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Wolves sweep Tigers in conference games

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley swept a pair of conference basketball games from Nevis Jan. 8 at Walker.

The Wolves made 10 3-pointers to spark a 73-68 Northland Conference win over the Nevis boys. W-H-A trailed 29-27 at the half.

Eddie Kramer led the Tigers with 20 points while Luke DeWulf added 15 points, six rebounds and three steals. Michael Landquist scored 9 points, Ben Soldwisch and Derek Lindow had four rebounds each, Lindow (3) and Ty Warrington (2) combined for five assists, and Landquist had two steals as Nevis fell to 2-2 in conference games and 6-4 overall. W-H-A improved to 3-1 in the conference and 8-1 overall.

"We came in knowing that Walker would have a huge size advantage in the post and that we would have to force them to beat us from the perimeter. That is basically what happened," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. "Warrington getting into early foul trouble was a problem as we were not able to rotate as well as we would have liked. It was another tough loss for us in a close game. We are kind of going through some growing pains with our young guys, but we are competing well each and every night and that will only help us later in the season."

Cass Lake-Bena, which is rated No. 3 in this week's state Class A poll, tops the conference standings at 3-0 (11-0 overall) while Pine River-Backus is 4-1 (7-1 overall). Following W-H-A is Red Lake at 3-1 (6-5 overall) while Blackduck at 2-3 (3-7 overall), Northome-Kelliher at 1-4 (3-7 overall) and Laporte at 0-6 (0-10 overall) trail the Tigers.

In the first game of this doubleheader, Emma Deegan (19), Megan Benjamin (18) and Brianna Raddatz (12) scored in double figures in leading W-H-A to a 64-28 Northwoods Conference win over the Nevis girls.

Katie Kamphaus' 6 points and 12 rebounds led the Tigers, who trailed 39-14 at the half. Makenna Frazier had six steals and Ashley Pyburn had three steals as Nevis fell to 1-5 in the conference and 1-10 overall. W-H-A improved to 4-1 in conference games and 7-3 overall.

Red Lake tops the conference standings at 7-0 (9-4 overall) while Pine River-Backus is 2-0 in conference play (6-4 overall) and Clearbrook-Gonvick is 4-1 (5-6 overall). Lake of the Woods (7-5 overall) and Cass Lake-Bena (5-6 overall) are 3-3 in the conference while Kelliher-Northome is 3-4 (5-6 overall), Blackduck is 2-7 (3-9 overall) and Laporte is 0-5 (0-12 overall).

NEVIS: Frazier 2 1-2 5, Thurner 2 0-0 4, Funk 1 2-4 4, Pyburn 0 1-6 1, Mitchell 2 0-0 4, Wallace 0 0-0 0, Lindow 1 2-2 4, Kamphaus 2 2-4 6. Totals: 10 for 33 (FG), 8 for 18 (FT).

W-H-A: Deegan 7 2-3 19, Sea 2 0-0 4, Benjamin 8 2-4 18, Macfarlane 2 0-0 4, Raddatz 5 2-4 12, Oelschlager 3 0-0 7. Totals: 27 for 62 (FG), 6 for 11 (FT).

Halftime: W-H-A 39, Nevis 14. Three-pointers: Deegan 3, Oelschlager 1. Team fouls: Nevis 11, W-H-A 15. Rebounds: Nevis 34 (Kamphaus 12, Funk 6, Lindow 6, Frazier 4, Mitchell 3, Pyburn 2, Thurner 1). Assists: Nevis 5 (Mitchell 1, Thurner 1, Funk 1, Pyburn 1, Lindow 1). Steals: Nevis 11 (Frazier 6, Pyburn 3, Kamphaus 1, Funk 1). Blocked shots: Nevis 1 (Pyburn). Turnovers: Nevis 38, W-H-A 17.