Rapid River regroups, routs Nordics

RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River boys’ basketball team got back on track Friday with an 81-48 win over North Dickinson after falling to Norway the previous night.

The Rockets (16-2) got an early lead in the first quarter taking a 14-5 advantage. North Dickinson (2-16) responded well in the second quarter outscoring Rapid River by three cutting the deficit to 28-22 at halftime.

The Rockets picked up the pace in the second half outscoring the Nordics 53-26 to close out the game.

“We put a press on them in the third quarter and picked up the tempo,” said Poma. “We got to the basket a lot easier. Our guys did well against their zone defense.”

Cameron Willemsen was everywhere for the Rockets stuffing the stat sheet as he recorded 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals.

“Cameron played extremely well all-around for us,” said Poma. “He was scoring, rebounding and playing defense. He just had a great well-rounded game.”

Lucas Sundling had 12 points and Logan Hardwick added 11. Brent Lundquist came off the bench and scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter going 6-for-6.

Jared Miller was the top scorer for North Dickinson with 15 while Matthew Bruette added 12.

Rapid River will travel to Stephenson Tuesday while North Dickinson hosts Bark River-Harris the same night.

The summary:

North Dickinson 5 17 13 13 — 48

Rapid River 14 14 33 20 — 81

North Dickinson — Ackerman 2, Bruette 12, Roell 7, J. Miller 15, Nelson 5, M. Miller 7; FT: 9-13; F: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Roell 1, J. Miller 2, Nelson 1, M. Miller 1.

Rapid River — LaCasse 2, L. Sundling 12, Hardwick 11, Willemson 25, Landis 7, Lundquist 12, T. Sundling 4, Gustafson 2, DeMars 4, Orth 2; FT: 10-14; F: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: L. Sundling 4, Willemsen 4, Landis 1.

Republic 63,

Mid Peninsula 48

REPUBLIC — The Mid Peninsula boys were unable to overcome a slow start Friday night as they dropped a 63-48 basketball decision to the Republic-Michigamme Hawks.

Mid Pen trailed 19-8 after the first quarter and 36-16 at halftime.

“We were lackadaiscal early and paid the price,” said Mid Pen coach Mark Branstrom. “We gave up too many high percentage shots in the second quarter. It’s so hard when you’re down by 20 points at the half.”

Dylan Hanninen led the Hawks with 18 points. Colin Conklin hit 15 and River Shumate added 13.

“The Hanninen kid is a very good shooter and a nice ballhandler,” said Branstrom. “They have the same team as last year. They’re a good ball club.”

Brandon Nummilien paced the Wolverines (3-15) with a career-high 15 points. Terry Brower and Billy Carlson scored 14 apiece.

The Hawks held a 28-25 rebounding edge, hit 26-of-54 field goals and committed 11 turnovers. Mid Pen was 14-of-55 from the field and also had 11 miscues.

“It was a well played game,” said Branstrom. “Both teams took care of the ball. They shot real well.”

Mid Pen, which also dropped the jayvee contest 44-35, visits Carney-Nadeau today. The Hawks host top-ranked Dollar Bay Tuesday.

Mid Peninsula 8 8 14 18 — 48

Republic-Michigamme 19 17 10 17 — 63

Mid Peninsula — Brower 14, Englund 5, Nummilien 15, Carlson 14. FT: 17-27; F: 13; Fouled out: Trudell; 3-point field goals: Carlson 3.

Republic-Michigamme — Shumate 13, Hanninen 18, Morgan 8, Ball 4, Carlson 5, Conklin 15. FT: 7-12; F: 19; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Hanninen 3, Carlson.

Carney-Nadeau 51,

Forest Park 50

CARNEY — The Carney-Nadeau boys struggled from the free throw line at crunch time Friday night, but hung on for a 51-50 basketball triumph over the Forest Park Trojans.

Carney led by seven points with 90 seconds left to play, then missed seven straight free throws.

“We played good for a long time tonight, but didn’t finish the way we wanted,” said Carney coach Jake Polfus. “We’ve been shooting 68-70 percent from the line on the year. We got the stops when we needed to. Our defense played real nice in the second half. Only. we hadn’t been shooting the ball very well. We’ve been in the low 30s the last six games. Defense has had to carry us.”

Forest Park had a chance to win it in the closing moments, but missed a 3-point shot and putback as time expired.

Preston Lauscher scored 15 points for the Wolves (12-6). Brett LaFord hit 10 points and Jake Kleiman added nine points and 11 rebounds. Max Nylund led the Trojans (11-8) with 21 points.

Carney hit 19-of-53 field goals and committed just six turnovers.

“We took care of the ball,” said Polfus. “Our shooting will come around at some point.”

The Wolves, who dropped the jayvee game, host Mid Peninsula this afternoon. Forest Park hosts North Central in its regular-season finale Tuesday.

Forest Park 14 15 6 15 — 50

Carney-Nadeau 8 11 16 16 — 51

Forest Park — Bortolini 5, Hendrickson 8, Nylund 21, Josh Logan 7, Jonah Logan 9. FT: 3-6; F: 13; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Nylund 3, Hendrickson 2, Bortolini, Jonah Logan.

Carney-Nadeau — Klieman 9, Linder 4, Kirschner 4, Koffman 7, LaFord 10, Lauscher 15. FT: 9-19; F: 12; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: LaFord 2, Koffman, Lauscher.

Superior Central 65, Gwinn 51

GWINN — The visiting Cougars made the last big run of the game, breaking a 40-40 tie entering the fourth quarter with a 25-point period.

The Modeltowners (3-16) took a 15-8 lead after one quarter only to see it turn into a 30-23 deficit by halftime. They stormed back in the third quarter to even things up.

Junior Beau Rondeau scored 29 points to lead SC (9-9), which included three 3-pointers, while senior teammate Joe Heinonen added 16 points and junior Nathan Frusti scored nine.

Gwinn’s Tucker Taylor pumped in 23 points and pulled down a team-high four rebounds, while fellow junior Austin Forbes scored 20 that include five triples.

But only one other Modeltowner scored — freshman and recent JV callup Reid Hill, who had eight points. Caleb Andersen matched Taylor with four rebounds, however.

Gwinn, which won the JV game 36-29, plays at Marquette on Tuesday, the same night the Cougars host Big Bay de Noc.

Superior Central 8 22 10 2 — 65

Gwinn 15 8 17 11 — 51

Superior Central — Krysiak 2-0-4, Heinonen 6-2-16, Frusti 4-1-9, Johns 0-1-1, Rondeau 10-6-29, Charlebois 3-0-6. Totals 25-10-65.

Gwinn — Forbes 7-1-20, Taylor 9-4-23, Hill 4-0-8. Totals 20-5-51.

FG shooting: Superior Central 25 of 64 (39.1 percent); Gwinn 20 of 55 (36.4 percent); FT shooting: Superior Central 10 of 15 (66.7 percent); Gwinn 5 of 10 (50 percent); Rebounding: Superior Central unavailable; Gwinn 15 (Tucker Taylor 4).

Munising 75,

Manistique 56

Munising — Nine Mustangs scored, four reaching double figures led by senior Cade Contreras and junior Jesse Matson with 14 points apiece.

That was partly because Munising (15-3) raced to a 21-9 lead after one quarter, maintaining a double-digit lead at the end of subsequent periods.

“We rotated a lot of guys in and got to play everybody,” Munising coach Terry Kienitz said. “We did a lot of half-court trapping early.”

Junior Anthony Mattson added 11 points to the winning cause, while senior teammate Alec Blank contributed 10 points and a game-high six rebounds.

For Manistique (2-17), Schyler Andersen led the way with 15 points and five rebounds, while fellow sophomore Mark Block scored 13 points and junior Kanton Lauzon had 10.

The Mustangs, who also won the JV game 52-45, host Norway on Tuesday, the same night the Emeralds entertain Gladstone.

Manistique 9 12 17 18 — 56

Munising 21 16 21 17 — 75

Manistique — Block 13, Hoholik 7, Jenerou 6, Lauzon 10, Andersen 15, Smith 4, Seeley 1.

Munising — Huotari 7, Matson 14, Blank 10, Contreras 14, Wing 2, Murdock 8, Mattson 11, Werner 7, Murk 2.