Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton girls basketball team shook up the girls bball rankings, while the boys stay the same in this week’s area Minnesota high school basketball rankings.
1. Battle Lake (17-1)
Last week: 94-21 win at home over Rothsay; 55-24 win at Osakis
Next up: at Parkers Prairie, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; vs. Pelican Rapids at Concordia-Moorhead, Saturday, 6 p.m.; host Brandon-Evansville, 7:30 p.m., Monday
The Battlers continue to roll. Outside of a 68-61 loss to No. 3 Maranatha Academy, no team has come within 18 of them.
They’ve won nine straight since the loss. The Battlers have a big conference battle with Parkers Prairie (13-3) on Thursday, which will be a good test for Tony Ukkelberg, Nick Trosdahl, Andrew/Petric VanErp and company.
2. Hawley (13-3)
Last week: 62-40 win at home over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
Next up: host Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal, Thursday, 6 p.m.; at Crookston, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; at Barnesville, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Big upcoming week for Hawley boys basketball with Crookston and Barnesville coming up.
There’s a good chance these will be the last two teams Hawley will face in order to get to state with Crookston leading 8AA North and Barnesville being behind Hawley in 8AA South.
3. Detroit Lakes (15-2)
Last week: 52-35 win at home over Little Falls; 62-61 win at home over Sartell-St. Stephen
Next up: host Park Rapids, Thursday, 7:15 p.m.; at Wadena-Deer Creek, Friday, 7:15 p.m.
The Lakers have won three games in a row since losing to Crosby-Ironton. They are 6-0 in 8AAA and already beaten an Albany team they will most likely see in the section championship by 10.
Christian Hedstrom was the hero against Sartell, hitting a 3-pointer in the final 30 seconds and hitting two free throws in the final seconds to squeak out a win.
DL made state in 2012. Before that, the last time the Lakers went to state was 1918. Doesn’t look the Lakers will have that huge of a gap again.
4. Moorhead (14-5)
Last week: 87-57 win at home over West Fargo Sheyenne (N.D.); 62-60 win at home over Brainerd
Next up: at Bemidji, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; at Grand Rapids, Saturday, 3 p.m.
Moorhead has won five straight since losing four of five and, more importantly, are 7-1 in section play.
The bad news is the one loss in section play came by 11 to St. Michael-Albertville, which is most likely the team the Spuds will see in the section championship.
5. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (13-2)
Last week: 71-22 win at Ashby; 80-40 win at Hancock
Next up: host Rothsay, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; at Fargo Oak Grove (N.D.), Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; host Parkers Prairie, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
The Comets get a couple of good tests coming up in Oak Grove and Parkers Prairie.
Those would be nice confidence boosters for them, but that one loss in 6A will be hanging over their heads. The Comets are 11-1 in section play, but the one loss is by 20 to a Battle Lake team they will most likely see in the section title game.
1. Ada-Borup (16-0)
Last week: 63-49 win at home over Fertile-Beltrami; 69-31 win at Red Lake Falls; 83-21 win at Mahnomen
Next up: at Climax-Fisher, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Win-E-Mac, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
No team has come within 14 of Ada-Borup and a team that was within 16 of the Cougars recently lost by 31.
The Cougars have a big test against 14-2 Win-E-Mac coming up. The Cougars look good right now, but a win against Win-E-Mac would vault them into state-title-contender status.
2. Hawley (14-2)
Last week: 47-25 win at Breckenridge; 73-45 win at East Grand Forks; 70-62 loss at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
Next up: at Crookston, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Hawley just dropped its first Class 2A game and it came to a team they will most likely see in the sub-section title game. If they don’t see D-G-F then it will be Pelican Rapids, who is coming on strong at 11-5.
The Nuggets beat Pelican Rapids by 10 and is 1-1 against D-G-F now. Things just became very interesting in 8AA South.
3. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (11-4)
Last week: 63-55 win at home over Frazee; 70-62 win at home over Hawley
Next up: at Breckenridge, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; host Moorhead, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Huge week for D-G-F. Not only with the win over Hawley, but a big win over Frazee as well.
If anything, D-G-F at least puts some doubt in the heads of Hawley. After the Nuggets owned the Rebels in the first meeting of the season, D-G-F came back and handed Hawley its first Class 2A loss.
Everyone contributed for the Rebels, as they had nine different players score. Natalie Steichen and Anna Smith had 15 points each and Ally Reno added 12 points.
The scary thing about D-G-F is the Rebels have just three seniors on the team. Steichen is a freshman and Smith and Reno are juniors.
8AA South is up for grabs thanks to that win from the Rebels.
4. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (16-2)
Last week: 52-50 overtime win over Brandon-Evansville at home; 43-42 overtime win at Henning; 60-58 overtime win at Morris Area
Next up: host Hancock, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; at Ashby, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Warriors had a big win over Brandon-Evansville, which will most likely be the team W-H-N sees in the 6A South championship.
Yes, W-H-N needed overtime to beat 6A South teams Brandon-Evansville and Henning by a combined four points, but a win is a win.
Regardless, the Warriors are seemingly the best option for which team will face Ada-Borup in the 6A championship game.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, since the two teams don’t play during the regular season, the benefit of the doubt will go to Ada-Borup until they prove otherwise.
5. Detroit Lakes (12-4)
Last week: 59-43 win at Pequot Lakes; 57-35 win at home over Wadena-Deer Creek
Next up: at Thief River Falls, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Perham, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
8AAA is brutal. Sartell-St. Stephen is 12-5, Detroit Lakes and Albany are 12-4, Alexandria is 12-2 and Thief River Falls is 15-2.
Alexandria is No. 5 in Class 3A QRF and Thief River Falls is No. 7. Albany is 24, Detroit Lakes is 22 and Sartell is 20.
That is a tough section tournament to get through.
DL doesn’t play Sartell or Albany in the regular season, is 1-0 against Alexandria and 0-1 against TRF with a rematch coming next.
Big test for the Lakers at TRF.
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