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CASS LAKE BENA PANTHERS

Cass Lake-Bena girls basketball sophomore guard Gabby Fineday scored 58 points against Laporte on Tuesday in Cass Lake, breaking the CLB single-game scoring record by a girls player.
From scoring records and new eras to controversies and championships, here’s a look at the biggest sports happenings of 2022 in Bemidji and beyond.
Here's a look at the Bemidji Pioneer's most-read sports stories of the year by the numbers.
Taryn Frazer's unforgettable career immortalized her place in Cass Lake-Bena lore. She is a generational scorer, a legend of Leech Lake, and the Pioneer's 2022 Sportsperson of the Year.

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Gabby Fineday is the program’s first player to reach 1,000 points since Amira LaDuke did it last season, and she’s the youngest since Taryn Frazer reached 1,000 as a freshman in February 2019.
By the time the final buzzer sounded, Fineday compiled a breezy 47 points – the second most in program history – and CLB cruised to a 102-54 home win.
Taryn Frazer led the Golden Eagles to a 69-64 comeback win over the Bemidji State women’s basketball team in a game played at the BSU Gymnasium, but one that almost felt like a CLB home game with how many followers Frazer drew.
On track to graduate May 27, Cass Lake-Bena High School graduate Taysha Curry lives her life knowing that hard work pays off.
Section 8A crowned a brand new champion in Sacred Heart on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. But for the fourth straight year, the Cass Lake-Bena boys basketball team fell one game short of state.
Their emotions were raw after the game, but the Panthers still managed to maintain some perspective on what a special season it had been.

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Fifth-seeded Hayfield took full advantage of CLB’s fatigue and closed out the contest with a 15-4 run, earning a 67-57 win on Thursday at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis.
While the Panthers appreciated the community’s support, they had something else on their minds – getting down to the Metro and starting the preparation process for their quarterfinal date with undefeated Hayfield on Thursday.
Behind a patient offense, Cass Lake-Bena defeated Fertile-Beltrami 75-59 in Tuesday’s Section 8A semifinals at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. But CLB also has bigger fish to fry now: a section title that’s proved ever so elusive in recent years.

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