By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

And the first shall be the last

H-M-S boys defeat Unity Christian in final War Eagle matchup


December 29, 2022


Lance Berends emerges with the ball after a tussle with a pair of Gehlen Catholic players on Dec. 19.

With Unity Christian leaving the War Eagle Conference at the end of the 2022-23 school year, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn had one last chance to earn its first boys' basketball victory against the Knights.

Mission accomplished.

Scoring on the first possession, H-M-S built an eight-point lead in the first half and made enough shots and defensive plays down the stretch to earn a 67-64 win. The victory on Dec. 20 at Orange City ended a 13-game losing streak to the Knights.

Hawk coach Naet Hoaglund was especially happy with the Hawks' competitive level after a disappointing loss to Gehlen Catholic th...

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