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Wednesday January 207 2010 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota- Page 7 The Bagley Flyer Dance Team performed at halt:time of the boys basketball game on Friday, January 15. Kickin' it up are dancers Taylor O'Bryan, Amber Lewis, Amanda Mathison and Jenna Normandin. (Photos by Janey Mersehman) Smiles are bright and kicks are high for dancers Rachel Bennett, Analisa Huschle, Savannah Kaiser and Hayleeh Lindbery. lv Projecting their positive aura, Ashley Mayer, Tauny Sorensen, Amanda Mathison and Jenna Normandin move to their spot. Bagley boys drop road contest, remain undefeated at home On Tuesday, Jan. 12 the Flyers traveled to Fosston and Friday hosted Mahnomen, Both opposing squads featured some of the top players in this part of Minnesota. Bagley 56, Fosston 65: The Flyers came into Tuesday's contest on a three-game win streak to take on a Fosston team with only one loss on the season. This loss was against all undefeated and powerful Ada team. The Greyhounds feature a large lineup with their smallest player bigger than any of the Flyer starters. Their post, Garrett Carlin, is 6'6" and very athletic. Six-foot-three senior small tbrward Steven Lyseng is an excellent shooter that can score in a variety of ways. If the Flyers were to prevail they would need to battle hard on the boards and knock down their shots. Bagley came close but lost in rebounding, 39-43. In the shot department they took a record number of shots (76) but struggled in knocking them down (23.7 percent). In the three- point department, especially, the Flyers struggled, hitting only two of their 22 shots. Bagley stayed somewhat close, but they were never able to take a lead. In the end they needed to foul to try to stop the clock and get possession of the ball. Fosston did an excellent iob hitting their free throws and denying good looks from the three-point line by perimeter players from Bagley. Lyseng scored 24 points in a variety of ways. The Flyers did hold tough post Carlin scoreless in the first half and only allowed him seven in the second half. After the game, Flyer Coach Chuck Andersovt told Fosston Radio's Tom Lano, "We had the shots we wanted, but to Fosston's credit, we struggled to knock those shots down." Senior Harley Higgins did shoot well, going two for two from the field, and Junior Zach Carlson connected on his only shot. Sophomore posts Kris Skersick and Lorenzo Pemberton both battled hard on the boards, each yanking down 12. On defense Bagley had 14 steals. Sophomore Tyler George had four steals and Harley Higgins stole the ball three times. Scoring: Tyler George 14, Austin Bellefy 13, Lorenzo Pemberton 9, Kris Skersick 7, Harley Higgins 4, Zach Carlson 3, Logan Dahl 3, Nick Neeland 2, Ky!e Schlehr 1. Bagley 87, Mahnomen 84: Bagley had a couple of days, to prepare tbr a very tough Mahnomen team with one of the top players in Northern Minnesota. Senior guard Brandon White was coming off an incredible performance of 39 poims, 13 rebounds and four steals against Red Lake County the night before. The Flyers went into the contest undefeated at home, but knew they had a tough task ahead of them. Both squads struggled early to score. They resembled two boxers testing each other's defense. Mahnomen used a full court defense, a half court trap and a tough man defense. Bagley stayed in their zone defense and struggled to get back against a relentless Mahnomen attack. Bagley was able to go on a couple of runs and hit an impressive six three-pointers in the first frame. The Flyer defense also held dangerous Brandon White to only six points at halflime. Into the half Bagley led by 12, but knew that White could certainly heat up. The Flyers maintained a lead, but towards the end Brandon White heated up, scoring 24 in the second half, and this included five three-pointers. Fortunately for the Flyers, they had a great offensive effort to counter White and three of his teammates that scored in double figures. Seventy of the Flyers' points came from four sophomores: Tyler George (22), Kris Skersick (22), Lorenzo Pemberton (16) and Nick Neeland (10). Bagley did win the battle of the boards, pulling down 42 rebounds. Kris Skersick led the way with 14 boards, Lorenzo Pemberton had 12, Austin Bellefy five and Tyler George five as well. The Flyers had a season low 11 steals, but senior Levi Paulson had four and Austin Bellefy two. Friday night's victory did move the Flyers to an undefeated record at home in five games. Bagley's game Tuesday at Ada will test the Flyers on the road against one of the top teams, an undefeated Cougar squad. Bagley finishes offa tough week at home on Thursday against Walker and they travel to Fisher on Friday to play the Knights. Come support Flyer athletics! Scoring: Tyler George 22, Kris Skersick 22, Lorenzo Pemberton 16, Nick Neeland 10, Logan Dahl 6, Levi Pau|son 3, Zach Carlson 3, Dylan Renner 2, Harley Higgins 2, Austin Bellefy 1. Fosston outruns Flyer ladies The Bagley Flyers girls basketball team squared off against the Fosston Greyhounds on Tuesday night. The Greyhounds led the Flyers at halftime 20-17. "We played pretty well the first half, but we just ran out of gas in the second halt;" Flyer Coach Schwegel commented. The Flyers were outscored by 20 in the second half, allowing the Greyhounds to pick up the 54-31 victory. The Flyers were led by Katie Skersick who had 16 points and Kari Skersick with ll. The loss brought the Flyers' overall record to 2-10. The Flyer JV girls basketball team encountered a very good Fosston JV on Tuesday. The Greyhounds defeated the Flyers 27-14. The Flyers were led in scoring by Emily Fox who had eight points. The loss drops the Flyers' record to 3-9. On Friday the girls basketball teams were in action against Mahnomen. The Flyers got off to a slow start against the lndians. The Indians outscored the Flyers 27-17 in the first half: "We got into foul trouble early and it made it very difficult keep pace with them," Coach Schwegel commented on the first half performance. The second half was all Mahnomen, outscoring the Flyer's 27-9 for a final score of 54-26. The Flyers were led by Kari Skersick who had 11 points and Tori LaDuke who added five. The loss drops the Flyers' overall record to 2- 11. The Flyer JV squared off against Mahnomen earlier in the evening. Mahnomen led at halftime by a score of 14-8. "It took us a little time to get going," Coach Norum remarked. In the second half the Flyers outscored the Indians by a score of 21-18, but in the end fell three points short for a final score of 32-29. The Flyers were led in scoring by Brenda Norman who added six points and Jasmin Nelson who .added five. The loss drops the Flyers' overall record to 3-10. Toward the end of the routine, there is still tons of energy from Amber Lewis, Taylor O'Bryan, Sierra Spray and Desta Fultz. Brawlers go 1-1 on the week in dual matches The Fosston Bagley Brawler wi'estling team hit the ground running this past week with two team duals. The week started the busiest part of the wrestling season which includes a lot of wrestling over the remainder of the month. The Brawlers traveled to Waubun last Tuesday to take on the Cougars. It was a very entertaining dual that came down to the last match, being tied 30-30 going into heavyeight. The Brawlers ended up on the short side of the scoreboard, losing 36-30. Picking up wins were: 119 lb., Mark Harmon over Ryan McArthur by fall in 3:12; 135 lb., Luke Conger over Austin Reitan by fall in 3:17; 140 lb., Cory McClung over August Short 15-3; 171 lb., Jake Juve over Keith Warren by fall in 1:10; 189 lb., Andrew Juve over Marlin Farley by fall in 1:00; and 215 lb., Cooper Wilson over Preston Zornes by fall in 3:54. Thursday the team traveled to East Grand Forks to take on the Green Wave. The final score for the night was pleasing to the Brawlers, who won 66-15. Picking up wins were: 119 lb., Mark Harmon over Cody Delp by fall in 2:48; 130 lb., Luke Conger over Chase Harlow by fall in 1:55; 135 lb., Ryler Johnson, 140 lb., Luke Juve, 145 lb., Wyatt LaFriniere, 152 lb., Dylan Fjerstad over Eli Deziel by fall in 1:20; 160 lb., Blake Olson over Brent Hagen by fall in 3:39; 171 lb., Jake Juve, 189 lb., Andrew Juve over Aaron Mehling by fall in 0:44; 215 lb., Cooper Wilson over Brandon Thompson by fall in 1:49; and Hwt., Michael Cormican, Next action was set for Tuesday vs. BGMR in the old gym at FHS. This would be Jake Juve night and Jake was on hand to autograph wrestling cards and visit with wrestling fans. Two Brawlers to State in 9th Grade and Under Tournament Freshmen Jordan Murphy and Jon Erickson have each qualified for the "Minnesota Ninth Grade and Under" State Wrestling Tournament which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Champlin Park High School. Murphy advances after winning the Section Nine Title at 189 lbs. this past Saturday, Jan 16 after defeating Garret Malstrom of Frazee by pin in 1:46. Erickson advances as a section Runner-Up at Hwt., falling by score of 7-5 to Tony Reurink of Wadena-Deer Creek in a tight championship match. For both wrestlers, this is the second year in a row that they have advanced to the State Championships. Three other Fosston-Bagley wrestlers finished in the top four at the section tournament. Freshman Josh Ballard, competing at 95 lbs., finished in fourth place; freshman Wyatt LaFriniere wrestled at 140 lbs. and also finished in fourth place, and seventh grader Zach Como finished in third place at 145 lbs., defeating Skyler Berry of Moorhead by 7-1 decision. As a team, the Brawlers finished in sixth place out of 13 teams. The tournament was won by Frazee. Cheer on the Brawlers! Brawler freshmen Jon Erickson (Hwt.) and Jordan Murphy (189 lbs.) will be competing at the Minnesota Ninth Grade and Under State Championships in Champlin Park on Saturday, Feb. 7. Freshman Jordan Murphy is shown pinning Nate Lague of Moorhead in the semi-finals of the Minnesota Ninth Grade and Under Section Tournament this past Saturday. Murphy went on to win the tournament at 189 Ibs.