Top 5 Area Minnesota Girls And Boys Basketball Rankings (Week 5)

Dan Marso’s game winner against Perham put Battle Lake at No. 1. Photo by Bob Williams/Perham Focus

A big shakeup on the boys side after Pelican Rapids lost to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Perham lost to Battle Lake. The Battlers take over the No. 1 spot.

On the girls side, Verndale may be sticking around the No. 5 spot for awhile with the way the Pirates are playing.




1. Battle Lake (7-0)

This week: Host Osakis Saturday

Battle Lake had reason to celebrate knocking off Perham this week and taking over the top spot on the rankings. Photo by Bob Williams/Perham Focus


Class 1A Battle Lake destroyed Brandon-Evansville by 42 and knocked off the No. 4-ranked Class 2A team in Minnesota in Perham 52-51 on a buzzer beater by Dan Marso.

The Battlers trailed by as much as 14 in the second half on the road. Not a bad week.

Tyler Ukkelberg had 15 and Petric VanErp had 14 for the Battlers against Perham, but the Battlers have weapons all over their starting five seen in the fact they could turn to Marso for the winner.


2. Pelican Rapids (6-1)

This week: At Hillsboro Friday and Saturday against Cavalier and Kindred, respectively

Pelican Rapids rolled Frazee 72-54, but then got rolled by Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 53-41. The Vikings never led at D-G-F and were completely out of sync by the box-and-one defense.

Ryan Bruggeman came into the game averaged 24.6 points, 10 rebounds, 8.8 assists and five steals a game, while shooting 55 percent. He had two points in the first half on free throws. He finished with 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and five turnovers. Now that teams have a blueprint on the Vikings, it’ll be interesting to see how they adjust.


3. Perham (7-2)

This week: Worthington at Worthington Holiday Tournament Friday

Tyler Glines saved Perham from a terrible week with a buzzer beater against Barnesville. Photo by Bob Williams/Perham Focus


If not for Tyler Glines’ buzzer beater against Barnesville in OT, this would have been a disastrous week for Perham. The Yellowjackets fell by one to Class 1A Battle Lake at home 52-51 on a buzzer beater when they led by 14 in the second half.

Perham still showing they have options as four were in double digits against Barnesville. Michael Strand, of Barnesville, had 42 of Barnesville’s 64 points, after dropping 43 against Hawley in the Trojans’ previous game, so the Yellowjackets aren’t the only team that hasn’t had an answer for Strand.

Perham will look to bounce back at Worthington in the Worthington Holiday Tournament Friday.


4. Park Christian (5-1)

This week: At Blaine Friday

Hunter Nickel put up 16 points and 12 blocks for the Falcons in a 79-54 win over Waubun and had 21 points and 12 blocks in an 82-37 win over New York Mills. That just doesn’t seem fair.


5. Fertile-Beltrami (7-1)

This week: No games

It’s all about winning in your section to get to state and Fertile-Beltrami is doing just that, going 7-1 in section play.


Knocking on the door

Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (7-0) – The Warriors are a perfect 7-0, but what has them behind Fertile-Beltrami is they are just 3-0 in their section and have played teams with a combined record of 20-23. Big tests coming up for the Warriors in 6-1 Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Jan. 3 and 7-0 Battle Lake Jan. 7






1. Fergus Falls (6-0)

This week: Host St. Louis Park Friday at holiday tournament

Another week of business for Fergus Falls, as they beat St. Cloud Apollo 80-19 and Rocori 74-41. Bailey Strand had 26 points, nine steals, six rebounds and five assists in the Otters’ win over Rocori. Against Apollo, the Otters were up 52-7 at half. Anna Monke and Strand combined for 21-of-28 shooting from the field with Monke scoring 23 and Strand scoring 22.


2. Ada-Borup (5-0)

This week: No games

Ada-Borup had an interesting week, beating Lake Park-Audubon 32-29 and Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal 62-41. At one point versus LP-A, the Cougars did not score for over 13 minutes, but their defense kept them in it. They actually trailed 28-26 with two minutes to go, but Monica Vega came to the rescue, scoring the go-ahead basket and Heidi Eggen iced it with free throws for her team-high 12 points.

The Cougars won in complete opposite fashion against NCE-U-H with three players in double digits in Vega (15), Shaina Stevenson (17) and Haley Gehrtz (14). Cougars next game is a big one with Pelican Rapids at home Jan. 3


3. Pelican Rapids  (6-0)

This week: Host Underwood Friday at holiday tournament

Mackenzie Korf just keeps on going. She followed up a week in which she had 56 points, 14 assists, 15 steals and five rebounds in a matter of two games with 29 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals in a 74-43 win over Wadena-Deer Creek and 38 points in a 76-66 win over Warroad.


4. Barnesville (6-0)

This week: No games

Barnesville almost let one slip away against Crookston. The Trojans were up 41-24 and held on for a 62-57 win. As they’ve done all year, the Trojans had answers all over the place with seniors Alissa Bentley and Holly Vancura each scoring 15, junior Alli Skogen adding 12 and freshman Peyton Boom netting 11.


5. Verndale (6-1)

This week: No games

After opening the season with a four-point loss to Browerville, the Pirates won three games by a combined 12 points. It was easy to be skeptical. After wins of 67-16, 61-38 and 74-17, the Pirates are rolling.


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