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Prep report: Northwestern boys advance, Superior girls dismissed in WIAA tourneys

Appleton East made 17 3-pointers in the sectional semifinal.

Swarming defense by Northwestern’s Monte Mayberry (2) and CJ Thompson (33) force a turnover from Somerset’s Dylan Leccia (2)
Swarming defense by Northwestern’s Monte Mayberry (2) and CJ Thompson (33) force Somerset’s Dylan Leccia (2) into a turnover in the first half of the playoff game in Maple on Thursday evening, March 3, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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MAPLE — Normally a prolific offensive team, the Northwestern Tigers did it with defense to start their WIAA Division 3 boys basketball tournament journey on Thursday.

Northwestern (22-3) held visiting Somerset to just 14 first-half points in a 71-46 win in a regional semifinal on Thursday night.

The Tigers, winners of 19 games in a row, had four scorers in double figures led by a 19-point game from Monte Mayberry. Cole Lahti added 15 points and CJ Thompson 12. They led 36-14 at halftime.

Northwestern, the second seed in the sectional, is scheduled to host the winner of Friday's game between Baldwin-Woodville and St. Croix Falls on Saturday in Maple.

Northwestern’s Mason Dupree (20) gets a shot up over Somerset’s Kane Donnelly (15)
Northwestern’s Mason Dupree (20) gets a shot up over Somerset’s Kane Donnelly (15) in the first half of the playoff game in Maple on Thursday evening, March 3, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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MINNESOTA

Duluth East 68, Hermantown 65

Isaac Nyakundi's 23 points made him one of four Greyhounds in double figures as East won a close regular season finale at home.

Will Van Scoy added 16, Jobe Juenemann 15 and Michael Kastelic 12 for East, which finishes the regular season 14-12 and winners of four straight and will hope for at least one home game when section tournament brackets are announced this weekend.

Hermantown enters postseason play 18-8.

Fond du Lac Ojibwe 72, Lakeview Christian 61

Matthew Wright scored his 1,000th career point for the Lions, though it was the host Ogichidaag that came away victors behind 31 points from Jordell Brown.

Wright finished with 26 and Anders Easty 22 for Lakeview Christian.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Appleton East 67, Superior 33

The third-ranked team in Wisconsin Division 1 played like it on Thursday, stymieing the Spartans on both ends of the floor to advance to a sectional final in a big victory at Eau Claire Memorial.

The Patriots drilled 17 3-pointers and made life difficult for the Spartans on the inside. Superior led briefly in the early going and stayed close in the early going, but attempts to attack the basket were repeatedly blocked, and once East heated up from outside, the Spartans lost contact.

“We kept the game where we wanted to keep it. Things just didn’t go our way, we didn’t get to the foul line like we were planning. They’re just a better team,” Superior coach Dave Kontny said.

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East features multiple players who'll be going Division I next season including 6-foot-2 outside-shooting lefty Lily Hansford (Oregon State) and 5-11 guard/wing Emily LaChappell (Marquette).

The Patriots led 26-11 and built on the advantage throughout the second half. Final statistics were not available at publication time.

Superior caps its season at 20-5 and returns several key contributors for one or more seasons to come. Kontny said reaching this level of the postseason was a team goal, achieved.

“We got to where we wanted to be this year," he said.

MINNESOTA

Barnum 53, Upsala 51

Barnum's Rayna Klejeski had memorable moments at the end of both halves in a Section 5A girls basketball quarterfinal on Thursday.

Most importantly, her basket in the closing seconds of the game netted the Bombers a thrilling playoff victory and ensured they advance to a quarterfinal game on Saturday night (6 p.m.) in Hinckley.

Klejeski scored the 1,000th point of her high school career late in the first half. The junior finished with 18 points, while Allison Marine added 16.

Kristine Bienek scored 17 points for Upsala and also reached 1,000 for her career in the contest.

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Esko 79, Hinckley-Finlayson 31

Esko senior Jayden Karppinen vaulted the No. 2 seed Eskomos into the Section 7AA semifinals with a game-high 34 points in a win over No. 15 seed Hinckley-Finlayson Thursday at Esko High School.

Esko will take on No. 7 seed Virginia, Saturday, March 5, at Hermantown High School in the Section 7AA semifinals. The Blue Devils eliminated International Falls 89-32.

Andover 57, Duluth East 43

A slow offensive start put the Greyhounds in a hole they couldn't escape in a Section 7AAAA quarterfinal at Andover.

The Huskies held a 25-14 lead at the break and maintained the double-digit distance.

Anna Vaaler led Andover with 18 points, while Ashlynne Guenther scored 15 and Rachel Hagen 12 for East, which finishes its season 14-13.

Duluth Marshall 92, Two Harbors 54

The Hilltoppers had five players in double figures as they put away the Agates with a dominating 48-17 second-half margin.

Ava Meierotto knocked down four treys for a team-high 26 points, while Laila Monroe and Regan Juenemann kicked in 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Marshall (16-11) advances to face Proctor in a Section 7AA quarterfinal scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Hermantown.

PREP SWIMMING

MSHSL state meet underway

Duluth's Grant Wodny will be a swimmer to watch as the MSHSL state meet gets into full gear on Friday.

Competition began on Thursday with diving preliminaries at the University of Minnesota's Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. Finals for Class A begin at noon Saturday. Finals for AA begin at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Wodny is the first overall seed for the Class AA 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 1 minute, 40.11 seconds. He's seeded second in the 500 free with a time of 4:36.36, a little behind Jianui Xue of Edina.

Wodny has posted one of the best seasons for a Northland swimmer in recent memory, at one point posting the area's best time in nearly every individual event. The junior finished third in the 500 last year.

In Class A, two Hibbing relay teams are seeded in the top eight, with the 200 free relay unit third on the 'psych sheet' and the 200 medley relay ranked seventh.

Mesabi East's Logan Schroeder carries the seventh-best time in the 100-yard backstroke into this weekend's meet.

PREP SCOREBOARD
BOYS BASKETBALL
Two Harbors 74, Carlton 55
Fond du Lac Ojibwe 72, Lakeview Christian 61
Duluth East 68, Hermantown 65
WIAA Division 3 Regional
Northwestern 71, Somerset 46

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Section 5A Quarterfinal
Barnum 53, Upsala 51
Section 7AAAA Quarterfinal
Andover 57, Duluth East 43
Section 7AA Second Round
Duluth Marshall 92, Two Harbors 54
Mesabi East 53, Pillager 49
Proctor 65, Greenway 15
Esko 79, Hinckley-Finlayson 31
Virginia 89, International Falls 32
Crosby-Ironton 73, Moose Lake-Willow River 63
WIAA Division 1 Sectional
Appleton East 67, Superior 33

BOYS HOCKEY
Section 7AA Championship
Andover 3, Grand Rapids 1

Northwestern’s Cole Lahti (22) splits the defense of Somerset’s Caymen Gebheim (51) and Dylan Leccia (2)
Northwestern’s Cole Lahti (22) splits the defense of Somerset’s Caymen Gebheim (51) and Dylan Leccia (2) on his way to the hoop in the first half of the playoff game in Maple on Thursday evening, March 3, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Northwestern’s CJ Thompson (33) dumps the ball off to a wide open Mason Dupree (20) past Somerset’s Jack Casey (11)
Northwestern’s CJ Thompson (33) dumps the ball off to a wide open Mason Dupree (20) past Somerset’s Jack Casey (11) in the first half of the playoff game in Maple on Thursday evening, March 3, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Northwestern’s Bryce Oswskey (25) gets swatted by Somerset’s Kane Donnelly (15)
Northwestern’s Bryce Oswskey (25) gets swatted by Somerset’s Kane Donnelly (15) in the first half of the playoff game in Maple on Thursday evening, March 3, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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