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Outnumbered Tigers succumb to Akeley

Akeley Angler DJ Muller, left, and Tiger John Smith conduct a court battle. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)1 / 2
Nevis alums Brent Lindow, Jordan Anderson and Andy Lindow with referee Craig Rittgers greet the Akeley team. "It's fun to see some of the guys from both towns that I used to watch while I was growing up," said Jeremy Anderson, a member of the Nevis team. "A lot of other towns do this; it's a great idea. Everyone is laughing and smiling a lot. Hopefully it keeps going and we get to see more and more players and their families that we haven't seen in a long time." (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)2 / 2

The dueling dribblers - Akeley and Nevis alums - had fans on their feet as the two teams played a fast-paced thriller Saturday.

Akeley claimed a 55-52 victory in the reprise performance, the Nevis Tigers battling back from a 15-point deficit at one stage of the game.

Willy Wicks' three-pointer spree at game's end put the Tigers back in the running. But the Anglers' formidable line-up of talented hoopsters proved daunting.

"Akeley was superior," said Bill Toft, Community Education director and event organizer. "Size won the day. It was a team effort by Akeley."

Last year's premiere game between the Anglers and the Tigers ended in a tie - and the teams were back on the court Saturday to settle the matter. Like last year, about 400 raucous fans arrived for the event.

The Akeley bench held 13 players, although some chose to remain stationary.

Nels Kramer ('65), who spearheaded the events, did not head out on the court due to an injury but Kramers aplenty - Jim ('84), Dan ('58) and Scott ('90) - were on the roster. Barry Negen ('86), DJ Muller ('84), Steve Wicks ('83), Kevin Chase ('84), Ryan Oelschlager ('91), Randy Oelschlager ('89), Don Wicks ('80), Byron Negen ('89) and Cy Struss ('84) also arrived to avenge the tie.

The Tiger team was comprised of John Smith ('69) in son Zach's uniform, Jeremy Anderson ('97), Brent Lindow ('90), Will Wicks ('05), Andy Lindow ('94) and Jordan Anderson ('93).

Akeley alumna Audrey Iverson, sitting in the bleachers, said next year she's forming a cheerleading squad - "in rocking chairs!"