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Tigers looking to contend for conference, section titles

The return of four starters has the Nevis boys basketball team expecting a winning season.

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Luke DeWulf returns to lead the Nevis boys basketball team after averaging 17.4 points and 8.2 rebounds a game last season. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

With four starters returning, head coach Scott Kramer is counting on the Nevis boys basketball team to contend for Northland Conference and Section 5A titles again this season.

Three of those players started on varsity for the first time last season as the Tigers posted an 8-6 record for fourth place in the conference, advanced to the section semifinals and finished with an 18-11 overall record.

Kramer is hoping that experience pays dividends this season.

Returning to the starting lineup to lead the Tigers this season are senior Luke DeWulf, junior Derek Lindow, and sophomores Eddie Kramer and Ty Warrington. Junior Jack McNamee is the other returning letterwinner.

DeWulf and Lindow earned all-conference honors while Kramer and Warrington received all-conference honorable mention honors last season. Lindow, Kramer and Warrington were starters for the first time.

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DeWulf led the Tigers in scoring by averaging 17.4 points and in rebounding by averaging at 8.2 rebounds a game. In 29 starts, DeWulf scored 505 points, grabbed 237 rebounds and had 36 blocked shots with 56 steals and 44 assists.

Lindow led the Tigers with 163 assists while averaging 10.8 points a game. In 28 starts, Lindow scored 302 points (including making 44 3-pointers) and had 104 rebounds and 47 steals.

Kramer was second in scoring at 13.1 points a game and led the Tigers by making 103 3-pointers. Kramer started all 29 games and compiled 380 points, 48 rebounds, 45 assists and 22 steals.

Warrington finished fourth in scoring at 9.2 points a game and shared the team lead with 56 steals. In 28 starts, Warrington scored 257 points (including 34 3-pointers) and had 99 rebounds and 65 assists.

McNamee played in 14 games off the bench and had 12 points and 16 rebounds.

The Tigers have two key players to replace with the graduation of Michael Landquist and Ben Soldwisch. Landquist averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds a game, ending his career with 1,632 points, while Soldwisch chipped in 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds a game.

Nevis averaged 65.1 points a night while allowing 57.6 points a game. The Tigers shot 46.6% from the field (including making 217 3-pointers) and 67.1% from the free throw line while averaging 10.4 turnovers a game.

“We have four returning starters from last year’s team,” said Kramer. “For what we are going to lack in size, we hope to make up for with quickness and perimeter shooting. We are still a very young team. Our depth will come from a number of underclassmen who we will have to get ready as quickly as we can.”

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Cass Lake-Bena won the conference title with a 14-0 record while Pine River-Backus (10-4) and Red Lake (9-5) followed. Cromwell-Wright (which defeated Nevis in the section semifinals for the second year in a row) defeated Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa for the section title. Kramer is looking for his team to challenge those teams for top honors this season.

“We are hoping to expand on last year’s success and contend in the conference and section,” said Kramer. “I think that we will have a chance to contend for the conference and section titles if we can stay healthy.”

SEASON SCHEDULE
Dec. 5 - vs. Northland Remer, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 - at Laporte, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 - at Browerville, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 - at Menahga, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 - vs. Pine River-Backus at Pillager. Dec. 20 - at Pillager. Dec. 27-28 - at Rushford-Peterson tournament.
Jan. 4 - at Blackduck, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 7 - at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 - at Sebeka, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 - vs. Verndale, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 - at Northome-Kelliher, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 - vs. Red Lake, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 - vs. Cass Lake-Bena, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 - vs. Bagley, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 - vs. Laporte, 8 p.m. Jan. 30 - at Pine River-Backus, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 - vs. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, 8 p.m.
Feb. 6 - vs. Bertha-Hewitt, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 - vs. Blackduck, 8 p.m. Feb. 18 - vs. Clearbrook-Gonvick, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 - at Cass Lake-Bena, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 - vs. Northhome-Kelliher, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 - at Red Lake, 7:30 p.m.

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