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Prep report: Long wait over as Duluth hosts section swim meet

It's been more than 30 years since Duluth hosted a high school boys swimming section meet, but the wait ends today. The Section 6A swimming preliminaries begin today at the new Lincoln Park Middle School pool and continue with finals in diving an...

It's been more than 30 years since Duluth hosted a high school boys swimming section meet, but the wait ends today.

The Section 6A swimming preliminaries begin today at the new Lincoln Park Middle School pool and continue with finals in diving and swimming Saturday.

There will be a definite Iron Range feel to the meet with Chisholm, Eveleth-Gilbert, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, International Falls, Mesabi East and Virginia joining Duluth Denfeld in the competition.

A few of the top individuals are expected to include: Virginia's Isaac Erickson, who swam the Northland's fastest times in the 200 individual medley, the 50 and 100 freestyles and the 100 butterfly and was second in the 100 breaststroke; Mesabi East's Evan Kalb (top time in 100 backstroke, top-three in 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle); Hibbing's Dylan Peiffer (100 breaststroke); and Grand Rapids diver James Jylha.

  • Duluth East swimmers and divers will compete in the Section 7AA meet at Northdale Middle School in Coon Rapids, beginning today with swimming preliminaries slated for 6 p.m. Diving finals are Friday at 6 p.m. and swimming finals are Saturday at 1 p.m. Girls basketball

    Hibbing 61, Chisholm 56

    Kayla Swanson and Melissa Weisbrick each scored 15 points and the host Bluejackets held off the Bluestreaks to claim another Iron Range Conference title Tuesday night.

    Five-time champion Hibbing (16-10 overall, 6-0 IRC) led 32-21 at halftime but frittered away most of its lead before hanging on for its 31st consecutive conference victory.

    Mountain Iron-Buhl 69,

    Greenway 29

    Lissy McCulloch scored a game-high 20 points and Kathy Ostman reached 1,000 for her career in the top-ranked Rangers' win at Coleraine on Tuesday night.

    Mountain Iron-Buhl, winners of 32 of its past 34 road games, enters next week's Section 7A playoffs with a 24-2 record.

    North Woods 75,

    International Falls 45

    Darby Youngstrom scored 26 points to lead the eighth-ranked Grizzlies (21-2) to the win -- their 15th in a row -- Tuesday at Cook.

    Youngstrom, a junior guard, now ranks eighth all-time in Northeastern Minnesota with 2,083 career points.

    Boys basketball

    Fond du Lac Ojibwe 78,

    Bigfork 70

    Trevontae Brown hit nine

    3-pointers en route to scoring 33 points in the Ogichida's road win Tuesday night.

    Davonte Williamson added 21 points for Fond du Lac (14-7).

    Floodwood 74, Cromwell 52

    Ross Schminski and Justin Hall combined for 35 points as the host Polar Bears (18-3, 11-2) won for the 12th time in 13 games Tuesday night to move into a tie for second in the Polar League.

    International Falls 82,

    North Woods 59

    Ben Humbert had 22 points and Gunnar Anderson added 20 as the Broncos (18-4) posted their 13th victory in the last 14 games at home Tuesday night.

    Boys hockey

    Greenway 14, Ely 1

    Zach Childs scored five goals before the midway point of the second period and Alex Troumbly and Darin Estey each recorded hat tricks in the Raiders' Section 7A first-round win Tuesday night at Hodgins-Berardo Arena in Coleraine.

    Greenway (9-17), which scored four goals in each of the first and third periods and six in the second, plays top-seeded Duluth Denfeld tonight at Heritage Center.

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