels Kramer is hoping to entice Akeley alumnus who migrated to Park Rapids after graduation. The 1951-52 season players included, front, from left, Ray Benson, Rod Karl, Lee Hinds, Glen Stiffler and Melvin Modahl, middle, Rod Vik, Jim May, Walter Modahl, William Leeseberg, Jerry Bixby and Gene Chase, back, coach Lyn Sycks, Orville Staffenhagen, Larry Axelson, Louis Karl, Don Geiger, Dale Moore, Don May and manager Ken Chase. (Submitted photo)

Alumni of all ages invited to re-ignite longtime Nevis-Akeley basketball rivalry

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Former Nevis basketball coach Craig Stanwick recalls arriving in Akeley with his team for a game in '67, his first against the Anglers.


"The tickets were sold out by 6 p.m.," he said.

The games, he'd soon learn, drew standing room only crowds in the schools' small original gyms.

The matches spurred a rivalry spanning decades.

Friday night at 7:30 the

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