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Prep report: Duluth Denfeld coach beats former team

Armon Freeman scored 25 points as Duluth Denfeld defeated Esko 82-71 in a high school boys basketball game Tuesday night at Esko, giving Hunters coach Mike Devney his first victory on the opposing sideline in the gym where he coached 19 seasons.

Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.comDuluth Denfeld head coach Mike Devney shakes hands with Esko’s Payton Wefel before the start of Tuesday’s game at Esko. Devney, a winner of more than 500 career games, coached Esko for 19 years, bringing the team to six state tournaments and winning the 2014 Class AA title.
Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com Duluth Denfeld head coach Mike Devney shakes hands with Esko’s Payton Wefel before the start of Tuesday’s game at Esko. Devney, a winner of more than 500 career games, coached Esko for 19 years, bringing the team to six state tournaments and winning the 2014 Class AA title.

Armon Freeman scored 25 points as Duluth Denfeld defeated Esko 82-71 in a high school boys basketball game Tuesday night at Esko, giving Hunters coach Mike Devney his first victory on the opposing sideline in the gym where he coached 19 seasons.

The Hunters trailed 42-40 at halftime but controlled the second half. Joe Cvancara contributed 19 points and Josh Reinertsen 18.

Devney, who has won more than 500 career games, was let go last spring after leading the Eskomos to their sixth state tournament in 19 seasons.

Hermantown 79, Grand Rapids 76

Peter Soumis nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the host Hawks overcame 49 points by the Thunderhawks' John Sutherland.

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Connor Bich led Hermantown with 27 points and Soumis had 23.

Ely 84, Fond du Lac Ojibwe 66

Pat Vanderbeek nailed seven of his eight 3-pointers in the first half and finished with a career-high 44 points in the host Timberwolves win.

Chisholm 59, Eveleth-Gilbert 48

Three Bluestreaks reached double figures, including Justin Pioske who surpassed 1,000 career points.

Duluth East 58, Brainerd 43

Isiah Hendrickson netted 17 points and the host Greyhounds improved to 13-5 with the win.

BOYS HOCKEY

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Grand Rapids 3, Duluth Marshall 2

Cooper Brodzinski scored 3:46 into overtime to lift the Thunderhawks past the Hilltoppers at IRA Civic Center.

Alex Busick made 38 saves in a losing effort.

Duluth East 8, Forest Lake 3

Three of the Greyhounds' four first-period goals came on power plays and Jack FitzGerald recorded a hat trick in the win at Heritage Center.

Proctor 9, Ely 4

Ben Harnell and Reece Ward each registered hat tricks in the Rails' home victory.

Hermantown 13, Hibbing-Chisholm 1

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Drew Sams netted a hat trick and Joey Pierce, Blake Biondi and Sam High all had a pair of goals at Hibbing.

Superior 4, North Branch 3

The Spartans scored the final three goals at Wessman Arena, including James Bronson' game-winner at 14:52, to overcome a two-goal deficit.

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