Red-hot Mesabi East hands International Falls first loss

AURORA -- Justin Peyla scored 24 points and Mesabi East ended International Falls' unbeaten season in a 78-42 high school basketball victory Friday night.

AURORA -- Justin Peyla scored 24 points and Mesabi East ended International Falls' unbeaten season in a 78-42 high school basketball victory Friday night.

The Giants (14-1 overall, 5-1 Arrowhead Conference) led 37-20 at halftime and cruised to their 14th consecutive victory. Jake Whiting had 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Justin Kangas had 18 rebounds for Mesabi East.

DeAngelo Brackins, who leads the Northland with a 26.5-point-per-game average, missed the game for the Broncos (15-1, 4-1).

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Trevon Taylor scored 30 points to lead the visiting Trojans to the Lake Superior Conference victory.


Central improved to 10-6 overall and 7-2 in the LSC.

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Ryan Shea and Sean Mayberry combined to score 46 points as the Greyhounds won on the road.

The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Thunderhawks (7-8), who lost leading scorer Ryan Gibeau to a sprained ankle in the opening minutes.

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Matt Cerkvenik had 19 points and teammate D.J. Winfield added 17 as the Rangers (15-1, 5-0) won the Arrowhead Conference game.

Ben Povhe scored 30 points for the Timberwolves.

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Steve Birman scored 18 points and the host Hunters made six 3-pointers in the LSC win.

Denfeld (12-3, 6-1) trailed 29-27 at halftime but rallied to win its fourth straight.

girls basketball

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Jessica Bergstedt's 18 points paced an even attack as the visiting Eskomos stayed unbeaten in the Polar League.

Esko (15-2, 6-0) led 45-28 at halftime.

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Colleen McKay scored 31 of her 39 points in the first half as the host Bombers won the Polar League contest to run their winning streak to 17 straight.


Brianne Benson and Jessica Benson combined to make nine of the 13 3-pointers for Barnum (17-0, 9-0).

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The Rebels won the Polar League game in overtime at Grand Marais despite blowing a double-digit lead.

Hillary Peterson had 15 points and Moose Lake-Willow River was aided by the Vikings missing all four free throws in overtime.

cherry 69,Virginia 63

Laura Griffiths' 25 points keyed a foul-filled nonconference game at Cherry.

Cherry made 22 of 44 free throws to hold on down the stretch.

boys hockey


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Zach Budish scored the game-winning goal on a second-period power play to give the host Hornets the win over fourth-ranked Cloquet-Esko-Carlton.

Reid Ellingson made 32 saves for the Lumberjacks (16-2).

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Jake Youso scored two goals and assisted on Judd Leinum's goal as the host Broncos won the nonconference game.

Brady Hjelle stopped 32 shots for International Falls (11-8). Denfeld fell to 15-5.

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Cody McNamee scored four goals as the host Blue Devils (12-8, 3-4) won the Iron Range Conference game.


Garrett Bone and Matt Rice each had two goals for the Golden Bears.

Alpine skiing

Hermantown, Marshallwin LSC Meet

Max Tusa of Hermantown skied two runs in 1 minute and 30.28 seconds to win the boys individual title at the Lake Superior Conference meet Thursday at Spirit Mountain. The Hermantown boys team edged Duluth Marshall 99-98 for the team title.

Kendra Waller of Cloquet-Esko-Carlton finished in 1:32.43 to win the LSC girls crown.

Duluth Marshall won the girls team title with 107 points.

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