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Elliott: Family ties B-B-E, Melrose and Paynesville girls basketball coaches together


12:00 AM, Dec. 08, 2012 EST

Chris Anderson is Melrose's head girls basketball coach. His wife is Kristina Anderson, the new head girls basketball coach at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.

On Thursday night, Melrose met B-B-E. Needless to say, the head coaches didn't need introductions.

B-B-E won 48-42, a good win for the Jaguars.

Charles Anderson is Chris' father and Kristina's father-in-law. He is head boys basketball coach at Paynesville.

Perhaps the most surprising thing is that none of these folks are Stearns County natives.

"It's a crazy deal, isn't it?" said Chris Anderson, in his fourth season as the Dutchmen's head coach and in his sixth year in the school district as a physical education and health instructor.

"We've got a little Anderson triangle thing going on."

Charles Anderson is a former coach at Benilde-St. Margaret's. He met his future daughter-in-law at Augsburg, where he was an assistant women's basketball coach and where the then Kristina Lurken played basketball.

That's how Chris and Kristina met.

Kristina's brother is Brent Lurken, head girls basketball coach in Kenyon-Wanamingo, the Lurkens' alma mater. Brother-in-laws met on the court on Dec. 1 in Melrose, with Kenyon-Wanamingo winning 58-50.

Chris and Kristina had very much worked together in Melrose's program before Kristina landed the B-B-E job, where she is a school counselor.

"She's been like an assistant coach for me," said Chris Anderson, a Forest Lake graduate who played basketball at Minnesota State-Moorhead. "(Before this year), she's been to every game. She knows my girls about as well as I do."

The two say they talk basketball constantly and that there are no real secrets now that they are opposing coaches.

"Both of us just want our team to play well," Chris Anderson said.

The game with Melrose, Kristina Anderson, admitted, was awkward.

"I've never been to one of his games and not rooted for Melrose," she said.

"We're both extremely competitive people, so that's really different."

Melrose is 1-2. The Dutchmen return two starters from last season: senior Shelby Uphoff and sophomore Emily Goerdt. Gabby Sawyer, Tayler Reller and Krista Klasen are in the lineup, with Justine Revermann, Sheila Poepping, Jordan Thmpson and Tori Reller contributing.

They could be one of the better teams in the West Central Conference.

B-B-E won seven games last season and the new coach is changing a whole bunch of things.

"It's been really fun working with these girls," Kristina Anderson said. "We are putting in a lot of new stuff."

The lineup includes Taylor Braegelmann, who is an outstanding volleyball player, and Megan Weller. Both started last year.

Also in the rotation are Becca Gruber, Brittany Roelike, Mariah Rach, Kelsey Heinsius, Kinlee Swanson and Peyton Miller.

The teams are not scheduled to meet again this season and are in different classes: Melrose in 2A and B-B-E in A. That doesn't mean they won't follow each other closely.

It is kind of hard not to when the two coaches share a home.

 

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