Hibbing raced to a 48-9 halftime lead en route to defeating Duluth Denfeld 79-39 in a high school boys basketball season opener Friday night in Hibbing.

Parker Maki led three Hibbing players in double figures with 17 points, while teammates Tre Holmes and Ayden McDonald contributed 16 and 15 points, respectively.

MLWR 112, Silver Bay 27

The host Rebels bolted to a 65-11 halftime lead to cruise to the Polar League season-opening win.

Brady Watrin led the way with 23 points.

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South Ridge 66, Cromwell-Wright 39

Jaxon Bennett and Austin Josephson combined to score 42 points in the Panthers’ Polar League road win.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Grand Rapids 59, Hibbing 44

Taryn Hamling’s 20 points paced the visiting Thunderhawks past the Bluejackets in nonconference play Friday.

Grand Rapids outscored the hosts 33-21 in the second half to open the season victoriously.

  • Hibbing won its opener, 68-59 vs. Duluth East on Thursday, despite the Greyhounds’ Ashlynne Guenther scoring a career-high 40 points.