The No. 5 spot on these rankings for girls and boys has become quite poisonous, so beware.
On the boys side, Battle Lake has a strong hold on the No. 1 spot, while Detroit Lakes and Moorhead will swap between No. 2 and No. 3 probably all season. On the girls side, Hawley and Ada-Borup are seemingly locked in at No. 1 and No. 2
Here are your area basketball rankings after a few weeks of basketball.
1. Battle Lake (6-0)
Last week: win at home over Parkers Prairie 75-35; win at Brandon-Evansville 66-34
Next up: host Perham, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; host Frazee, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Battle Lake had its closest game of the season against Brandon-Evansville. The Battlers won by 32.
The Battlers are yet to give up 40 points this season and are seemingly unstoppable right now.
2. Moorhead (8-1)
Last week: win at home over Bemidji 77-35; win at home over Osseo 86-71
Next up: host Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Moorhead and Detroit Lakes seemingly are going to dance between the No. 2 and No. 3 spots all season. The reasoning for Moorhead being ahead of DL is the the St. Michael-Albertville loss on the road for the Spuds is a little more forgivable than DL’s loss.
That being said, what doesn’t bode well for the Spuds is the fact St. Michael-Albertville is unavoidable in 8AAAA, whereas DL did not lose to a section opponent.
Spuds have a different guy each night seemingly step up. They have a solid starting five playing a lot of minutes right now.
In the first QRF rankings, Spuds are No. 10 in Class 4A, which is the highest ranking of any area boys basketball team.
3. Detroit Lakes (6-1)
Last week: win win at Pequot Lakes 60-43; loss at Minneapolis Washburn 65-53; win at home against Thief River Falls 78-58
Next up: at Alexandria, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; at Bemidji, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Big win over Thief River Falls for Detroit Lakes in the team’s section opener. Not much time for celebration because the Lakers have the other big section game against Alexandria on Saturday.
Lakers win that one and 8AAA will belong to them for the time being. Ryan Cihak continues to impress for the Lakers, as he dropped 25 against Thief River Falls.
Lakers took their first loss of the season, but it was to a 6AAA team, so that doesn’t hurt their chances of getting to state.
4. Hawley (5-2)
Last week: win at home over Fargo Oak Grove (N.D.) 82-55; winat Frazee 69-52
Next up: host Barnesville, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; at Thief River Falls, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Ben Ellefson had 26 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Oak Grove and had 28 points against Frazee.
He’s headed to North Dakota State to play tight end next season, but he’s a load to handle in the paint as well.
Nuggets are 3-0 in section and have a big game against section rival Barnesville on Friday.
5. Park Christian (5-1)
Last week: win at Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal 62-52; win at Bagley 69-47
Next up: host Mahnomen, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; at Fargo Oak Grove (N.D.), Saturday, 4 p.m.; host Rothsay, Monday, 8 p.m.
Time to stop ignoring the Falcons. Not sure how they’re doing this with a first-year coach in Josh Lee and after losing four starters, but here we are.
Park Christian is 5-1 overall with their only loss coming to a team a class above them and they are 3-0 in 6A North.
Zach Kvalvog (the only name I still need to triple check after years of spelling) has been incredible. The junior point guard is averaging 19.5 points a game and has been the leading scorer in every game for the Falcons but one.
A rematch against Battle Lake for the 6A title would be very interesting. Scary thing is Park Christian has just three seniors this season.
1. Hawley (5-0)
Last week: win at Wadena-Deer Creek 68-42; win at Barnesville 67-45
Next up: host Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; at Thief River Falls, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
The Nuggets are 5-0 overall and 4-0 in their section. Their closest game was a nine-point win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in which D-G-F closed the gap when back-ups were put in for the final 80 seconds of the game.
Guard Olivia Olson and center Mira Ellefson are simply impossible to stop. TRF is an interesting matchup for the Nuggets, but the Prowlers are also a class above the Nuggets, so a loss wouldn’t mean much for Hawley.
A win, however, would be extremely impressive.
2. Ada-Borup (5-0)
Last week: win at home over Red Lake County Central 85-21; win at Fosston 72-33
Next up: host Bagley, Friday, 6 p.m.; at Pelican Rapids, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Speaking of destroying teams, here’s Ada-Borup. The Cougars’ closest win this season was by 16 points.
Hard to find a loss on Ada-Borup’s schedule until Feb. 17 when the Cougars play Hawley at Hawley.
3. Verndale (4-0)
Last week: win at home over Bertha-Hewitt 52-34; win at Swanville over Royalton 48-37
Next up: at Henning, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Verndale keeps rolling behind Sarah Moenkedick and Jordyn Glenz. The Pirates are 4-0 and 3-0 in 5A North.
4. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (6-1)
Last week: win at Hancock 61-43; win at Lidgerwood tournament over Hankinson (N.D.) 29-25; loss at Lidgerwood tournament to Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah 60-43
Next up: vs. Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (N.D.) at Lidgerwood Tournament,Thursday, 7 p.m.; at Battle Lake, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Warriors haven’t lost to a team from Minnesota yet and are 2-0 in section play.
5. Detroit Lakes (3-1)
Last week: win at home over Fergus Falls 72-48; loss at home against Thief River Falls 71-65
Next up: host Park Rapids, Friday, 7:15 p.m.
Still not ready to give up on Detroit Lakes just yet. The Lakers suffered a tough loss to TRF in what could be a section title game preview.
The Lakers started the game on an 11-0 run, but TRF answered. It was 68-65 TRF late and the Prowlers iced it from the free-throw line.
TRF is a team Detroit Lakes has to get over if they want a section title. The Lakers have lost six of the last seven against the Prowlers.