Duluth Denfeld will end a 65-year drought when it makes an appearance in the Minnesota high school state baseball tournament this week.
However, the Hunters will need to pull off a big upset to keep the mojo going after Saturday's random draw.
Unseeded Denfeld (16-9) will face No. 1 Monticello (18-5) in a Class AAA quarterfinal at 10 a.m. Thursday at Siebert Field in Minneapolis.
The winner advances to play either Marshall - the one in the southwestern corner of the state - and Benilde-St. Margaret's at noon Friday.
The other Marshall - Duluth's private school - opens up Class AA play with a quarterfinal against Glencoe-Silver Lake (19-5) at 10 a.m. Thursday at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. The Hilltoppers (23-1), last season's runners-up, are seeded No. 1. Paynesville Area and Perham are a possible semifinal opponent Friday.
Section 7A winner South Ridge (20-6) will find out its Class A quarterfinal opponent Sunday after the draw is held.
Diver in all-star series
Cloquet senior second baseman Olivia Diver will participate in a Minnesota senior all-star game at Caswell Park in North Mankato today.
Diver helped her Lumberjacks team to a third-place finish in Class AAA at the state tournament.
Outfielder Dana Jones and shortstop Kiana Bender were Cloquet's representatives on the Class AAA all-tournament team, selected by a panel of coaches attending the tournament.
Ashland qualifies for state
Ashland left no doubt as to where it stands in Wisconsin Division 3 Sectional 1 on Saturday, thrashing Medford 5-0 in the sectional final at Eau Claire.
The Oredockers will play a to-be-determined foe in a state semifinal at 11 a.m. Thursday at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.