Louie St. George
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Nobody doubted Kevin Bauman’s work ethic, athleticism or defensive stopper prowess a year ago for the Hermantown boys basketball team. Bauman’s primary deficiency was on offense, and it doesn’t take John Wooden to realize that putting the ball in the basket is kind of important. Hawks coach Andy Fenske diplomatically referred to Bauman’s shooting as “a little all over the place.” Which helps to explain the then-junior’s limited minutes — fewer than 10 a night.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL / STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW For Mike Devney, the idea of his Esko boys basketball team playing anything other than man-to-man defense would have been unthinkable. Like Martha Stewart ditching her apron. Some things just fit. What fit the Eskomos was a no-frills man defense. It's what they used to consistently rank among the state's stingiest teams. But something was amiss to start this season as opponents found and exploited cracks in the exterior.
HERMANTOWN (14-15) VS. DELASALLE (24-4) What: Class AAA state tournament quarterfinal When: 10 a.m. Where: Williams Arena, Minneapolis
Twenty years after its last state championship, Duluth East gets another crack at reaching the pinnacle of Minnesota high school boys hockey Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Class AA final, pitting the third-seeded Greyhounds (25-2-3) against No. 1 Minnetonka (26-2-2), begins at 7 p.m. A sold-out crowd of about 20,000 fans will be on hand to witness the crowning of a new large-school champ. Grand Rapids was victorious last March.
DULUTH EAST (23-2-3) VS. ST. MICHAEL-ALBERTVILLE (23-5) What: Class AA state tournament quarterfinal When: About 1:15 p.m. Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
PREP BOYS HOCKEY / CLASS AA STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW Duluth East boys hockey coach Mike Randolph was asked prior to the postseason how his high-powered top line compared to talented trios of past East teams. Specifically, how do Garrett Worth, Ian Mageau and Ryder Donovan stack up against the likes of Jake Randolph (the coach's son), Dominic Toninato and Trevor Olson, 2012 graduates who combined to produce 184 points as seniors?
PREP BOYS HOCKEY / CLASS A STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW All season long, Hermantown boys hockey coach Patrick Andrews has raved about his senior captain, Tyler Watkins.
When Patrick Andrews was hired to succeed Bruce Plante as Hermantown boys hockey coach in the spring of 2017, he said that he believed the Hawks had "developed into a double-A program" and that opting up to Class AA was "just a matter of when." It appears the answer is 2019.
HERMANTOWN (20-6-2) VS. MONTICELLO (19-7-2) What: Class A state tournament quarterfinal When: 6 p.m. Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
When the Greenway boys basketball team finished last season 16-12, it marked a rarity for the program, which wasn't accustomed to winning more games than it lost. How rare? The last time it happened, in 2001-02, Dylan DeChampeau, now a sophomore, had just been born. Raiders coach James Earley credits his predecessors, Gordy Skaar and Pat Kane, saying they set the table for this turnaround, which shows no signs of abating.