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Pirates fall just short

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Playing their second game in two nights, the Verndale Pirates did not have the legs to keep up with Pine River-Backus in a 60-58 road loss.

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Beau Howard and Nathan Holm tied for Pine River-Backus scoring honors with 17 points apiece.

Verndale's Zack Meidinger led all scorers with 26 points.

VERNDALE (58)

A. Denny 5, D. Ehrmantraut 5, D. Motschenbacher 4, I. Schmitz 2, J. Stinar 2, K. Booth 6, Z. Meidinger 26. Totals: 25 8-14 58

PINE RIVER-BACKUS (60)

K. Witt 2, T. Woelfel 8, Nathan Holm 17, R. Wynn 2, Beau Howard 17, A. Kottschade 8, S. Ruohoniemi 6. Totals: 21/5 3-6 60

Upsala 80, Verndale 36

Eleven players contributed to the scoring as the Cardinals toppled the Pirates in their season opener.

Brandon Welinski paced the Cards with 18 points while Brent Herzog scored 17. Jacob Voss and Jordan Pangrac both scored 11 points.

Dallas Ehrmantraut and Zack Meidinger led the Pirates with nine points apiece.

VERNDALE (36)

A. Denny 2, D. Ehrmantraut 9, I. Schmitz 8, J. Stinar 2, R. Gronlund 1, T. Lollar 4, Z. Meidinger 9. Totals: 12 12-27 36

UPSALA (80)

E. Frieler 2, M. Abeler 2, Brandon Welinski 18, Brent Herzog 17, C. Pekarek 3, Jacob Voss 11, E. Schultz 4, I. Serna 3, Jordan Pangrac 11, G. Wolf 6, T. Ripplinger 3. Totals: 13-23 80

Verndale 17 19 - 36

Upsala 42 38 80

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