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Area High School Roundup: Blackduck tops WHA for second victory

BLACKDUCK – Watch out for the Drakes.

After snapping a 30-game losing streak Sept. 14 with a 50-8 victory over Lake of the Woods, the Blackduck football team won its second straight game last week when it celebrated Homecoming with a 32-14 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

The win evened Blackduck’s record at 2-2 and the Drakes will shoot for their third consecutive triumph Friday when they visit Cass Lake-Bena.

In the win over WHA the Drakes rallied from an 18-14 deficit with 14 unanswered second-half points.

Blackduck did most of its offensive damage on the ground as Trey Volk carried 32 times for 185 yards and four touchdowns and Cooper Jedlicka gained 78 yards on 17 rushes.

Jake Krabbenhoft passed only five times and Brady Gross caught three of the aerials for 28 yards.

Defensively Shane Fenske compiled four solo tackles and assisted on seven others. Colton Bales contributed five solo stops and added five assists.

Nate Jablonski returned an interception 47 yards.

Cass Lake-Bena will bring a 0-4 record into Friday’s Homecoming game. Last week the Panthers fell 40-8 at Fertile-Beltrami. During the first week of the season Fertile-Beltrami stopped Blackduck 46-30.

Bagley will try to snap a two-game losing streak this week when it hosts Lake of the Woods for Homecoming. Last week the Flyers forged a 19-18 lead in the fourth quarter at Pine River but the home team scored late in the game to down Bagley 24-19.

The Flyers opened the scoring with a 9-yard run by Kyler LaVine. Pine River responded with a pair of TDs to open a 12-6 advantage but LaVine’s 70-yard gallop in the third quarter tied the game.

Pine River regained the lead at 18-12 but a 17-yard pass to Aaron Leintz set the table for LaVine’s 38-yard touchdown scamper. Leintz booted the PAT and Bagley led 19-18 in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers avoided the upset, however, with a 45-yard touchdown pass.

LaVine led the Flyers (1-3) with 185 yards on 18 runs. Leintz caught five passes for 47 yards.

Mason Clough had nine tackles while Jesse Dukek and Chance Halverson each contributed seven. Halverson added two sacks.

“I was really pleased with how our offensive line blocked,” said Bagley coach Brandon Schwegel. “Although the loss is disappointing we have to take the positives out of it, build on them and move forward.

In other action last week Kelliher-Northome dropped its first game of the year when it lost 42-14 to Nevis and Red Lake dipped to 0-2 with a 65-16 setback at West Lutheran.

On Friday K-N (3-1) will visit Hill City. The Warriors are off until Oct. 5 when they entertain West Lutheran.

Volleyball teams struggle

Victories have been difficult to come by for the area volleyball teams. Kelliher-Northome split a pair of matches, downing Blackduck 3-0 but losing to Bigfork 3-2.

 Bagley fell in straight sets to Crookston, Mahnomen and Climax-Fisher. In the 27-25, 25-9, 25-22 loss to Crookston Kari Skersick contributed nine kills and three blocks, Sam Olson had four kills and  two blocks and Jaysa Pemberton finished with three aces.

Skersick and Bailey Fultz collected eight kills and Pemberton had six.

Riley Thoma dished 17 set assists.

In the 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 loss to Climax-Fisher Skersick ripped six kills and had 16 digs, Nelson belted four winning spikes, Fultz added 12 digs and Thoma had 14 assists.

 Laporte dropped a 3-1 verdict to Menahga and Blackduck lost 3-0 decisions to K-N and to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

Red Lake entered the victory column when it stopped Indus 3-2.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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