Top 5 Area Minnesota girls and boys basketball rankings (Week 4)

For the first time there’s a new No. 1 on the boys side. With a win over previous No. 1 Perham, Pelican Rapids moves into the top spot and Fertile-Beltrami enters the rankings after Fergus Falls fell to 3-3.

On the girls side, Underwood dropped out of the No. 5 spot and Wheaton-Herman-Norcross moved in.

 

BOYS

1. Pelican Rapids (5-0)

This week: Host Frazee Tuesday, at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Friday

Ryan Bruggeman led Pelican Rapids to its biggest win of the season over Perham. Photo by Bob Williams/Perham Focus

 

After topping Perham – ranked No. 1 on this top 5 all season and in the AP polls in Class 2A – there’s no more overlooking Pelican Rapids. One would have thought the Vikings would stumble after losing big man Tucker Forsgren, but the Vikings remained perfect on the season after a 56-55 win over Perham at Perham.

The game wasn’t as close as it seemed as the Vikings never trailed and had a 53-46 lead with a minute to go. Ryan Bruggeman had 28 points and Travis Haugen added 15.

 

2. Perham (5-1)

This week: At Breckenridge Tuesday, host Barnesville Friday, host Battle Lake Saturday

Perham will have to get things back together after dropping a home game by one point to Pelican Rapids. The Yellowjackets have an 0-4 Breckenridge team to get their confidence back, but don’t have an easy weekend with Barnesville (2-2) and an undefeated Battle Lake (5-0) squad that is ranked sixth in the Class 1A poll and just beat Barnesville by 10.

 

3. Battle Lake (5-0)

This week: Host Brandon-Evansville Tuesday, at Perham Saturday

The Battlers are coming off a 10-point win over Class 2A Barnesville on the road and the dismantling of Parkers Prairie 66-37. They should have no problem with Brandon-Evansville, but all eyes will be on their matchup with Perham Saturday afternoon.

Battlers are already for real in Class 1A, but a win over Perham makes them scary.

 

4. Park Christian (5-1)

This week: At Waubun Thursday, host New York Mills Friday

Matt Moberg (ball) had a bounce-back game after being held relatively quiet against Ada-Borup. Photo by Dave Samson/Forum

Park Christian followed their overtime win over previously ranked Ada-Borup with a 73-44 beating of Lake Park-Audubon. Duncan Hannestad (15 points) and Matt Moberg (16 points) led the way over LP-A after having quiet nights against Ada-Borup.

Hunter Nickel, as always, was all over the place with nine points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. The Falcons are a perfect 4-0 in section play.

 

5. Fertile-Beltrami (6-1)

This week: Host Fosston Friday

The Falcons are 6-1 in their section behind Mitchell Mosher, Alex Schmalenberg and Joey Woods. Their one loss came to Red Lake by six.

 

 

GIRLS

1. Fergus Falls (4-0)

This week: At St. Cloud Apollo Tuesday, at Rocori Friday

The Otters aren’t going anywhere for awhile. They spent the second week of their season beating Willmar 56-23 and Detroit Lakes 67-27. It’ll take a lot to knock off the Otters.

 

2. Ada-Borup (3-0)

This week: At Lake Park-Audubon Tuesday, host Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal Thursday

Ada-Borup picked up right where it left off last season. The Cougars have the expectations of getting to state. Giving up 51 points combined in two wins to open the season is a good defensive start.

Ada-Borup has come out firing, blowing out Park Christian 74-28 and Waubun 75-23 and knocking off a good Hawley squad 53-43. In the season opener against Park Christian, the Cougars had eight players score between six and 16 points, led by Heidi Eggen’s 16 and Haley Poehler’s 10.

Against Waubun, Shaina Stevenson had 14 points and Mike Lee had 11, but Lexi Merkens came off the bench to score 19. The Cougars have weapons everywhere.

 

3. Pelican RapidsĀ  (4-0)

This week: At Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday, at Warroad Thursday

Sophomore Mackenzie Korf has been ridiculous. She had 26 points, nine assists and four steals in a 61-40 win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and 30 points, 11 steals, five assists and five rebounds in a 74-54 win over Red Lake.

All this after breaking the school record with 41 points in a game in the opening week.

 

4. Barnesville (5-0)

This week: At Crookston Thursday

The Trojans rolled a Perham team that started the season winning three of four 64-42. Holly Vancura had 13 points and Peyton Boom had 12 points, but Allissa Bentley was there to do the dirty work, grabbing 15 rebounds and blocking seven shots.

In a 58-26 beating of Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, Rachel Solum led the way with 14 points and seven rebounds. Vancura had eight points, eight rebounds and five steals, while Alli Skogen and Boom each had eight points. The Trojans have options.

 

5. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (4-2)

This week: Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah Tuesday at Lidgerwood (N.D.), Breckenridge and Milnor Thursday at Lidgerwood (N.D.)

The No. 5 spot on the girls side could be a revolving door, but Wheaton-Herman-Norcross has certainly earned a shot. The Warriors – a Class 1A team – have lost two games, both coming to Class 2A teams.

Problem is, they have two wins against non-Minnesota teams and two wins against Minnesota teams that are 2-6 combined. Two wins have come in overtime as well. Either way, the Warriors are 2-0 in section play.

 

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

 

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