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'Border Battle' was a winner

The following is another "Have Fun or Get Out of the Way" column by Don Leighton and Mike Granlund and their alter egos, Lance Boyle and Billy Pirkola, which runs occasionally in The Superior Telegram.

The following is another "Have Fun or Get Out of the Way" column by Don Leighton and Mike Granlund and their alter egos, Lance Boyle and Billy Pirkola, which runs occasionally in The Superior Telegram.

If you were at "The Mertz" this past weekend, you witnessed some great student-athletes participate in the first annual "Border Battle" All-Star Basketball Game, which pitted north central Wisconsin against northeastern Minnesota.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior and the Duluth Area Youth Basketball Association (DAYBA) joined forces to hosting the event. What better way to end another season on the area courts than by showcasing some of the best and brightest boys and girls basketball players?

What began as the brainchild of UWS women's coach Don Mulhern and Northern Lights basketball guru Jim Schwarzbauer became reality after much planning and hard work by the folks at DAYBA. The two had been talking about the need for a true battle between Wisconsin and Minnesota that would include some of the best high school senior players from the rival states. An estimated 1,000 fans turned out for the two games.

In the 1 p.m. game, the Wisconsin girls defeated the Minnesota team, 105-62. The score was close at the half, but the second-period exhibition of 3-point shooting and transition baskets proved too much to overcome. Durand High School star, Samantha Hoyt, who will play ball for Michigan Tech next year, hit three from beyond the arc and finished with 13 points. Lance and Billy's good friend, Lindsey Lindstrom, will be a red-shirt sophomore at Michigan Tech.

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Courtney Doucette from Colfax nailed three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Her grandparents are Bud and Mae Doucette of Superior. Her father, Joe, is a Superior Senior High School and UWS graduate who was a standout baseball player at the college. Doucette is headed for the University of Minnesota Duluth to play basketball next season. Katey Wrobel of Osseo-Fairchild led the way with 26 points, playing an outstanding game on both ends of the floor.

The Minnesota team was led by Andrea Gould of Wrenshall, with 13. Lisa Lymburner and Amber Dvorak, both of Hinckley-Finlayson, followed with 12 and 10, respectively. The 6-foot-7 Dvorak will play at Minnesota next season.

The boy's game contained all the elements of a great, high-scoring basketball game: lead changes galore, great shooting by the Wisconsin boys with 15 3-pointers compared to four by Minnesota, great and not so great defense, and a game-winner in the last eight seconds of play.

The only excitement missing was a thunderous slam-dunk. A couple were attempted, by Northwestern's Aaron Corry on a pass off the backboard by Superior's Chris Blake and by Cotton's Kenny Schofield. Both seemed destined for success went through the rim and came out. The near capacity crowd still roared their approval.

Minnesota led at the half, but Wisconsin started the second with renewed intensity and energy. Wisconsin took the lead and, runs by each team resulted in 10 lead changes in the half. At the end of 40 minutes of play, the score was tied at 92.

The overtime see-sawed back and forth with Minnesota taking a two-point lead on a basket by Jared Sutherland with 27 seconds to go.

The lead was 102-100 for Minnesota when Alex Culy of Rice Lake hit a 23-foot 3-pointer with eight seconds left in the overtime. Minnesota was forced to take desperation three at the final horn. Steve Golobich of Mountain Iron-Buhl almost made a miraculous shot, but it was not to be. Wisconsin won 103-102.

The games can be viewed at www.ifan.tv . They are located on the archive page. Have fun, we did.

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The "Have Fun or Get Out of the Way" column by Don Leighton and Mike Granlund runs occasionally in The Superior Telegram. Opinions and/or story ideas can be e-mailed to dleigh1273@aol.com or wgranlund@centurytel.net

All-Star Girls

Wisconsin 105, Minnesota 62

Minnesota -- Andrea Gould, 13; Lisa Lymburner, 12; Amber Dvorak, 10; Shelby Goble, 8; Marisa Yernatich, 7; Jessica Cagle, 6; Roz Chromy, 6.

Wisconsin All-Stars -- Katey Wrobel, 26; Connie Urmanski, 14; Courtney Doucette, 14; Laura Peterson, 13; Samantha Hoyt, 13; Samantha Price, 9; Brittany Gregorich, 5; Taylor Luke, 5; Anna Cole, 3; Kara Poirier, 2; Kasey Laramy, 1.

All-Star Boys

Wisconsin 103, Minnesota 103, OT

Minnesota -- Jared Sutherland, 30; Justin Kangas, 12; Taylor Skoglund, 11; Kenny Schofield, 10; Mike Carlson, 10; Montclair Chapman, 7; Jonah Dahlman, 6; Steve Golobich, 6; Will Jackson, 4; Matt Sjostrand, 4; Joe Bohaty, 2.

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Wisconsin All-Stars -- Tyler Brown, 21; Andy Kleist, 15; Keegan Meier, 15; Aaron Corry, 13; Alex Culy, 13; Brent Engstrom, 7; Dustin Kalien, 6; Brennan Olson, 5; Jared Neibauer, 4; Chris Blake, 2; Kyle Spurlock, 2.

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