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MINNEAPOLIS — North Woods’ state title dreams ran into a buzzsaw today at Target Center, where Minneapolis North raced past and leapt over the Grizzlies en route to a 96-49 victory in the Class A final of the boys basketball state tournament.
MINNEAPOLIS — Cade Goggleye got himself a little closer to the basket this time around. A day after his buzzer-beating half-court bomb propelled the North Woods boys basketball team into the semifinals of the Class A state tournament, the sophomore calmly knocked down a pair of free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation to prolong the Grizzlies' improbable postseason run via a 51-49 win over Goodhue on Friday afternoon at Target Center.
MINNEAPOLIS — With a half-court heave that shocked Williams Arena, North Woods’ Cade Goggleye inserted his name into boys basketball state tournament lore Thursday evening. The unassuming sophomore sidled up alongside the likes of Blake Hoffarber and Sam Dubois when he banked in a half-court prayer at the buzzer to punctuate a 54-51 win over favored Central Minnesota Christian in the Class A quarterfinals. Welcome to history, Cade.
MINNEAPOLIS — The boys basketball teams from Grand Rapids and Marshall didn't meet in the regular season, and thus the Tigers' first glimpse of Jake Skelly was via video. Their initial impression? "When I started watching film, I got sick to my stomach," Marshall coach Travis Carroll said.
NORTH WOODS (29-1) VS. CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN (26-3) What: Class A state tournament quarterfinal When: 5 p.m. Where: Williams Arena, Minneapolis
Like most state tournament-bound teams, Grand Rapids boys basketball players had parted with a most precious possession before boarding their bus to Minneapolis on Tuesday. The Thunderhawks were cellphone-free. That's like taking a trucker's coffee. "It's a business trip," do-it-all senior Jake Skelly said — from Grand Rapids coach Dan Elhard's phone, of course. "And that's how we're going to treat it."
GRAND RAPIDS (24-5) vs. MARSHALL (26-3) What: Class AAA state tournament quarterfinal When: 4 p.m. Where: Williams Arena, Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS — A state championship continued to prove elusive this afternoon for the Mountain Iron-Buhl girls basketball team, which fell 73-51 to Goodhue in the Class A final at Williams Arena. The Rangers (31-2) were making their seventh consecutive trip to the state tournament, and departed with a second runner-up finish, to go with two thirds. It's not the trophy they came here for, not with program standouts Chelsea Mason and Mya Buffetta nearing the end of their six-year prep careers.
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL / CLASS A STATE SEMIFINALS MINNEAPOLIS — Maranatha Christian Academy has delivered perhaps the two most gut-wrenching losses in Mountain Iron-Buhl girls basketball history. There was the Mustangs' win in the 2012 state championship game — when current seniors like Chelsea Mason and Mya Buffetta were playing big minutes as seventh-graders — and there was the sucker punch in last year's semifinals, when a putback of a missed free throw with 2.4 seconds remaining in overtime buried the Rangers.
MINNEAPOLIS — There was no overtime heartbreak this time around for the Mountain Iron-Buhl girls basketball team. A year after losing to Maranatha Christian Academy on a putback late in OT of the Class A state tournament semifinals, the Rangers avoided the drama this afternoon at Williams Arena, where they started strong, avoided the inevitable Mustangs push and closed out a 79-65 semifinal victory that puts them in Saturday's noon title tilt.