Senior Claire Vekich moved into second place in Minnesota in goal-scoring by netting a hat trick in Grand Rapids-Greenway’s 5-0 win over Duluth in a Section 7AA high school girls hockey quarterfinal Tuesday in Grand Rapids.
Vekich now has 31 goals this season for the third-seeded Lightning (13-6), who advance to play at No. 2 Forest Lake in Thursday’s semifinal round.
CEC 4, North Shore 1
Four players scored goals as the host Lumberjacks opened the Section 7A playoffs with a quarterfinal win.
Brynn Martin, Tenley Stewart, Frankie Halverson and Dana Jones scored for Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, which will face Duluth Marshall in Thursday’s quarterfinals at Mars Lakeview Arena.
Duluth East 57, Cambridge-Isanti 51
Regan Jueneman scored 20 points and made five 3-pointers as the visiting Greyhounds won their regular-season finale.
Grand Rapids 55, Bemidji 40
Sophomore Taryn Hamling, who surpassed 1,000 points the night before, added 19 as the visiting Thunderhawks closed the regular season with a dominating defensive performance.
Deer River wrestlers advance
Four Deer River wrestlers won two matches apiece at the Section 7A individual meet at Cass Lake-Bena High School to advance to this weekend’s state preliminaries.
Senior Zack Ikola at 113 pounds, sophomore Tyler Gullickson (132), junior Austin Mundt (170) and sophomore Jojo Thompson (220) all won quarterfinal and semifinal matches and weren’t required to wrestle in the finals since they already had qualified.