Ranger boys whip Park, 53-33

Sophomore Connor Knutson pulls up for a quick jumper in the lane against the Wolfpack.
Sophomore Connor Knutson pulls up for a quick jumper in the lane against the Wolfpack.


Forest Lake head basketball coach Dan Cremisino earned his 110th career win in school history 53-33 over Park last Friday night.

The win put him in third place in school history behind all-time leader Chuck Gunderson and Jack Conley.

The seventh-year coach laughed when asked about the significance of the milestone and said he hopes to keep building up the win column.

“It’s been a pretty good run,” Cremisino said. “We have had good kids and a good staff that has stayed together for several years. We’ve all worked hard to make it a good program, and would like to keep it going and even pick up the pace a little.”

The Rangers started with Park, and despite battling illness and rusty play from a two-week holiday break, Forest Lake maintained a large lead throughout the game. Cremisino said it was a tough one to watch, as his players tried to shake off the cobwebs from an extended break and incorporate senior Matt Degendorfer back into the lineup after a three-and-a-half week illness.

“We haven’t played in two weeks and we were rusty,” Cremisino said. “It wasn’t the best game to come to. Park is struggling with youth and inexperience on their squad and we played just how it sounds—like we hadn’t played in a couple of weeks. I never really felt like the game was in doubt, but we could have performed better along the way.”

Senior big man Noah Davis hit big shots both inside and outside and led his squad with 17 points and five rebounds, followed by sophomore Connor Knutson with 12 points and three rebounds.

Senior Anthony Tyler was a force under the hoop, contributing 11 rebounds to go with nine points while senior Cody Walton and sophomore Brent Kinder recorded five and four points, respectively.

Eight games into the season, Cremisino said he’s looking for more careful shot selection and consistency across the board.

“We have to find more consistent scoring and shooting, and I have to settle on a lineup,” Cremisino said. “We’ve been running 12-deep, but I’d like to get it down to eight. Since the guys haven’t really claimed spots, I’m going to have to claim it for them.”

The Rangers (3-5) were back in action against East Ridge on the road Tuesday night, and travel to Woodbury this Fridayfor a 7:15 p.m. tip-off.