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Prep report: Hawks earn top seed, East No. 3 in boys hockey tourney

Duluth East and Hermantown learned their opponents for this week's Minnesota high school boys hockey state tournament. The third-seeded Greyhounds (23-2-3) will face unseeded St. Michael-Albertville (23-5) in a Class AA quarterfinal at approximat...

Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.comHermantown players Elliott Peterson (22) and Brady Baker (22) celebrate after scoring a goal against Greenway during Wednesday's Section 7A boys hockey championship game at Amsoil Arena.
Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com Hermantown players Elliott Peterson (22) and Brady Baker (22) celebrate after scoring a goal against Greenway during Wednesday's Section 7A boys hockey championship game at Amsoil Arena.
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Duluth East and Hermantown learned their opponents for this week's Minnesota high school boys hockey state tournament.

The third-seeded Greyhounds (23-2-3) will face unseeded St. Michael-Albertville (23-5) in a Class AA quarterfinal at approximately 1:15 p.m. Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The winner meets either No. 2 Edina or unseeded Lakeville North, which kick off the large-school tournament at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Top-ranked Hermantown (20-6-2) also earned the No. 1 seed and will play unseeded Monticello/Maple Lake (19-7-2) in a Class A quarterfinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The program, competing as Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake, lost 4-3 in double overtime to the Hawks in last season's state title game. Annandale was dropped from the co-operative after the 2016-17 season to keep the schools' combined enrollments from rising into the AA ranks.

Hermantown, the two-time defending champ, also has Alexandria Area and Thief River Falls in its bracket.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

Grand Rapids 83, Hibbing 60

Heaven Hamling scored a career-high 40 points on 14-for-25 shooting, including 7-for-13 from 3-point range, to lead the Thunderhawks to the Section 7AAA semifinal win at home.

Grand Rapids (20-7) led 38-27 at halftime and was never threatened in the second half by the Bluejackets (19-9), whose Abbey McDonald scored 30 points.

Chisago Lakes 72, Hermantown 65

Carmen Backes totaled 23 points to lead the Wildcats (17-11) past the host Hawks in the other 7AA semifinal.

Chisago Lakes and Grand Rapids will tangle with a state berth on the line Thursday at Cambridge-Isanti High School.

Mesabi East 62,
Duluth Marshall 52

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Ava Hill scored 27 points as the Giants knocked off the Hilltoppers in a Section 7AA quarterfinal at Duluth Denfeld.

Mesabi East (22-6) trailed 26-22 at halftime before stifling the high-powered Hilltoppers in the second half to secure a berth in Tuesday's semifinal round.

Sophomore Grace Kirk led Marshall with 21 points and surpassed 1,000 career points on her final basket of the game.

Proctor 52, Virginia 42

The Rails used balanced scoring and defense to subdue the Blue Devils in a 7AA quarterfinal at Denfeld.

Proctor (22-6) will face Pequot Lakes (18-10), a 57-40 winner over Crosby-Ironton, in a semifinal Tuesday.

WRESTLING

Two area wrestlers get third

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Hibbing senior A.J. Bethea and Deer River senior Jace Geving each finished third in their weight classes Saturday at the Minnesota state wrestling tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Bethea was tripped up by Waconia's Tim Stapleton in overtime of the Class A 145-pound semifinals, losing 5-3. He went on to beat Gage Thomas-Ferry of Milaca/Faith Christian 5-3 in the third-place match.

Geving was defeated Dayne Morton of Sibley East 3-0 in the Class A 120-pound semifinals before pinning Jackson Hale of Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander in the third-place match.

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